1. Check out these upcoming programs at the Apollo Theater!
South Africa Now: Tumi and The SoilApollo Theater Main StageFriday, October 10 at 11:30 AMApollo School Day Live pays tribute to the music of South Africa with some of its most dynamic young performers. A cappella trio The Soil sing songs meant to uplift and inspire, fusing their voices in sweet harmonies filled with positive messages. Considered one of South Africa’s most respected voices in Hip Hop, poet Tumi Molekane delivers fluid raps that speak to the state of post-apartheid South Africa. Presented as part of the Africa Now! Festival in collaboration with World Music Institute and Community Works.Tickets: $7.00 p/pTo reserve your seats:Call 212-459-1854 or visit Community Works online.Learn more about School Day Live.

Vickie Frémont/Recycled Art WorkshopApollo Theater Sound StageSunday, October 12 at 1:00 PMFree - Ages 5 and upArtist and designer Vickie Frémont brings her Recycled Art Program to the Apollo. Participants will use recycled materials to craft puppets inspired by South African culture.Registration is now open.

    Check out these upcoming programs at the Apollo Theater!

    South Africa Now: Tumi and The Soil
    Apollo Theater Main Stage
    Friday, October 10 at 11:30 AM

    Apollo School Day Live pays tribute to the music of South Africa with some of its most dynamic young performers. A cappella trio The Soil sing songs meant to uplift and inspire, fusing their voices in sweet harmonies filled with positive messages. Considered one of South Africa’s most respected voices in Hip Hop, poet Tumi Molekane delivers fluid raps that speak to the state of post-apartheid South Africa. Presented as part of the Africa Now! Festival in collaboration with World Music Institute and Community Works.

    Tickets: $7.00 p/p
    To reserve your seats:
    Call 212-459-1854 or visit Community Works online.

    Learn more about School Day Live.

    Vickie Frémont/Recycled Art Workshop
    Apollo Theater Sound Stage
    Sunday, October 12 at 1:00 PM
    Free - Ages 5 and up

    Artist and designer Vickie Frémont brings her Recycled Art Program to the Apollo. Participants will use recycled materials to craft puppets inspired by South African culture.

    Registration is now open.

  2. Between the Lines: Charles Blow
Tuesday, October 14, 6:30 - 8pm 
New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow in conversation with Director of the Schomburg Center Khalil Muhammad about his new book, Fire Shut Up in My Bones. The gorgeous, moving memoir takes a look at how America’s most innovative and respected journalists found his voice by coming to terms with a painful past. 
Charles M. Blow is The New York Times’s visual Op-Ed columnist whose column appears every Saturday. His career at the Times spans 20 years and is distinguished by numerous awards, including the best show award from the Society of News Design. He is also the Art Director of National Geographic Magazine.
For more information and to register, click here.

    Between the Lines: Charles Blow

    Tuesday, October 14, 6:30 - 8pm

    New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow in conversation with Director of the Schomburg Center Khalil Muhammad about his new book, Fire Shut Up in My Bones. The gorgeous, moving memoir takes a look at how America’s most innovative and respected journalists found his voice by coming to terms with a painful past.


    Charles M. Blow is The New York Times’s visual Op-Ed columnist whose column appears every Saturday. His career at the Times spans 20 years and is distinguished by numerous awards, including the best show award from the Society of News Design. He is also the Art Director of National Geographic Magazine.

    For more information and to register, click here.

  3. Ordinary People: Alexis De Veaux
Tomorrow at 6:30 PM

Come hear the extraordinary poet and biographer Alexis De Veaux read from her new work of fiction, Yabo. After the reading, De Veaux will be joined with special guests to discuss her work and her impact in the literary, women’s, and black lesbian cultures. De Veaux will be joined by author and cultural critic Michele Wallace and Assistant Curator at the Schomburg Center, Steven G. Fullwood. The conversation will be moderated by Kara Olidge, Deputy Director of the Schomburg Center. 

Alexis De Veaux was born and raised in Harlem, New York. She is a celebrated author and activist recognized for her devotion to numerous literary and women’s organizations. 

For more information and to register, click here 

    Ordinary People: Alexis De Veaux

    Tomorrow at 6:30 PM

    Come hear the extraordinary poet and biographer Alexis De Veaux read from her new work of fiction, Yabo. After the reading, De Veaux will be joined with special guests to discuss her work and her impact in the literary, women’s, and black lesbian cultures. De Veaux will be joined by author and cultural critic Michele Wallace and Assistant Curator at the Schomburg Center, Steven G. Fullwood. The conversation will be moderated by Kara Olidge, Deputy Director of the Schomburg Center. 

    Alexis De Veaux was born and raised in Harlem, New York. She is a celebrated author and activist recognized for her devotion to numerous literary and women’s organizations. 

    For more information and to register, click here 

  4. Films at the Schomburg: Miners Shot Down
Saturday, October 11, 4:00 - 5:30pm 
Join us for a screening of Rehad Desai’s Miners Shot Down in the second installment of The Liberation Series. The film focuses on the events of August 2012, when the Marikana mine in South Africa experienced the worst episode of bloodshed since the end of apartheid. For seven days, thousands of miners protested for a living wage. The non-violent demonstration was brought down through an intervention by state police forces, in which more than 30 miners were shot dead and many others injured. In this political thriller, the director reconstructs the sequence of events through testimonies and footage of the massacre, drawing a disturbing picture of the mechanism of power in South Africa, where corporations make profits by exploiting the poorest. 
For More Information and to Register, Click Here.

    Films at the Schomburg: Miners Shot Down

    Saturday, October 11, 4:00 - 5:30pm

    Join us for a screening of Rehad Desai’s Miners Shot Down in the second installment of The Liberation Series. The film focuses on the events of August 2012, when the Marikana mine in South Africa experienced the worst episode of bloodshed since the end of apartheid. For seven days, thousands of miners protested for a living wage. The non-violent demonstration was brought down through an intervention by state police forces, in which more than 30 miners were shot dead and many others injured. In this political thriller, the director reconstructs the sequence of events through testimonies and footage of the massacre, drawing a disturbing picture of the mechanism of power in South Africa, where corporations make profits by exploiting the poorest.

    For More Information and to Register, Click Here.

  5. Films at the Schomburg: Felix
Saturday, October 11, 1:00pm - 3:00pm 
Join us for a screening of Roberta Durrant’s award winning film Felix, the first of two films featured in The Liberation Series. Described as “Billy Elliot with Cape jazz,” this family-friendly film follows 14-year-old Felix as he dreams of becoming a saxophonist like his late father. When he leaves his township to take up a scholarship at an elitist private school, he defies his mother and turns to two aging members of his father’s old band to help him prepare for the school jazz concert.
For More Information and to Register, click here.

    Films at the Schomburg: Felix

    Saturday, October 11, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

    Join us for a screening of Roberta Durrant’s award winning film Felix, the first of two films featured in The Liberation Series. Described as “Billy Elliot with Cape jazz,” this family-friendly film follows 14-year-old Felix as he dreams of becoming a saxophonist like his late father. When he leaves his township to take up a scholarship at an elitist private school, he defies his mother and turns to two aging members of his father’s old band to help him prepare for the school jazz concert.

    For More Information and to Register, click here.

  6. In conjunction with Creative Time and Weeksville Heritage Center’s new exhibition “Funk, God, Jazz & Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn,” we’re excited to present our first Conversation on Self-Determination, Black Radical Brooklyn: Past, Present, and Future. Join us at Weeksville Heritage Center [158 Buffalo Avenue, Brooklyn, NY] this Saturday, September 27 at 3:30 PM, to hear how four community-based artworks came to life. Listen as artists, curators, and partners reflect on two years of making art that explores local sites of self-determination, yesterday and today.For more information and to register, click here:http://creativetime.org/projects/black-radical-brooklyn/events-and-workshops/

    In conjunction with Creative Time and Weeksville Heritage Center’s new exhibition “Funk, God, Jazz & Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn,” we’re excited to present our first Conversation on Self-Determination, Black Radical Brooklyn: Past, Present, and Future. Join us at Weeksville Heritage Center [158 Buffalo Avenue, Brooklyn, NY] this Saturday, September 27 at 3:30 PM, to hear how four community-based artworks came to life. Listen as artists, curators, and partners reflect on two years of making art that explores local sites of self-determination, yesterday and today.

    For more information and to register, click here:http://creativetime.org/projects/black-radical-brooklyn/events-and-workshops/

  7. Thank you to MNN’s Youth Channel for their recap video of American Policing: The War on Black Bodies. Learn more about the Youth Channel here

    Want to catch the full American Policing talk? Watch now on the Schomburg’s Livestream

  8. Tuesday, October 7, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Join Women in Islam for their annual Human Rights Social Justice Lecture Series on Human Trafficking in New York City and Beyond. 
Women in Islam is an organization committed to advancing the spiritual and intellectual development of women to empower them as dynamic participants in civil society and as advocates for human rights and social justice.
For more information and to register, click here. 

    Tuesday, October 7, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    Join Women in Islam for their annual Human Rights Social Justice Lecture Series on Human Trafficking in New York City and Beyond. 

    Women in Islam is an organization committed to advancing the spiritual and intellectual development of women to empower them as dynamic participants in civil society and as advocates for human rights and social justice.

    For more information and to register, click here

  9. Fall Open House & First Fridays: Black Mecca, Collective Memory
Friday, October 3, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 10:00PM

The Schomburg’s annual Fall Open House is an opportunity to sample some of the exciting programs taking place at the Schomburg - from guided tours and talks, to performances and live music. The evening will include light refreshments and wine bar by Melba’s. Enjoy tours, extended hours in our galleries, and explore two new exhibitions.

Cities have always been instrumental in the formation of black collective memory. Black urban enclaves embody multiple meanings and that often serve as sources of daily inspiration and motivation, juxtaposed with racial unrest and oppression. Take a journey through the Schomburg collection of manuscripts, books and periodicals, moving image and recorded sound, art and photographs to explore the richness of this history. 

Don’t miss the highlight of the evening, filmmaker and writer dream Hampton in conversation with poet and publisher Jessica Care Moore for a special Fall Open House talk. Both Detroit natives, dream and Jessica will present their lively personal narratives about growing up in the motor city and the impact Detroit has had on their lives, as well as on other black mecca cities around the world. Writer, musician and producer Greg Tate will moderate.
For more information and to Register, click here.

    Fall Open House & First Fridays: Black Mecca, Collective Memory

    Friday, October 3, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 10:00PM

    The Schomburg’s annual Fall Open House is an opportunity to sample some of the exciting programs taking place at the Schomburg - from guided tours and talks, to performances and live music. The evening will include light refreshments and wine bar by Melba’s. Enjoy tours, extended hours in our galleries, and explore two new exhibitions.

    Cities have always been instrumental in the formation of black collective memory. Black urban enclaves embody multiple meanings and that often serve as sources of daily inspiration and motivation, juxtaposed with racial unrest and oppression. Take a journey through the Schomburg collection of manuscripts, books and periodicals, moving image and recorded sound, art and photographs to explore the richness of this history. 

    Don’t miss the highlight of the evening, filmmaker and writer dream Hampton in conversation with poet and publisher Jessica Care Moore for a special Fall Open House talk. Both Detroit natives, dream and Jessica will present their lively personal narratives about growing up in the motor city and the impact Detroit has had on their lives, as well as on other black mecca cities around the world. Writer, musician and producer Greg Tate will moderate.

    For more information and to Register, click here.

  10. Funk, God, Jazz & Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn →

    Funk, God, Jazz & Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn

    September 20 to October 12

    Weeksville Heritage Center [158 Buffalo Avenue & Bergen Street]

    Creative Time and Weeksville Heritage Center present “Funk, God, Jazz, and Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn,” a walkable month-long art exhibition of four community-based art commissions by Xenobia Bailey, Simone Leigh, Otabenga Jones & Associates, and Bradford Young. The Schomburg Center helped to organize several “Conversations on Self-Determination” as part of this project. 

    For more information about this exhibition and the Schomburg’s conversation series, click here

  11. Conversations in Black Freedom Studies - Education for Liberation and Freedom Schooling with Charles Payne, Brian Purnell, Ujju Aggarwal, and Nicle Burrowes.
October 2, 2014, at 6 p.m.
Schomburg Education presents this dynamic adult education series with a full line up of provocative scholars and community members committed to engaging dialogue about black freedom studies.  The Fall 2014 semester is curated by professors Jeanne Theoharis (Brooklyn College/CUNY) and Komozi Woodard (Sarah Lawrence College).
For more information and to register click here.

    Conversations in Black Freedom Studies - Education for Liberation and Freedom Schooling with Charles Payne, Brian Purnell, Ujju Aggarwal, and Nicle Burrowes.

    October 2, 2014, at 6 p.m.

    Schomburg Education presents this dynamic adult education series with a full line up of provocative scholars and community members committed to engaging dialogue about black freedom studies.  The Fall 2014 semester is curated by professors Jeanne Theoharis (Brooklyn College/CUNY) and Komozi Woodard (Sarah Lawrence College).

    For more information and to register click here.

  12. THROUGH A LENS DARKLY: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People →

    Held Over Through Tuesday, September 23

    Location: Film Forum [209 West Houston St., New York, NY.]

    For more information, click here.  

    THROUGH A LENS DARKLY is inspired by the book Reflections in Black by Deborah Willis, co-producer of the film and former curator of Photographs and Prints at the Schomburg Center. THROUGH A LENS DARKLY  ”casts a broad net that begins with filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris’s family album. It considers the difference between black photographers who use the camera to define themselves, their people, and their culture and some white photographers who, historically, have demeaned African-Americans through racist imagery. The film embraces both historical material (African-Americans who were slaves, who fought in the Civil War, were victims of lynchings, or were pivotal in the Civil Rights Movement) and contemporary images made by such luminaries as Roy DeCarava, Gordon Parks, and Carrie Mae Weems. The film is a cornucopia of Americana that reveals deeply disturbing truths about the history of race relations while expressing joyous, life-affirming sentiments about the ability of artists and amateurs alike to assert their identity through the photographic lens.”

  13. On this date, September 18, 1980, Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez became the first Cuban citizen, first Latin American and first person of African ancestry to travel in space. 
Tamayo Méndez was born in Guantánamo, Cuba on January 29, 1942. He graduated from the Air Force Academy and then became a pilot in the Cuban air force. He then became a lieutenant colonel and was chosen to be a part of the Soviet Union’s Intercosmos program. Tamayo Méndez went into space as a crew member of Soyuz 38. In space, Tamayo Méndez and fellow cosmonaut Yuri Romanenko conducted many experiments. Some of their experiments included trying to find the cause for space adaptation syndrome and research on the crystallization of sucrose in microgravity with Cuban sugar. When Tamayo Méndez returned, he was presented with several awards such as the Hero of the Republic of Cuba medal.

    On this date, September 18, 1980, Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez became the first Cuban citizen, first Latin American and first person of African ancestry to travel in space.

    Tamayo Méndez was born in Guantánamo, Cuba on January 29, 1942. He graduated from the Air Force Academy and then became a pilot in the Cuban air force. He then became a lieutenant colonel and was chosen to be a part of the Soviet Union’s Intercosmos program. Tamayo Méndez went into space as a crew member of Soyuz 38. In space, Tamayo Méndez and fellow cosmonaut Yuri Romanenko conducted many experiments. Some of their experiments included trying to find the cause for space adaptation syndrome and research on the crystallization of sucrose in microgravity with Cuban sugar. When Tamayo Méndez returned, he was presented with several awards such as the Hero of the Republic of Cuba medal.

  14. Check out our new Fall 2014 brochure on Issuu!

  15. Riley B. King, American blues musician, better known as B.B. King, was born on this day, September 16, 1925. King started out as a singer and disc jockey at WDIA by the nickname Beale Street Blues Boy, which later became Blues Boy and eventually B.B. Today, King is known as one of the most influential blues guitarists in all of history. King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. Throughout his career, King had performed more than 200 concerts every year until he reached his seventies. King still continues to play several shows a year with his heart in the blues. Celebrate his birthday with his performance of The Thrill is Gone in this video at Montreux, 1993.