Women’s History Month Double Feature: Black Beauty Revolution in Film

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Enjoy films and dialogue with African American women filmmakers about the power of black women’s beauty.

1pm - Nappy: The Politics of Hair
Nappy deals with the complex relationship between black women and western ideals of beauty. The film tells the story of 14 black women and girls who chose to stop straightening their hair and “go natural.” Join filmmaker Lydia Ann Douglas for a post-film discussion.

"smart and engaging" - Baltimore Sun

2:30pm - Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution
(91 minutes) The famed fashion show “Grand Divertissement at Versailles” pit French haute couture against American ready-to-wear designers in a runway show for industry dominance. The use of models of color opened the eyes of royalty, jet-set millionaires, and icons including Andy Warhol. The event revolutionized fashion forever. The film debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012 and has been called an "enjoyably dishy documentary" by the Los Angeles Times. Join filmmaker Deborah Riley Drapers and runway models Pat Cleveland, Alva Chinn, and Charlene Dash for a post-film discussion.

"This is an excellent story, and Ms. Draper tells it clearly and stylishly" - New York Times

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Love, Peace and Soul: Behind the Scenes of America’s Favorite Dance Show Soul Train (Author Talk and Book Signing)

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Learn about the longest running first-run syndicated show in television history with Maryland author Ericka Blount. This pop culture book is a celebratory, behind-the-scenes collection of anecdotes, stories and reflections about the show Soul Train, the host and the power of black music and dance on television. A book signing will follow the author’s talk. Program included with museum admission.

Special Feature: A Musical Conversation with Dontae Winslow

Saturday, March 8, 3pm

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.

Watch Dontae perform his song "Summer Cookout" here:

About Author Ericka Blount

Ericka Blount Danois is an award-winning journalist, writer, editor, and professor. She has written for a number of publications including: Spin, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and City Paper. She has interviewed cultural figures such as Cuban President Fidel Castro, Andy Rooney, Ed Koch, Andre Harrell, Zane, and Johnnie Cochran and film and television provocateurs such as David Simon, Ed Burns, and Ernest Dickerson. Her coverage of music is a who's who of luminaries like Jay-Z, Quincy Jones, LL Cool J, Rakim, Tupac, R. Kelly, Run DMC, Horace Silver, De La Soul, The Fugees, Talib Kweli, Jennifer Hudson, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Ann Nesby, Jackie McLean, and James Mtume, among others. A cover story on Earth, Wind and Fire was selected to appear in the book, “Best Music Writing of 2012,” with guest editor Questlove. She lives in Baltimore and teaches at the Philip Merrill School of Journalism at the University of Maryland.

Listen to Blount's interview on the Marc Steiner Show.

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The Griot’s Eye Youth Film and Culture Festival

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Dancers and drummers on stage.

Kick off Black History Month at the Griot’s Eye Youth Film & Culture Festival featuring the creative expression of Baltimore area’s youth in film, theater, African dance, and poetry. This annual festival showcases the various arts and educational programs that are positively engaging the youth in the community’s revitalization.

THE GRIOT’S EYE is an arts-based youth leadership and community-development program that equips urban youth with the technical and cultural skills to produce compelling social media programs that address relevant issues in their lives. Program included with museum admission.

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View a sample film:

List of performers:
Nsoroma Center for Holistic Thought
WombWork
Growing Griots
ConneXions Travel Squad
The Kujichagulia Project
901 Arts
Muse 360
Youth Resiliency Institute
Baltimore Youth Initiative
Baltimore Citywide Youth Poetry Team

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MLK: The Assassination Tapes

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(46 minutes) April 4, 1968. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is gunned down on the balcony of a hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. It was all caught on film, tape and audio. So why have we seen so little of it? The well-known photograph of Dr. King's aides pointing toward the direction of the gunfire is iconic, but tells only part of the story. For the first time, a remarkable collection of recently rediscovered footage has been chronologically reassembled. The resulting documentary allows us to revisit the tumultuous events surrounding one of the most shocking assassinations in America and relive history through the voices of the era. Included with museum admission.

Post-film panel discussion follows with
Sandi Mallory, panel moderator and WEAA Director of Public Affairs and Community Engagement and host of Cool Vibes for your Midday
Bernard Kinsey, co-chair of Rebuild Los Angeles, founded after the Rodney King riots
Shirley Kinsey, civil rights activist and philanthropist
Rev. Alvin Hathaway, Pastor, Union Baptist Church
Marvin "Doc" Cheatham, former President of NAACP Baltimore City Branch
Martha Prescod Norman Noonan, community organizer, activist, homemaker, and teacher of history

Part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend Celebration

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6th Annual High School Juried Art Show

An “Artifactual” Journey: From Slavery to Civil Rights

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Renowned collector Philip J. Merrill was an appraiser on Antiques Roadshow. Join us as he shares treasures from his personal collection with us and explores their link to local and state history. Included with museum admission. To register, call 443-263-1816.

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Holiday Craft Ornament Workshop & Root Branch Production Film Screening

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Create ornaments and cards to celebrate Christmas and Kwanzaa with community artist Sallah Jenkins. Also, enjoy a screening of A Ripple in Time, produced by local youth filmmakers. The movie was created by members of Baltimore's Root Branch Productions, a film academy for young people. The crew conducted part of their research for the film using the museum galleries and Resource Center in summer 2013. They attend a post-screening Q&A. Included with museum admission.

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Special Admission: $1. Part of Downtown Dollar Days

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THIRD THURSDAYS: The Gary Kelly Project

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Enjoy a rollicking blend of jazz, funk, R & B , blues and rock. Grab soul food at our cafe and enjoy it with the show. The Gary Kelly Project is a unique blend of passionate players, styles, and raw emotion. Baltimore based guitarist Gary Kelly brings together a versatile collection of seasoned musicians whose individual contributions form the basis of a multifaceted project.

"The Gary Kelly Project rocked the house...Great night of music!" - Anita Truitt, veengle.com

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Performance begins at 6 p.m.
Special Admission: $5

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Gary Kelly Project

We install at BWI Airport

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On view from October 1, 2013 - January 23, 2014
Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport

 Baltimore, My Baltimore, Arvie Smith, 2006

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum is honored to exhibit pieces from its permanent collection as well as from its past exhibitions at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. The busiest airport in the Washington, DC / Baltimore metro area served more than 20 million travelers in 2010. The museum's exhibition is located in the international terminal, Terminal 6. From Harry Evans' colorful Baltimore skylines to Patrick Henry's serene paintings of Maryland's Eastern Shore, the works on view celebrate the varied visual landscape of the State and showcase the creative intellect of artists who have lived and worked in Maryland.

 
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Installation of pieces from the Reginald F. Lewis Museum at BWI Airport

Maryland Emancipation Day Program

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Celebrate Maryland Emancipation Day (November 1, 1864) with the dynamic group Culture Kingdom Kids. This fun troupe provides an afternoon of creative drama, music, and movement. Enjoy craft activities.

Museum admission required.

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