Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 1/31/2013, 2:40 p.m.
I hope you are all hanging in there, keeping cozy and warm, now that we are in the grip of old man winter.
Hail to the chief, as now President Barack Obama's re-election is official. As many of you know, I would follow Obama to the ends of the earth; but I have to say little Miss Sasha is a candidate for charm school. No, she didn't yawn during her father's inauguration speech and not cover her mouth. Tsk, tsk. As for Beyonce lip-syncing, who cares, I don't. Actually, I would have preferred to see a Latina like Jennifer Lopez sing, if only to round out the diversity tip. Beyonce sang at the last inauguration--enough already.
Moving ever onward and upward, February is almost here with all of its delights. In addition to ushering in celebrations of Valentine's Day, Presidents' Day and Mardi Gras, it is Black History Month. Among the many events bringing awareness to the cause this month is the documentary "Woke Up Black." This film by Mary F. Morten covers a two-year period in the lives of five B lack youths ages 16-21. The film follows the day-to-day events, as well as the major milestones, in the lives of the cast, which includes Rosalee, the first in her family to attend college; Carter, a student athlete adopted by a gay couple when he was 10; Morgan, an engineering student from a predominantly white suburb; Ace, a self-identified gender-queer activist whose family has difficulty accepting her identity; and Sheldon, a community organizer and new father. Each character, though different, represents the struggles, dreams and aspirations of youth today. Interestingly, though times have changed, certain challenges confronting this age group remain the same from generation to generation.
There will be three screenings throughout the month, at three different locations, each of which will be followed a panel discussion with director Morten, two of the documentary subjects, and local youths. The first screening is on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 6:30 p.m. in the Langston Hughes Auditorium at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (515 Malcolm X Blvd.). Admission is free. Doors open at 5:30. On Sunday, Feb. 17, at 1 p.m., the film will be screened in the Middle Collegiate Church Sanctuary (112 Second Ave. at Sixth Street). There is a suggested donation of $10 at the door. The final screening is on Monday, Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m., at Maysles Cinema, 343 Malcolm X Blvd., 127th Street. Admission is $10. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Don't stop that party rock: The Red & Black post-Valentine bash will take place on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. at the Kappa Castle Brownstone, 472 W. 141st St., between Convent and Amsterdam avenues; formerly known as so many places, I can't even remember. However, it will be the place to be on this night, if you want to paaaarty. Rocking and slamming the beats are DJ TallGuy and Howie D. Four levels, four dance floors, free buffet, a 50/50 raffle, happy hour from 9 to 11 p.m., for the over 30/40 people. Your host for the evening is Mark Alston. What everyone really wants to know is, how old are you, Mark--over 30 or over 40? Doesn't matter; if you fit the bill, then check it out.