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The Belletrix Exhibit: Multimedia Expressions of Black Womanhood  The Belletrix Exhibit: Multimedia Expressions of Black Womanhood celebrates the Black woman and her battle for the sanctity of family, femininity, life, identity and existence. Through image, sound and word, Belletrix (woman warrior) explores notions of representation and purpose, acknowledging the war and celebrating the beauty of the warrior. This group exhibition features works by Sophia Dawson, Lehna Huie, Delphine Fawundu-Buford, Jennifer Crute, Andia Winslow and Monique Walton along with a special performance by RadhaMUSprime.   FEATURED ARTISTS:   Sophia Dawson Painter, Creator, Expressionist “I study the story of my people … Black People.” Sophia has given speeches, testimonies and lectures to youth and her peers about her experience as a young black ...

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Black Rock Rolls On

Black Rock Rolls On

Written by Rob Fields – It's blazing down on the field at Central Park Summerstage. On this hot June day, there's partial shade in the bleachers, but those aren't at all close to the stage, and who really wants to be that far from the action? The growing crowd gladly suffers through the heat. On this day, they're celebrating the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Black Rock Coalition, the progressive arts organization that was formed in 1985 by Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid, journalist and cultural critic Greg Tate and artist/manager Konda Mason. Yes, folks are here to check out local rock favorites Pillow Theory, London-born, day-glo electro artist ...

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American Promise

American Promise

American Promise | Directed and Produced by Joe Brewster & Michèle Stephenson , 2013 | USA | 90 minutes The American Promise journey began in 1999, when filmmakers Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson enrolled their son Idris in the Dalton School on the Upper East Side of Manhattan after the private institution boldly strengthened its commitment to cultivating a diverse student body. Michèle and Joe decided to turn the camera on themselves to film the experiences of 5-year-old Idris and his best friend and classmate Seun. The documentary captures the stories of Idris, Seun, and their families from the first day of kindergarten all the way to their 2012 high school graduation. Over ...

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Gang Girl: A Mother’s...

Gang Girl: A Mother’s...

Written by Brandon I. Brooks –  Veteran and professional photographer Valerie Goodloe premiered her debut documentary film, “Gang Girl: A Mother’s Journey to Save Her Daughter,” at the 2011 Pan African Film Festival. The story of “Gang Girl” is based upon Valerie Goodloe and her family’s ongoing struggle to save her daughter, Nafeesa, from the notorious gang culture that haunts Los Angeles’ inner-city streets. Nafeesa, like many youngsters growing up in Los Angeles, decided to join a gang (Bloods) and spent the majority of her youth years running the streets, terrorizing her so-called rivals, committing crimes such as grand theft auto and God knows what else. The “gang-bang” life as it’s called is “addicting,” in ...

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Beasts of the Southern Wild

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Drama: Directed by Benh Zeitlin. Starring Quvenzhané Wallis and Dwight Henry. (PG-13. 91 minutes. At Bay Area theaters.) "Beasts of the Southern Wild" explores the fertile and terrifying world of a child's imagination. Its fertility and its terror stem from the same truth: To the young mind, there is no sealed barrier cleaving reality from fantasy. Not yet. The wall hasn't been built. The only wall bisecting one world from another in Benh Zeitlin's damply poetic debut film is a levee: a barricade separating the people of the Bathtub, a dirt-poor community in the wetness of the Louisiana Delta, from residents of "the dry side," an alien territory devoid of joy and ...

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Soul Train: More than Just...

Soul Train: More than Just...

Soul Train: More than Just Moves Written by Zakiya Harris Now, before you get into this, let me just start out with a disclaimer: I am nineteen years old. I did not grow up watching Soul Train as a kid; in fact, by the time I was at a tv-watching age, Don Cornelius was no longer the host and the funky music that had propelled the show's success had morphed into something surely unfamiliar to its earliest generation. In fact, the first time I'd probably actually seen the show in action was that episode of Fresh Prince when Uncle Phil and Aunt Viv are invited back for their 25th anniversary—a hilarious episode ...

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CHICO AND RITA

CHICO AND RITA

Written by James Bowman – Just imagine being in Havana, Cuba in 1948. Living the wondrous life in the Hollywood and New York of the Caribbean. During this period, Cuba was the playground of White, well-to-do, Americans, in search of the Afro-Cuban rhythms, food and culture.   The story begins in a club, where Ramon and Chico are playing escorts to a couple of American young ladies. While playing host, Chico becomes captivated by the serenading voice and physical beauty of a young singer named Rita."Chico and Rita" is a simple and complicated story of love. Both Chico and Rita are chasing their love of jazz, their love of fame, but most of ...

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A Rebel Yell: Victoria Mahoney...

A Rebel Yell: Victoria Mahoney...

Written by Nasser Metcalfe – "Crack! " is the sound of the girl's fist as it connects with the jaw of a teenaged boy who is almost twice her size. As he crumples to the ground from the blow, the pummeling continues growing more and more intense with every punch. Surrounded by a group of peers too shocked at the display to intervene, the violence continues and the boy's very survival becomes questionable. The unlikely administer of such brutality seems to be driven by an internal rage that belies her youthful appearance and pushes her to the brink before she is pulled off of her victim by the friendly neighborhood hustler. Welcome ...

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