In commemoration of Juneteenth, Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award winner and Hadestown star André De Shields performs an excerpt from his self-crafted solo work “Frederick Douglass: Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory.” The one-man show explores the life and achievements of the great emancipator Frederick Douglass.
“Though Douglass began his life as a slave, through heroic effort, he became one of America’s most important and historically influential icons,” said De Shields. “Frederick Douglass: Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory” tells a story about brutality and deliverance that is implausible yet historically accurate. De Shields portrays the Great Black Emancipator with a performance that is as filled with hope and achievement as it is darkness and anger.
Kwame S. Brathwaite, son of the “keeper of the images” and Black Is Beautiful photographer Kwame Brathwaite, will join Corey D.B. Walker, Wake Forest University professor of the humanities, for an interdisciplinary exploration of Pan-Africanism.
This panel presentation will discuss Marcus Garvey’s influence on social activism, changing conceptions of fashion and beauty, the centrality of jazz and blues to twentieth-century Black cultural identity, and more. Advance registration is required.
Women of color who are leaders in our local community share their personal experiences of changing beauty standards as another thoughtful layer to Black is Beautiful. They will discuss instances of colorism, representation in art and popular media, generational differences, and more.
Moderated by Owens Daniels, photographer and Reynolda’s Kenan Institute Catalyst for the Arts Fellow. Panelists will include Nikita D. Wallace, Founder & Creative Director for Winston Salem Fashion Week, Amatullah Saleem, community activist, and Kellie Easton, Action4Equity President and CEO. Reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by presentation at 7 p.m. Advance registration is required.
Photographer and printmaker Kimberly Varnadoe will lead a guided conversation through Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaitewith a focus on experimental photography. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance and visit the exhibition before the talk.
In this gallery talk, Founder & Creative Director for Winston-Salem Fashion Week Nikita D. Wallace will lead a guided conversation through Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite with a focus on fashion. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance and visit the exhibition before the talk.
[Exhibition] Black Is Beautiful: The Photography o
Throughout the 1960s, Kwame Brathwaite used his photography to popularize the transformative idea that “Black is Beautiful.” This exhibition—the first dedicated to Brathwaite’s remarkable career—tells the story of a central figure of the second-wave Harlem Renaissance. In addition to his work in photography, Brathwaite co-founded two key organizations: the African Jazz-Art Society and Studios (AJASS), a collective of artists, playwrights, designers, and dancers, and the Grandassa Models—the subject of much of this exhibition’s contents—a creative collective of Black women, founded to challenge white beauty standards.
In Black Is Beautiful, experience more than forty of Brathwaite’s revolutionary photographs, garments worn by the Grandassa models, posters and Blue Note record albums.
Exhibition organized by Aperture Foundation, New York and Kwame S. Brathwaite. The exhibition Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite and the accompanying Aperture publication, are made possible, in part, with generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Photographic Arts Council Los Angeles.
Women's History Month Trilogy #1: Songs of Sarah V
Celebrate the life and career of the legendary Sarah Vaughan, Queen of Bebop. Broadway actress/singer Rosena Hill Jackson and her ensemble will take you on a journey into the music of Sarah Vaughan with delightfully new arrangements written by Grammy-winning trombonist and music arranger Jason Jackson.
Rosena Hill Jackson is a veteran vocalist; some of her Broadway credits include The Color Purple, Ragtime, Riverdance, After Midnight, Dreamgirls, Mandela, Ain't Misbehavin’, and more. With vast soloist experience, she has performed extensively, including at Carnegie Hall with The New York Pops, The New York Philharmonic for PBS, Long Island Philharmonic, The Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, The Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and Teatro di Massimo Symphony Orchestra in Palermo, Italy.
Box Office hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12PM-5PM.
Common Ground: Mini-Global Mashup #4 - US-Africa M
Common Ground features artists seemingly different in discipline, practices, or cultural identity who explore global connections, celebrating distinctions that make cultures unique. Our NEW series Common Ground: Mini-Global Mashups are curated by acclaimed trumpeter and composer Frank London (The Klezmatics) bringing together two amazing global music artists along with accompanists for an afternoon of music, conversation and exploration. Post-show Q&A.
Newman Taylor Baker/WashboardXT is a jazz drummer and washboard player whose music has brought him to over 45 countries. A true rhythm master, Newman Taylor Baker is well known for his traditional southern practice of using spent 12-gauge shotgun shells to play his washboard. He has performed with the Richmond Symphony and many others, as well as undergoing research into his family’s roots - including his grandfather, the only former slave to receive a PH.D from Yale.
Feifei Yang is a musician, singer, instructor, and an arts entrepreneur. Hailed as "The Chinese Huqin Girl Stepping into Hollywood" by SinoVision, she is an Erhu and Banhu performance expert and vocalist whose talents are revolutionizing the global music and entertainment scenes. Yang has performed at Times Square, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Barclays Center, and many others.
This concert is accompanied by NYC-based pianist and composer, Zhihua Hu.
This program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.
The African American Dance Ensemble hopes you can join us Kwanzaa Fest on January 1, 2022 at the Durham Armory!!!
Kwanzaa is a celebration for all people, focusing on family, friends, and the fruits of the earth. Celebrated December 26th – January 1st, the name Kwanzaa comes from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza,” which means “first fruits of the harvest.”
Celebrating the holiday season and Durham's diversity, AADE’s annual Kwanzaa celebration is a time to enjoy family, community, and culture. Kwanzaa itself is a seven-day African holiday that celebrates a different principle each day. AADE’s Kwanzaa takes place on the seventh day, which is dedicated to Imani, or faith.
On January 1, 2022, at the Durham Armory we will celebrate with the community. The doors will open to the public at 11 am and the performances will begin at 1:00 pm. We offer a free venue of quality performances, marketplaces and collaborate with businesses and non-profits.
In honor of Baba Chuck Davis, collected canned foods will be donated to the Urban Ministry of Durham
Doors open to the public at 11am and the performances will begin at 1pm
Join Black in Black on Black curators, Ameena Batada, Dr. P.H., Professor of Health & Wellness, UNC Asheville; JéWana Grier McEachin, Executive Director of the Asheville Buncombe Institute of Parity Achievement (ABIPA); and Jill Fromewick, Sc.D., Executive Director of Sparrow Research Group and exhibiting artists, Ann Miller Woodford, Viola Spells, and Ronda Birtha, for a virtual tour of the exhibition followed by a panel discussion.
Tour and discussion is hosted through Zoom. New to Zoom? Visit their Help Center to get set up.
About the Exhibition
Black in Black on Black: Making the Invisible Visible is an exhibition about the lives and contributions of Black/African American communities in Western North Carolina (WNC). Presenting works of art alongside oral histories and research data, Black in Black on Black is a visual conversation about an often invisible history of our region. This exhibition features three WNC-based artists: Ann Miller Woodford, Viola Spells, and Ronda Birtha, as well as data from the Heart of Health: Race, Place, and Faith in Western North Carolina project, a three-year community-participatory research study that seeks to better understand the role and impact of race and racism on health. The Heart of Health project is co-led by researchers and community partners. In WNC, the percentage of the population that is Black/African American ranges from 0.2% to 10% at the county level, and is about 4% overall. As Ann Miller Woodford states, “My emphasis has been on people who have dedicated their lives to humanity, but have been overlooked, ignored, and often forgotten.” Visitors to the exhibition are invited to learn, through both visual art and scientific data, about the ways in which African Americans and others in WNC are working to reduce racism and build community through grassroots and organizational efforts.
Black in Black on Black is on view at the Center for Craft until January 7, 2022.