Posts Tagged ‘Civil Rights’

02/26/17: The N-Word Goes On Trial @ The Apollo Theater

02/26/17: The N-Word Goes On Trial @ The Apollo Theater

The Apollo collaborates with creator Kyle Bowser to present Apollo Uptown Hall- Trial By Jury: The Case of the N-Word, an interactive community conversation to investigate one of the most provocative, polarizing, and debated words in America. This dramatically staged program includes a fictional case and the audience serving as a jury to decide the […]


Ralph Ellison and Gordon Parks’s Joint Harlem Vision | The New Yorker

Ralph Ellison and Gordon Parks’s Joint Harlem Vision | The New Yorker

By Vinson Cunningham In the summer of 1947, editors from the short-lived magazine ’47, known since its shuttering in 1948 as The Magazine of the Year, contacted Ralph Ellison—then in the thick of his seven-year labor to complete “Invisible Man”—with an idea for a photo essay on the Lafargue Psychiatric Clinic in Harlem. Established a […]


From Black-and-White Negatives, a Positive View of Harlem | NY Times

From Black-and-White Negatives, a Positive View of Harlem | NY Times

By James Estrin On Aug. 8, 1966, The New York Times ran an article about how many Harlem residents wished more white people would visit to see for themselves their community’s reality. The article, by McCandlish Phillips, detailed in an almost anthropological way the Harlem of 1966 to Times readers. “A curtain of fear, about […]


2/16/16: The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution on PBS

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Okay folks, I am serious, it is an absolute must that you see this film. The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution by director Stanley Nelson masterfully tells the story of the rise and subsequent fall of the Black Panther Party. The rich archival footage and the superb musical direction of […]


2/7/16: The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution @ The Apollo Theater

2/7/16: The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution @ The Apollo Theater

Sunday, Feb 7 at 2 PM The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution The Apollo Theater, in partnership with Independent Lens & THIRTEEN, presents a free screening of Stanley Nelson’s The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, the first feature-length documentary exploring the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture and to […]


1/17/16: Race and Privilege: Exploring MLK’s Two Americas

1/17/16: Race and Privilege: Exploring MLK's Two Americas

WNYC and the Apollo Theater present the 10th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration, “Race and Privilege: Exploring MLK’s Two Americas”, in partnership with the March on Washington Film Festival. WNYC’s Peabody Award-winning host Brian Lehrer and Jami Floyd, local host of WNYC’s All Things Considered, will moderate  an open and honest discussion on disparity in America, looking at the […]


Gordon Parks’s Harlem Argument | NY Times

Gordon Parks's Harlem Argument | NY Times

By Maurice Berger Fresh from assignments at Vogue and Glamour in 1948, Gordon Parks appeared one morning at Life’s New York headquarters, determined to show his portfolio to Wilson Hicks, the magazine’s esteemed picture editor. Mr. Hicks was initially reluctant, but he warmed to Mr. Parks’s work and the story he pitched about the gang […]


The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution – The Review

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution - The Review

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) The Black Panthers changed everything. I mean everything. The Black Panther’s racial, social and cultural impact on this country and beyond is seismic yet little understood. Instead of the marching and solemnity that was a hallmark of the Civil Rights era; the Black Panthers were brash, angry and armed. The Black […]


4/12/15: Concerning Violence Screening @ MIST Harlem

4/12/15: Concerning Violence Screening @ MIST Harlem

Right off 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Concerning Violence is a film by Göran Olsson narrating the events of African liberation struggles of the 1960s and 1970s from colonial rule and narrated by Lauryn Hill. As confrontational as it is ultimately rewarding, Concerning Violence is a scathing indictment of past misdeeds — and a sobering reminder […]


Black History Month In Brief: Power Lunch

Black History Month In Brief: Power Lunch

BY A J Sidransky (@AJSidransky) In 1967 NYC schools were desegregated. In those years that meant black kids were bussed to an all white school, not the other way around. One of these kids was assigned to my fourth grade class. My last name is Sidransky and his Tate so we sat next to each […]


Black History Month In Brief: The Meaning of Freedom

Black History Month In Brief: The Meaning of Freedom

BY A J Sidransky (@AJSidransky) I have had the distinct pleasure to meet and speak with Athelstein Sullivan Parrish known to her friends and family as “Mama T” who will be 100 years old this month and who was in Selma during the historic events of 1965. I am forever grateful to her for sharing […]


Uptown Poetry: Langston Hughes – Harlem

Uptown Poetry: Langston Hughes - Harlem

Being that today is the 113th B-Day of Langston Hughes, it is only right that we send some posthumous love to that giant that played such a part in the Harlem Renaissance. Happy B-Day Langston, you will live forever. What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? […]


Put You On: Concerning Violence – The Review

Put You On: Concerning Violence – The Review

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Frantz Fanon was, in many ways, the Che Guevara of the French-speaking world. The Martinique-born intellectual/psychiatrist/revolutionary succumbed to Leukemia in 1961. He was only 36-years-old. The very same week he died, his master opus, The Wretched of the Earth, was published. It was immediately confiscated and banned in France. The book […]


Opening Tonight: Through A Lens Darkly – Black Photographers & the Emergence of a People

Opening Tonight: Through A Lens Darkly - Black Photographers & the Emergence of a People

After their SOLD-OUT premiere at New York City’s Documentary Fortnight Festival at MoMA earlier this year, “Through A Lens Darkly” will be screening August 27th through September 9th at the Film Forum (209 West Houston St.). Get your tickets NOW! For more: Through A Lens Darkly Blog | Black Photographers and the Emergence of a […]


WNYC & The Apollo present Dreams for NYC Inspired by MLK

WNYC & The Apollo present Dreams for NYC Inspired by MLK

WNYC’s Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration goes uptown to the historic Apollo Theater Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 3 pm. Presented as part of the Apollo Uptown Hall series, this year’s event explores the immediate future of New York City through the lens of Dr. King’s moral compass. Join WNYC’s Brian Lehrer and […]


Flashing Lights: Harlem As Seen By Gordon Parks

Flashing Lights: Harlem As Seen By Gordon Parks

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) The iconic photographer Gordon Parks would have been 102 this past November. Arguably one of the most important photographers of all time, Gordon Parks referred to his camera as “my weapon against poverty and racism”. His work for Life Magazine brought the harsh realities of life for African-Americans into sharp focus […]


The Shabazz Center Celebrates the 87th Birthday of Malcolm X this Saturday

The Shabazz Center Celebrates the 87th Birthday of Malcolm X this Saturday

For more info: http://theshabazzcenter.net/ Check out: Freedom’s Sisters – The Untold Story Uptown Gem – The Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Center


The Shabazz Center Celebrates the Life & Legacy of Malcolm X Today

The Shabazz Center Celebrates the Life & Legacy of Malcolm X Today

Today is the 48th anniversary of the assassination of the late great Malcolm X in our very own Audubon Ballroom. The Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center (3940 Broadway) will host two events to commemorate his life and legacy. 1:30 pm: A special libation ceremony for Malcolm X.  7 pm: Internationally […]


Put You On: The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 | The Review

By Shivika and Shreeya Sinha “The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975,” is a gripping documentary on the struggles of the civil rights movement narrated by black activists Stokely Carmichael and Angela Davis as well as contemporary artists who were inspired by them like Talib Kweli and Erykah Badu. But what makes the documentary even more fascinating […]


Marriage Equality: Byron Rushing and the Fight for Fairness – The Review

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) In his groundbreaking 1903 treatise The Souls of Black Folk, African-American giant W.E.B. DuBois predicted, “the problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color-line”. Setting out to show to the reader “the strange meaning of being black here in the dawning of the Twentieth Century.” It would seem […]


Groundbreaking Film On Marriage Equality & Civil Rights Premieres Tonight @ Harlem Stage

The national debate about marriage equality for same-sex couples comes Uptown tonight as Harlem Stage presents the world premiere of the new documentary short film, “Marriage Equality: Byron Rushing and the Fight for Fairness.” A community forum on the topic will follow, featuring entrepreneur/activist Russell Simmons, Rev. Irene Monroe, coordinator of the African American Roundtable […]

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