Initiated in February 1926 by historian Carter G. Woodson, Black History Month highlights the achievements of the descendants of the African diaspora. From a research center in Harlem to the historic black community of Weeksville, Brooklyn, there are scores of New York City cultural organizations that focus year-round on African-American art, films, research, history and culture.
During the month of February, provocative talks, exhibits and exciting performances going on throughout the city take a look at black leaders, activists, artists and authors who have made their mark in American history.
The Ebony Ecumenical Ensemble in collaboration with Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture presents its 34th Annual Concert, "Release Your Song," featuring music of the African American Religious Experience
The Medgar Evers College Black History Month Committee in conjunction with the College's Council on Visual Arts presents its annual Black History Month art exhibit. The theme is: From the Emancipation Proclamation to Obama's Affirmation: A Visual Art exhibit of the Black struggle and Black Consciousness in America.
"Fore" presents 29 emerging artists of African descent who live and work across the United States. Born between 1971 and 1987, the artists in "Fore" work in diverse media, often blending artistic practices in new and innovative ways.
The celebrated Huffington Post and NY Magazine comedian Desiree Burch presents Tar Baby, the tale of America’s black-and-white love affair from shotgun wedding to “post-racial” relationship. Speaking to a growing majority of minority experiences in America, Tar Baby effortlessly weaves games, audiences, laughter and insight in an interactive carnival of race and capitalism -- where no one's a winner, but everyone's still playing!
The exhibition examines the complex place of the Bible in the life and art of African Americans, with particular emphasis on how biblical traditions were used by artists of African descent to help cope with the life that was imposed on them in the Americas.
The first solo exhibition in a New York museum by the globally renowned contemporary artist El Anatsui, this show will feature over 30 works in metal and wood that transform appropriated objects into site-specific sculptures.
This exhibition highlights the specific African artifacts acquired by the New York avant-garde and its most influential patrons during the 1910s and 1920s. Reflecting on the dynamism of New York's art scene during the years that followed the 1913 Armory Show, the exhibition brings together African works from the collections of many key individuals of the period.
Featuring the work of visual artists such as David Hammons, Zoe Leonard and Jean-Michel Basquiat alongside the music of jazz, blues and hip-hop legends, the exhibition considers how the blues might help us understand themes of place, performance and identity in recent art.
Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960–1980 chronicles the vital legacy of the African American arts community in Los Angeles, examining a pioneering group of black artists whose work and connections with other artists of varied ethnic backgrounds helped shape the creative output of Southern California.
Harlem was home to New York’s hottest clubs in the '30s and '40s, where the music of Billie, Ella, Dinah, Sarah, Duke and Dizzy became legend. Now the glamour, electricity and elegance of the Harlem Club environment is back in an all-new, nightclub-style show, staged as only the world-famous Apollo Theater could do it.
In May 1991, the General Services Administration unearthed the skeletal remains of nearly 400 individuals of predominantly African ancestry while preparing to erect a building in Lower Manhattan. The building was stopped, but these remains are on view in an interpretative center exploring the history of African-Americans in colonial New York.
You don't need to see the film 'Red Tails' by George Lucas to get the Tuskegee Airmen story. This play follows six of the airmen as they become pilots in the United States Army Air Force in World War II. The play explores the men's collective struggle with Jim Crow and their intelligence, patriotism, dreams of an inclusive society.
An evening of poetry with actress and author Sherry Reiter and spoken-word artist and performer Barbara Bethea. The strong parallels in the poetry of African Americans and Jewish Americans will be explored and discussed.
This exhibit features the stunning and historic photographs of Stephen Somerstein, documenting the Selma to Montgomery Civil Rights March in March 1965. Somerstein was a student in City College of New York’s night school and Picture Editor of his student newspaper when he traveled to Alabama to document the March.
The Jazz Museum in Harlem celebrates Black History Month by focusing on four women who broke boundaries by their sheer genius and talent. These evening programs feature great music illuminating talks about these American icons.
Broadway choral director/arranger Chapman Roberts has created this blockbuster evening of Broadway show stoppers delivered by an all-male cast featuring Norm Lewis, Tony Award nominee for "Porgy and Bess," and original cast members of such stellar Broadway hits as Eubie Blake's "Eubie," Duke Ellington's "Sophisticated Ladies," Fats Waller's "Ain't Misbehavin," Leiber and Stoller's Grammy Winner "Smokey Joe's Café" and "Dreamgirls."
A discussion with "Roots" stars Ben Vereen, Lou Gossett Jr., LeVar Burton, and Leslie Uggams, moderated by Donald Thoms. Presented in collaboration with Pioneers of Television, the PBS series on WNET/Thirteen.
This documentary looks at the hurdles faced by prep school students of color, namely filmmaker André Robert Lee, whose full scholarship for an elite education cost more than anyone could have anticipated.
This historic museum preserves the history of the free and intentional 19th century African-American community of Weeksville. In addition to tours of the Hunterfly Road houses, there are a variety of events, workshops and classes.
In Show Way, 11-year old Toshi Georgiana has lost a beloved family heirloom. As she searches for it, she is led by generations of women who came before her, from slaves who sewed paths to freedom to civil rights marchers. Come join Toshi as she tries to find her special connection to the past and celebrates the possibilities of the future!
"Dreamgirls" is a musical based on the show-business aspirations and successes of renowned R&B acts: The Supremes, The Shirelles, James Brown and others. The musical is a classic, "rags to riches" tale of three young African American female singers who begin as innocents and ultimately triumph over jealousies, deceptions and a ruthless music industry.
Join the authors of Family Legacies, a new book from the Jean Sampson Scott Greater New York Chapter of the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society, for an inspiring conversation about the search for their ancestors.
One of the most important locations outside of Africa for the study of the history and culture of peoples of African descent, the center boasts five million volumes, including rarities like a handwritten prayer by Phillis Wheatley, one of the first known African-American poets, and the original typescript of Richard Wright's novel Native Son.
It's 1967 in Detroit. Motown music is getting the party started, and Chelle and her brother Lank are making ends meet by turning their basement into an after-hours joint. But when a mysterious woman finds her way into their lives, the siblings clash over more much more than the family business.
In honor of Black History Month, join historian Dr. Martia G. Goodson, author of "New York's African Burial Ground," for an in-depth look at this important burial site and individual stories of those buried there.
Roundtable '63 is an inter-generational modern day civil rights round table dialogue re-examining the relevance of the moral, social, political, educational and human rights issues of 1963 versus 2013.
"Flying Home" is a mosaic mural that honors Harlem notables and makes them fly. The mural on one platform depicts performers, painters and sports figures like Dinah Washington, Sugar Ray Robinson and Josephine Baker. The opposite platform shows leaders like Malcolm X and writer Zora Neale Hurston, brought to life in mosaics that recall the cultural zenith of Harlem. The title is based on a Lionel Hampton song which Faith Ringgold heard as a child. ...
Join Africana Studies for a two-day celebration of playwright, poet, and novelist Ntozake Shange ’70, featuring student performances of her work, reflections on her legacy with Shange herself and acclaimed dance artist Dianne McIntrye, and an interdisciplinary exploration of African American arts and letters and gender in the African Diaspora.