May 17, 2013 |
The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention converges on Philadelphia in two locations on Friday and Saturday with an awards ceremony, comic books, workshops for kids, a costume contest, and more. Convention festivities from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at the African American Museum will include a free reception along with the annual Glyph awards ceremony honoring African American icons in the comic book industry. The convention continues from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Enterprise Center in West Philadelphia, featuring the Kids' Library Zone (from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
May 16, 2013
Richard J. Watson Age: 67 Where ya from? Born in Badin, N.C., but came to Philly at age 11 and grew up at 21st and Master. What do you do? Artist, musician and exhibitions manager and artist-in-residence at the African American Museum in Philly. Why did you move to Philadelphia? "At age 8, I moved with my aunt from North Carolina to Queens, N.Y., for three years. [His mother died when he was 3.] When I was 11, my father remarried, and we moved to Philadelphia. " Historic ties? Member of the Cecil B. Moore Freedom Fighters protesters at Girard College.
February 4, 2013 |
The Supremes' glamorous style - lush eyelashes, sleek beehive hairdos, and fur stoles - forced the world to see black women as more than mammies and maids years before the civil rights movement got fully under way. But the accessories wouldn't have mattered a lick without the gowns. Original Supremes Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, and Florence Ballard performed in what seemed like an endless supply of heavily beaded, floor-length confections. Some featured plunging necklines and flowing capes.
January 28, 2013
REMEMBER TO send us your fondest memories of Motown's Supremes and their songs to email@example.com . You could win two free tickets to "Come See About Me," an exhibit of the group's outfits that's now at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Feb. 1 is the deadline.
December 31, 2012 |
As he placed a kinara on display at the African American Museum in Philadelphia Saturday, Mlanjeni Nduma paused to correct a child confused by the wooden candleholder's resemblance to a menorah. "No, it's not Hanukkah. It's Kwanzaa," Nduma, who was leading a Kwanzaa celebration at the museum, told the boy. "People say that all the time. " Though Kwanzaa dates to the mid-1960s, the seven-day celebration of African American culture, heritage, and family born out of the black nationalist movement still is unfamiliar to many people, Nduma said.
December 28, 2012
KWANZAA IS A time for unity, when communities come together and reflect on their common heritage. This weekend, the African American Museum in Philadelphia will do just that with a full schedule of Kwanzaa-related events. The holiday is usually celebrated over a week - Wednesday through Jan. 1 this year - with each day representing one of the seven principles of African heritage. Saturday is Ujamaa, the day of cooperative economics, and Sunday is Nia, the day of purpose. Among the events Saturday is a session on the African diaspora and black genealogy with the African-American Genealogy Group.
August 2, 2012 |
With the presentation of a small blue box, the African American Museum in Philadelphia received a giant national treasure Tuesday as it was lent the Congressional Gold Medal bestowed on Rosa Parks, known as the mother of the modern civil rights movement. "We could not be more honored than to have this piece of history here with us at our own African American Museum in Philadelphia," Mayor Nutter said of the medal, the highest civilian award bestowed by Congress. It was given to Parks in 1999.
July 31, 2012 |
Forty films in four days are a lot to sift through. So here are our must-see picks for the BlackStar Film Festival. (Admission is $8, $5 students.) " Brooklyn Boheme ": Nelson George and Diane Paragas look back at the African-American artistic community in 1980s Brooklyn, N.Y. — specifically the Fort Greene and Clinton Hill neighborhoods — that filmmaker Spike Lee equates to the Harlem Renaissance. The scene birthed Mos Def, Erykah Badu, Rosie Perez, poet Saul Williams, Chris Rock and more.
March 2, 2012
MUSIC SPANISH NIGHTS The Philadelphia Orchestra snaps to a "Spanish Dances" theme, with conductor Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and guitarist Pepe Romero. Program features Ravel's classic, "Bolero. " Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce streets, 2 p.m. today, 8 p.m. tomorrow, $10-$124, 215-893-1999, www.philorch.org . QUESTLOVE AND FRIENDS Ahmir Khalib Thompson, a/k/a DJ Questlove of the Roots, joins the Young Friends of the African American Museum in Philadelphia for "Next Level," a fundraising party featuring DJ Yo!
June 19, 2011 |
In the most troubled of many troubled times stretching back through the decades, the African American Museum in Philadelphia almost became a building without a staff. The reason was simple: No cash. Before that perilous moment in 2004, the museum had had more than a dozen directors. And even before that - before it became the first municipally funded black museum in the country in 1976 - it had faced contentious neighbors and lawsuits aimed at stopping its construction. But through all the criticism and fiscal crises, the museum has survived, and now, as it marks its 35th anniversary with a weekend-long Juneteenth celebration, it appears to have achieved not just survival, but stability.