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@ 6:30 p.m.
Talks at the Schomburg
Lorraine Hansberry and Reimagining the Biography
As an activist and playwright, much has been gleaned from Lorraine Hansberry’s creative output, but less about the confluence of her political thoughts and principles that undergird her process. 2018 the world will learn more about Hansberry through new biographies in the form of print and film. Biographers Margaret B. Wilkerson, PhD, Imani Perry (Hughes-Rogers professor of African American studies at Princeton University), Soyica Colbert (Chair of the Department of Performing Arts, Director of…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Mon, March 26
@ 7 p.m.
2018 Women's Jazz Festival
Our annual Women's Jazz Festival, in honor of Women’s History Month, features some of the best-known and unsung female performers in jazz today. Our 2018 festival will celebrate the continued influence of women on the evolution of jazz. Throughout the festival we will pay tribute to Alice Coltrane and Abbey Lincoln. Our 2017 festival will celebrate Ella Fitzgerald’s centennial birthday and continued influence on the evolution of jazz. The festival is slated for four consecutive Mondays–March 5,…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Langston Hughes AuditoriumAdults
Sat, March 31
@ 3 p.m.
Black Girl Magic Book Launch!
Join us as we launch The Break Beat Poets Anthology: Black Girl Magic, an anthology celebrating and canonizing the words of Black women across the diaspora, edited by Mahogany L. Browne, Idrissa Simmonds, and Jamila Woods (Haymarket Books, 2018). This event will be hosted by poet Mahogany L. Browne, California-born, Brooklyn-based writer, educator, activist, mentor, and curator, among other contributing black women poets. The afternoon will include selected readings of poems from both the anth…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Fri, April 6
@ 6 p.m.
First Fridays
First Fridays: Langston Hughes Poetry Slam/Open Mic Edition
It's time for our annual First Friday's Open Mic Edition, featuring our coveted Langston Hughes Poetry Slam! Come celebrate and honor the life of the legendary poet in the historic Langston Hughes Lobby, where his ashes are interred. Bring your best poetry to share during our open mic sessions on the cosmogram and dance the night away to curated beats by DJ IRS. Our hosts for the evening will be Marvy Tha Don & Tone Blaze, with special opening remarks by award-winning poet and Schomburg Dire…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Mon, April 9
@ 6:30 p.m.
Reimagining Community: Finding Sanctuary in Public Spaces
Public spaces like parks, sidewalks and public-facing walls, can offer narratives produced by residents and reflect a community’s values and norms. Gentrification often disrupts those narratives and blurs the line between development and erasure. Join the conversation as we discuss the impact of public and public-facing spaces and their role in the development of community, commerce, and the fight for the soul of a neighborhood. This program is presented in partnership with The Laundromat Proje…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Sat, April 14
@ 11:30 a.m.
Young Lions Volunteer Day at The Schomburg Center
Saturday, April 14 | 11:30 AM Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture 515 Malcolm X Blvd New York, NY 10037 Explore the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at our Young Lions Volunteer Day! This is a unique opportunity to help archive materials focused on African American, African Diaspora, and African experiences. Enjoy a light breakfast with friends and work alongside Kadiatou Tubman, Education Coordinator for the Schomburg Junior Scholars program, and Librarian Al…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureNYPL Supporters
Mon, April 30
@ 6:30 p.m.
Theater Talks: Paradise Blue by Dominique Morisseau
Paradise Blue is the first production of Obie Award-winning playwright Dominique Morisseau’s Signature Residency. Directed by Tony Award-winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson (The Piano Lesson, Jitney), it is a thrilling and timely look at the changes a community endures to find its resilience. Morriseau is the author of The Detroit Project (A 3-Play Cycle) which includes the following plays: Skeleton Crew , Paradise Blue (Williamstown Theatre Festival), and Detroit ’67. @SchomburgCenter #ParadiseBlue…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults