Brooklyn kicks off 'Black Brooklyn Renaissance'

DEARDRA SHULER | 5/23/2013, 2:55 p.m.
There is no denying that Brooklyn is abuzz with art and culture. In many ways,...
Brooklyn kicks off 'Black Brooklyn Renaissance'

Rites and Ceremonies of the Brooklyn African Diaspora, Wednesday, March 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS), 128 Pierrepont Street (Brooklyn Heights). This discussion panel features the founders of annual events, ceremonies and rituals in Brooklyn, which includes Yolanda Lezama-Clark from the West Indian American Labor Day Parade; Brenda Greene from the National Black Writers Conference; Akeem from Tribute to the Ancestors at Coney Island; and Segun Shabaka from International African Arts Festival and others. Anyone with a rites and ceremonies story is invited to join the Brooklyn Historical Society from 4:30-6 p.m. to record their story for the "Black Brooklyn Renaissance" archive. Free!

Hip Hop Hybrids of Brooklyn, Thursday, April 15, 9 p.m.-midnight

Public Assembly, 70 North. 6th Street (Williamsburg). A dance and music showcase curated by young Brooklyn musicians and producers spotlighting hip-hop artists Tah Phrum Duh Bush, J Tahleim, eYe, et al, who are crossing over while combining and meshing forms in unique new ways. For tickets at the door and in advance, contact (718) 625-0080 or visit

Recording Brooklyn (date, time and location to be announced)

Screenings of acclaimed Brooklyn filmmaker St. Claire Bourne's "Making Do the Right Thing" (1989), a documentary about Spike Lee's film shot in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Cultural critics and filmmakers discuss what Bourne's film reveals about 1980s Brooklyn follows. Presented as part of its "Scene: Brooklyn, Independent Film and Media Arts" series, in conjunction with the Brooklyn Chapter of the Links. Call (718) 625-0080 or visit

Foly: African Dance Master Classes, Friday, May 14 and Saturday, May 15, 6:30-8 p.m.

Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, 1638 Fulton Street (Bedford-Stuyvesant). Classes offered by Youssouf Koumbassa on May 14 and Mamadou Dahoue on May 15 as a prelude to the 14th annual DanceAfrica Pre-Opening Celebration held the following weekend. Presented by Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation. Free! Call (718) 636-6930 or visit

The "Black Brooklyn Renaissance" endeavor depicts the first effort of its kind to take a holistic look at over five decades of Brooklyn's Black culture and arts. Explored is a range of genres and styles from drumming to painting, from jazz to hip-hop and spoken word. It takes a glimpse at how Black artists have retained ties to mid-century social and political movements while preserving artistic legacies and influences across generations. Components of the initiative include 12 months of concerts, performances, workshops, readings, screenings, exhibitions, a conference and an archive to feed future generations. See the spring series 2010 calendar of events by visiting