Category: Poetry / Spoken Word
The Studio Museum in Harlem is having a reading and performance by Thomas Sayers Ellis, author of Skin, Inc. Identity Repair Poems. Skin, Inc. is Ellis’s big, ambitious argument in sound and image for an America whose identity is in need of repair.
DanceAfrica, Brooklyn Academy of Music’s (BAM) longest running program — and one of America’s largest and most vibrant celebrations of African and African American dance, music, and culture — celebrated its 30th year in 2007. Created in 1977 to heighten awareness of African culture, the festival has evolved into a high-spirited Memorial Day Weekend tradition [...]
La Menta Collective is a new initiative providing a platform for new and emerging artists of various art forms. The Collective seeks to provide an avenue for artistic growth. Through regular exhibitions, readings and performances (juntas), an online presence, and involvement in various arts events, they strive to provide themselves and other artists with a [...]
Vocalist, Musician,Poet, and Author, Gil Scott-Heron will make his Blue Note debut for a special one-night only show on August 16, 2009. He will be joined by other musicians. Poet, musician, activist, author and bluesologist are all terms that have been used to describe Gil Scott-Heron, who more humbly refers to himself simply as a [...]
Staceyann Chin at the June 10 benefit for Revolution Books at the Knitting Factory. For more on Staceyann Chin, click here. NOTE: Video Contains Strong Language
NUYORICAN POET a monthly series hosted by Miguel Algarin (Founder, Nuyorican Poets Cafe) Featuring Amiri Baraka Amiri Baraka, a dramatist, poet, essayist, orator and fiction writer, is one of the preeminent African American literary figures of our time. Baraka’s work has taken him from the Beat Period of the 1950s to an Obie Award for [...]
THIS IS NOT A SPIKE LEE JOINT! â€¦itâ€™s a tributeâ€¦ Spike Lee put Brooklyn on the map. Known as one of Hollywoodâ€™s most important and influential filmmakers, he has left an indelible mark in our music, lexicon, fashion and art. BROOKLYN HONORS SPIKE LEE IS A MULTI-FACETED TRIBUTE, orchestrated by PlanIt Brooklyn, that invites the [...]
On June 12, 2009, Gospel Uptown (GU) Harlem’s new entertainment and dining destination opened its doors at 2110 Seventh Ave between 125th & 126th Streets. The restaurant’s website says that it offers a healthful Soul Fusion menu which “ventures beyond familiar soul and neo-soul offerings to create an array of choices transcending the traditional Southern [...]
Maya Angelou is among several celebrities lobbying New York state senators to vote for marriage-equality legislation. According to the Advocate, Angelou (who maintains a home in Harlem) placed three phone calls to state senators in the past week, compelled by her belief that allowing same-sex couples to marry is a matter of fairness.
Latino Flavored Productions will host the second annual Ultimate Latina Theater Festival at theÂ Nuyorican Poets Cafe in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The festival is a collection of plays that feature Latina actors, directors, writers, and producers. It was created by author, director, and producer Linda Nieves-Powell. The festival provides an opportunity for [...]
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Jessica Care Moore’s God is Not An American fuses poetry and music poetry and music to explore the concept of God, race, the war in Iraq, genocide and other social and political issues.
Young poets from across America take the spotlight in the exclusive seven-part HBO series Russell Simmons Presents Brave New Voices. Narrated by Queen Latifah, the show follows six promising teams from around the country as they prepare for a chance to compete at the 2008 Brave New Voices National Youth Poetry Slam Championship in Washington, [...]
Thursday, February 19, at 6:30pm Book Signing Ivan Sanchez author of Next Stop: Growing Up Wild-style in the Bronx Admission: Free!
After the Chief Justice administers the Oath of Office, the first person to speak to the American people and the world will be the new president. The second will be Elizabeth Alexander, whom President-elect Obama has chosen to read a poem she is composing for the momentous occasion. Dr. Alexander is no stranger to the [...]
Ubiquita Presents the 8th Anniversary of Natural Progression — Underground Music Told Through Music, Dance and Spoken Word
Ubiquita NYC is back with the third instillation of Natural Progression in Harlem. Ubiquita is a movement of people from the worlds of art, fashion, film, music and everyday folks who converge around a common love of urban alternative music and lifestyle.
River View Players weekly Artist Development series hosted at CafÃ© Largo in West Harlem features upcoming plays, literary readings, film screenings and more. The River View Players calendar of events for October includes: October 5th – “They Were All Gardenias” (2 act play) written & directed by Laurence Holder The dynamics of creation during a [...]
*** * Four Suites of Eros * featuring some of today’s most talented singers, poets, and musicians