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Billie Holiday Theatre’s ” Maids Door”

Billie Holiday Theatre’s ” Maids Door” Updated

🕔19:06, 29.Mar 2014

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

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This Women’s History Month …

This Women’s History Month … Updated

🕔10:15, 7.Mar 2014

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

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A Journey Through Brooklyn History and Heritage Homes at Weeksville

A Journey Through Brooklyn History and Heritage Homes at Weeksville Updated

🕔12:58, 1.Mar 2014

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

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Harry Belafonte Takes Interfaith to Center Stage, Urges Community to Raise Collective Voice

Harry Belafonte Takes Interfaith to Center Stage, Urges Community to Raise Collective Voice Updated

🕔13:35, 21.Feb 2014

 “Health Care is a Right, Not an Opportunity” The continuing fight to keep Interfaith Medical Center alive and running received reinforcement… and new armor … when Harry Belafonte  led a post-play talk inside the Brooklyn facility on Atlantic Avenue, February

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A Sunday Afternoon of African Rhythms with Randy Weston, Billy Harper and Friends

A Sunday Afternoon of African Rhythms with Randy Weston, Billy Harper and Friends Updated

🕔12:04, 9.Jan 2014

The publishers of Our Time Press, Legacy Ventures and Senegalese chef Pierre Thiam hosted a conversation with Randy Weston & Billy Harper, Sunday, December 29 in celebration of the African Rhythm kings’ new “The Roots of the Blues” album. We thought the process of

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Education Reading Academy Teaches Kids To Think Critically

Education Reading Academy Teaches Kids To Think Critically Updated

🕔14:19, 21.Nov 2013

(Vanderbilt University models program off of successful Saturday University) By Vicky Travis, The Tennessean For most middle-schoolers, the thought of Saturday school would earn a loud “yuck.” But a group of 20 Nashville fifth- and sixth-graders wrapped up six weeks

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November Is Native American Heritage Month Updated

🕔10:00, 14.Nov 2013

November 16 4 pm: Hip-Hop History Workshop for Teens: B-Boy & B-Girl Dancing with Kwikstep and Rokafella. The Schomburg Center celebrates Hip-Hop History Month in November with four interactive workshops for teens that will explore the four elements of hip-hop:

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The Mandelas’ Wine Toast: From Their “House” To Ours Updated

🕔15:20, 24.Oct 2013

An elegant, warm VIP reception for Dr. Makaziwe Mandela, daughter of global icon and South Africa’s former president Nelson Mandela, and Tukwini Mandela, his granddaughter, was hosted by Edmun Braithwaite, Joyce Turner and Michael Lambert, representing the 375-plus member Bedford-Stuyvesant

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PS 256 Parents Building School’s Rugby Team

PS 256 Parents Building School’s Rugby Team Updated

🕔14:18, 24.Oct 2013

Supporting Innovator’s Rugby Team and Idea To make a good idea work, it takes a good man with a good idea and the will to work to make it happen. Such was the case with Tony Fonville, a parent at

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October Is Bedford- Stuyvesant Month Updated

🕔12:54, 18.Oct 2013

October 17 BED-STUY ALIVE! – A TASTE OF SOUL Support Participating Restaurants online. 6:00p: Schomburg Center’s Ed Talks: The Misinformation of the Negro by Dr. Ivory A. Toldson. Ed Talks is a new forum for educational scholars and thought

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