The Brooklyn Academy of Music has a full slate of events to help Brooklynites as well as all New Yorkers celebrate Black History Month this February.
The highlight of the month may very well be a discussion between two great intellectuals, Cornell West and Simon Critchley. “The Faith of the Faithless: Experiments in Political Theology” is the title of Critchley’s new book as well as the evening’s talk on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. at BAMcafe. The writers and professors will explore the rise of religious extremism as well as the concept of secular democracy. Tickets are $15.
For those of you who are more artistically inclined, BAMcafe has a full lineup of musical events every Friday and Saturday night. There’s no cover or minimum for these events, so get there early! Host Phillip Andry and house spinner DJ Idlemind, “The Appropriate Agent,” will oversee a series of evenings that include “BAMcafe Live All-Stars: Francis Mbappe and FM Tribe” on Feb. 3 and hip-hop, soul and spoken word artist F. Stokes on Feb. 4.
The following weekend, Mo Beasley’s LoveStorm will come to Brooklyn on Feb. 11 and musician, poet and visual artist William Hooker comes by the following weekend on Feb. 17. If you need some sexy neosoul, stop by BAMcafe on Feb. 24 to hear Esnavi.
Black History Month was created not just to celebrate our glorious past but to refocus us on our contemporary culture, which day by day has been increasingly appropriated by those who enjoy the look and feel but don’t understand the struggle that went into producing that culture.
BAMCafe is located at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Ave. in Brooklyn. For information and updates, call (718) 636-4100 or visit BAM.org.