You May Sit Beside Me: Visual Narratives of Black Women and Queer Identities, is an exhibition of intimate photographs accompanied by spirited conversations that explore the complexities of living as queer Black women.
March 30 to May 24, 2014
Gallery hours: Wednesday – Friday, 11 AM – 6 PM, Saturday, 1 PM – 6 PM
- Thursday, April 10th, 6:30 PM Panel discussion with women from the exhibition
- Thursday, May 1st, 6:30 PM Queer community film screening
- Thursday, May 22nd, 6:30 PM Closing reception and queer film screening
1368 Fulton St Brooklyn, NY 11216 | Phone: 718-636-6900
Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza’s Skylight Gallery
A/C train to Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn, NY.
Stacey Muhammad is an award winning filmmaker and director. Her work includes the award winning “I AM SEAN BELL, black boys speak”, which was an official award winner at the HBO/Media that Matters Film Festival. For Colored Boys is a series of short stories that follow the lives of African American men from various walks of life as they navigate and overcome challenges, face their fears and find their truth.
The show is produced in part by Cynical Smith, with music direction by General Steele and an acting debut made by Tekomin of Smif-n-Wessun.
The first season of For Colored Boys, subtitled REDEMPTION, follows the life of Benjamin Boyd, Sr. who upon release from prison seeks to reunite his family by rekindling his relationship with wife, “Lisa” and reassuming his role as father to his teenage daughter, Sidney and 20 year old son, “E”. A talented yet somewhat troubled young man, “E” has had to shoulder a tremendous amount of responsibility during his father’s incarceration.
WATCH BELOW – Season 1, Episode 1 Starring Julito McCullum and Rob Morgan. Tiye Phoenix, Roudy St. Fleur, Ryan Stephenson, Kai Muhammad and Danny Simmons
Synopsis: Accustomed to assisting his mother with his 15-year-old sister, Sidney, he is pulled and persuaded by the temptations of his environment to make money and help provide for his family. Returning home, Benjamin finds his son is no longer a boy, but a man unwilling to acknowledge or accept the presence of his father. In order to mend a troubled and fragile relationship and rebuild his family, Benjamin must be careful not to overstep his bounds, yet still re-establish his presence as E’s father. Finding his place in a world he’s been estranged from is more difficult task than he could have ever imaged and suffering from Post Incarceration Syndrome makes it seem nearly impossible.
Written and Directed by Stacey Muhammad.
Cinematography by J. Anders Urmacher.
Edited by Kathryn Hood Moore
Original Music by Chris Rob
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Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff stars as Ivan Martin, an aspiring young singer who leaves his rural village for the capital city of Kingston, Jamaica hoping to make a name for himself.
Robbed of his money and possessions his first day in town, he finds work with a self-righteous, bullying preacher and an unscrupulous music mogul who exploits naive hopefuls.
September 5 at 9:00 pm
Dir. Perry Henzell | 120min | Crime | Music | Jamaica | 1972
Writers: Perry Henzell, Trevor D. Rhone
Stars: Jimmy Cliff, Janet Bartley, Carl Bradshaw
In desperation the simple country boy turns outlaw, at war with both the police and his rivals in the ganja trade. Ivan’s dream of stardom soon becomes a reality as he rises to the top of the pop charts and the most-wanted lists.
This gritty, groundbreaking film brought reggae music to the international stage, made Jimmy Cliff a star worldwide, and demonstrated that music and art can change the world.
I could not talk about this before the official announcement, but now I can! On Friday, August 16, 2013, Spike Lee will be joined by DJs Clark Kent, Scratch, Spinna, and more for an all night dance party and fundraiser.
The party, sponsored by Brooklyn Bowl and 40 Acres and a Mule, will start at 11:45 PM at 61 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11249. Money and awareness raised will go toward Spike’s new film.
I love the Saul Bass influenced poster! Get excited about this party and visit BrooklynBowl.com for tickets!
Doin It in The Park, a film by Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau traces the history of street basketball from its origin to the present. The film delves into women street ballers, legends of NY street ball courts, as well as the use of pick-up basketball leagues as a way to fight violence and steer inner city youth away from the lure of drugs.
The most touching part of the film is an interview with a youth prisoner. Sitting on a bench, the boy in no way resembles the hardened faces we see on prison TV shows. He softly describes the irresponsible behavior that landed him in a cage. His eyes sparkle only when he tells us about the importance of the prison pick-up basketball league.
“For a moment we are not prisoners. All that matters is the basketball game,” he says. And for a moment, sitting in the darkened MIST Harlem theater with Tony Touch, DJ Eclipse, Emir Lewis and Denise Greene- all that matters is this film.
Doin It In The Park is screening in the USA, South Africa, China and Latin America. I recommend you go see it with your family and friends. It is a film about the way in which this game touches all of us.
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