Text: Bernice Elizabeth Green. Photos, this page: Dr. Olivia Cousin. 1,000 Children, Volunteers participate in day-long community service activities and mighty walk for Nelson Mandela On July 18, people around the world celebrated the life, spirit and principles of Nelson
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At the Domino Sugar Factory Thru July 6, Kara Walker’s 75.5ft long, 35.5ft high and 26ft wide “Subtlety”
KaraWalker’s “A Subtlety or The Marvelous Sugar Baby, an homage to the unpaid and overworked artisans who have refined our sweet tastes from the cane fields to the Kitchens of the New World on the occasion of the Demolition of
Photos and text by Bernice Elizabeth Green From its opening credits with Rosie Perez’s brilliant choreography rocking Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power” rhymes and beats to its stunning conclusion, Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing is considered
Clinton Hill’s Jeff Grannum, Jr. is very much “at home” resurrecting lifeless spaces. “As an artist, I’ve grown to love gardening and landscaping because of all the design aspects they incorporate. I guess you can say I specialize
Ed Bullins’ “The Fabulous Miss Marie,” starring Tonya Pinkins and Roscoe Orman, takes final bow this weekend! Tickets Available!
By Bernice Elizabeth Green The 1960’s for Black Americans is alive and well on and off Broadway in three different productions, but it’s “The Fabulous Miss Marie,” directed by Woodie King, Jr. we wanted to see first.
Landmarks Conservancy’s “Sacred Sites Open House Weekend” introduces Ecclesiastical Architecture & Art at Historic Institutions on Saturday, May 17 & Sunday, May 18 New Yorkers travel around the world to experience beautiful religious art and architecture, and some of the
Events: In Loving Memory: Billie Holiday Theatre’s “Maid’s Door” Captures Essence of Universal Story Tickets Still Available for Closing Performances Tonight through Sunday, March 30 The Billie Holiday Theatre’s “Maid’s Door,” with Jackie Alexander directing a stellar cast from a
Voza Rivers, this fourth generation son of Harlem, has committed himself unselfishly as a cultural ambassador of his beloved community. When one Googles Voza Rivers, you go gaga over his multifaceted career, and you will be simply overwhelmed by the
In one fell swoop – some two-hours of “12 Years a Slave” screen time and one phenomenal two-minute speech at last Sunday’s Academy Awards, Best Supporting actress Lupita Nyong’o recalibrated the worldwide view of the black woman cultivated by centuries
More than a Tour, An Experience By Bernice Elizabeth Green Huddled on an expanded parcel of land in Central Brooklyn, the historic Hunterfly Road Houses are designated as New York City landmarks and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Founded in the 1830s by James Weeks, a black stevedore, the village of Weeksville survived well into the early 20th century. Weeksville had its own schools and churches, an orphanage, an old age home, and one of the first AfricanAmerican newspapers- The Freedman’s Torchlight. During the violent draft riots of 1863, the community served as a refuge for hundreds of AfricanAmericans who fled Manhattan. It was home to ministers, teachers and other professionals, including the first female AfricanAmerican physician in New York State, and the first AfricanAmerican police officer in New York City. “The village was an economic, political, cultural and social base for African Americans during that time. Any way you define it, the Weeksville community was (an example of) community building from scratch.” According to Greene, the community’s focus on strength, entrepreneurism, creativity and a sense of wanting to build something is still going strong. Settled by AfricanAmericans from all over the East Coast following the end of slavery in New York State, these houses are also good examples of homes of free people of color in the urban North. These homes have been continuously inhabited, primarily by AfricanAmericans, from their construction until their acquisition by the Weeksville Society in 1968. The buildings are now each rehabbed and “dressed” in the accoutrements of four different periods of time, representing the 183 Os, 1860s, 1900s and 1930s. Working from a “furnishings plan,” the center’s “old house” consultants scoured the Northeast for items that matched the style of each room. The sage green, ochre and mustard yellow colors are based on chip analysis. The truetoperiod artifacts and historically accurate reproductions frame moments in the history of the houses: the Currier and Ives’ Death of Lincoln ink illustration, the December 3, 1847, issue of The North Star newspaper, “Electric Brand” labels of canned food manufactured in Oneida, New York, refurbished hand carved chairs with horsehairstuffed cushions, “The Key to Uncle Tom’s Cabin” on a curio shelf, an authentic Jerome & Company Pendulum Clock, and a poster entitled “Distinguished Colored Men” with images of prominent politicians and churchmen positioned around Frederick Douglass. At Weeksville, there is a living legacy that is not proverbial; it is real. Bernice Jenkins, in her 80s, and her centenarian sister, had a say in the kinds of furnishings installed in the house at No. 1698. The duo had every right to have some influencetheir family first rented a home and then owned it for many years. Their father built the French doors separating the living room from the dining room. Since they were a religious family, an old