Brooklyn Loves Michael Jackson Annual Birthday Party, New York, NY

Sunday August 29, 2010
· 12:00pm - 6:00pm

The Nethermead Field - Prospect Park, Brooklyn

Spike Lee presents the 2nd annual "Brooklyn Loves Michael Jackson Birthday Celebration". If you were there last year, you know not to miss the party of the summer. Join Spike and surprise celebrity guests to jam to the magic of Michael's music throughout the day. Bring your family, friends and a pair of comfortable dancing shoes cuz we want to rock with you!


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This party is FREE for everybody, and we need your help to spread the word, so please press the 'Share' button (the one under the title) and tell your friends about it! Thanks, and see you in Brooklyn!

For additional updates on the event, follow the 40 Acres Twitter at We will be live tweeting on the day of the event, so be sure to check it out to find out all the action going down. Hashtag is #BKMJ

There will be Handicapped Accessibility. Once you arrive on the Nethermead you will be directed on where to enter. There will also be Portosans that are handicapped ready at each Portosan bank.

We will be documenting Michael Jackson's 52nd Birthday Celebration in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, New York on August 29th, 2010. By your presence in the Prospect Park - Nethermead Field area, you acknowledge that you have been informed that you may be photographed, recorded and videotaped. Further, by your presence there, you grant your permission for your likeness and voice to be included without compensation, credit or other consideration. If you do not wish to be photographed, recorded and videotaped under these conditions, then you should leave the Prospect Park - Nethermead Field area immediately. Thank you for your cooperation.

Brought to you by Spike Lee, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, Spike DDB, and The Republic of Brooklyn.

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MoMA: Museum of Modern Art : Target Free Friday Nights, New York City, NY

The Museum of Modern Art is a place that fuels creativity, ignites minds, and provides inspiration. With extraordinary exhibitions and the world's finest collection of modern and contemporary art, MoMA is dedicated to the conversation between the past and the present, the established and the experimental. Our mission is helping you understand and enjoy the art of our time.

Admission is free for all visitors during Target Free Friday Nights, held every Friday evening from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tickets for Target Free Friday Nights are not available in advance. Your Target Free Friday Night ticket permits you to all other Museum galleries, exhibitions, and films. For those wishing to see Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913–1917, a limited number of timed tickets which include entrance to the exhibition, are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Target Free Friday Nights sponsored by Target logo


Sunday 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Monday 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Tuesday closed
Wednesday 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Thursday 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
(Open until 8:45 p.m. every Thursday in July and August and on September 2 and October 7)
Friday 10:30 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

To learn more about MoMA, click here.

Arna Bontemps African American Museum, Alexandria, Louisiana

Arna Wendell Bontemps

Arna Bontemps - a noted Black poet, author, anthologist, librarian - was born in Alexandria, Louisiana on October 13, 1902. He was baptized at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral. Arna, son of Paul Bismark and Marie Pembrooke Bontemps, lived in a typical turn-of-the-century, middle class, wood-frame house at the corner of Ninth and Winn Streets. As a youth he moved with his family to California as a part of the great migration of that period.

Arna attended public schools and graduated at age 17 from Pacific Union College (PUC). He completed his degree in three years. While in college, Bontemps became interested in writing. He wrote poetry, essays, short stories, fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books.

Arna Bontemps was also a teacher in a private academy in New York City. He received professional training in librarianship at the Graduate School at the University of Chicago and served as the librarian at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. He and his wife had six children.
Bontemps' writings were greatly influenced by his memories of Alexandria, his cultural and social roots. As an adult, he returned to the South because of certain changes he observed as "Jim Crow" laws were being eradicated. Bontemps would later write in his novel, Black Thunder, "Time is not a river. Time is a pendulum...intricate patterns of recurrence in...experience and in...history".

Bontemps is credited with writing over 20 books, plays, and anthologies and was considered the leading authority on the Harlem Renaissance. He was part of a core of young Black writers who led the "New Negro" movement. Bontemps wanted a front row seat to view and participate in the stirrings of jazz, theater and literature taking place in Harlem. His scholarly interest in fostering a new appraisal of his race and reevaluation of the Black man's place in American history is just a part of his legacy. His children's books are unique and his poetry and writings convey the rhythms and richness of the African American culture which was to influence a number of writers who followed him. (Edwin Blair. "Literary Habitats." Preservation in Print. September 1996.)

The recent resurgence of interest in Bontemps' unpublished children's stories by Oxford University Press speaks to his universal appeal. The 1996 Academy Award nominated short film, "A Tuesday Morning Ride," is an adaptation of Bontemps' 1933 short story, "A Summer Tragedy". The revival of his play, "St. Louis Woman," written with Countee Cullen and adapted from Bontemps' first novel God Sends Sunday, gives further credence to his literary genius.

When Arna Bontemps addressed the end of cultural colonialism, he wrote of the Harlem Renaissance writers and of their counterpart, the "lost generation": "Once they find a (united) voice, they will bring a fresh and fierce sense of reality to their vision of human life.... What American literature needs at this moment is color, music, gusto...." (Harlem Renaissance Remembered)

Arna Bontemps African American Museum
1327 3rd Street
Alexandria, Louisiana 71301

Admission is FREE (Donations Welcome)

Oakland festival spotlights city's top talent.....

This weekend is Oakland's 10th annual Art & Soul Festival, a city-sponsored music event that attracts about 60,000 people.
The well-run, two-day music celebration showcases local talent, making it the kind of festival needed in a city struggling to counter its often-negative image.
I've often wondered why Oakland officials rarely tap our homegrown talent to tell the city's story.
Because when you look at the list of Oakland residents past and present who have climbed to the top of their chosen professions, particularly in the arts and professional sports, it is as impressive a list as you will find anywhere.
Oakland may not be a model city, but when it comes to hometown role models, the city has an embarrassment of riches.
Clint Eastwood, a renowned actor and filmmaker, grew up in Oakland and graduated from Oakland Technical High School. Tom Hanks grew up in the Oakland hills.
Eastwood and Hanks are legends, and they are by no means the only names on the list.
Oakland officials have approached such celebrities in the past, but never with a comprehensive plan to have them boost the city's image, said Samee Roberts, the city's director of cultural affairs and marketing. A new plan to hire a social media company and develop a promotional campaign is now in the works, she said.
It's fair to say the city's image has suffered during Mayor Ron Dellums' four-year term that ends in January. His leadership skills deflated public confidence in government and prompted more questions than answers.
Delroy Lindo - a British-born actor who has starred in movies like "Clockers," "Get Shorty" and Spike Lee's "Crooklyn" - lives in the Oakland hills. His is a familiar face and voice whose participation would bring attention to any city campaign.
In the world of literature, Oakland resident Ishmael Reed speaks the language of the street and has chronicled the culture of urban life. Oakland is his literary landscape. Reed has written more than 20 books and in 1997 stirred residents to their souls with "Let Oakland Be a City of Civility," a poem he read at the inauguration of Mayor Jerry Brown. His fictional work - and that poem - should be part of a mantra spread far and wide in our town.
In the world of sports, I don't know of another city of comparable size that can lay claim to more pro athletes.
The list of NBA players with strong connections to Oakland is as long as your arm, and Bill Russell, the Hall of Fame player-coach of the Boston Celtics sits at the top of it. One of the most recognizable, iconic players in the history of the game, Russell is an eloquent, outspoken and strident African American man and a walking, talking success story.
Russell - and those who followed in his footsteps - could deliver a powerful public service message that casts Oakland in a positive light.
In baseball, Oakland's own Rickey Henderson, a Hall of Fame player and arguably the most potent one-man offensive show in the history of the game, strolls into Peet's Coffee on Lakeshore Avenue unnoticed most days. Hall of Fame outfielder Frank Robinson, who attended McClymonds High School in West Oakland, was the first man to win the Most Valuable Player award in both leagues.
It's significant that Russell and Robinson were the first African Americans to become head coach and manager in their respective professional sports. Russell was named player-coach of the Celtics in 1966. Robinson became the first African American manager in Major League Baseball when he took control of the Cleveland Indians in 1975.
That's two guys from the same West Oakland neighborhood and the same high school. It almost sounds like fiction, but it's a story unique to the city of Oakland, and a story that deserves to be told.
Oakland has its own marketing department, a city-owned cable station and all the resources it needs to create a public service campaign.
This weekend's Art & Soul Festival is a prime example of what Oakland could do on a regular basis to put its best foot forward.
The same concept should be expanded to create a campaign to tell Oakland's most compelling success stories, and to begin the process of restoring its reputation as a city of winners, a city of champions and, above all, a no-quit city that perseveres.
If you go
What: Oakland Art & Soul Festival
When: Saturday and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
Where: Entrances are located at 14th Street & Broadway; 16th Street & San Pablo Avenue; and Promenade beside City Center West Garage.
Cost: Adults, $15; seniors and youth, $8; children 12 and younger are free. Tickets are good for one day.
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7/29/2010 - American Ballet Theatre will travel to Cuba to perform as part of the Havana International Ballet Festival, November 3-6, 2010, it was announced today by ABT’s Executive Director Rachel Moore.

The 22nd Annual Havana International Ballet Festival honors Alicia Alonso, Director of the National Ballet of Cuba and former ABT ballerina, on the occasion of her 90th birthday. American Ballet Theatre’s tour to Cuba comes at the personal invitation of Ms. Alonso. The Festival will include two repertory performances by ABT on November 3 and 4 and two additional Gala performances, November 5 and 6, featuring ABT Principal Dancers and Soloists. In honor of Ms. Alonso, ABT’s repertory in Cuba will feature Theme and Variations, a ballet created by George Balanchine for ABT in 1947 with Ms. Alonso and Igor Youskevitch originating the leading roles. The Company’s performances will also include Alexei Ratmansky’s Seven Sonatas and Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free.

American Ballet Theatre last performed in Cuba in 1960 during the Company’s 20th Anniversary year. The engagement included now legendary works from ABT’s repertory including Billy the Kid, Theme and Variations, Fall River Legend, Jardin aux Lilas, Fancy Free, Les Sylphides and Graduation Ball.

“This historic visit to Cuba is significant on many levels," said Rachel Moore. "It honors ABT's past by recognizing the contributions of Alicia Alonso and looks to the future by establishing an international dialogue with our artistic counterparts in Cuba."

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Q&A: Purdue's Black Cultural Center preps for semester (Purdue University)

Amy Grant to combine tour and art fundraisers, tour starting in Atlanta, GA.

Amy Grant will tour 10 cities this fall, playing small concerts and hosting an art gallery charity event at each show.

Entitled the "Pieces of Our Lives" tour, the shows will raise money for Compassion International, a charity that supports children who live in poverty.

"Anytime you can combine music, art and a great cause, I think you have something very special. The evenings are really about telling stories, singing songs and sharing art –- all to benefit the lives of students and children in need," Grant said through a news release.

Each show will be limited to 300 patrons and tickets are $300 each.

Cities that will be host to events are Atlanta, Georgia; Austin, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; Dallas, Texas; Houston, Texas; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Nashville, Tennessee; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Orlando, Florida; and St. Louis, Missouri.

To learn more about this wonderful tour, click here.

CNN In America's "New Orleans Rising" airing August 21 and 22 at 8 p.m. ET.

New Orleans suburb rises from Katrina's shadow

Editor's note
: Learn more about how the Woods family and other residents of Pontchartrain Park banded together to help rebuild their community on CNN In America's "New Orleans Rising" airing August 21 and 22 at 8 p.m. ET.

(CNN) -- "This can be yours," the black-and-white newspaper advertisement promised above an image of a tree-lined ranch home in Pontchartrain Park.

At the bottom, it said "Available to Negroes."

It was the 1950s in segregated New Orleans, Louisiana, and the promise of a slice of suburbia for black Americans lured hundreds to the new community.

That included Meldon Woods, an Air Force corporal who had been given a home loan for his military service through the GI Bill. He and his wife, Audrey, a schoolteacher at the time, purchased a two-story home in 1957 where they raised their four children.

Fifty years later, he was forced to evacuate that home as Hurricane Katrina bore down on New Orleans on August 29, 2005.

"My husband said, no, he was not leaving, because he was upstairs and if the water came, he'd be upstairs," Audrey Woods recalled.

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Rock the Bells Festival 2010, Los Angeles, CA to Washington,DC

Guerilla Union Presents




The west-side welcomes the one and only Dogfather to headline Rock the Bells 2010! He’ll be performing his classic Doggystyle in its entirety! The set will also feature guest performances by Warren G, Tha Dogg Pound, Lady of Rage and RBX.

Get your tickets now! Every artist featured on the Rock the Bells 2010 lineup will be present at all 4 markets.








21st Annual Neighborhood to Neighborhood Street Festival, Phildelphia, PA

The West Philadelphia Coalilition of Neighborhoods & Businesses Presents :
21st Annual Neighborhood to Neighborhood Street Festival
Saturday, September 4, 2010
49th to 52nd & Baltimore Avenues
Philadelphia, PA
11:00am to 8:00pm
Hosted by State Senator Anthony H. Williams
For more information click here.

2010 Herman Leonard Portfolio at the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago, IL

Herman Leonard has selected 45 of his favorite images that clients may choose from to create a customized portfolio package of six 11 x 14" Open Edition silver gelatin photographs. All prints will be signed, titled and dated by Herman Leonard. The prints will be presented in an archival portfolio box, covered and lined in a warm grey fabric, with Herman Leonard's signature imprinted on the cover. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany each set. The value of this offer if purchased individually would be $8,400. Our special price for this package of six photographs is $5,750, a savings of $2,650. We can additionally customize your portfolio to include any image in Herman Leonard’s collection.
For additional information or to place your order, please contact the gallery at [312] 266-2350 or by email at

John Lee Hooker, San Fancisco [JLH02] (1998)

Catherine Edelman Gallery

300 W. Superior St.
Chicago, IL 60654

Tuesday through Saturday
10:00 to 5:30 pm

Catherine Edelman, Director

Juli Lowe, Assistant Director

Trevor Power, Gallery Manager

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The Journey of Hope in America: Quilts Inspired by Barack Obama, National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center, Wilberforce, OH

The Journey of Hope in America: Quilts Inspired by Barack Obama
December 18, 2009 Through December 18, 2010
National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center

The Journey of Hope in America: Quilts Inspired by President Barack Obama commemorates an historic milestone in American history - the election of an African American man as president. The show will open Dec. 18, 2009 and will run through Dec. 18, 2010 before touring the country.

This extraordinary quilt show is curated by internationally known quilt artist, author and historian Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi for the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center, a part of the Ohio Historical Society. She's brought together a diverse group of 95 fiber artists representing a variety races, cultures, generations and religions.

The exhibition will explore Obama’s momentous 2008 election by bringing audiences a collection of powerful quilts from a wide range of styles, including art quilts, folk art and traditional quilts. The featured quilts illustrate a broad range of techniques and materials, including piecing, painting, appliqué, embroidery, dyeing, photography, beading and digital transfer, as well as inspirations.

Throughout The Journey of Hope in America, viewers will experience the narrative quilt as an avenue toward expanding understanding the impact of the electing of the first African American president.

The National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center
1350 Brush Row Road
Wilberforce, OH 45384
(937) 376-4944
(800) 752-2603

9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday-Monday-Tuesday: CLOSED

Adults: $4
Seniors: $3.60
Youth, ages 6-18: $1.50
College Students (with student ID): $1.50
School Groups: $25.00 per bus (weekdays only by advance reservation)
Children 5 & under: FREE
Children 5 & under: FREE

*Membership offers unlimited visits to this exhibit and all Ohio Historical Society historic sites and museums.

"Save Our African-American Treasures" at Washburn This Weekend

Washburn's Memorial Union is hosting the 7th in the series of the Smithsonian Museum's signature program Saturday and Sunday.

WASHBURN UNIVERSITY -- The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture will co-host two weekend programs to help northeastern Kansas-area residents identify and preserve items of historical and cultural significance tucked away in the attics, closets and basements of their homes. Presented in collaboration with Washburn University in Topeka, the event will feature presentations, hands-on activities and preservation tips.

Free and open to the public, the event is the seventh in a series from the museum’s signature program “Save Our African American Treasures: A National Collections Initiative of Discovery and Preservation.” It's being held at Washburn University's Memorial Union on Jewell, this Saturday and Sunday, August 14th and 15th, from 10am till 4pm.

Participants from all over northeastern Kansas can reserve in advance to bring up to three personal items for a 20-minute, one-on-one professional consultation with experts on how to care for them. The specialists will serve as reviewers, not appraisers, and will not determine items’ monetary values.

Objects such as books, paper and textiles no larger than a shopping bag can be reviewed (furniture, carpets, firearms and paintings are excluded).

Those wishing to have items reviewed must make reservations by e-mailing or by calling toll free (877) 733-9599. Reservations are not required for those not wishing a one-on-one consultation. Additional information is available online at

The “Treasures” program includes the following sessions:

Preservation Presentations: Informal basic preservation sessions will take place during the day. One will focus on textiles, a category that includes cloth dolls, flags, hats, clothing, lace, quilts, needlework and table linens. The session on photographs and paper will inform participants on simple inexpensive techniques to keep their family Bibles, historic pictures and important documents such as diplomas and wedding licenses safe from deterioration.

Hands-on Preservation: Participants are invited to learn how to properly store letters, pack garments and prepare photographs for preservation storage and presentation.

As a companion to the series, the museum has produced a 30-page guidebook African American Treasures: A Preservation Guide will be distributed free to attendees and to individuals, community groups and educators to highlight the importance of proper preservation techniques. The guidebook is part of the “Treasures” kit, a tote bag that will also include white cotton gloves, archival tissue papers and archival documents sleeves to help people keep their personal treasures safe.

Harlem Stage Announces Their September Event Listings

Harlem Stage announces its event listings for September. The three main events offers film, dance, and music for all.

On Wednesday, September 5th, Harlem Stage on Screen presents "I Remember Harlem" by Mill Miles. The film will be at 7:30PM athe the Harlem Stage Gatehouse (150 Convent Ave at W. 135th St.). Tickets are $10.

"I Remember Harlem" is a stunning look at the history of Harlem in a one hour compilation of the award-winning four part documentary that traces 350 years of African American culture. The film offers a glimpse of the dynamic culture of Harlem from the roots to a new day. It will be followed by a Q&A session with the filmmaker and reception. It is part of the Harlem Stage on Screen series and co-presented with the Black Documentary Collective as part of the Harlem Stage Partners Program.

Dance on Harlem Stage presents "Blood Dazzler" from Thursday, September 23rd through Sunday the 26th. There is a Sunday matinee performance at 3PM while all the other days have evening performances at 7:30PM. The event will be at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse. Tickets are $20.

"Blood Dazzler" is a dance/theater work based on the poetry collection by Patricia Smith; Conceived and created by Paloma and Patricia McGregor. Based on Smith's award-winning book, "Blood Dazzler" embodies Katrina as a troubled, otherworldly woman hungry for fame, destruction and revelation. Katrina defied simple classification and easy analysis. Now, as her aftermath continues to be felt, a group of artists reexamines her origin and impact through a unique convergence of verse, dance, theatre and multimedia, in the hopes of unearthing deeper truth. It is co-presented with Angela's Pulse as part of the Harlem Stage Partners Program. It will be performed by Cristal Albornoz, Eddie Brown, Rhea Patterson, Alexandra Houston, Tiffany Rachelle Stewart, Lizan Mitchell and Maria Bauman, as well as a special performance by Patricia Smith.

On Saturday, September 25th, Uptown Nights at Harlem Stage presents "WeDaPeoples Cabaret" at 9:30PM at Aaron Davis Hall (150 Convent Ave at W. 135th St.). Tickets are $20 for Cabaret and $35 for both Cabaret and Blood Dazzler.

The show is curated by Carl Hancock Rux and features Toshi Reagon, Helga Davis, Queen Esther, Greg Tate, Roger C. Jeffreys/Subtle Changes Dance Company, Preston Riddick's drumming ensemble, DJ Phonozone and others. "WeDaPeoples Cabaret" was created in 2006 by Sekou Sundiata for the opening season of Harlem Stage's new home, The Gatehouse. In tribute to Sekou and in the spirit of Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln's collaboration "WE INSIST: Freedom Now Suite," Rux starts a revolution on the dance floor with a night of art and activism. The evening follows the performance of Blood Dazzler, features a special video presentation plus a dynamo of artists with DJ Phonozone spinning throughout the evening. It is co-presented with the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University and the Columbia Harlem Jazz Project with support provided by The America Project.

Harlem Stage is a performing arts center that celebrates and perpetuates the unique and diverse artistic legacy of Harlem and the indelible impression it has made on American culture. They provide opportunity, commissioning and support for artists of color, make performances accessible to all audiences, and introduce children to the rich diversity, excitement and inspiration of the performing arts.

More information about the events, tickets, and Harlem Stage itself can be found at its website:

Be There or Be Squared: B2 Fine Art Gallery and Studios set to open in Tacoma

Gary and Deborah Boone could have dropped their new art gallery in the middle of Pioneer Square. But they chose Ledger Square instead. Ledger Square is in Tacoma, by the way. It will soon be home to B2 Fine Art Gallery and Studios. "B2" usually is pronounced "Bee Too". But in this case, it's "B-squared". Like an exponential "B", which stands for Boone. Two Boones. Got it?

A year in the making, B2 will fill 4,200 square feet of 711 St. Helens Ave. Listening to Gary Boone describe the array of artists, amenities and services soon to be available made me dizzy. Gary is a nice man. He gave me advice for treating the tail end of a cold. He knows about art too. In fact, these people seem to be professional artists. Originally from the East Coast, the Boones moved to Washington 20 years ago and fell in love. Then they fell in love with Tacoma.

"We heard about the work the city of Tacoma was doing relating to art and development," says Gary Boone. "Living in Seattle and Olympia, we were always curious about Tacoma. We thought about opening our gallery in Pioneer Square. We thought long and hard about it, and decided to open it in Tacoma."

Boone's wife Deborah works with notable organizations such as the Pacific Northwest African American Quilters and the Northwest African American Fine Arts Group. Locals may remember some of her quilt work from a 2007 showing of works by Pacific Northwest African American Quilters at the Tacoma Art Museum. Both have worked as arts professionals for the past 25 years.

"I've been a collector for more than 25 years," says Gary Boone. "My mother said that I could find art any place; that art is all around us. She said if you reach out to it, it will reach back to you. That left a big impression on me."

The Boones also hope to leave an impression on Tacoma's art scene. Their Tacoma gallery will be an "artist-run, contemporary art gallery and creative space dedicated to bringing an array of the most provocatively, relevant, emerging and established artisans throughout the Northwest, and around the globe." That's from the website. The gallery will host work in all media, including painting, drawing and printmaking, sculpture, photography, fiber, film and video. The space is ample, and will present an anticipated eight to 12 exhibitions per year, accompanied by periodic artisan lectures and workshops. By the way, the Boones use the words "artisan" and "artist" interchangeably.

Beyond traditional gallery showings, B2 will be churning out quite a bit of arts business. Want to know how to make money selling art? Copy everything the Boones do. For example, B2 will offer an arts lease and rental program, offering select works for short or long-term stays in select hallways and living rooms. Or offices. Or events. Art rental. Genius. B2 also will offer a full range of promotion and marketing services for local artists. For local corporate types, the Boones will help develop private collections and corporate collections. They'll also offer framing, installation services, and a couple more things I can't remember.

Like I said - the Boones' excitement made me dizzy.

B2 will celebrate its grand opening Aug. 13 with a diverse showing of artists from the Pacific Northwest. Expressive Facets of Nature will display the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest through the works of seven northwest artist working in mediums ranging from threads to leaves to Chinese brushwork. The one of a kind collaborative debut will be on exhibition for six weeks, closing Sept. 25.

SmileyBooks To Host Free Journal Writing Teleclass Celebrating The Latest America I Am Release

Join us on Thursday, August 19, 2010 7:00–8:30 PM EST

New York, NY ( -- For too long, stories of the lives and journeys of African Americans have been told by others. With the publication of America I AM Journal, edited by Clarence Reynolds (SmileyBooks, Trade Paperback Original; $11.95) African Americans can now take pride in the creation of their own personal chronicles. The award-winning America I AM: The African American Imprint traveling exhibition, now on tour in Cincinnati, traces the indelible imprint African Americans have made on America over 500 years. This inspiring volume reflects the themes of the twelve exhibit galleries and presents over 200 historical and contemporary quotations from the minds of great leaders and everyday history makers, including W.E.B. Du Bois, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Madame C.J. Walker, Mary McLeod Bethune, John Johnson, Tony Dungy, and Serena Williams. Each page features a powerful image, a stirring message, and an open invitation to readers to record their own unique life story. An avid journal keeper, Smiley believes that "journaling is a perfect place to develop and refine your vision."

In celebration of the American I AM Journal, editor Clarence Reynolds and Cheryl Woodruff, president of SmileyBooks, invite aspiring and seasoned journal keepers to participate with them in a LIVE FREE 90-minute audio journal-writing workshop. The August 19th teleclass will offer pointers on the craft, as well as an introduction to the impact of journaling on personal reflection, political action, and family history.

Register here

About SmileyBooks
Founded by media pioneer Tavis Smiley in 2004, SmileyBooks is a general trade book publisher that specializes in quality nonfiction and is distributed by Hay House, Inc. A dynamic company dedicated to the new media landscape, SmileyBooks publishes books by authors ranging from established New York Times best sellers to exciting new voices on topics that appeal to a broad spectrum of readers. SmileyBooks titles are published in hardcover, trade paperback and digital media, offering the widest possible readership and exposure.

4th Annual Women of Color Conference: Empowering Our Future August 15 - 16, 2010 Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas NV

Who attended:

Women of all ethnicities, professions and social backgrounds were invited to participate.

Attendees included:

• Corporate executives

• Community Leaders
• Professionals

Benefits for attending the event:

Keynote speakers shared their knowledge and experiences, providing opportunities for deep personal growth and development. Each presenter was a catalyst for change, and were committed to advancing and empowering women leaders.

About the conference:

In 2007, Las Vegas was the site of the first-ever Women of Color Conference hosted by the four local ethnic chambers of commerce – American Indian, Asian, Latin and Urban. This historic event attracted more than 500 minority women and men who gathered to participate in workshops ranging from health and wellness to personal finance, beauty and self-esteem, career development and leadership skills.

Debra Nelson, MGM MIRAGE Vice President for Corporate Diversity, Communications and Community Affairs, saw a need for dialogue among minority women in the Las Vegas community. She approached the chambers of commerce with the idea, and they overwhelmingly agreed. From there, a day-long event was created to bring women together from across Southern Nevada and beyond. The goal of the event was to provide leadership, networking and learning opportunities through a variety of workshops. Additionally, event organizers hoped that the success of the event would lead to it becoming an annual event.

A planning committee, made up of representatives of the chambers and presenting sponsors, was formed to oversee the development and execution of the event. The committee included several sub-committees to focus on areas such as finances, logistics, media relations, sponsor relations, and speaker relations. Also, a website was created so participants could review conference information and register online.

The day-long program was developed and included a networking breakfast, morning and afternoon workshops, luncheon, roundtable discussion and a mixer. Panelists that participated in the conference included authors, executives, motivational speakers, community leaders and other various field experts.

The Women of Color Conference received a tremendous amount of positive response.

Surveys were filled out by conference attendees, rating the conference on quality of speakers, timing of events, relevance of discussion topics, etc. Overall, attendees felt informed, inspired and looked forward to future events. The conference attracted participants from around the country, and several attendees have expressed interest in hosting similar events in their local communities.

Women of all ethnicities, professions and social backgrounds from throughout Nevada and across the country participated in the Women of Color Conference. Conference attendees included students, young professionals, seasoned executives and business owners in numerous fields and industries. Perhaps the biggest beneficiary, however, was the Las Vegas community as the conference was a demonstration of the collective power of the local minority chambers of commerce to enact a program that benefited women across the city.

Quotes from participants:

“Thank you for a magical experience. You were so organized and everyone was united- it was a pleasure.”
-- Nely Galan, Women of Color Conference Keynote Speaker

“Your breakfast speaker, Consuelo, was truly dynamic! She gave me chills as I watched tears stream from her eyes and made my heart full with her words. Thank you for having her.”
-- Wendy Welch, Conference Attendee

“Superb! Fabulous! Insightful, informative and inspirational.”
-- Conference Attendee

“I am wonderfully surprised how this conference has made an extreme impact on my life. This is a life changing experience.”
-- Conference Attendee

“What an awesome experience! I had a chance to meet so many successful women that I didn't even know existed. Thank you for the wonderful opportunity.”
-- Conference Attendee

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The Journey of Hope in America: Quilts Inspired by Barack Obama, National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center, Wilberforce, OH

The Journey of Hope in America: Quilts Inspired by Barack Obama
December 18, 2009 Through December 18, 2010
National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center

The Journey of Hope in America: Quilts Inspired by President Barack Obama commemorates an historic milestone in American history - the election of an African American man as president. The show will open Dec. 18, 2009 and will run through Dec. 18, 2010 before touring the country.

This extraordinary quilt show is curated by internationally known quilt artist, author and historian Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi for the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center, a part of the Ohio Historical Society. She's brought together a diverse group of 95 fiber artists representing a variety races, cultures, generations and religions.

The exhibition will explore Obama’s momentous 2008 election by bringing audiences a collection of powerful quilts from a wide range of styles, including art quilts, folk art and traditional quilts. The featured quilts illustrate a broad range of techniques and materials, including piecing, painting, appliqué, embroidery, dyeing, photography, beading and digital transfer, as well as inspirations.

Throughout The Journey of Hope in America, viewers will experience the narrative quilt as an avenue toward expanding understanding the impact of the electing of the first African American president.

The National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center
1350 Brush Row Road
Wilberforce, OH 45384
(937) 376-4944
(800) 752-2603

9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday-Monday-Tuesday: CLOSED

Adults: $4
Seniors: $3.60
Youth, ages 6-18: $1.50
College Students (with student ID): $1.50
School Groups: $25.00 per bus (weekdays only by advance reservation)
Children 5 & under: FREE
Children 5 & under: FREE

*Membership offers unlimited visits to this exhibit and all Ohio Historical Society historic sites and museums.

To learn more about this exhibit, click here.

5th Annual Peachtree Village International Film Festival Atlanta, GA

August 19-22, 2010
Hyatt Regency Hotel
Downtown, Atlanta, GA

PVIFF is hosted by The African American Cinema Gallery (AACG) & Gipp. Museums, Inc. PVIFF attracts 5,000+ people each year from around the world. PVIFF was created in 2006 under the previous name (Sweet Auburn International Film Festival) and have served as the launching pad for many successful filmmakers and other artists alike in the film & entertainment industry. This dynamic international film festival showcases feature length films, shorts, music videos, documentaries, and screenplays from around the globe. PVIFF also feature celebrity attractions, innovative workshops, panels, parties, and much more. PVIFF is poised to become one of the most celebrated film events through dynamic programming and a dedication to helping filmmakers excel in their careers. PVIFF's brand is entrenched in the old saying "It Takes A Village."

Our vision allows us to create a village atmosphere that provide opportunities not only for filmmakers but for business owners and film enthusiasts. Artists such as Director/Writer Rob Hardy of Rain Forest Films, Producer, Roger Bobb of Tyler Perry Studios, Director, Leslie Small, Casting Director, Alpha Tyler of Tyler Perry Studios, Best Selling Author Omar Tyree, Actor, Bill Nunn, Director, Kenny Leon, Humanitarian, Afeni Shakur and more have all participated in various aspects of PVIFF over the years. In 2006 during PVIFF's first year the winning short film "Binta & The Great Idea" was nominated for an Academy Award and numerous other projects have received phenomenal acclaim throughout the years as well. With increased exposure, the assistance from the film and business community PVIFF will continue to help ignite opportunities and make dreams to come true for decades to come.

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AAAM Annual Conference

African-American Museum Conference Held in Pittsburgh

For three days this week representatives from more than 200 African-American museums are in Pittsburgh for a conference. They are attending sessions on curating and archiving. There were also more specialized sessions on re-interpreting African-American food history and preserving Florida’s African-American civil war heritage.

A museum is defined as an institution that is open to the public, has a collection and does exhibitions. President of the Association of African-American museums Vernon Courtney said although there is a need for such museums, he hopes African-American history and art will work their way into all museums.

"Our history is unique in this country and we hope that at some point in time we work ourselves out of a job when mainstream museums treat African-American history and culture as it does the rest of the history of the nation," he said.

This is the 32nd year the conference has been held. Pittsburgh was selected as the conference host because of the recent opening of the August Wilson Center for African-American Culture.

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Separate and Unequaled: Black Baseball in the District of Columbia

Separate and Unequaled:
Black Baseball in the District of Columbia

On view indefinitely

The Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum
1901 Fort Place, SE
Washington, DC 20020

Main office: 202-633-4820

Back by popular demand after a recent successful run at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., a condensed version of this exhibition is on view at the museum. From Reconstruction to the second half of the 20th century, baseball, the great American pastime, was played in Washington, D.C., on segregated fields. “Separate and Unequaled” looks at the phenomenal popularity and community draw of this sport when played by African Americans. Featured are such personalities as Josh Gibson and “Buck” Leonard, star players of the Negro Leagues most celebrated team, the Washington Homestead Grays. The show also highlights community teams that gave rise to the various amateur, collegiate and semi-pro black baseball teams and leagues. For special viewing hours and tours, call 202.633.4844.

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Word, Shout, Song: Lorenzo Dow Turner at The Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum

The Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum

1901 Fort Place, SE
Washington, DC 20020

Main office: 202-633-4820

The hours of operation for the museum are 10am to 5pm daily except December 25 when the museum closes in observance of the Christmas holiday.

Connecting Communities through Language

August 9, 2010 - March 27, 2011

Word, Shout, Song documents the historical journey made by people from Africa, their language, and their music, to the Americas. Through words, music, and story, Lorenzo Dow Turner discovered in the 1930s that the Gullah people of Georgia and South Carolina still possessed parts of the culture and language of their enslaved ancestors, which had long been believed lost.

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Explore, Experience, Appreciate Art! ArtCrawl Harlem

Explore, Experience, Appreciate Art! ArtCrawl HarlemTM

Saturday, August 7 and Sunday, August 8, 2010

Fee: $55; Limited Number of Tickets, $40 so Book Early!

ArtCrawl HarlemTM
is a guided trolley tour of local galleries. Participants visit seven Harlem art galleries and receive a 20- 30 minute “tour within a tour” at each site. The participants receive a tote bag with a bottle of water and refreshments throughout the day.

This August's tour schedule is

Saturday, August 7
Trolley tour 12:00PM to 4PM; Reception following until 5:30PM


Sunday, August 8
Trolley tour 1:00PM to 5PM; Reception following until 6:30PM

Galleries will include: Casa Frela Gallery, Dwyer Culture Center, LeRoy Neiman Art Center, Renaissance Fine Art, Rio II Gallery and Studio Museum in Harlem.

Each ArtCrawl Harlem™ tour culminates in a reception with food, wine, and music.

This is the first major gu
ided tour involving art galleries in Harlem. For more information, please call 212 866-7427.

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The Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia Presents:

On View through September 18, 2010:
"Diluted Loss" by Keith Ramsey

Artist gallery talks:
Saturday, July 24 at 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 21 at 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 11 at 1:00 p.m.
Free with admission

The Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia
00 Clay Street
Richmond, VA 23219

phone: (804) 780-9093
fax: (804) 780-9107





Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Returns to New York City Center 12/1-1/2/2011

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to New York City Center from December 1, 2010 - January 2, 2011 with exciting performances that have become a joyous holiday tradition. New York City Center is located at 131 West 55th Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues.

Led by the renowned Judith Jamison in her final year as Artistic Director, and joined by Artistic Director Designate Robert Battle, Ailey's extraordinary artists will move audiences with their brilliant artistry and passionate spirit in a series of 9 premieres and new productions, along with a variety of repertory favorites and special programs.

The December 1st Opening Night Gala Benefit, with all proceeds going to support Ailey's innovative educational and training programs for young people, will kick off a year-long tribute to 5 decades of Alvin Ailey's Revelations, an American classic called a must-see for all people. The celebration will continue with live music, specially staged performances and other activities to be announced at a later date.

For one extraordinary week, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis will join the Ailey dancers for Ailey/Jazz, a joyous live music celebration of America's two great art forms - modern dance and jazz music - and two great jazz artists - Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie. The program features the first full production in over 30 years of Three Black Kings, resulting from Alvin Ailey's legendary collaboration with the great Duke Ellington, and The Winter In Lisbon, Billy Wilson's tribute to Dizzy Gillespie and the four-decade career of this consummate jazz musician.

Among the premieres, former Company Member Christopher Huggins pays tribute to Ailey's past, present and future with Anointed, featuring the music of Moby and Sean Clements. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will also debut The Hunt, Robert Battle's explosive tour-de-force for six men, and The Evolution of a Secured Feminine, Camille A. Brown's witty exploration of the notions of femininity. Ailey's performances mark the first time anyone other than Ms. Brown will perform the solo.

New Productions of significant works from the Ailey repertory will be shared with today's audiences, including: Forgotten Time, Judith Jamison's quietly uplifting work set to the haunting, otherworldly sounds of Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares; and Prodigal Prince, a colorful and lavish depiction of real and imagined events in the life of the renowned Haitian painter Hector Hyppolite that was choreographed, composed and designed by Geoffrey Holder. In addition to Three Black Kings, other major Alvin Ailey works will be performed: Cry, Ailey's birthday gift for his mother, created on his muse Judith Jamison, and taught by her to subsequent generations of Ailey women; and Mary Lou's Mass, a celebration of life, jazz and gospel that was recently revived for the centennial of the birth of composer Mary Lou Williams.

Throughout the season, Ailey's extraordinary artists will move audiences with a diverse repertory that represents 23 ballets by 15 choreographers, including favorites such as Ulysses Dove's Vespers, George Faison's Suite Otis and Alvin Ailey's Memoria, which will feature performances by some of the most talented students from The Ailey School.

In an exciting finish to the season, a special finale program on January 2nd will celebrate Judith Jamison with a one-night-only performance tribute featuring special guest artists.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater inspires all in a universal celebration of the human spirit, using the African-American cultural experience and the American modern dance tradition. Share in the incomparable sense of joy, freedom, and spirit that bring audiences around the globe to their feet night after night - you don't just see an Ailey performance, you feel it.

Tickets starting at $25 go on sale September 7th. For further information, visit:

Charile "Bird" Parker Memorial

About the Charlie Parker Memorial

”Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art.”

The words and influence of Charlie “Bird” Parker have echoed through generations of musicians. The legendary saxophonist’s electrifying sound took the jazz world by storm in the 1940s and carried on until his death in 1955. Bird’s musical ideas and instrumental prowess provided the foundation for the sound that became known as “bebop.”

In 1997, internationally renowned sculptor Robert Graham was commissioned to begin work on the Charlie “Bird” Parker Memorial sculpture. With the support of former Mayor Rev. Emanuel Cleaver II, the project gained momentum and the Charlie “Bird” Parker Plaza was dedicated on March 27, 1999.

Located adjacent to the Jay McShann Outdoor Pavilion on the north side of the American Jazz Museum, the Charlie “Bird” Parker Memorial faces east towards the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District where Parker cultivated his craft and perfected his art.

By presenting Parker’s head in isolation from his body, the sculptor sought to capture the man’s inner essence rather than his external appearance. The jazz legend’s facial features are treated in a generalized fashion so that he appears ageless. The downward tilt of the head, the closed eyes, and the rapt expression suggest that Parker is completely absorbed in music.
The artist sacrificed anatomical completeness in order to create a more visually appealing sculptural shape. Coincidentally, this cropping also transforms Parker’s profile, when seen from the south, into the rough shape of the continent of Africa.

The phrase “Bird Lives”, inscribed in the base of the sculpture, rings true today. Recordings of his performances still sound immediate and fresh, and many of his challenging compositions have become standards in jazz repertoire.

Charlie “Bird” Parker is an integral part of the Kansas City community and its Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District. He is considered to be one of the most gifted and original performers in jazz. In the same way, the Charlie “Bird” Parker Memorial sculpture is truly an original work of art, and a gift to all who have seen
To learn more information about Charlie Parker Memorial click here:

1616 E.18th St. Kansas City, Missouri 64108 816.474.8463

African American Museum & Library at Oakland Presents

The Story


July 31 – October 30, 2010

659 Fourteenth Street Oakland, CA 94612

Art For Life 2010 Bombay Sapphire and Russell Simmons Competition and Exhibition

Planned Parenthood's Family Group Art Show

Planned Parenthood of San Antonio, Texas is having a competitive art show. It invites entries from artists working in all mediums whose work reflects notions of family, family planning, and planned futures.

Entry DEADLINE: August 31
Notifications Announced: September 17
Accepted Works Delivery Date: October 4 & 5
Opening Reception: Friday, October 15 6:30-8:30 pm
Last Day of Exhibit: October 31
Artists Pick-up Work: November 1

See their website for complete rules, eligibility, and prize descriptions.


The movie trailer for the new movie Takers, due to hit theaters August 27th, promises explosive action, plenty of drama, and an all-star cast that's easy on the eyes.

Directed by JohnLuessenhop, Takers revolves around a notorious group of criminals, (Idris Elba, Paul Walker, T.I., Chris Brown, Hayden Christensen, and Michael Ealy) who continue to baffle police by pulling off perfectly executed bank robberies. They are in and out like clockwork, leaving no evidence behind, and laying low in between heists. But when they attempt to pull off one last job, with more money at stake than ever before, the crew may find their plans interrupted by a hardened detective (Matt Dillon) who is hell bent on solving the case.

Check out their official site here for updates, quizzes, photos, and more goodies

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child

Centered on a rare interview that director and friend Tamra Davis shot with Basquiat over twenty years ago, this definitive documentary chronicles the meteoric rise and fall of the young artist. In the crime-ridden NYC of the 1970s, he covers the city with the graffiti tag SAMO. In 1981 he puts paint on canvas for the first time, and by 1983 he is an artist with “rock star status.” He achieves critical and commercial success, though he is constantly confronted by racism from his peers. In 1985 he and Andy Warhol become close friends and painting collaborators, but they part ways and Warhol dies suddenly in 1987. Basquiat’s heroin addiction worsens, and he dies of an overdose in 1988 at the age of 27. The artist was 25 years old at the height of his career, and today his canvases sell for more than a million dollars. With compassion and psychological insight, Tamra Davis details the mysteries that surround this charismatic young man, an artist of enormous talent whose fortunes mirrored the rollercoaster quality of the downtown scene he seemed to embody.

Featuring interviews with Julian Schnabel, Larry Gagosian, Bruno Bischofberger, Tony Shafrazi, Fab 5 Freddy, Jeffrey Deitch, Glenn O'Brien, Maripol, Kai Eric, Nicholas Taylor, Fred Hoffmann, Michael Holman, Diego Cortez, Annina Nosei, Suzanne Mallouk, Rene Ricard, Kenny Scharf, among many others.

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New Art By Frank Morrison Entitled "Practice Makes Perfect"

Frank Morrison's art work is unique and will make a statement that you simple can not miss. The exaggerated body parts and flowing motion of the characters depicted in Frank's art work are his signature and provide us with a glimpse of his endless creativity and talent.

Frank Morrison was born in Massachusetts and then moved to New Jersey at and early age. He grew up during the early days of rap music, graffiti, and break dancing. He was a well known graffiti artist and also an accomplished break dancer and was actually part of the Sugar Hill Gang's dance entourage. It was during one of the groups European tours he got a chance to visit the Louvre art museum in Paris and was so intrigued by all the magnificent art that he decided, at that moment, to return to his roots and become an artist.

Morrison’s work is inspired, not only by his rich and varied life experiences but, by his love and gratitude for his family--his wife Connie, three sons and a daughter and the omnipresent Hand of God. Each of his paintings bears his signature, of course, accompanied by the notation "TTG" representing and reminding all of his "Thanks To God" for the blessings of his gifts--his family and his talents.