The Swenkas

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(40 minutes) This documentary explores men from Johannesburg, South Africa who call themselves “Swenkas” and compete for cash and prizes in an event that’s part fashion show, part choreography, and part moral code.

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Museum admission required.
In conjunction with Dandy Lion: Articulating a Re(de)fined Black Masculine Identity.

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From Slave Ship to Harvard: Yarrow Mamout and the History of an African American Family with James H. Johnston, Esq.

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Author James H. Johnson uncovers the struggles and achievements of Yarrow Mamout, a Muslim from Guinea brought to Maryland in the 18th century on the slave ship Elijah. Mamout, who later gained his freedom, became a noted figure in Georgetown.

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Cost: $5.
To register call 443-263-1816.

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The Importance of Being Elegant

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(50 minutes) With a special Congolese soundtrack, this film follows world-famous musician Papa Wemba, the founder and spiritual father of La SAPE (Sapeurs), a unique sect in the Democratic Republic of the Congo who truly worships fashion.

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Museum admission required.
In conjunction with Dandy Lion: Articulating a Re(de)fined Black Masculine Identity.

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Dandy Day: A Celebration of Dandyism

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Peruse clothing and accessories by indie designers hosted by Planet Maud Vintage & Co.; join Monica Miller as she discusses Slaves to Fashion: Black Dandyism and the Styling of Black Diasporic Identity; take a gallery walk with curator Shantrelle P. Lewis; listen to monologues by Theatre Morgan students (Morgan State University); and groove to the sounds of DJ Jahsonic.

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This event occurs from Noon - 5:00pm.
Museum admission required.
Sign language interpreter services provided.
In conjunction with Dandy Lion: Articulating a Re(de)fined Black Masculine Identity.

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Radio One Baltimore Minority Business Exchange

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Radio One partners with the Reginald F. Lewis Museum to provide a unique networking opportunity for business professionals. Held on the last Wednesday of every month, each event recognizes a small business and entrepreneur in the Baltimore Metro Area.

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Cost: $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $15 museum members (at the door only).
This event also occurs on May 30 and June 27, 2012 from 6:00 - 9:00pm.

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12 Ways to Put Money in Your Pocket Every Month without a Part Time Job, by Jennifer S. Matthews

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Join Maryland-based author and trained financial coach, Jennifer S. Matthews as she shows you how to immediately put extra dollars in your pocket.

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Free program

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Iké Udé: Artist Talk

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Artist and style-maker Iké Udé, discusses his photographs in the Global Dandy installation, which experiment with traditions of male dress across cultures and times. This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University and the Center for Race and Culture at Maryland Institute College of Art.

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Museum admission required.
$3 special admission for students and faculty with ID.
In conjunction with Global Dandy: Selected Photographs from The Global Africa Project.

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Jazz It Up!

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(Ages 6 to 10)
Explore bebop, swing and ragtime and enjoy storytelling, dance, drama and craft activities with Culture Kingdom Kids. This program, which highlights Maryland jazz artists Eubie Blake, Billie Holiday and Cab Calloway, promises to have children scatting, swinging and more “jazzy” than ever before!

Important Information: 

Museum admission required.
In conjunction with Jazz Appreciation Month.

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Radio One Minority Business Exchange

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Each month, Radio One will select a small business and an entrepreneur in the Baltimore Metro for their outstanding leadership in the business community.

Important Information: 

General admission: $20.00 in advance; $25.00 at the door

Members: $15.00 at the door

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Dandy Lion: Articulating a Re(de)fined Black Masculine Identity

Guest curated by Shantrelle P. Lewis, Dandy Lion: Articulating a Re(de)fined Black Masculine Identity challenges popular notions of urban black masculinity by presenting contemporary expressions of the black dandy. “A Dandy Lion is a gentleman of exceptional manners who consciously postulates what it means to be black, masculine and of quintessential style,” states Lewis.

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