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.
October 29, 2011
Delaware Park Entries, Nov. 1 POST TIME: 1:15PM 1st - $17,000, Maiden cl, $15,000-$12,500, 2YO, 1M&70yds 1 Risk On (J Santiago) 118 7/2 2 Scatter Creek (S Gonzalez) 121 8/1 3 Brimstone Island (R Napravnik) 121 9/5 4 Fastest James (R Santana, Jr.) 121 5/2 5 Woods Hole (E Jurado) 113 6/1 6 Surprise Buddy (A Castellano, Jr.) 121 8/1 2d - $18,000, cl, $15,000-$12,500, 3YO&UP, F & M, 5F 1 Dakota Sis (A Castellano, Jr.)
May 12, 2010
IN A magnificently restored, four-story brownstone in Harlem, N.Y., the Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association was hosting a wine-tasting social to help fund one of the organization's numerous projects. Homeowner Russell Nance explained to his guests how new wood had been matched with hundred-year-old molding, and the kitchen redesigned and moved to the center of the home during a two-year renovation. "It just seemed natural to relocate it here from the rear of the house, since the kitchen is where people always seem to congregate," Nance said.
February 5, 2009 |
Alain L. Locke The Biography of a Philosopher By Leonard Harris and Charles Molesworth University of Chicago Press. 432 pp. $45 When Philadelphia-born Alain L. Locke (1885-1954), the first African American to win a Rhodes Scholarship, wrote home to his mother shortly after beginning undergraduate life at Harvard, he didn't exactly express solidarity with his few black student peers. According to Leonard Harris and Charles Molesworth in their superb, eye-opening biography of the man they call "the most influential African American intellectual born between W.E.B.
December 10, 2007 |
The line that turns up again and again in Ain't Misbehavin' is, "One never knows, do one?" Good to keep in mind as you sit through Act 1, wondering why the show - chock full of great Fats Waller songs - seems so flat. They sing "The Joint Is Jumpin'" but it's not. And then, in Act 2, the show leaps into life and everybody at the Prince Music Theater starts having a much better time. So, true enough: One never knows. Fats Waller wrote and/or recorded the show's tunes during the Harlem Renaissance in the '20s and '30s.
August 25, 2006 |
Idle it is not. Wild it is most assuredly. Set in Prohibition-era Georgia, Idlewild boasts yesterday's style, today's music, and the Harlem Renaissance's romanticism. A hip-hop musical that might be dubbed Moulin Noir or Under the Peachtree Moon, it was conceived for and stars OutKast duo Andr? Benjamin and Antwan A. Patton (better known as Andr? 3000 and Big Boi). They are, as might be expected, terrific in the musical numbers and painfully self-conscious in the dramatic sequences.
February 3, 2006 |
The Please Touch Museum will morph into a cool jazz club for the monthlong Junior Jazz Festival. Little ones can paint to blues music, strap on taps for tap dancing, and strum or blow on all variety of instruments. Designed to introduce youngsters to America's homemade music, the festival brings live music, dance and theater to the museum. Chicago singer-songwriter Erin Flynn is booked at three area venues this weekend - including a day of performances at Junior Jazz on Sunday.
February 29, 2004 |
In 1936, Jean Toomer, a little-known writer, purchased a farm near Doylestown. Thirty years later when he died, an invalid and a recluse, some of his former friends and colleagues were surprised. Because he had dropped out of sight and was unpublished for almost three decades, they assumed he had died earlier. Today, literary historians consider Toomer one of the great writers to come out of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s. And his book, Cane, ranks alongside Richard Wright's Native Son and Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man as one of the greatest novels in 20th century African American literature, author Dorothy Herrmann says.
September 22, 2003 |
Eula Cousins is a dynamic, well organized, gregarious person whose charm, grace and infectious smile can disarm even the most cynical heart. She organized her own birthday party a week ago, inviting 30 guests for brunch at her condo in Andorra, after which she led a discussion on the war in Iraq. Just before the discussion began the waiters placed a small slice of cake with one lit candle at her setting. It was a symbolic gesture; Eula Cousins is 101. "I've asked you here not to talk about my past century.
August 20, 2002 |
Marie V. Best Whitaker, 86, of Media, a founder of the Media Fellowship House, a community center established to promote racial and social equality, died of a heart attack Friday at Riddle Memorial Hospital. In 1943, Mrs. Whitaker, her daughter and her sister were refused lunch in a restaurant in Media because the waitresses would not serve black people. A white patron in the restaurant, Dorothy James, became aware of the situation and invited the three to her house to eat. Although Mrs. Whitaker declined the offer, the two women exchanged addresses and formed a friendship that lasted until James' death in 1985.