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

RESPECT!!!

Rest in Peace….

Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon

Some people’s work inspire movements, some save lives, some remind us that we are essential and provide balm to our wounded spirit, and some make us strong and fierce, Womanist scholar Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon‘s life and work did all this and more!!!  Rest In Peace!!!

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https://pres-outlook.org/2018/08/professor-katie-cannon-first-black-woman-ordained-in-pcusa-dies-at-68/

https://www.presbyterianmission.org/story/the-rev-dr-katie-geneva-cannon-dies/

 

Power Analysis/Reclaiming-Reimagining/KnowingYourWorth

(Rev. Dr. Katie G. Cannon, the Rev. Dr. Eboni Marshall Turman, The Rev. Dr. JoAnne Terrell, moderated by Rev. Kymberly McNair)

Contemporary Black Arts Movement in Belgium

There is a Black Arts Movement on the way in Antwerp, Belgium at Zomerfabriek Mama’s Open Mic.  Recently I had the opportunity to witness young Black Belgians women read poetry and prose from their toolbox for survival  and flourishing in a sexist and racist society.   Although my digital notepad failed and I no longer have their names I want to send out good vibes to this community of poets and musicians.

Reload Moment: The Making of Carmen Montana

Some years ago (no need to mention how many), I began a journey with the explicit translation of  text to movement/dance.  If I am being honest, my choreographic process, for as far back as I can remember, always began with the translation of the images in my head and/or sensations in my body to text.  I would then, through numerous studio sessions, translate the text to movement/dance and in the process sculpt out the essence of a story.  It is for this reason, I have journal loads of choreo-text, some became fully realized dance works, while others await their dance life.

My collaboration with Joanne Kilgour Dowdy began in the latter years of  the 1990s  when we were both based at Georgia State University.  In that first collaboration we translated  her PhD dissertation to dance.  During subsequent years we collaborated on other projects,  one of which was Carmen Montana: a story of literacy on the move.   Base on the true story of an adult literacy student’s struggle to gain literacy and self actualize, the making of Carmen Montana took Dowdy and I on our own powerful journey.  On this video the then Dr. Dowdy,  now Professor of Literacy Studies School of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies at Kent State University, Ohio,  interviews me about the rehearsal process of Carmen Montana: a story of literacy on the move.  

Dancing in Blackness, A Memoir – Gavin Brown’s Enterprise – May 18, 2018

Halifu Osumare in conversation with Ruthlyn Salomons,  Resident Dance Supervisor at Lion King On Broadway, former dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Mikhail Baryshnikov White Oak Dance Project, Donald Byrd/The Group and Assistant to the Choreographer of The Color Purple on Broadway.  At Gavin Brown, Osumare and Salomons discussed Dancing in Blackness, A Memoir.  

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Halifu Osumare and Ruthlyn Salomons

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Ruthlyn Salomons and Halifu Osumare

A surprise audience guest, the amazing Sylvia Waters

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Sylvia Water and Ruthlyn Salomons