Tuesday, April 30, 2013


Fw: Billie's Black & The WNBA

Billie's Black Gourmet Soul

Join us in experiencing what the New Season has to offer as a true basketball fan should.  Meet the members that make it all happen. Giveaways and prizes.

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The New York Liberty, WNBA  

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Fw: 20th NYAFF Continues @ Maysles Cinema!




April 29, 2013


















Looking Back, Looking Forward...
April 3rd - May 27th

Uprising. Dir. Fredrik Stanton, 2012, 85 min, Egypt


African Film Festival Inc,

Doc Watchers' Inc, &

Maysles Cinema Present:

Five Days of African Docs

Thursday, May 2nd - Monday, May 6th


Location: 343 Lenox Ave
New York, New York 10027


Film Lineup



Thursday, May 2nd, 7:30pm

Dir. Fredrik Stanton, 2012, 85 min, Egypt
Produced by an Academy Award-winning team including the Executive Producer of Taxi to the Dark Side and the Editor of Inside Job, Uprising tells the inside story of the Egyptian revolution from the perspective of its principal leaders and organizers, including four Nobel Peace Prize nominees. Their success in forcing the downfall of a brutal dictatorship has changed the face of the Middle East and provided hope for millions of oppressed people across the world. Above all, it is a story of profound hope, and of courage rewarded.
Q&A With Director Fredrik Stanton & Reception to Follow 
Friday, May 3rd, 7:30pm
Rasta: A Soul's Journey
Dir. Stuart Samuels, 2011, 93 min, Canada
Rasta: A Soul's Journey tells the story of the journey of Rita and Bob Marley's granddaughter, Donisha Prendergast, to eight (8) countries around the world to explore the roots and evolution of Rastafari. Her journey takes her to places where her grandfather's captivating performances and his message are still fondly remembered. The documentary boasts an uplifting and inspiring reggae soundtrack that features established as well as emerging contemporary, reggae stars such as Humble, Matisyahu and Damian Marley. This exciting mix of travel, music and culture packs a powerful punch that will appeal to audiences around the world.
Q&A With Donisha Prendergast & Reception to Follow 
Saturday, May 4th
1:00  Creation In Exile
2:30  Dear Mandela + We Want What's Ours
5:30 Jeppe On A Friday
8:00 You Laugh But Its True
Creation In Exile 
Dir. Daniela Ricci, 2013, 53 min, France 
This documentary follows the personal and artistic paths of five major African filmmakers in exile from Paris to Washington, from Ouagadougou to London, via Uppsala.
Q&A With Director Daniela Ricci & Reception to Follow 
Dear Mandela
Dir. Dara Kell & Christopher Nizza, 2012, 90 min, South Africa
When the South African government promises to 'eradicate the slums' and begins to evict shack dwellers far outside the city, three friends who live in Durban's vast shantytowns refuse to be moved. Dear Mandela follows their journey from their shacks to the highest court in the land as they invoke Nelson Mandela's example and become leaders in a growing social movement. By turns inspiring, devastating and funny, the film offers a new perspective on the role that young people can play in political change and is a fascinating portrait of South Africa coming of age.
Sifuna Okwethu: We Want What's Ours    
Dir. Bernadette Atuahene, 2011, 19min, South Africa
Under Apartheid, the Ndolila family's ancestral land was stolen. Years later, with their descendents trying to regain ownership of the land, the family is still battling apartheid and its lingering effects. And much to the dismay of the middle-class black mortgage holders who now own their ancestral land, the Ndolilas have built shacks on the disputed property.
Jeppe On A Friday
Dir. Arya Lalloo & Shannon Walsh, 2012, 85 min, Quebec/South Africa
The directors and a team of local filmmakers spent a single day following five distinct characters, creating a portrait of a community pulsing with life. The result is an astonishing work that stands as a fluid exploration of the complex and fascinating spectrum of South African society.
Q&A With Filmmaker Reception to Follow 
You Laugh But Its True
Dir. David Paul Meyer, 2011, 84 min, US/South Africa
In South Africa's emerging world of stand-up comedy, comedians of color have only recently started performing on stage. With the opportunity to finally command the attention of a large audience, they go beyond just settling for easy laughs and confront the legacy of apartheid head on in their material. Against the backdrop of this volatile environment, 25-year-old Trevor Noah ambitiously pursues his passion to entertain. Yet his fledgling career as a comedian is largely relegated to headlining at corporate events due to the country's comedy scene being so small. Determined to pursue his dream of performing all over the world, Trevor decides to produce his first one-man show, despite his lack of experience performing on stage. Based on the size of the proposed venue alone, it will be the most ambitious debut ever attempted by a comedian in South Africa. To prepare for the show, Trevor revisits his past, creating material from memories of growing up in the township under apartheid. As the child of an interracial couple, a union that was illegal in South Africa at the time of his birth, Trevor's life reveals the story of an outsider who has somehow figured out a way to relate to everyone through his comedy. Despite this progress, the preparation for the show becomes increasingly difficult as Trevor faces a multitude of challenges: an underdeveloped comedy scene, criticism from other comics, strained personal relationships, lingering racial tension, and a shocking family tragedy. They combine to form a crisis that threatens not just the success of the show, but Trevor's dreams of lifting himself and the South African comedy scene to the global stage.
Reception to Follow Screening
Sunday, May 5th, 1:30pm
Footprints of My Other
Dir. Claude Haffner, 2011, 52 min, France/Congo
Claude Haffner, daughter of a French father and Congolese mother, sets off for Congo in search of her African identity. Her starting point is the archive of photos left by her late father, a specialist in African cinema. She also speaks with her mother, who tells of life in Congo and adjusting to France. In 2004, Claude and her mother visited Congo for the first time since the family left in 1981. This experience has inspired Claude to return again, now alone, to deepen her relationship with her mother's family. Her journey brings her face to face with the diamond trade, and with her sense of otherness, both in Congo and back home in France.
Q&A With Filmmaker to Follow 
Monday, May 6th, 7:00pm
Mugabe: Villain or Hero?
Dir. Roy Agyemang, 2012, 116min, UK
Is there more to President Robert Mugabe and Zimbabwe than is being shown on our television screens? What's the true extent of Mugabe's support inside Zimbabwe? What has happened to the country that they all called the bread basket of Africa - and why? These questions and more led British filmmaker Roy Agyemang on a journey to Zimbabwe to make a documentary about President Robert Mugabe. What started out as a three-month mission turned into three life-changing years, culminating in a rare interview with one of the world's longest-serving yet most reviled leaders. Mugabe: Villain or Hero? Is an epic personal journey, narrated by Agyemang who, together with his UK-based Zimbabwean fixer, found themselves in Mugabe's entourage, on Colonel Gaddafi's private jet and around a host of prominent Afri
can leaders.
Reception to Follow Screening
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20th New York African Film Festival


APRIL 3 - 9

MAY 2 - 6
MAY 24 - 27
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April 25-May 5


Featuring a retrospective for Syrian director Nabil Maleh [in attendance] and feature films,  documentaries, shorts and experimental films 
from all over the Arab world!!
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NYPD Makes Its Stop-And-Frisk Training Video Public

NYPD Makes Its Stop-And-Frisk Training Video Public

Monday marks the start of the seventh week in the federal trial against the New York City Police Department and its stop-and-frisk tactics. NY1's Criminal Justice reporter Dean Meminger takes a detailed look at a video shown in court to train officers on the controversial practice. | View the entire NYPD training video.

NYPD Makes Its Stop-And-Frisk Training Video Public
Sun, 28 Apr 2013 22:26:58 GMT

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Fw: Hatewatch Headlines for April 25, 2013


Hatewatch is a weekly summary of the latest news about hate and extremism compiled by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Week of April 25, 2013

Hatewatch Blog

Howard Phillips, Architect of the Religious Right, is Dead

In Wake of ID of Boston Bombers, a Look at Jihadist Terror

Hatewatch Headlines

MD Riding Along With a Towson University Student's 'White Patrol'
The Daily Beast | Apr. 24, 2013

CA Sheriff's Official Apologizes to Sonoma Family Over Attack on Gay Teen
Press Democrat | Apr. 24, 2013

NY Reported Hate Crime Linked to Boston Marathon Bombing Investigated
GantDaily.com | Apr. 18, 2013

NY Bangladeshi Man Beaten in Bias Attack Hours After Boston Bombing
Metro.US | Apr. 18, 2013

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013


Fw: [SOA~2013] Restitution for Blacks in America - April 2013

We are ready to carry the document attached to United States Congress on Friday, April 26, 2013,

at 2:00pm Eastern Time, 

1:00pm Central Time, 

12:00pm Mountain Time, 

and 11:00am Pacific Time. 

If you have any questions about who or where your local congressional leader is located, please click on this following link: http://house.gov/representatives/. Go to your state and look for your district, or you can put your zip code in the upper right hand corner of this webpage: http://www.house.gov/representatives/.

Forward this document far and wide for others to have the opportunity to participate and be an active part of history. Post on Facebook, Twitter, and all other social networks. 

Also, we ask that you mail a copy directly to President Barack Obama:

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20500

When you have completed this task of delivering the attached document directly to your local Representative, please email "Done," the name of the Representative you delivered a copy of this document to, and your zip code or district to the following email address: committeetocollect@gmail.com

We will commit to do this the fourth Friday of every month until Restitution for Blacks in America is a topic of discussion on Capital Hill, and a Bill that is signed into law. Your participation in creating a better society and opportunities for America is necessary and appreciated.

These Leading Organizations and Separate Affiliations to this Motion,
Committee To Collect; NCOBRA; We the People U.S. Citizens; and Juneteenth Movement



Friday, April 19, 2013


Fw: Hatewatch Headlines for April 18, 2013


Hatewatch is a weekly summary of the latest news about hate and extremism compiled by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Week of April 18, 2013

Hatewatch Blog

Extremists Blame Favorite Bogeymen for Boston Bombings

Judge Sentences Mosque Arsonist, Likens Crime to Boston Bombings

White Supremacists Arrested in Tennessee Murder of Fellow Racist

Hatewatch Headlines

ID Idaho Man Arrested in Suspected Hate-Crime Attack
Associated Press | Apr. 17, 2013

NY Pandemonium on Subway After Cops Arrest Teen for Alleged Hate Crime
Gothamist | Apr. 17, 2013

NY Second Hate Crime Targets Kews Gardens Hills Mosque
Times Ledger | Apr. 16, 2013

CA Hate Crime Assailants Get 15 Years in Santa Rosa Stabbing
Healdsburg Patch | Apr. 12, 2013

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Fw: Meet our Artists in Residence this Sunday!

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The Studio Museum in Harlem | E-Newsletter | April 18, 2013

Target Free Sunday: April 21, 2013

Check out these family-friendly activities this Sunday at the Studio Museum. Sundays at the Studio Museum are always free, thanks to Target.

1–6pm: Artists-in-Residence Open Studios: Steffani Jemison, Jennifer Packer, and Cullen Washington Jr.

Please join us to see work in progress by our current artists in residence Steffani Jemison, Jennifer Packer and Cullen Washington Jr.

Since 1968, the Studio Museum has earned recognition for its catalytic role in advancing the work of visual artists of African and Latino descent through its Artist-in-Residence program. The program has supported over one hundred graduates who have gone on to highly regarded careers.

1pm: Gallery Tour: Ayé A. Aton: Space-Time Continuum and Mendi + Keith Obadike: American Cypher


Enjoy an interactive and informative tour of Ayé A. Aton: Space-Time Continuum and Mendi + Keith Obadike: American Cypher with a knowledgeable museum educator.

Ayé A. Aton: Space-Time Continuum presents a collection of over 200 slides, documenting Ayé A. Aton (b. 1940) murals, painted between 1963 and 1976 through image and sound, providing an intimate glimpse into the domestic lives of an African-American community on the cusp of cultural transformation.

Mendi + Keith Obadike: American Cypher is a site-specific suite of projects that respond to American stories about race and DNA by the intermedia artists Mendi and Keith Obadike (both b. 1973).

The tour will have something for everyone: adults, families and kids of all ages are welcome!

2pm: Hands On: Futuristic Assemblages

Learn more about the work of artist and musician Ayé A. Aton, a pioneer of the Afrofuturism movement. In this workshop, space is the place and we will make futuristic collages inspired by Aton's work! 

Limited tickets available! 

A limited number of discounted tickets are available to Studio Museum patrons. Reserve yours here and enter discount code Discount423 when prompted (case sensitive).

The Studio Museum in Harlem's Artists-in-Residence program is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council for the Arts, a state agency; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; Jerome Foundation; Robert Lehman Foundation; New York Community Trust; and by endowments established by the Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Trust and Andrea Frank Foundation.

Images: (left, from top to bottom): Steffani Jemison, Affirmations for Living, 2012; Jennifer Packer, Joyce (detail), 2012; Cullen Washington Jr., Blue, 2012. All courtesy the artists // Mendi + Keith Obadike: American Cypher (installation view). Photo: Adam Reich // Ayé A. Aton, Untitled, 1963–1976 / 2012. Courtesy the artist

(right, from top to bottom): David Hartt, Award Room, 2011. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of the artist, 2012.9. Image courtesy the artist and Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago // Alma Thomas, Space, 1966. Museum purchase and a gift from E. Thomas Williams and Audlyn Higgins Williams  97.9.19 // Ugo Rondinone, Wish You Were Here, 2013. Courtesy the artist

Upcoming at the Studio Museum

Target Free Sundays
April 28, 2013

1pm: Gallery Tour: David Hartt: Stray Light
Enjoy an interactive and informative tour of David Hartt: Stray Light with a knowledgeable museum educator. David Hartt: Stray Light presents color photographs, sculptures and a video installation by Chicago-based conceptual photographer David Hartt (b. 1967) reflecting on the iconic headquarters of the Johnson Publishing Company in downtown Chicago, home to Ebony and Jet magazines.

2pm: Hands On: Decorate the Space
Enjoy the 1pm tour of David Hartt: Stray Light then join us in a workshop to create a three-dimensional space. Re-purpose cardstock and other fun materials to create three-dimensional spaces to decorate.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Harlem U.S.A.: Dawoud Bey in Conversation with Sharifa Rhodes-Pitt

In his book Harlem, U.S.A, Dawoud Bey (b. 1953) takes viewers on a journey through this historic neighborhood. This event includes a conversation between Bey and author Sharifa Rhodes-Pitt, a guided tour of current exhibitions and a cocktail reception. This program is presented in conjunction with the Symphony Space Harlem Resonance Festival. 

A limited number of discounted tickets are available to Studio Museum patrons. Click here for tickets and enter discount code Harlem430 when prompted (case sensitive).

Special Offer for Symphony Space's Harlem Resonance Spring Festival

April 2–May 11, 2013

Studio Museum in Harlem patrons can receive a discount on tickets to select Harlem Resonance programs* at other locations! Click here to see the calendar of events and to purchase tickets. Use promotional code STUDIO when prompted (case sensitive).

*Some exceptions apply for film screenings, Joe Temperley and Dance Theatre of Harlem events.

Things We Love

The New York City premiere of David Driskell: In Search of the Creative Truth at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

This interview with Kehinde Wiley in GQ 

Harlem Postcards: Spring 2013 artists Ugo Rondinone's Human Nature and Letha Wilson's Landmarks and Monuments

The Brooklyn Rail's interview with Nayland Blake

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