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Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) official movie poster, a Magnolia Pictures release. Image (c) and courtesy of Magnolia Pictures, image by Mickalene Thomas In a 2005 Princeton University commencement address to seniors, Toni Morrison stated: “I am a storyteller and therefore an optimist, a firm believer in the ethical bend of the human heart...from […]

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Co-sponsors Literary Mews/PEN Festival 2019 Since 2012, the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature and NYU's International Houses, including Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, Deutsches Haus at NYU, Institute of African American Affairs & Center for Black Visual Culture, La Maison Française, and the NYU Creative Writing Program, have collaborated in creating a festival within the festival: […]

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Black Renaissance Noire Winter/Spring 2019 – Volume 19.1

  Black Renaissance Noire Winter/Spring 2019 Launch Winter/Spring, Volume 19.1 with: Leonardo Drew Paul Carter Harrison Nancy Mercado Wang Ping Coreen Simpson  Friday, April 19, 2019   7:00pm – 9:00pm New York University Silver Center, Jurow Lecture Hall 100 Washington Square East, Room 101A, 1st floor (btw Waverly Place and Washington Place) Free and open […]

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Billie Holiday: An Evening with Lady Day in Photos and Song

  Born April 7, 1915, Billie Holiday is considered one of the greatest American jazz singers of all time. Author Grayson Dantzic shares behind-the scenes anecdotes and images from his 18-year journey making his book Jerry Dantzic: Billie Holiday at Sugar Hill. Through the rediscovering of his late father Jerry Dantzic's unseen photographs of Billie […]

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21st Century/New African and African Diaspora Writings and Arts: Caribbean

Monday, March 25, 2019 African and African Diaspora writers and artists have met the 21st century with unprecedented new images and visions of themselves and of the diaspora around the world. They are reengendering themselves and acquiring new and active identities, social, political and sexual, in their writing and artistic processes. In this installment of […]

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GAZES, MIGRATIONS & MEMORIES: Women on Performance and Writing

Wednesday, March 13, 2019Join writer/photographer Maaza Mengiste (author of forthcoming The Shadow King), vocalist/ songwriter Somi, and human rights advocate Clemantine Wamariya (author of The Girl Who Smiled Beads) as they discuss their work, activism, the archives, ways of telling, sharing stories and why. Moderated by Deborah Willis, photographer of In Pursuit of Beauty: Imaging […]

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Thursday, February 28, 2019In sports the over representation of the black male body as object occupies a space for continuous and expected physical performance. The heightened spectator gaze can vacillate from doting fan to menacing crowd especially now when more professional athletes are actively choosing to exercise their voices on social justice issues. The discussion […]

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RSVPs Are Closed for This EventTuesday, February 26, 2019ScreeningSpeak Up (Ouvrir la voix)With director Amandine Gay in conversation with art historian Sandrine Colard and poet/scholar Sylvie Kandé as respondent. In this installation of the 21st Century/New African and African Diaspora Writings and Arts Series, women of African descent in France and Belgium converse about what […]

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