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February 2019

Tunde Wey: In Conversation
February 10 @ 3:00 pm

Marriage Trumps All: A conversation with Tunde Wey, Chef and Writer, Claire Nelson, Founder of Urban Consulate, Kilolo Luckett, Curator of Visual Arts, and Abby Lembersky, Program Manager at City of Asylum FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!  CLICK THE "BUY TICKETS" LINK TO E-MAIL US AND RSVP!

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Black Bottom Film
February 15, 2019 to February 17, 2019

From age-old classics to contemporary work, the second annual Black Bottom Film Festival will illuminate and celebrate African American cinema and unique Black people. The festival will showcase movies that converge on the recurring themes of spirituality, race, family conflict, honor, duty and working-class struggle, themes ever-present in August Wilson’s The Pittsburgh Cycle plays. In particular, the festival will celebrate African-American filmmaking pioneers of recent decades. The BBFF fosters an examination of how Black filmmakers use art to inspire, challenge,…

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Black Bottom Film Festival

February 15 @ 8:00 pm - February 24 @ 9:00 pm

From age-old classics to contemporary work, the third annual Black Bottom Film Festival illuminates and celebrates African American cinema and unique Black people. The festival showcases movies that focus on the themes of spirituality, race, family conflict, honor, duty and working-class struggle, themes ever-present in August Wilson’s The Pittsburgh Cycle plays. The festival will celebrate African American film making pioneers of recent decades. The BBFF fosters an examination of how Black filmmakers use art to inspire, challenge, confront, and influence…

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Tsedaye Makonnen: In Conversation
February 16 @ 2:00 pm

Join us for a special performance by FBIP multidisciplinary artist Tsedaye Makonnen followed by Q & A. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!  CLICK THE "BUY TICKETS" LINK TO E-MAIL US AND RSVP!

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TRUTHSayers: Felipe Luciano
February 16 @ 7:00 pm

News reporter and anchor, poet, writer, activist and lecturer, Felipe Luciano is one of the most dynamic Latino public figures in the United States of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. His eloquence, vision, and passion for issues of social justice are extraordinary and reflect the courage of a generation that chose to organize, teach and struggle against the powerful institutions of discrimination.

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Gregory Porter
February 17 @ 8:00 pm

Two-time Grammy Award winner, Gregory Porter is considered to be one of the most important voices on the international music scene. The Bakersfield, California native is celebrated around the world for his ability to combine jazz, soul, and gospel music in a manner that stirs the spirit. In keeping with his next great jazz singer trajectory, Porter has recently released Nat King Cole & Me where he covers songs of his greatest influence.

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Tubman
February 20, 2019 to February 21, 2019

Written and performed by Lacresha Berry. August Wilson Cultural Center in partnership with HI-ARTS presents TUBMAN. This one woman show presents the story of Harriet Tubman re-imagined as a young woman growing up in Harlem through a theatrical lens. Harriet Tubman is a heroine and American legend in her own right. This session will take the story of Harriet in the 19th century and places her in the 21st century; laced with the problems facing African-American youth all over the…

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A Drop of Sun Under the Earth
February 24 @ 3:00 pm

3rd Annual Black Bottom Film Festival screening of A Drop of Sun Under the Earth by FBIP artist and filmmaker Shikieth with live music by New-Haven-based, saxophonist Corey Staggs followed by Q & A with Shikeith and Corey, and moderated by Kilolo Luckett, Curator of Visual Arts.

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March 2019

TRUTHSayers: Karamo Brown
March 1 @ 7:00 pm

Television Host and Culture Expert on the Emmy-nominated Netflix reboot of Queer Eye, Karamo Brown says that the key to his success is tapping into the many facets of his identity. Whether as an openly gay man, a black man, a single father, or psychotherapist, Karamo strategically utilizes the strengths of his different identities to achieve success – and teaches others to do the same. Karamo's "Know Thyself: Using Your Uniqueness to Create Success" will be the focus of the…

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Wall of Sound: Butcher Brown
March 1 @ 9:00 pm

Butcher Brown is an up-to-the minute throwback to the great progressive jazz bands of the 60s and 70s. They are a hard-working band in an era where most groups are fleeting assemblages, together only long enough to record. Their organic coherence emerges from long collaboration as a group of equals rather than a topdown, leader/sideman lineup. Impressive as they are individually, together they are something increasingly rare: a real band, playing for their audience and for each other, on the…

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