All the events are dedicated to Sekou Sundiata
Sekou Sundiata (1948- 2007)
He was an African-American poet and performer, as well as a teacher at New York City's New School. Famous students include musicians Ani DiFranco and Mike Doughty. His plays include The Circle Unbroken is a Hard Bop, The Mystery of Love, Udu, and The 51st Dream State. He also released several albums, including Longstoryshort and The Blue Oneness of Dreams. The Blue Oneness of Dreams was nominated for a Grammy Award. His subjects included Jimi Hendrix, Nelson Mandela, and reparations for slavery.Mr. Sundiata was a Sundance Institute Screenwriting Fellow, a Columbia University Revson Fellow, a Master Artist-in-Residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida, the first Writer-in-Residence at the New School University in New York, and a professor at Eugene Lang College.
Friday, February 8th 10 pm
Women of Color "Self Portrait" featuring Traeauna Harris
“Spoken Word Show” led by Bryonn Bain
Saturday, February 9th 10:00pm
Poem dedicated to Sekou Sekou Sundiata
performed by Aisha Jordan & Frantz Jerom
A performance by Kanene Holder
Satirist Kanene, writer and performer of solo-show SITCHAASSDOWN deemed "21 perfect-pitch snapshots of the black experience by a strong character actor.", by Ellen Carpenter of New York Magazine performs Commiting That Black on Black Crime Called Blackface (C.T.B.O.B.C.C.B.), an interactive pantomime creating a surreal cross between Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man and Pee Wee Herman's Playhouse/"Alice in Negroland".
Watch C.T.B.O.B.C.C.B. as Kanene/Buckwheat/Farina navigate the playpen which warps from "I Had a Dream" into a NEGRO NIGHTMARE..............
C.T.B.O.B.C.C.B. is made possible in part by The Future of the Present Program of Franklin Furnace, supported by the New York State Council on the Arts and Jerome Foundation, Urban Artist Initiative funded by the New York Foundation for the Arts, generous donations from the Materials for the Arts and a space grant from Chashama.
Sunday, February 10th 5:30pm
Stage reading of "Bare Foot on a Cold Floor"
Written by Kathryn Rickson
Featuring Valois Mickens and Bryonn Bain
Admission is free