April 30, 2017 @ 2:30pm
Let’s talk: Prison is a presentation of multimedia dialogues on the looming menace of mass incarceration to Black and brown men in the USA. From prose to poetry, music and song to visual art, we will discuss the most creative strategies “ex-cons” employ to survive and thrive the stigma of serving time in prison. Flores Forbes, former ex-felon, Black Panther-turned VP-Urban Planner at Columbia University, reads from his new memoir, INVISIBLE MEN, and talks about his challenges and success after incarceration; Liza Jessie Peterson, reads from and discusses her new book, ALL DAY, that recounts her year-long experience teaching inmates at Island Academy, the high school for prisoners at Rikers Island. Joining in the conversation will be Jamel Shabazz, renowned for his photographs that documented hip hop culture and singer-performance artist SassaCyprigo with Afrikan Sciences stretch and bend rhythms and sounds to end the afternoon on a high note. Limited seated. Admission. RSVP at email@example.com.
This event supports The Gloster Arts Project, bringing professional artists as teachers and mentors to rural Gloster (Amite County), Mississippi in an arts enrichment program for kids.
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April 2, 2017. Poetry is Song. Allison Hedge Coke, accompanied by violinist Laura Ortman, and Cornelius Eady and the Cornelius Eady Trio with Lisa Liu and Charlie Rauh.
March 26, 2017. Margo Jefferson in conversation with Hakim Hasan.
January 29, 2017. Terry McMillan and Kalisha Buckhanon, will talk about their writings, their creative processes and read from their newest novels at 2:30 pm. Hakim Hasan will moderate. Delicious food & wine served.
December 18, 2016 with guitarist/composer Kelvyn Bell celebrating the release of his new St Louis Blu CD and a reading by Greg Tate music and culture and one of the “godfathers of HipHop journalism,” from Flyboy 2, his newest book of essays. Guest moderator: Nicole Fleetwood.
November 6, 2016 @ 2:30pm. With novelist Elizabeth Nunez (Even in Paradise, Akashic 2016) and poet Rowan Ricardo Phillips (Heaven, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016) reading from their newest books. Hakim Hasan, moderator.
October 16, 2016 @2:30 pm. Ta-Nehisi Coates. A conversation and book signing with the author of The New York Times’ #1 Bestseller, Between the World and Me. Benefits The Gloster Arts Project. Moderated by Randall Pinkston.
May 8 @ 2:30 pm A book party for The Jazz of Physics with author and saxophonist, Stephon Alexander and special guest, Will Calhoun. Includes a copy of the book, musical performance, and food & wine. Benefits The Gloster Arts Projects.
May 13 @ 6:30 pm Black Hollywood Unchained with contributors Ishmael Reed, Houston A. Baker, David Henderson, Jill Nelson, and other guests, including Hollywood producer, Rudy Langlais. Benefits The Gloster Arts Projects
May 26 @ 7:00 pm Remembering Miles: A birthday celebration with Wallace Roney, Gary Bartz, Adam Holtzman, Tommy LiPuma, Earl “the Pearl” Monroe, and Quincy Troupe. Others. Refreshments, cake and ice cream. Benefits The Gloster Arts Projects