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Celebrate Black History Month

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William Greaves' work will be featured as part of Tell It Like It Is: Black Independents in New York, 1968 - 1986. Photo courtesy of Louise Greaves.

February 6, 2015 - From the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s series of work by black filmmakers to the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts’ celebration of “Black Future Month,” cultural organizations across the City are hosting special programs, exhibitions, and other events to honor February as Black History Month.

Film Society of Lincoln Center
Tell It Like It Is: Black Independents in New York, 1968 – 1986
This survey is comprised of key films produced between 1968 and 1986, when Spike Lee’s first feature, the independently produced She’s Gotta Have It, was released theatrically and followed by a new era of studio filmmaking by black directors. Representing highlights of New York-based independents, activists all, this program is full of major works by some of the great filmmakers of this era in American film history.
February 6 – 19, 2015 | $14 General admission, $9 students and seniors, $8 members
Film Society of Lincoln Center, theaters are situated along 65th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023

To learn more, visit filmlinc.com/tellitlikeitis.

Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturdays
Black History Month: Living Legacy

Brooklyn Museum’s free monthly art and entertainment series, Target First Saturdays, celebrates Black History Month through a series of musical performances, films, talks, and community events from 5-11pm throughout the Museum. Responding to the theme of “Living Legacy,” participating artists, musicians, and scholars offer alternative narratives of American history and meditations on what it means to be black in the United States today.
February 7, 2015 from 5 – 11pm | Free admission
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, New York 11238-6052

For more information, visit brooklynmuseum.org/visit/first_saturdays.php.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
From Dapper to Dope: The Exquisite and Enduring Style of Harlem Men

As a prelude to New York Fashion Week and Black History Month salute, MAD Free & Schomburg Center present a dynamic multi-platform conversation experience celebrating the diversity, creativity, and intelligence of self-expression of black men through style uniquely found on the streets of Harlem. Join Michaela Angela Davis and special style council including Bevy Smith, Emil Wilbekin, Guy Wood, and Dapper Dan for a community discussion on identity, culture, and style. Come dressed Harlem Sharp for a chance to be part of a live fashion shoot with Mangue Banzima of Quistyle.
February 12, 2015 at 6pm | Free admission, registration required
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, NY 10037
To learn more, visit on.nypl.org/1DKcuy1 or bit.ly/1CyDCTo.

Queens Botanical Garden
Celebrate Black History Month: George Washington Carver Workshop

Called the “Wizard of Tuskegee,” Dr. George Washington Carver made significant contributions in the field of botany. Learn how plants played an important role in his early life and about his later achievements in botany, agriculture, chemurgy, botanical illustration, industrial engineering, and medicine. Paint with plants and plant a peanut to take home for further observation. Advance registration and payment required.
February 17, 2015 from 1:30 – 3 PM | $5
Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing, NY 11355

For more, visit queensbotanical.org.

Bronx Music Heritage Center
Bronx Rising!: Ghana in the Bronx: Civil Rights Inspiration, Musical Innovation, and Recent Immigration
In honor of Black History Month, join the center for a celebration examining the connection between the Civil Rights movement in the United States and the African country of Ghana. Enjoy a screening of Living the Hiplife, “a musical portrait of street life in urban West Africa” (Third World Newsreel), followed by a feet-moving performance from K5.
February 21, 2015 at 7PM | Free admission
BMHC Lab | 1303 Louis Nine Boulevard | Bronx, NY

Visit bit.ly/1xtuqb2 for additional information.

Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts
Vision Quest: A Poetry Reading In partnership with the Poetry Society of America
While most celebrate historical moments and triumphs in black culture, MoCADA looks to the future. In celebration of Black Future Month, join them for an exciting evening of readings by acclaimed poets Patricia Smith, Aracelis Girmay, Camille Rankine, and Kamilah Aisha Moon. In response to the themes in Vision Quest, each poet will read work that examines Black womanhood in diverse and inspiring ways. Q&A to follow the readings.
February 24, 2015 from 7 – 9 PM | Free admission
MoCADA, 80 Hanson Pl., Brooklyn, NY 11217
To learn more, visit bit.ly/1CyDCTo.