The Whole Gritty City

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(90 mins) This documentary plunges viewers into the world of three New Orleans school marching bands. The film follows kids growing up in America's most musical city, and one of its most dangerous, as their band directors get them ready to perform in the Mardi Gras parades, and teach them to succeed and to survive. Navigating the urban minefield through moments of setback, loss, discovery, and triumph, these children and their adult leaders reveal the power and resilience of a culture. This film is a related program to the museum's exhibition, Kin Killin’ Kin.

Praise for The Whole Gritty City
"Inspirational" - NPR Fresh Air
"glorious" - David Simon, HBO's "The Wire"
"heartbreaking and hopeful" - L.A. Times

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Holiday Bazaar

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Looking for local handmade gift ideas from some of the area's most talented artists and artisans? Shop adult and children's books, fine art, crafts, jewelry, ceramics, wood working, accessories, bath/body products, and more, for your family and loved ones. Saturday, November 26, 10am - 4pm; Sunday, November 27, 12pm - 4pm, Saturday, December 3, 10am – 4pm; Sunday, December 4, 12pm - 4pm; Saturday, December 10, 10am - 4pm.

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Special Lecture with Dr. Maulana Karenga, Founder of Kwanzaa - CANCELED

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This event has been cancelled. However, you are invited to join us for the 50th Anniversary Annual Kwanzaa Celebration, Friday, December 30, 3pm with crafts and performances.


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Dr. Maulana Karenga, Founder of Kwanzaa

Nia Simmons

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Join the museum for the soulful sounds of R&B and jazz songstress Nia Simmons. Ms. Simmons has been touring with R&B / gospel star Regina Belle as a part of the Phaze II Jazz Band. This talented Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award grantee recently released her highly anticipated solo project "A Songbird’s Journey."

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The concert is a part of the museum's Third Thursday series. 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. $8 members, $10 non-members. Sponsored by WEAA.

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Nia Simmons

Groove Stu

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Groove Stu is heavily influenced by Earth, Wind and Fire with electrifying instrumentals and vocals. Their positive lyrics are meant to encourage and uplift one and all. This versatile band has shared the stage with Boyz II Men, Erykah Badu, and more. Soultracks calls them "one of the veterans of the soul scene."

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The concert is a part of the museum's Third Thursday series. 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. $8 members, $10 non-members. Sponsored by WEAA.

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Groove Stu Band

Check It: Part of the Baltimore International Black Film Festival

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(91 mins) A group of gay and trans teens of color, who are fed up with being pushed around, form a gang called “Check It.” They fight back on the brutal streets of Washington, D.C. This raw and intimate portrait follows three childhood friends as they struggle to escape gang life towards a dream for a place in the world of fashion. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival 2016. Variety magazine calls the documentary "engrossing, well-crafted" with an "attention-grabbing subject." A post-film discussion follows. Part of the Baltimore International Black Film Festival.

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Kin Killin’ Kin: A Community Forum on Gun Violence

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Opening Program for the Exhibit "Kin Killin' Kin"

With gun violence prevalent on both the national and local levels, artist James Pate of the exhibit Kin Killin' Kin and curator Willis Bing Davis join for a community forum on the topic. The discussions aim towards plausible solutions to violence prevention at the local level. Panelists include Daphne Alston, founder of MOMS (Mothers against Murdered Sons and Daughters); Eddie Conway, senior producer of the Real News Network and former Black Panther; Bobby Marvin Holmes, writer/producer of the documentary Live Young Blood; and DeJuan Patterson, a community organizer and social impact consultant with the BeMore Group. In conjunction with the exhibition Kin Killin' Kin.

Presented in partnership with the Real News Network.

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Sons: Seeing the Modern African American Male

The exhibition asks visitors to compare their perceptions to reality, journeying through four parts of the gallery. From this microcosm of African American males, visitors can learn of some of the realities and challenges facing African American men.

Now, That's Cool!

View several of the museum’s new acquisitions. The vast majority of the 40 plus objects are on display for the first time, such as a signed photograph of Frederick Douglass and a first edition of his autobiography. This is the institution's first show that is comprised wholly of objects from the collection.

D. Watkins: Author Talk & Book Signing

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Baltimorean and Salon columnist D. Watkins gives an author talk and book signing of his newest book The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir about his childhood growing up in East Baltimore, dropping out of college, being drawn to his brother’s drug empire, and ultimately escaping from a world of violence and destruction.

A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice and "Best Memoir 2016," Baltimore City Paper

Praise for The Cook Up
"THE COOK UP is an important story for both black and white America, as well as this country's political leadership, to read, if we're truly going to tackle the challenges that are facing our communities all across the country."—Chuck Todd, correspondent on NBC's Meet the Press

"THE COOK UP is classic and cinematic, told with an observational acuity that hits you where it hurts." —Frannie Kelley, host of NPR's Microphone Chec

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The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir

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