The Gathering

Sunday, January 14, 2018, 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  at Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center

“Conceived by choreographer Camille A. Brown in 2014 and presented in partnership with Dance/NYC, The Gathering serves as an open forum for intergenerational black female artists to support one another and to advocate for greater cultural equity and acknowledgment in the contemporary dance world. ”

AfroBeat Radio – Ntozake Shange Tribute 10:30pm – 12:00am Nov. 7, 2018

You are invited to listen to Afrobeat Radio and The Critical Joy  Series collaborative Tribute to Ntozake Shange10:30pm – 12:00am (EST) November 7, 2018.   Join AfroBeat Radio Host Wuyi Jacobs, Critical Joy Series -co-producer – Dr. Carol Marie Webster, and  Dr. Halifu Osumare, Professor Emerita African American and African Studies – University of California, Davis and Livelong friend of renowned author and activist  Ntozake Shange.
The evening will include live interview with Halifu Osumare, along with segments from the May 17th AfroBeat Radio  Osumare/Shange reunion interview – with Shange reading from her 2017 publication  Wild Beauty, New and Selected Poems.
To Listen Live click on the following link: Afrobeat Radio/Critical Joy (November 7th – 10:30 – 12:00am).

Harlem Arts Alliance honors Halifu Osumare

On Monday October 1st at 6:30 pm at Aaron Davis Hall,  The Harlem Arts Alliance  honored Halifu Osumare for her lifetime of “artistic & scholarly gifts to our collective global artistic community” during their annual Arts Advocacy  Month meeting dedicated to Transforming Advocacy for the Arts into  Creative Action within our communities.  I accepted the award on Dr. Osumare’s behalf and was join in the evening’s celebration by artists Nkumu Katalaya, Lacresha Berry and Christy Ayala and  Rob Ayala.

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L – Dr Carol Marie Webster   R – Joyous Pierce, Administrative Director of Programs – Harlem Arts Alliance   (Photographer – Darryl T. Downing)

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Joyous Pierce, Nkumu Katalay, Lacresha Berry, Christy Ayala and  Rob Ayala  (Photographer – Darryl T. Downing)

 

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Nkumu Katalay (Photographer – Darryl T. Downing)

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Lacresha Berry performing TUBMAN (Photographer – Darryl T. Downing)

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Lacresha Berry, Rob Ayala, Joyous Pierce, Christy Ayala, Nkumu Katalay, Carol Marie Webster, Voza Rivers – Chairman Harlem Arts Alliance  (Photographer – Darryl T. Downing)

Workshop Today! Critical Joy/Ecstatic Reasoning (CJ/ER)

September 19, 2018        Critical Joy/Ecstatic Reasoning (CJ/ER) – Blackness Protracted Workshop

AfroBeat Radio at BROOKLYN COMMONS, 388 ATLANTIC AVENUE, BETWEEN BOND & HOYT STREETS, BROOKLYN, NY 11217

REGISTER at the door.  More Information: HERE

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Though embodied practices that center on African Diasporic (Black) body technologies of reasoning in and through ecstatic joy, CJ/ER workshop is an exploration and examination of critical joy that is embodied and thereby potentially resurrective.   In CJ/ER workshop the body’s abilities are directed to manufacture (real and/or imagined) spaces/place for reconstruction, reconfiguration, and realignment of self-to-self, self-to-community, and self-to-divine.  CJ/ER workshop participants will be guided through techniques and experience processes for igniting Critical Joy/Ecstatic Reasoning into daily life, and discovery and re/imagine inner embodied resources for navigating through and making sense of life in a problematic world.

When:  8:30 – 10:00 pm Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Where: BROOKLYN COMMONS, 388 ATLANTIC AVENUE, BETWEEN BOND & HOYT STREETS, NYC 11217
REGISTER at the door.  More information HERE