Grand Opening Celebration Event: Illustration Workshop with Shadra Strickland

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In celebration of the Grand Opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington, DC, join award-winning illustrator Shadra Strickland for storytime of the book Bird, illustrated by Strickland. Participants will receive a free commemorative poster of NMAAHC, while supplies last. A drawing workshop with the artist follows. Children will illustrate their own personal stories after listening to this tale about a young boy facing family struggles. The book is available for purchase in the museum shop. Strickland's awards include an NAACP Image Award and a Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award.

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4th Annual Family Reunion Expo

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Bring the whole family and enjoy food samples from caterers, hotel and vendor information, genealogy experts, and live entertainment for all ages. The expo features a kids zone, tours, and empowering celebrity seminars. This family-friendly event is as fun as it is informative. Get a wealth of information to begin planning your next family reunion. In partnership with Visit Baltimore and GreiBo.
 

 

 

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A family posing with teaching artist Culture Queen at the Family Reunion Expo

The Fruition Experience

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The sound and repertoire of The Fruition Experience ranges from acoustic straight-ahead jazz, to an electronic fusion of hip hop and neo soul with soulful vocals and cutting-edge contemporary jazz chops, similar to Herbie Hancock’s groundbreaking “Head Hunters” album. The group delivers uplifting music that taps on your conscious mind and feeds your soul.

The performance is a part of the Third Thursday Series. On the third Thursday of the month, enjoy late night admission to the galleries until 8pm and a live show. $8 for members and $10 for non-members. Doors at 5pm, show at 6pm. Sponsored by WEAA.

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Spice Band

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Spice has delighted audiences with their traditional jazz, contemporary, fusion, R&B, and original music for nearly 20 years. The group is led by bassist Jesse Powers, who played in the prestigious U.S. Army Field Band for 19 years.

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The performance is a part of the Third Thursday Series. On the third Thursday of the month, enjoy late night admission to the galleries until 8pm and a live show. $8 for members and $10 for non-members. Doors at 5pm, show at 6pm. Sponsored by WEAA.

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The Baltimore Uprising through Our Eyes: Past, Present, and Future

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Using visual imagery and music in a community forum format, junior high students from Guilford Elementary - Middle School in Baltimore, Maryland will reflect on feelings, attitudes, and perceptions during the Baltimore Uprising. A distinguished panel of Guilford students will address key topics, issues, and concerns followed by a Q&A with the audience and invited dignitaries.

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Guilford Elementary Middle School in Baltimore, Maryland

Looking for Leroy: Illegible Black Masculinities

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Dr. Mark Anthony Neal analyzes the ways in which black masculinity has been read and misread through popular culture. The most “legible” black male bodies are often rendered as criminal, as bodies in need of policing and containment. Ironically, Neal argues, this sort of legibility brings welcome relief to white America, providing easily identifiable images of black men in an era defined by shifts in racial, sexual, and gendered identities. He has examined figures such as Jay-Z, R. Kelly, Luther Vandross, and characters from the The Wire, among others. In conjunction with the exhibition Question Bridge: Black Males.

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Sneak Preview Screening w/ Wes Moore: All The Difference

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(66 minutes) Preview All the Difference before its nationwide release on PBS. The film was selected to be part of PBS' 29th season of POV, a series of thought-provoking documentaries.

The documentary and media outreach project is inspired by Wes Moore’s New York Times bestselling book, The Other Wes Moore. The largely invisible and often crushing struggles of young African American men come vividly — and heroically — to life in All the Difference, which traces the paths of two teens from the South Side of Chicago who dare to dream a seemingly impossible dream: to graduate from college. Filmed over five and a half years, the documentary weaves together the stories of Robert and Krishaun as they navigate their lives from broken homes and low-income, high-risk communities to attend college, in spite of all the odds. Learn about the factors that made all the difference for these young men. A post-film discussion on black male students and higher education follows with Moore. 

Doors at 6pm. Screening at 6:30pm. Taharka Brothers will distribute free ice cream before the screening while supplies last.

In conjunction with the exhibition Question Bridge: Black Males

A co-production of American Documentary | POV; Part of American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen, made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Presented in partnership with Maryland Public Television.

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Author and film producer Wes Moore

Green Tea

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Mix a serving of soul, a pinch of optimism, and a dash of heart and you get Green Tea. Not just your average soul singer, Green Tea, pours her feelings into her music. She skillfully mixes sultry soul with positive lyrics and encouraging tones that make you want another dose every time she sings. She also interprets gospel, jazz, blues and even opera. Her latest musical release is Dosage III: The Time to B.E. and is testament to her personal, relationship-based lyrics and deep resonant voice.

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On Third Thursdays of the month, enjoy live jazz music. $8 for members and $10 for non-members on the third Thursday of the month, enjoy late night admission to the galleries until 8pm and a live show. Doors at 5pm, show at 6pm. Sponsored by WEAA.

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Green Tea soul singer

Capoeira Workshop

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The International Capoeira Angola Foundation (ICAF)-Baltimore leads a workshop in capoeira, a Brazilian martial art form. Space is limited. Ages 6-12. In conjunction with the exhibition Question Bridge: Black Males.

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Break Dance Showcase: Dark Matter

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Multimedia artist Jefferson Pinder studied images from the Ferguson uprising and worked with international b-boy crew Lionz of Zion to direct this performance. You're invited to also attend the preceding program Expressions of Baltimore at 12:30pm. In conjunction with the exhibition BMORE Than the Story.

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Dark Matter Intro from Jefferson Pinder on Vimeo.

 

Dark Matter (video performance) from Jefferson Pinder on Vimeo.

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