The Paradise That Wasn’t

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Evodie Ngoy

Congolese artist Evodie Ngoy, from Wide Angle Youth Media, will present her latest short animated film, The Paradise That Wasn’t, that documents Ngoy’s experience attending Baltimore public school as a refugee. Following the screening, Ngoy will join a panel of community leaders, including Kursten Pickup, Refugee Youth Project Coordinator, and Dr. Martin Ford, Director of Maryland Office for Refugee and Asylees, to discuss the social, economic, and political experience of refugee youth in Baltimore. Wide Angle Youth Media provides Baltimore young people with media education to tell their stories and become engaged with their communities. In conjunction with the exhibit, Interweaving Traditions: Bookbinding Across Cultures. Click here to RSVP online. Note: You will still need to buy admission.

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The Girls in the Band

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"joyous and packed with great music" - SF Weekly

(81 minutes) They wiggled, they jiggled, they wore low cut gowns, and they kowtowed to the club owners and smiled at the customers... and they did it all, just to play the music they loved. In the thirties and forties, hundreds of women musicians toured the country in glamorous all-girl bands, while others played side by side with their male counterparts. Yet by the mid-fifties female jazz musicians had literally disappeared from the workplace; their names, their contributions to music, completely forgotten. The Girls in the Band tells the poignant, untold stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists and their fascinating, groundbreaking journeys from the late 30s to the present day. (Description from thegirlsintheband.com) Presented in collaboration with WEAA 88.9.

A post-film discussion with Camay Murphy, Rosie Pryor and several female musicians will follow the screening, moderated by Carla Wills of The Baltimore Blend on WEAA.

Winner Audience Choice Award
Palm Springs International Film Festival, January 2012
Victoria International Film Festival, February 2012
Omaha Film Festival, March 2012

Winner Best Music Documentary
DOCUTAH September 2012

Winner Best Feature Documentary
High Falls Film Festival, April 2013

"Everything a worthwhile documentary should be, and then some; engaging, informative, thorough and brimming with delightful characters." - Jeannette Catsoulis New York Times, (NYT Critics’ Pick)

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Poetry Reading: Free To Be Me

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Celebrate Poetry Month with a reading and book signing with Trinidadian-born spoken word artist Cherrie Amour as she presents her first poetry collection “Free To Be Me: Poems on Life, Love and Relationships.” The book poetically explores Cherrie’s geographical and emotional journey from childhood to adulthood that took her from the Caribbean to Canada, Detroit, and finally to her current hometown of Baltimore, Maryland. The work also covers feelings of abandonment, while revealing personal remedies for healing. Click here to RSVP online. Note: You will still need to buy museum admission.

 Watch Cherrie read poems from her book:

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Jazz For Kids (Ages 6-10)

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Photo credit: Ian Burt

Join Culture Kingdom Kids as they celebrate Maryland jazz artists Eubie Blake, Billie Holiday and Cab Calloway through storytelling, dance and craft activities! Guest saxophonist Brian Forehand will jazz up your child's favorite nursery rhymes! This program promises to have your children scatting, swinging and more “jazzy” than ever before!

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Soul Food Junkies

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Photo of fried chicken with greens.

Photo credit: Angela Napili

(64 minutes) Filmmaker Byron Hurt attends this screening of Soul Food Junkies, his film that looks at the past and future of soul food—from its roots in Western Africa, to its incarnation in the American South, to its contribution to modern health crises in communities of color. The documentary also examines the socioeco­nomics of the modern American diet, and how the food industry profits from making calories cheap, but healthy options expensive and hard to find. 2012 Winner Best Documentary, American Black Film Festival.

Light snacks provided by Fleet Street Market. (Supplies may run out)

Panel discussion follows with:

  • Sarah Buzogany, Food Access Coordinator, Baltimore City Office of Sustainability
  • Denzel Mitchell, Founder and Farm Manager, Five Seeds Family Farm and Apiary
  • Councilman Nick J. Mosby, 7th District Councilman, founder of the “Get Fit with Councilman Mosby” Challenge and Baltimore Ambassador for First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Campaign
  • Hasdai Westbrook, CEO/Founder, ChangingMedia and panel moderator
  • Michael J. Wilson, Director, Maryland Hunger Solutions
  • Naijha Wright, Restaurateur, Land of Kush

Filmmaker Byron Hurt will also be in attendance.

This program was rescheduled from December 2013.

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A Musical Conversation with Dontae Winslow

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Contemporary jazz trumpeter Dontae Winslow and Baltimore native currently tours with the Justin Timberlake 20/20 Experience World Tour. Winslow talks about his tour life and personal experiences with the music business. Enjoy musical selections by him as well during this afternoon talk. Winslow's playing is an exciting mix of Blues, Jazz, Ballads, and Soul Music. His particular style and skill keep him in high demand in Hollywood. He has performed on SNL, Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, the BET, Grammy, AMA Awards, and Ellen. He has written songs for Jay-Z, Kanye West, Keyshia Cole, Mary Mary and Kendrick Lamar.

Directly following Love, Peace and Soul: Behind the Scenes of America’s Favorite Dance Show Soul Train.
Click here to RSVP for both. Note: You will still need to buy museum admission.

 Watch Dontae perform his song "Summer Cookout" here:

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Want to be in Pictures?

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Sheila Pree Bright, March 17-18: What does it mean to be an American? Tell your story in an audio narrative.

Be a voice in our next exhibition.

Would you like to be part of a mural and sound installation at the museum? Artist-in-Residence Sheila Pree Bright is a fine art photographer who will be photographing museum visitors with the US flag. Bright will also be interviewing vistiors at the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House about what the flag means to them. Select images and interviews will be used to create a mural and sound installation at the museum, in conjunction with our exhibition about the US flag, For Whom It Stands.*

* This project and exhibition has been financed in part with State Funds from the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, an instrumentality of the State of Maryland. However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission. Sheila Pree Bright's residency is in collaboration with the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House.

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Senior MOVE Breakfast

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The Kinsey Collection:
Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey
Where Art and History Intersect
Presented by
Wells Fargo

Bernard and Shirley Kinsey are owners of The Kinsey Collection, one of the largest collections in the world of African American art and artifacts. They now dedicate their lives to sharing this astonishing collection with the world. Hear from the Kinseys about becoming an involved community member and museum volunteer.

The Honorable U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) is also in attendance.

The Kinsey Collection is presented by Wells Fargo.

Admission to the museum and event is free with RSVP. RSVP online or by calling 443-263-1875.

About MOVE

MOVE (Mobilizing Opportunities for Volunteer Experiences) is the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American Museum of History and Culture’s program for community service and volunteer opportunities. Our MOVE group consists of the young and those young at heart who address various issues and provide volunteer leadership throughout the year. As a volunteer, you receive free museum admission and an opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and community organizations. You can make a difference in your community and support the Museum with nothing more than a smile and a desire to serve — no experience necessary or required! Join the MOVEment.

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The MLK Streets Project

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View The MLK Streets Project, a revealing documentary that follows a group of teenagers as they explore the conditions of streets named after Dr. King across America. Follow 13 high-school students from 5 Washington, DC high schools as they travel cross-country to observe and record, first-hand, the condition of America's MLK streets.

In his life, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was known for serving "the least of these", and rightfully so. In his "afterlife", streets, avenues and boulevards brandishing his name often serve as the addresses (or at least hangouts) of the new millennium edition of "the least of these". Narrated by Rain Pryor, the film looks critically at the street-naming phenomenon, King's legacy, and the effects of gentrification on the streets he once marched through. Special Museum Admission: $5

Listen to WYPR's interview with the creative director about the film.

Part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend Celebration

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Lecture: Keynote Speech by Bernard Kinsey

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The Kinsey Family. From left to right: Bernard, Shirley, and Khalil Kinsey.

The Kinsey Collection:
Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey
Where Art and History Intersect
Presented by
Wells Fargo

Collector Bernard Kinsey discusses artifacts from his personal collection, such as a signed letter from Dr. King, that narrate in real terms the history of civil rights and Jim Crow laws. The artifacts are on view through March 2 at the museum as part of The Kinsey Collection. The exhibition is presented by Wells Fargo.

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