Otta Benga, Formerly Enslaved
The Epitome of a Nubian Knight

Otta Benga, Formerly Enslaved<br>The Epitome of a Nubian Knight

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"Whenever I use BLACK it relates to some history of Africans in that particular place. It’s the idea of the color BLACK as a metaphor, or as a representation of African-Americans. It’s the notion of BLACK- BLACKNESS - and all its other meanings in relation to the history of race..."

- Fred Wilson

"Most of my fortitude to continue doing the work comes from the moral outrage I feel about the injustices that Black people endure disproportionately daily."

- N. Abdul-Wakil

"In the end, what matters is not skin shade but pan-African consciousness. Loving your complexion, your nose, lips, hair length and texture, no matter what the politics or trends decide, and simply be. That's the problem with us (African folks). We're still learning how to love ourselves. So used to glorifying others and putting others first..."

- Dredlocks Tree

The REEL Black Same Gender Loving Filmography Resource (A 24/7 ONLINE FILM DATABASE)

The REEL Black Same Gender Loving Filmography Resource (A 24/7 ONLINE FILM DATABASE)
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LAST UPDATE: Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Friday, July 27, 2012

Celebrating Our Sons Through Words & Images
Artist Talk and Book Discussion
Sunday, August 5th, 2012 (3PM - 6PM)
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building
Harlem, New York City



Media Contact:
Gregory Mills, Curator
(212) 749- 5298

Artists Discuss Their Images and Words On the Plight of Young Males of African Descent

NEW YORK, NY. - July 27, 2012--CUNY Advisor Kahlil Koromantee, M.A., and Author of Message to A Youngblood will lead a discussion of his help guide for young men of African Descent and about the group art exhibition Celebrating of our Sons through Words and Images, profiled in the July 24th edition of the New York Daily News. Artists Sean Arts, Terry Beverly, Jimbe’ Carroll, Pavan Carter, Lisa Dubois, Chris Evans, Antwan Minter, Ocean Morisset, Rod Patrick Risbrook, and Samuel Walker will be on hand to discuss their photographs and drawings currently on view at the Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Gallery in Harlem. The discussion also aims to stir cross-generational community dialogue about the lives of young Black men living in New York City.

Author Kahlil Koromantee says,  “The only platform our sons feel free to express themselves is through Hip-Hop and Rap music. This is problematic because of the limited opportunities for these young males to be heard, so they act out in ways that command attention, although not in the most productive ways. We need to begin the dialogue, not with one another, but with the youth themselves. We need to establish trust with them because at this point they've lost confidence in the grown-ups. They understand the symbolism behind having a first Black U.S. President, but don't necessarily share the same excitement when the unemployment rate for them especially continues to be a national crisis. They have much to say to their parents, educators and community youth advocates. And this is the very purpose of the book; to encourage honest conversation between us and our boys, ultimately regaining their trust as we find new and more effective ways in communicating."

"Young Black men face a greater chance of being unemployed, incarcerated or killed," says exhibiting photographer, Ocean Morisset. "And while the stats are sobering and the odds for achievement seem insurmountable, we’re here to provide hope through our art, as well as hold these young men up in a positive light.”

The Artist Talk and Book Discussion for Celebrating Our Sons Through Words and Images is on Sunday August 5th, 2012 from 3pm to 6pm at the Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Art Gallery located on the 2nd floor at 163 West 125th Street, east of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd. The exhibition is on view through August 18th by appointment. To schedule an appointment, contact the Curator, Gregory Mills at (212) 749-5298



Sunday, July 8, 2012

Celebrating Our Sons Through Words & Images
Opening Reception July 21st, 2012 5PM - 8PM
On View Through August 18th
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building
Harlem, New York City



Rarely is the focus of Nubian Knights Network on myself, however, this is a really big deal and special event for me as I will be exhibiting my photography work for the first time (in my 10 years of shooting) along with a bunch of other really talented artists/photographers.

The focus of this photography/art exhibit is on the positivity of young Black males. There's some really POWERFUL works at this art gallery exhibit to see. This is about US telling/showing OUR OWN STORIES of the African Diaspora.

PLEASE come out and support... and it's FREE!

IAMAA and the Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Art Gallery
Celebrating Our Sons Through Words and Images

Exhibiting Artists:
Shaun Arts |  Terry Beverly
Jimbe Carroll | Pavan Carter
Lisa Dubois | Chris Evans
Antoine Minter | Ocean Morisset
Words by: Kahlil Koromantee

Opening Reception
Saturday, July 21st, 2012
5PM - 8PM
(On View Thru August 18th, 2012)

Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building
(between Lenox Avenue and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr, Blvd) 
Harlem, New York City
2nd Floor Art Gallery
(212) 749-529
Curator, Gregory Mills



In-kind support provided by NYS Office of General Services
Willie Walker, Building Superintendent

To view and/or visit the art exhibition after the official opening
please schedule an appointment at (212) 749-5298

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Accept "Except" - A Play By Karimah
Directed by George Faison
Starring Ceez Liive & Tyree Young
@ Faison Firehouse Theatre (Harlem, NYC)

Official Website: www.faisonfirehouse.org

TONY AWARD WINNER GEORGE FAISON CELEBRATES GAY PRIDE IN HARLEM WITH NEW PLAY ACCEPT "EXCEPT" LGBT NY BEGINNING JUNE 21, 2012 THRU JULY 22ND Accept "Except" LGBT NY, written by Karimah, has a cast led by spoken word artist/poet Cynthia Keteku, known as Ceez Liive and Tyree Young. Lighting Design by Thurston Reyes and Costume Design by Project Runway and Tony Award nominee (The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess) Esosa. Accept "Except" LGBT NY is about the struggle for justice in America from slavery to modern day Gay Rights. It tells the story of two gay twenty year olds running from the Law, a male from the 18th Century and a female from the 21st century.

    Faison Firehouse Theatre
6 Hancock Place (off of 124th Street)
Between St.Nicholas and Morningside Avenues
Harlem, New York City 10027
Phone: 212-665-7698
E-mail: mail[at]faisonfirehouse.org
Website: www.faisonfirehouse.org
Tickets: $20.00

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Monday, July 2, 2012

END OF AN ERA - Hue-Man Bookstore and Café In Harlem Is Closing :-(((


JULY 2012
Our Final  Month of Fabulous Events in Our Old Home and An Open Letter to the Harlem Community


As Carol (my middle name) Burnette would say, 'we're so glad we had this time together, but now it's time for us to say so long'. Ten years of amazing friendship and camaraderie have gone by way too soon. On July 31, 2012, Hue- Man will close its current location. We all know that there is a season for everything under heaven and the season of "traditional book" selling has come to a close.

When you do something for five hundred years and it works why change? But change has happened and the publishing industry is experiencing a new reality. Faced with tremendous social pressures to deliver the next big idea, celebrity books have become the interim hype, yet even that is not a sustainable model for an industry in turmoil. As stop gap measures run out, the industry will be forced to reconcile the future place of "real books" in their business models and with continuous rumble and tumult, new ideas will percolate on how to deliver that new experience to the new consumer of books. No matter how apocalyptic the predictions are for the industry, it is my belief that books are here to stay in one iteration or the other.
Closing the existing format of Hue-Man is forward thinking on our part and as we take pause to re-imagine the future of books and how to ensure that their purpose of entertaining, imparting knowledge and honing creativity is preserved, we find no viable alternative but to go back to the drawing board.  Closing our beloved bookstore, I assure you was a very hard decision for us. Yet, the confluence of events, changing landscape, the end of our lease and the international expansion of our vision, closing our physical location was the only sensible decision we could make. There is no way to re-imagine the bookstore of the future in our current space. To try to do so would be a stop gap and a waste of resources. 
In making this monumental decision we gave significant consideration to the community, and to each and every one of you. Loyal customers such as Ms. Phoebe, Ms. Campbell, Valarie, Saida, Brenda, Joe Morgan, Elinor Campbell and our sweet Jayden, kept surfacing in our hearts. After all, isn't community what a neighborhood bookstore is all about?  Suffice it to say we took solace in the gift we were able to give.  We will cherish the up close and personal experiences with so many amazing people, some of them no longer with us. People such as Erica Kennedy, Rodney King, E. Lynn, Slade Morrison, L.A Banks and veterans such as LeRoy Neiman, Rosa Guy, Manning Marable and Professor Derrick Bell are gone but gave us memories not soon forgotten. What a time we had!  What an amazing journey! 
So what next?  While we are figuring out our amazing bookstore of the future, I will be working on several projects which will focus on giving ethnic writers an advantage in the marketplace. We will continue to be involved in the publishing of books and will ramp up our agency services to writers and publishers alike.  Though we can not give you the future in a nutshell, we can tell you that on September 6th 2012 at 7:30Pm we will launch our new event format with Miami Heat Dwayne Wade.  Partnering with a state of the art facility we can begin to create the kind of multi-platform customer experience we've always imagined.   Stay tuned!
What you will be able to do Once We Close the Doors:

    You can continue to buy online.....In fact,  for 3 months beginning Aug 1, 2012 we will be discounting our entire website offerings 30% or better.
    You can still reach us through facebook and twitter.
    You can continue to reach us at the same phone number and at the same website and e-mail address.
    You will hear from us though our usual methods of communication.
    You may continue to call us about hosting your events in new and exciting ways.
    You can hope we get the Chase Grant you so generously voted for us to win so that we can hasten our physical return.

 What you will not be able to do:
    Walk into Hue-Man and see our smiling faces...but you can smile at us when you do see us on the streets of Harlem and I'm sure you will hear our smiles through the telephone line.

So, above are two quite distinct ideas of book delivery. One is a re-imagined library in Columbia and the other, a bookstore of the future in Rome, Italy. Guess what we are doing later this August....taking a jaunt to see them both?  Maybe. In the meantime join us for our signature July Signings, with a wonderful  line up...Susan Fales-Hill, The Vice President of Ghana, and a spectacular closing event with the Cast of FELA! etc.....You know we had to have some light...camera...action. If you are in St Louis Aug 4 and 5 come see us at the St. Louis Expo and, if you are in the Vineyard, join Professor Ogletree's Charles Hamilton Institute event on Aug 15.
In the meantime the re-imagined book art below reminds us that all greatness and creativity comes from knowledge often found in books.  We leave you with light and love.
Click the link below and travel with us down memory lane.   Until we meet again...you have all our love and respect,
The Partners and Staff of Hue-Man Bookstore & Cafe