FEBRUARY

Wednesday, February 3
6:00 – 7:00 PM (EST)
The Forty-Year-Old Version
A conversation with award-winning film director Radha Blank and award-winning actress Anna Maria Horsford as they discuss the creative process, ideas and themes in the film The Forty-Year-Old Version, where a desperate for a breakthrough as she nears the big 4-0, struggling New York City playwright Radha finds inspiration by reinventing herself as a rapper.

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Thursday, February 4
6:00 – 7:00 PM (EST)
Culture As Catalyst book talk with editor Isolde Brielmaier and artists Renee Cox, and
Duron Jackson
Culture As Catalyst is a collection of dialogues and new writings by artists, scholars, activists, and influential thinkers on urgent issues of our time.

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Tuesday, February 9
2:00 – 3:15 PM (EST)
Through the Night documentary screening and talk with film director Loira Limbal and Salamishah Tillet
Through the Night is an intimate cinema verité portrait of three working mothers whose lives all intersect at a 24-hour daycare center. Special Link to screen the film will be sent only to registrants prior to event date.

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Thursday, February 11
6:00 – 7:00 PM (EST)
Louis Loves Lucille: The Armstrongs’ Love Letters
The Louis Armstrong House Museum shares new works by artists Vuyo Sotashe, Kayla Farrish and Daniel J. Watts created while in quarantine, joined by Jake Goldbas, Artistic Director of Programs of the museum.

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Tuesday, February 16
2:00 – 3: 15 PM (EST)
The Black Civil War Soldier: A Visual History of Conflict and Citizenship
A book talk with Sarah Lewis, Matthew Fox-Amato and Deborah Willis

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Monday, February 22 
9:00 PM (EST)
Devonté Hynes: In Conversation - An Online Kick-off Event for his Spring 2021 Artist Residency at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute
One of the most influential voices in music today, Devonté Hynes is a producer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, songwriter and vocalist. He’s become well-known for his collaborations with artists like Solange Knowles, fka twigs, ASAP Rocky, Puff Daddy, Janet Mock, and many more. Hynes will talk with Institute Chair Jason King and take questions from Recorded Music students in a freewheeling conversation and Q&A about his artistry, vision and music-making philosophies.

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Tuesday, February 23
12:30 – 1:30 PM (EST)
Black Grief Matters talk with Esther Armah
Esther Armah, Executive Director, The Armah Institute of Emotional Justice invites us to reckon with existing grief definitions, and expand them to engage the lived experience of global Black women.

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Wednesday, February 24 
6:00  – 7:00 PM (EST)
ONE DROP
Shifting the Lens on Race
A book talk with author, scholar-activist Dr. Yaba Blay and photographer Noelle Flores Théard
One Drop explores the extent to which historical definitions of race continue to shape contemporary racial identities and lived experiences of racial difference. Featuring the perspectives of 60 contributors representing 25 countries and combining candid narratives with striking portraiture, this book provides living testimony to the diversity of Blackness. Join Dr. Yaba Blay and Noelle Flores Théard as they discuss their collaborative processes, the decision to take a visual approach to their scholarly research, and their publishing journey.

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Thursday, February 25
1:00  –  2:30 PM (EST)
Mellon Diaspora Seminars
"Student Perspectives: Conversations in African/Black Identity"
Featured Panelists: Tatyana Brown (NYU Abu Dhabi); Eric Hart (NYU Tisch School of the Arts, NYU Stern School of Business); and Marvelous Maeze (NYU College of Arts & Sciences)
How are nationality and the specifics of distinctly diverse ethnicities and gender formations reshaping the framing of identity among first- and second-generation African immigrants and in their relationships with native-born U.S. African American populations in the 21st century? Each student will offer a ten-minute presentation on the seminar themes informed by coursework, research, and campus involvement.

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Friday, February 26
4:00 – 5:15 PM (EST)
Mellon Diaspora Seminars
A conversation with Allison Janae Hamilton and Michelle Lanier
Rooted: Black Women, Southern Memory, and Womanist Cartographies
“And what is this land, Afro-Carolina, without the souls of Black women?”

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MARCH

Tuesday, March 2
2:00 – 3:15 PM (EST)
The Beat of Black Resistance talk with Mark Anthony Neal

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Friday, March 5
4:00 – 6:30 p.m. (ET)
Vision Portraits (Rodney Evans, 2019)
A Screening and Discussion with filmmaker Rodney Evans and performance artist/dancer Kayla Hamilton
"Screening at 4 pm followed by discussion" presented by NYU Center for Disability Studies
This feature-length documentary chronicles the creative paths of blind and visually impaired artists — photographer John Dugdale, dancer Kayla Hamilton, writer Ryan Knighton and the director, award-winning filmmaker Rodney Evans.

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Tuesday, March 9
6:007:00 PM (EST)
On the Record film screening and talk with director Amy Ziering, Drew Dixon, Joan Morgan and Treva B. Lindsey
A searing look at the intersectionality of the Black Lives Matter and #MeToo movements, On the Record presents the powerful and haunting story of music executive Drew Dixon as she grapples with her decision to become one of the first women of color, in the wake of #MeToo, to publicly accuse a music industry mogul of sexual misconduct. Special Link to screen the film will be sent only to registrants prior to event date.

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Tuesday, March 16
2:00 – 3:00 PM (EST)
Blackening Britain: Caribbean Radicalism from Windrush to Decolonization book talk with James G. Cantres

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Tuesday, March 23
2:00 – 3: 15 PM (EST)
A'Lelia Walker's Harlem Renaissance Beauty and Style

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Wednesday, March 24
6:00 – 7:00 PM (EST)
Black Futures book talk with Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham
Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham have brought together this collection of work—images, photos, essays, memes, dialogues, recipes, tweets, poetry, and more—to tell the story of the radical, imaginative, provocative, and gorgeous world that Black creators are bringing forth today.

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Friday-Sunday, March 26, 27 & 28
Prince #1plus1plus1is3 Symposium
Celebrating Prince for 40 years of Controversy, 30 years of Diamonds & Pearls, and 20 years of The Rainbow Children.

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Tuesday, March 30
2:00 – 3:15 PM (EST)
Greyboy and Black Magic
A conversation with authors Cole Brown and Chad Sanders
Join authors Cole Brown (Greyboy: Finding Blackness in a White World) and Chad Sanders (Black Magic: What Black Leaders Learned from Trauma and Triumph) as they discuss their books, work and research in a moderated conversation to end with Q&A.

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APRIL

Thursday, April 1
6:00 – 7:00 PM (EST)  
A Hair Tales Talk: She’s Always in My Hair
A cross-disciplinary collaborative conversation about Black Womxn’s identity, imagination and image through the culture of hair.
Featuring: Meshell Ndegeocello, Shaniqwa Jarvis and Dr. Tiffany M. Gill and other special guests
Hosted by: Michaela angela Davis, writer + creator of Hair Tales

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Thursday, April 8
6:00 – 7:00 PM (EST)
Art & Activism with Fahamu Pecou, Shantrelle Lewis, José Parlá and Ruddy Roye

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Friday, April 9
Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts
A discussion on the documentary film exploring  the life of Bill Traylor, a unique American artist, a man with a remarkable and unlikely biography. The film is a compelling human narrative that gives voice to a man who endured a long life of extreme hardships during an era of legalized racial indignities, to become one of America’s most prominent artists, exhibited in museums and collections worldwide.

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Tuesday, April 13
2:00 – 3:15 PM (EST)
Rooted in the Archives with Michelle Lanier, Syreeta Gates and Djali Alessandra Brown-Cepeda

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Friday, April 16
4:00 PM (EST)
COLLECTIVELY: NEW NEGRESS FILM SOCIETY
NYU Center for Media, Culture and History presents a screening of shorts by filmmakers from the New Negress Film Society, "a collective of Black women and non-binary filmmakers who create community, spaces, and films that reimagine cultural productions that have traditionally exploited our communities". Post-screening discussion by New Negress Film Society members Faren Humes, Chanelle Aponte Pearson, Stefani Saintonge, and Yvonne Michelle Shirley. Moderated by Mia Mask (Professor of Film, Vassar).

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Thursday, April 22
3:00 – 5:00 PM (EST)
Ciguapa Unbound: Blackness, Gender & Transnational Geographies of Marronage with The Latinx Project-NYU

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Wednesday, April 28
6:00 - 7:00 PM (EST) 
A Talk with Dr. Brittney Cooper

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