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Brand Nubian’s Sadat X is Hip-Hop’s Winemaker – Join Him August 29th from 7pm – 2am in Brooklyn

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“We drink wine too!” Sadat X proclaims as he raises a glass of the signature wine he created with partner Will Tell. The Brand Nubian rap veteran and “True Wine Connoisseur” has taken his irreverent wine-appreciation web series from the Internet to street in the form of a red blend.

Tonight, Sadat X and Will Tell launch their Riesling, delightfully named ‘The Middle Finger’ at Bed Vyne Brew in Brooklyn.

The wine is available from purveyors all over New York City, including Blue Ribbon Bakery, Black Label Wines on West 20th or via the grape-soaked lushes themselves, online. Keeping up with Sadat X is harder than finding the wine, due to his nonstop touring, but the Internet makes even that possible, too. Follow him @SadatX on twitter or instagram to stay current on his music, tours and wine escapades.

As you sip, stream my favorite episode of True Wine Connoisseurs, featuring the Chocolate Boy  Wonder Pete Rock, a fast food pairing from emcee Vast Aire and a choice review from Fi-Lo in which he compares the effects of a particular bottle of wine to “running with The Blair Witch Project.”

True Wine Connoisseurs
Riesling Release Party in Brooklyn
DJ Evil Dee on the Turntables
Friday, August 29, 2014
7:00 PM – 2:00 AM
370 Tompkins Ave (corner of Putnam)
Brooklyn, NY 11216
(A) or (C) train to Nostrand

Brooklyn Museum hosts Spike Lee Screening, Blitz the Ambassador, Nina Sky, Malik Yoba, Michael Angela Davis and More in star studded ‘First Saturdays’ July 5th Lineup

Tonight is a big night for art, music and culture enthusiasts in Brooklyn. Check out the Schedule.



Target First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum

July 5, 2014

Brooklyn Summer

Visit Ai Weiwei: According to What? at the discounted admission price of $10 (regularly $15) during Target First Saturday.


4:30 p.m.

Add your mark to sidewalk chalk drawings led by The City Kids, and hula hoop away with members of Hula Nation.


5 p.m.

Matuto fuses Afro-Brazilian beats with folk and bluegrass.


6 p.m.

Curious tales from Brooklyn’s history are told by a local historian. Free tickets (25) at the Visitor Center at 5 p.m.


6 p.m.

Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee, 1989, 120 min.). On the hottest day of the year, on a street in Bed-Stuy, racial and social tensions meet head-on, with tragic consequences. Free tickets (310) at the Visitor Center at 5 p.m.

Hands-On Art

6:30–8:30 p.m.

Sketch from a live model to learn the art of figure drawing. Free tickets (330) at the Visitor Center at 5:30 p.m.

Interactive Talk

7 p.m.

Filmmakers Paul Trillo and Landon Van Soest discuss their Brooklyn in 3,000 Stills project. Bring your smartphone and contribute to a crowd-sourced portrait of Brooklyn. Free tickets (25) at the Visitor Center at 6 p.m.

Talk and Music

7 p.m.

Michael July on his book Afros: A Celebration of Natural Hair. Co-hosted by Malik Yoba, and Michaela angela Davis. Anu Prestonia of Khamit Kinks leads a natural-hair show. Book signing follows.


7 p.m.

In his only NYC-area summer show, Blitz the Ambassador blends African popular sounds, vintage soul, and hard-hitting beats and lyrics. Opening set by DJ Ushka and DJ Beto (iBomba) at 6:30 p.m.


8 p.m.

Erica Watson hosts a showcase of hilarious female comedians. Free tickets (310) at the Visitor Center at 7 p.m.


9 p.m.

Remember “Move Ya Body”? R&B duo Nina Sky performs their biggest hits.






April 21, 2014 | Pearl Cleage Book Signing: Things I Should Have Told My Daughter: Lies, Lessons & Love Affairs


Event Details:

In addition to being one of the most popular living playwrights in America, Pearl Cleage is a bestselling author with an Oprah Book Club pick and multiple awards to her credit, but there was a time when such stellar success seemed like a dream. In this revelatory and deeply personal work, Cleage takes readers back to the 1970s and ’80s, retracing her struggles to hone her craft amid personal and professional tumult.

Though born and raised in Detroit, it was in Atlanta that Cleage encountered the forces that would most shape her experience. At the time, married to Michael Lomax, now head of the United Negro College Fund, she worked with Maynard Jackson, Atlanta’s first African-American mayor. “Things I Should Have Told My Daughter “charts not only the political fights but also the pull she began to feel on her own passions–a pull that led her away from Lomax as she grappled with ideas of feminism and self-fulfillment.


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    New York, NY 10026

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You May Sit Beside Me: Visual Narratives of Black Women and Queer Identities opens at Restoration’s Skylight Gallery in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn

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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.


2014 Scope Art Fair NYC Will Feature New Work From Celebrated Art Director Cey Adams


Cey Adams is set to debut new artwork at the SCOPE International Contemporary Art Show in New York from March 6th – 9th, at Booth E17. His new artwork will be shown in collaboration with RushArts Galleryb and Blackbook Gallery.

The event will include the artists listed below! Follow the art fair via the #scope2014 hastag.
Ravi Zupa(US), WK Interact(US/France), Hari & Deepti(US/India), Ben Eine (US/UK), Morning Breath(US), Cey Adams(US), Max Kauffman(US), El Gato Chimney(Italy), Martin Whatson(Norway), CYCLE(US), James Reka(Australia), Cope2(US), Indie184(US), Shepard Fairey(US), Judith Supine(US)

More info: SCOPE ART FAIR | MARCH 6-9 | NEW YORK 2014


Brooklyn Kicks Off Black Artstory Month Art Exhibitions in Fort Greene & Clinton Hill

Taking inspiration from Richard Wright’s Native Son, written in Fort Greene, the 2014 installment of Black Artstory Month is entitled Native Sons and Daughters.

Curated by Daonne Huff, #BlackArtstory month features a thought-provoking blend of multi-disciplinary artists, media and ideas. Look for events and experiences for all ages created in collaboration with Aisha Cousins, Act Now Foundation, FOKUS, SONYA (South of the Navy Yard Artists), and Try Harder NYC, as well as art exhibitions in ten different Myrtle Avenue businesses from more than 20 artists!

Artwork by Teri Sanders at Pillow Cafe

February 1 – February 28
Pillow Cafe-Lounge,

505 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205 United States

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A new exhibition by painter Teri Sanders is up at Pillow Cafe-Lounge on Myrtle Avenue! The exhibition, titled “Art at Work”, will be on view until the end of February. Being a classically trained portrait painter, Teri’s philosophy is that no matter how “processed” the result is in a publication, it all comes back to the brush on canvas. This exhibit gives the viewer a rare insight into those sources: the raw work on canvas. A prolific painter and art…Find out more »

Climate Change: Opening Reception

February 6 @ 7:00 – 9:00
Gnarly Vines,

350 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205 United States

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TryHarderNYC presents Climate Change, an art exhibition at Gnarly Vines featuring Steven Mosley and Jose Baez, during Black Artstory Month. The exhibition will run throughout February, with a FREE opening reception on Thursday, February 6th at 7pm. Try Harder NYC  is a Brooklyn artist collective. Through photography, art production, and collaborative projects, TryHarderNYC is documenting the experience of creative individuals from an urban perspective.  Find out more »

Storytime Art with FOKUS

February 8 @ 12:30 – 2:30
Ingersoll Community Center,

177 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States

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FREE A Black Artstory Month event for families! All are invited to join FOKUS for the reading of “Sofie and the City” and “Saladino Colour of Home.” Following the reading of these tales of migration and longing for home and family, bring your own personal tales to life through a chalk drawing activity. Art supplies and light refreshments will be provided.  Find out more »

Black Artstory Month Film: The Wonder Year

February 12 @ 7:00 – 10:00
Ingersoll Community Center,

177 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States

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Black Artstory  Month brings you a FREE screening of  The Wonder Year, in partnership with Act Now Foundation and the Ingersoll Community Center. A year in the life of CEO, NAACP ambassador, Duke University professor, husband, father, son and Grammy Award winning producer 9th Wonder. The Wonder Year follows one of soul music’s most dynamic figures from his childhood home to late nights in the studio and everywhere in between. About ActNow Foundation Since it’s founding in 2005, ActNow Foundation has… Find out more »

How Much Longer Till We’re Home: An Evening of Storytelling

February 13 @ 7:30 – 9:00

415 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, NY United States

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FREE Black Artstory Month brings together Storytellers at Splitty! Whether by boat, foot, or if you’re lucky – Jet Blue – everyone has a story of traveling across America. Sometimes we have migrated across coasts, but other journeys have been more local – many of us have traveled to cities or boroughs or even cross streets where we can feel more at home. “How Much Longer Till We’re Home” will bring together incredible storytellers with separate stories about finding “place”… Find out more »

Community Mural: Local Heroes

February 16 @ 1:00 – 4:00
Hadas Gallery,

543 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205 United States

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Black Artstory Month enlists artists from SONYA to lead participants of all ages in the creation of a Community Mural featuring images of Local Heroes, and inspired by the artwork of local students from PS 20. All supplies provided. Wear your paint clothes! Find out more »

The Influence of the African Diaspora on Fashion

February 21 @ 6:00 – 8:00
Leisure Life,

559 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205 United States

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FREE Join FOKUS for a conversation at Leisure Life featuring tastemakers in the world of fashion as part of Black Artstory Month.  Speakers share their views on the African Diaspora’s impact on fashion, as well as how their own migratory experiences influence their work. Wine provided by Tipsy, with a tasting at Tipsy immediately following the event. Featuring:  Ana Kata (Uchea Nwabuzor), Brandice Henderson (Harlem Fashion Row), Jennifer Nnamani (Beau Monde Society) and Charnier Corey (Leisure Life NYC).  Find out more »

Native Sons & Daughters Remixed: Live Music

February 22 @ 8:00 – 11:30
Five Spot Soul Food & Supper Club,

459 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205 United States

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A Black Artstory Month showcase where musicians representing various genres reinterpret and salute African-American musicians with Brooklyn roots. $5 suggested donation. Featuring: James Hall, Emily Ruth Hazel and Sebastien Ammann Ayoinmotion Hot Hands Igor Lumpert and the Innertextures DonChristian.  Find out more »

Cypher, A Night of Spoken Notes

February 27 @ 7:00 – 8:30
Pillow Cafe-Lounge,

505 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205 United States

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FREE Black Artstory Month celebrates the tradition of Spoken Word at Pillow Cafe-Lounge.  Drink Specials. Participating artists: Ishmael “Ish” Islam Brittany “Blue” Bellinger Reynold Martin Dean Brown Victor Arumemi.  Find out more »


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