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March 24-April 6

Pablo Neruda! Presente!

Isabel Allende

Screening hosted by Center for Black Literature at MEC in association with BPL LitFilm Writers’ Festival at Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 7:30pm-9:00pm. Narrated by Chilean scribe Isabel Allende, the film traces life, work and times of Neruda (1904-1973), the poet-activist and Nobel Laureate for Literature from boyhood to student radicalism, early literary successes and career as a consul appointed to various nations. Talkback with film director and Neruda biographer Mark Eisner follows.

Holistic Health, Wellness Expo, Geb Hetep Wholistic Center, 1344 Pacific St., 2pm-8pm, FREE. Workshops, demonstrations, therapies, featuring Ray Morgan, Mela Berger, Dr. Jeffrey Vincent Noble, D. Leni Gray Wilson, Bale Shabaka. Vegan meals and products. [RSVP: 718-501-6044/45]

Astronomy Live: New Horizons Beyond Pluto. American Museum of Natural History, 7pm, $15. Detailed images of Pluto, revealing a world alive with geological activity with the museum’s Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart.

Scarlett Perry,
Engineer, Triple Lift

Women Trailblazers in Tech panel. Exhibits. WeWork. 81 Prospect St., 6:30-9:00pm. Entrepreneurs, innovators, community builders, social activists, powerhouse women talk about utilizing tech for local and global change.

“African-American Manuscripts & the Artists Behind Them” Talk: Nigel Freeman & Erin Jenoa Gilbert, Curator, Smithsonian; Swann Gallery, 104 E. 25th Street, NYC, 6-8pm. [RSVP Required: 212-254-4710]



Filmmaker Raul Peck/ I Am Not Your Negro

Film Screening: I Am Not Your Negro at the Maison Francaise, Columbia University, Main Entrance/ Broadway at W. 116th St., 6:30-8:30pm. Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck’s documentary on racism in America draws a clear line from the Civil Rights struggle to today’s Black Lives Matter movement via the thought of James Baldwin.

Muslims in Brooklyn: Bedford-Stuyvesant Listening Party at The Bishop Gallery, 916 Bedford Ave., 6-8pm, FREE. For well over a century, Muslims have lived, worked and prayed in Brooklyn. Join in an oral history listening party led by Brooklyn Historical Society Oral Historian and Project Director Zaheer Ali, and Project Coordinator Liz Strong. Seating: first-come, first-served.

Rat Academy Training (FREE), BQLT+Brooklyn Public Library/Grand Army Plaza, 6pm-8pm. [RSVP:]

Pluto Images/
Museum of Natural

Astronomy Live: New Horizons Beyond Pluto at the American Museum of Natural History, $15 ($13.50 seniors, students), $12 Members. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft’s detailed images of Pluto reveal a world alive with geological activity. New Horizons traveled another billion miles to the Kuiper Belt object Ultima Thule. Explore the new data from this farthest spacecraft flyby in history.

Screenings: BAM’s Feminist Film Night features the 12-minute short, Hair Wolf, in Cantor Auditorium. Directed by Mariama Diallo, it is a social commentary on white appropriation of Black hair culture.

11th Annual Women of Courage Awards Luncheon Sanders Studios, 525 Waverly Avenue, 12n-3pm, FREE. Hosted by the Brooklyn Anti-Violence Coalition. [RSVP: Bianca Robinson at]


Lil Phillips at Sistas Place

Lil Phillips’ Tribute to Fannie Lou Hamer, Sistas’ Place, 456 Nostrand Ave. at Jefferson. Two sets: 9:00pm and 10:30pm. $20, advance; $25 at the door. [Reservations: 718-398-1766]

“Black Woman, What Are You Thirsting For?” 1360 Fulton Street, Suite 401, 3-5pm, Brooklyn. Talk hosted by NAKO, the IAA Festival and the International Black Women’s Congress. IBWC life coaches Cynthia D. Pullen and Zakiyyah Zaimah will lead the discussion on love, family, finances, justice, equity and more. []
“Shake Loose: A Celebration of Sonia Sanchez” rocks the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Blvd., Manhattan, 6:30-8:30pm. An evening of poetry and performance in honor of the legendary poet, activist and Schomburg Society National Ambassador. Free tickets are gone; donate $10 or $20 at Eventbrite to gain admission.

New STEM NEWS column edited by Dr. Shermane Austin and Dr. Christopher Boxe of Medgar Evers College School of Science, Health, Technology (CUNY) debuts in Our Time Press.

Word. Sound. Power. 2019 at BAM Fisher (Fishman Space, 321 Ashland Pl), 7:30pm, each night, honors National Poetry in celebration of spoken word and hip-hop during two nights of electrifying performances. This year’s theme: Sankofa. Host: Baba Israel. Performances: poets Mumu Fresh, La Bruja, Timothy DuWhite and Gabriel Ramirez; dancers BRAT and Rocka Jamez; musician YAKO 440; and sets by DJ Reborn. $20. [Ages 14+]


“Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can be Deceiving”
features the great Mexican artist’s clothing,
personal effects and voice, at the Brooklyn Museum,
through May.

Black Girls CODE New York Chapter Presents: Teach, Play and Learn with AI! 10am-4pm. Actions and Detail Panel. SUNY Queens EOC, 158-29 Archer Ave., Jamaica, NY. Tech Divas create virtual chat boxes, work on programming a computer to guess your inputs – all on its own; tackle tasks and projects and put skills to the test! All BGC events encourage girls to pursue careers as Tech Creators and Entrepreneurs. For girls ages 7-17. No prior computing experience necessary. Check-in: 9:00 AM. Participants need not bring their laptops. Lunch provided. $35. [Contact:]

“Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can be Deceiving” features the great Mexican artist’s
clothing, personal effects and voice at the Brooklyn Museum
through May.


Upcoming + Hold the Dates
4/12-13: “Black is Tech” Conference
4/21: Easter Sunday
4/22: Earth Day
4/22-26: School Break
4/26: Arbor Day


This Summer 2019:
The Legacies of Ibon and Bilal Muhammad
and the Bogolan merchants’ association they formed in the 1990’s putting Fulton Street on the global map will be celebrated in an
Our Time Press special issue.

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