Floetic Friday

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Join us for an evening of up-and-coming emcees, poets, and DJs in this series of spoken word and hip hop expression. Open mic followed by a featured performer. Doors open at 7pm. Food and drink will be available for purchase from the museum cafe' 7pm-9pm. Performances begin at 7:30pm. Admission: $6 members, $8 non-members. Tickets are available for purchase at the door.

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I am Franklin: Comic Book Art Workshop

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Create comic book art about your community and self-identity with artist Jerrell Gibbs utilizing the African American comic strip character Franklin Armstrong from the comic strip Peanuts, created by Charles M. Schulz. Participants will dialogue with Mr. Gibbs, create an art piece using the Franklin character and create a written message to go along with their piece. Recommended for ages 8-14. In conjunction with the exhibitions "BMore" Than the Story and Question Bridge: Black Males.

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Franklin from the Peanuts cartoon series

BMORE Than The Story: Opening Day

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Reception, Community Forum, and Performances

The students of "The Positive Social Change Theater/Performing Arts Program" at Augusta Fells Savage High School present a theatrical conversation to achieve healing, understanding, and hope entitled "A Turn Up 4 A Rise Up: A Hope Story." The piece uses the power of theater, spoken word poetry, positive rap, dance, and song used to show societal inequities and possible solutions to them for a better tomorrow for us all. The performance, along with a community forum, are part of the opening day program of the exhibition BMORE Than The Story. This exhibit curated by ASFIVA students and graphic design students from the University of Maryland College Park (UMD) addresses the one-sided media portrayal and the realities of the Baltimore students’ lives. A reception follows the performance.

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Schedule

1:30-2:30pmWelcome remarks
2:40pm-3:30pmCommunity panel with students of UMD, August Fells, and community activists
3:30pm-4:30pmReception
  

 

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Art in the Hands of Men: Show + Panel w/Artists

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Join art curator Shawn Kwofi Holmes, Jerrell Gibbs and their artist friends for an artist talk and art show on their latest art exhibition, Art in the Hands of Men. This community exhibit consisting of more than 50 pieces of photography and paintings is dedicated to the acknowledgment of African American trailblazers in art, history and popular culture, past and present and features soley the works of black men. The artists include Ernest Shaw, Eric Briscoe, Brad Talley, Jerrell Gibbs, Jason Harris, Tariq Toure, Bryan Robison, Dejaun Patterson, Bryan Robinson and Anthony Mckissick. Museum visitors will get an opportunity to view some of their works and meet some of the artists during this talk. Preceded by a workshop for youth artists at 11am-2pm. In conjunction with the exhibitions "BMore" Than the Story and Question Bridge: Black Males.

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Art in the Hands of Men: Art Workshop

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Youth artists are invited to participate in a studio art activity with community artists related to the exhibit Art in the Hands of Men. The exhibit consists of artwork that recognizes African American trailblazers in art, history and popular culture, past and present and features only the works of black men. Followed by a panel discussion with the artists at 3pm. In conjunction with the exhibitions "BMore" Than the Story and Question Bridge: Black Males.

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Critical Discourse Among Black Males in the Obama Era

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In the era of the first black president, Barack H. Obama, this documentary explores the impact of the "Obama Effect" and whether the presence of a black male president has helped reduce the negative perceptions of black males and whether it has increased black male achievement. In the documentary, black males were asked, “What does it mean to be a black male in the 21st Century?” From their responses, a substantial and controversial contribution to American discourse shaped by their perspectives was born. A panel follows with scholars and community leaders, including Dr. Lovell Smith of Loyola University, Dr. Jeffery Menzise of Morgan State, and Robert Murphy of Maryland State Department of Education. In conjunction with the exhibition Question Bridge: Black Males.

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OFFICIAL DOCUMENTARY TRAILER - BDWW: Critical Discourse Among Black Males in the Obama Era (HD) from William T. Hoston on Vimeo.

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Book Talk w/Ben Jealous, Former NAACP President

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Join Ben Jealous, former NAACP president and former vice president at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, for a book talk on Reach: 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading & Succeeding, an inspiring collection of essays from black men who are making a difference in their communities. The book collects forty first-person accounts from well-known men like the Rev. Al Sharpton, John Legend, Isiah Thomas, Bill T. Jones, Louis Gossett, Jr., and Talib Kweli, alongside influential community organizers, businessmen, religious leaders, philanthropists, and educators.  Powerful and indispensable to our ongoing cultural dialogue, Reach explodes myths about black men by providing rare, candid, and deeply personal insights into their lives.  Jealous is joined at the talk by two Marylanders with essays in the book: Emmanuel Cephas, the founder of Human Storm, and Rodney D. Foxworth, Jr., founder of Invested Impact. In conjunction with the exhibition Question Bridge: Black Males.

Jealous has been on the “40 Under 40” Lists of both Forbes and Time. In 2013, the Washington Post referred to him as “one of the nation’s most prominent civil rights leaders.” 

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Ben Jealous, former president of the NAACP

A Dream Preferred

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(22 minutes) Follow the Taharka Brothers, whose ice cream was voted Best in Baltimore, and the six young men behind the company from their start in Baltimore’s toughest neighborhoods as they work to raise $28,000 in 29 days. The money will grow their business and launch a “Food for Thought” ice cream truck for social change. With a looming deadline and seemingly insurmountable goal, this fun, yet poignant portrayal of the Taharka Brothers’ ingenuity and character are an inspiration for all. An ice cream social and panel follows with the Taharka Brothers. By Academy Award-nominated filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady ("Jesus Camp"). Vimeo Staff Pick. In conjunction with the exhibitions "BMore" Than the Story and Question Bridge: Black Males.

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A Dream Preferred movie poster

All Baltimore Voices: Stories About & Beyond the Unrest

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Join for storytelling, spoken word, and a panel discussion at this event that recognizes the one-year anniversary of the Baltimore Unrest. The public is invited to share personal stories about, before, or beyond the Baltimore Unrest in story circles during a storytelling workshop led by Dr. Karsonya ("Kaye") Whitehead of Loyola University.

It is followed by a panel discussion with Dr. Brian Morrison, founder of the William J. Watkins, Sr. Educational Institute; Makayla Gilliam Price, senior at Baltimore City College public high school ​​and activist; and Katrina Bell McDonald, Associate​ Professor​ of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University​.

Poet Kondwani Fidel, who has been called "Luzerne [Avenue's] Poet Laureate" by Baltimore City Paper performs a spoken word tribute. Workshop participants then present their stories.

Free admission. Refreshments provided. For more information, to participate in the storytelling workshop, and or to present your stoop story, please e-mail Terry Taylor by clicking here. This program is sponsored by the Maryland Humanities Council.

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Schedule

10am        Storytelling circles
12pm        Panel discussion
1pm          Spoken word by poet Kondwani Fidel
1:30-3pm Public storytelling/Spoken word presentations

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In Light of History: Artist Talk & Cello Performance by Paul Rucker

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Join renowned artist Paul Rucker (Best Artist 2015 - Baltimore Magazine; Best Visual Art Show 2015 - Baltimore City Paper; Baker Artist Award 2015; Creative Capital Grantee 2012; Joan Mitchell Grant 2015) for a talk about his installation, "In Light of History," that is part of the city-wide Light City festival. "In Light of History" illuminates sites around the Inner Harbor that were involved in Baltimore's extensive slave trade. He also performs original cello compositions written for each site. 

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Paul Rucker artist and cellist

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