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October Is Bedford- Stuyvesant Month

October 17


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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 leaders whose work illuminates, challenges and transforms the pedagogy and practice of teaching historical and cultural literacy today.  Dr. Ivory Toldson, an Associate Professor in the Counseling Psychology Program at Howard University, will discuss How Bad Research on Race and Achievement is Duping Black Progressives and Liberal Americans into Accepting Black Inferiority.  Free! Schomburg Center in Harlem, 135th & Malcolm X. Blvd.

October 18



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October 19


11a-4p: Bedford-Stuyvesant’s 35th Annual  House & Garden Tour, Sponsor: Brownstoners of Bedford-Stuyvesant /$20 advance sale; $25 day of tour/brownstonersof Attendees will experience firsthand the luxury and sophistication embodied within these brownstones and limestones, many of which date back to the early 1800s, (Self-guided, rain or shine)



BeSAA 7th Annual Studio Strut/

11a: WEEKSVILLE’s Fall Harvest Festival, 1698 Bergen Street, near Rochester. 718-756-5250

October 20

11a-5p: Gather Bed-Stuy and Breadlove are hosting their popular Great Pumpkin Fest.  Volunteers needed:  Vendors welcome, for fees and to register:



11a-4p:  First Strivers’ Row Home Tour in Harlem. You can purchase advance tickets on the website:

October 22

Save the date! Macon Library|African-American Heritage Center to host 5th Anniversary celebration for the chartering of the African Atlantic Genealogical Society. At the branch, 361 Lewis Ave./Macon, BK.

October 23


6p-10p: Bedford-Stuyvesant YMCA’s Brooklyn Honors – Celebrating Our Best fundraising event for its Strong Kids Campaign. Stage 6 at Steiner Studios, Brooklyn Navy Yard. the Strong Kids Campaign ensures that no child or family is turned away from life-enhancing YMCA programs because of the inability to pay. Each year, the YMCA provides financial assistance to thousands of local youth and families in need. •Chef Roblè Ali – Chef Roblè & Co/ Bravo Network •Andrew Kimball – Director of Innovation Economy Initiatives, Jamestown Properties, and CEO, Industry City •Reverend Clinton Miller – Brown Memorial Baptist Church •Danny Simmons – co-Founder and Chairman of Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation •Brandon Stanton – Founder/Photographer of Humans of New York• Gale Stevens Haynes – Long Island University Vice President and Chief Operating Officer *Kay Wilson Stallings – Senior Vice President of Production and Development for Nickelodeon Preschool Television. • Special Tribute to Councilman Albert Vann. (718) 622-9422

October 26

11:00am – 1:00pm: Pratt to host Tree Giveaway at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church (Parking Lot), 241-45 Gates Ave., BK.

Wednesdays through October 30

9am-1pm: The Restoration Plaza Community Market, a farmers’ market, will allow residents to purchase fresh local produce at Marcy Plaza. The market is operated by the Brooklyn Rescue Mission, in partnership with the NYC Food and Fitness Partnership and the Partnership for a Healthier Brooklyn at Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation. Brooklyn Rescue Mission is a community-based organization in Bedford-Stuyvesant focusing on emergency food provision, food justice issues and community-grown food. The organization owns and operates an urban farm in Bedford-Stuyvesant and works with youth, adults and seniors. For more information on the Brooklyn Rescue Mission please visit


October 27

3:00p:  BEPAA’s Master Class series:  “GENTRIFICATION AND HISTORY OF HARLEM” – An Afternoon with A. Peter Bailey. John Henrik Clarke House, 286 Convent Avenue, Harlem, NY. Admission is Free. Call 347-907-0629 to RSVP

October 29

9:30-11a: Emily Dorcely and the Bridge Street Development Corporation with Building on Faith, a faith-based affordable housing seminar for clergy. Provided:  a comprehensive overview of affordable housing development strategies of faith-based institutions; learning about the benefits of development and how to create a successful project from predevelopment and financing to construction and occupancy. David Goldstein of Goldstein Hall LLC, Attorneys at Law, and architect Michael McCaw and Pierre Downing of Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a national affordable housing lender, are co-sponsors. The 90-minute seminar includes breakfast and a question-and-answer session. Location: Quincy Senior Residences, 625 Quincy Street. RSVP by October 22 by calling 718-636-7596 x214 or emailing

November 2


6:00-9:00p: Opening reception for HOUSE OF ART gallery’s much-anticipated The Games We Played exhibition. HOA owner and exhibition curator Richard Beavers will highlight the inspiration behind this exhibition.  RSVP mandatory!

November 3

3:00p-5:00p: HOUSE of ART GALLERY: The Games We Played  Artists + Curator Talk. This event will be curated by the gallery’s director Richard Beavers as he provides an opportunity for the community to connect with the exhibition’s artists. All are welcomed to join the discussion.  Exhibition artists (attendance not confirmed) include: Guy Stanley Philoche, Jamel Shabazz, Dan Ericson, Charlotta Janssen, Leroy Campbell.  RSVP mandatory. To request an individual showing please contact Kai Lawson at 347 663-8195.


November 7


Save-the-Date for The 2013 Stars of New York Dance Honoring Danny Simmons!

November 8-10,

2013 Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference

“Power and Sovereignty,” Boys & Girls High School, 1700 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY.  The Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference connects growers, eaters and organizations across the country to nurture the health and well-being of Black America and the environment as a whole. Attendees explore issues of race, class, health and food through panel discussions, workshops, films and conversations.  Resources are exchanged. Keynoters are:  Monica White, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Environmental Justice in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison & President of the Board of Directors of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network; and Ben Burkett, President, National Family Farm Coalition.

November 3


2:00p: Pre-Black Solidarity Day  Celebration: Speakers Michael Hooper,  Inez Barron, Bob Law, Salim Adofo, Cultural Presentations, Martial Arts  & Performances by Capoeira Angola,  Harlem Poet Laureate,Geoge Edward Tait, The Afrikan Community Drummers, Children of the International Sankofa Academy, Empress Idama, Brother Wakili, Afrikan Vendors Market. Ft. Green Senior Citizens Center, 966 Fulton St.. For Information contact  Michael Hooper 718-773-0246.

Admission: Free

November 17

BEPAA  Presents a Master Class: An Afternoon with Tom Burrell, Author of “Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority,” John Henrik Clarke House, 286 Convent Avenue, New York, NY. Admission is Free. Call 347-907-0629



Thru December 15: Housewarming: Notions of Home from the Center of the Universe at  BRIC Arts | Media House. This inaugural exhibition will act as a celebratory “housewarming” of  BRIC’s new 40,000-square-foot multidisciplinary arts and media complex located at 647 Fulton Street in the Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District. The exhibition explores the concept of “home” from a number of broad vantage points. Eight of the 12 artists featured in the exhibition will present works commissioned by BRIC. Njideka Akunyili, Esperanza Mayobre, Keisha Scarville and Rafael Vargas Suarez are among the featured artists in the exhibition curated by Elizabeth Ferrer, curator and BRIC’s Director of Contemporary Art. Call for hours. Admission to BRIC’s gallery is free.  Call for hours (718) 855-7882

Thru January 11 (OPENS NOV. 2) : The Games We Played, a nostalgic revisit through art to the street and board games played by young people and families back in the day,  is an art exhibition at House of Art. While some games occupied the entire sidewalk, other neighborhood games took up the whole street. There were also the classic games played indoors when households still had family game night. This exhibition will showcase a diverse group of emerging-to-established artists, with a multitude of genres featuring Guy Stanley Philoche, Jamel Shabazz, Dan Ericson, Charlotta Janssen, Leroy Campbell and others. 408 Marcus Garvey Blvd.


Thru January 14: Schomburg Collects WPA Artists 1935 – 1943. The exhibition highlights the work of visual, literary and performing black artists. It presents founder Arturo Schomburg’s commitment to establish and preserve a black art collection as well as the artists’ responses to America’s racial climate.  Schomburg Collects will feature works by Hale Woodruff, Augusta Savage, Beauford Delaney, James Van Der Zee, Richard Wright, Bob Blackburn, Addison Scurlock, Zora Neale Hurston. Call for hours. 515 Malcolm X. Blvd. @ 135th St. (212) 491-2200

Thru March 9, 2014: Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey, Brooklyn Museum’s first museum survey of more than fifty works of the internationally renowned Nairobi-born, Brooklyn-based artist. Her first-ever animated video is shown as part of the artwork of collages, sketchbook samples, sculpture, a site-specific wall piece and immersive installations. 200 Eastern Parkway. Call for hours and entry fees:718-638-5000.