Brooklyn kicks off 'Black Brooklyn Renaissance'
DEARDRA SHULER | 5/23/2013, 2:55 p.m.
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 brooklynartscouncil.org.
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 brooklynartscouncil.org.
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 restorationplaza.org.
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 www.brooklynartscouncil.org/blackbrooklynrenaissance.