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December 2021

healing + liberation: Jessica Gaynelle Moss, Kamra Hakim, Bekezela Mguni
December 3 @ 5:00 pm

A series of virtual discussions that bridge prominent and influential Pittsburgh-based artists and scholars with nationally-recognized Black makers and creators moderated by artist Jessica Gaynelle Moss. Content will be accessible during select weekdays at 5pm EDT via Zoom between November 2021 to January 2022. Bekezela Mguni is a queer Trinidadian artist, radical librarian, and educator. She has over 15 years of community organizing experience in the Reproductive Justice movement and holds an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh. Bekezela participated…

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AWCommunity Day: Holiday Edition
December 4 @ 12:00 pm

Save the date! Due to necessary COVID precautions, the October 9th AWCommunity Day/RADical Day was cancelled unexpectedly. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. We hope you will join us on December 4th for the holiday edition of AWCommunity Day, where there will be fun activities for all age groups, including a special Kwanza celebration and a visit by the man who rides a sled and wears a red suit! More information about the day’s activities will be…

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TRUTHSayers: Dr. Moogega Cooper
December 8 @ 10:30 am

Trailblazing Engineer of the famed Mars Rover ‘Perseverance’ Mission for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory A real life “Guardian of the Galaxy,” Dr. Moogega “Moo” Cooper holds the awesome responsibility of keeping the red planet safe from any of the Earth’s contaminants.  Moo is the planetary protection lead of the famed NASA 2020 Mars mission—with it’s highly viewed landing on February 18, 2021.  Her work with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is integral to the ongoing mission to discern whether Mars could…

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here + there: Jessica Gaynelle Moss, zakkiyyah najeebah dumas o’neal , Jacquelin Walker
December 10 @ 5:00 pm

A series of virtual discussions that bridge prominent and influential Pittsburgh-based artists and scholars with nationally-recognized Black makers and creators moderated by artist Jessica Gaynelle Moss. Content will be accessible during select weekdays at 5pm EDT via Zoom between November 2021 to January 2022. zakkiyyah najeebah dumas o’neal is a visual artist, arts organizer, and educator. She has been included in numerous group exhibitions and has had several solo exhibitions at Mana Contemporary, Blanc Gallery, and South Bend Museum of…

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We Want the Funk Festival
December 10 @ 8:00 pm

Join us for a funky weekend in Downtown Pittsburgh at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center. The weekend features musical performances by iconic Funk legends: The Ladies of SKYY, CAMEO, ZAPP, and Lakeside! Hosted by comedian Ralph Harris to keep you laughing between performances, we are ready to get down and groove the weekend away. Buy Tickets Ladies of SKYY: The Ladies of SKYY, Denise, Dolores and Bonné Dunning, are the original female vocalists of the hit R&B/Funk band SKYY.  With a musical career…

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We Want the Funk Festival
December 11 @ 8:00 pm

Join us for a funky weekend in Downtown Pittsburgh at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center. The weekend features musical performances by iconic Funk legends: The Ladies of SKYY, CAMEO, The Original Lakeside, and ZAPP! Hosted by comedian Ralph Harris to keep you laughing, we are ready to get down and groove the weekend away. Buy Tickets The Original Lakeside: Their beginnings were humble and started in Dayton, Ohio a mecca of untapped talent and the home of the…

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TRUTHSayers: Yamiche Alcindor
December 14 @ 7:00 pm

White House Correspondent, PBS NewsHour; Moderator of Washington Week; NBC and MSNBC Political Contributor In today’s ever-changing political landscape, Yamiche Alcindor has become a go-to voice in analyzing the most critical issues of our time, for Democrats and Republicans alike. As the White House correspondent for PBS NewsHour, Moderator of Washington Week, and an NBC and MSNBC Political Contributor, Alcindor methodically unravels the steady stream of breaking news to help her listeners – and your audience – make sense of…

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January 2022

Soul Sessions: Jeff Bradshaw and Eric Roberson
January 1, 2022 @ 8:00 pm

Start the New Year off right and full of soul at our New Year's Day concert! Jeff Bradshaw and Eric Roberson are helping us kick off not only the year but also our Soul Session series. Jeff Bradshaw: Funky, soulful, jazzy and fearless when he takes the stage, Jeff Bradshaw has turned the lowly trombone into a powerhouse of sound. Jeff has brought his unique trombone stylings to the music of Erykah Badu, Musiq Soulchild, Floetry, Darius Rucker, Mary J.…

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land + environment: Jessica Gaynelle Moss, Amina K. Cooper, Mavis Gragg, Ricardo iamuuri Robinson
January 7, 2022 @ 5:00 pm

A series of virtual discussions that bridge prominent and influential Pittsburgh-based artists and scholars with nationally-recognized Black makers and creators moderated by artist Jessica Gaynelle Moss. Content will be accessible during select weekdays at 5pm EDT via Zoom between November 2021 to January 2022. Amina Cooper is a curator, public arts consultant, public art policy strategist and founder of Amewa Fine Art.  She has over a decade of experience working with fine art and public art collections for leading municipalities, museums…

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growth + development: Jessica Gaynelle Moss, Danny Dunson, Emma Osore, Celeste C. Smith
January 14, 2022 @ 5:00 pm

A series of virtual discussions that bridge prominent and influential Pittsburgh-based artists and scholars with nationally-recognized Black makers and creators moderated by artist Jessica Gaynelle Moss. Content will be accessible during select weekdays at 5pm EDT via Zoom between November 2021 to January 2022. Danny Dunson is an art historian, advisor, curator, writer and is currently the Director of Curatorial Services for The DuSable Museum of African-American history. Dunson graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a degree in…

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