Rest in peace to Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez. His writing magically captured the Caribbean lives of Colombians and touched many far and wide. Márquez was born in Aracataca, Colombia on March 6, 1927. He won the Nobel Peace Prize for Literature in 1982. Best known for One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera, Márquez will always be known for his dynamic use of Magical Realism.
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Watch via livestream: Talks at the Schomburg: Motown + Fashion with designer Emilio Sosa (ESosa), writer and fashion expert Michaela Angela Davis, Essence Style Director Pamela Edwards Christiani, Co-host of Bravo’s “Fashion Queens” Bevy Smith, and Valisia Lekae, Grammy and Tony Award nominee for her role as Diana Ross in Motown The Musical.
This dynamic panel will discuss Motown’s impact and legacy in the world of fashion. Michael Dinwiddie, Associate Professor at the Gallatin School and current President of the Black Theatre Network, will moderate.
Join us Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 6:30pm for Visually Speaking: A Worldview from Guyana.
Many contemporary depictions of Guyana and its people—whether via the image or the written word—continue to center on the exotic, the colonial, and the touristic. Award-winning photographers Nikki Kahn and Keisha Scarville will share their artistic visions and portfolios and explore their ongoing work to tell Guyana’s stories and to counter historic and contemporary stereotypes about the former British colony and its wide-reaching Diaspora.
For more information and to RSVP, click here.
Paul Robeson, actor, singer, scholar, and activist, was born on this day, April 9, 1898. Pictured here, Robeson as Othello in the Savoy Theater London stage production.
Image Credit: NYPL Digital Gallery.
We were selected by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) as a 2014 National Medal Finalist. IMLS will feature the Schomburg Center on its Facebook page today.
Here’s how you can help us win this prestigious Medal: Share your Schomburg Stories on IMLS’s Facebook.
Before 5: Marjorie Eliot | Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 2:00-3:30 PM
Enjoy an afternoon of jazz with Marjorie Eliot, the woman behind the legendary Harlem parlor concerts. The performance will be followed by a conversation with Eliot and a special guest.
To rsvp for this free event, click here.
Booker T Washington, educator and founder of Tuskegee Institute, was born on this day April 5, 1856.
Image Credit: Schomburg Photographs and Prints Division via NYPL Digital Gallery.
Popular reggae artist Jimmy Cliff was born April 1, 1948 in St. James, Jamaica. Moving to Kingston at the age of 14, Cliff would go on to pursue musical ambitions. He is known for such popular recordings at “Waterfall,” protest song “Vietnam,” “Follow My Mind,” “Cliff Hanger,” and the highly acclaimed “I Can See Clearly Now” (see video clip), from the 1993 film Cool Runnings. Cliff also starred in the film The Harder They Come, and created many of the songs.
A Conversation with Nas and Michael Eric Dyson -
Georgetown Professor Michael Eric Dyson and iconic rapper Nas analyzed the current state of hip-hop during a conversation in Gaston Hall, at Georgetown University.
Today, March 29, is the birthday of singer and actor Pearl Mae Bailey (1918-1990). Bailey, pictured here, starred in a replacement all-black version of Hello, Dolly! Although a replacement in a broadway show was not eligible to be nominated for a Tony award, in 1968, Bailey was awarded a special Tony for her performance.
Upon accepting the award, Bailey says to the audience: “I must tell you, I was sitting back there and I thought, if anything wonderful happens in my life, what will I say? And I can always only be honest, horribly honest. I feel so surrounded by love and if I’m so surrounded by all that, what can I do but tell you I love you too, I love you very much.”
Photo Credit: NYPL Digital Gallery.
See Bailey’s 1968 Tony appearance here.
Join us April 4, 2014, for a special themed First Fridays, or should be say, “Flashback Friday.” We’re taking you back to the ‘90s with DJ Smoove Ski who will be tearing up the airwaves with his signature style of spinning. Hors d’oeuvres will be featured from Farafina Cafe & Lounge and Les Ambassades—featured restaurants in NY African Restaurant Week (NYARW). And of course, we’ll have some of your favorite 90s candy.
Be sure to reserve your spot on the dance floor and don’t forget to wear your favorite 90s gear—if you dare!
For more information about this free event and to register, click here.
March 23, 1942: Pan-Africanist Walter Rodney is born.
Walter Rodney (1942–1980) was born to a working-class family in Guyana. He earned his Ph.D. at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London in 1966. His thesis, published in 1970, A History of the Upper Guinea Coast, 1545–1800 has remained a classic. Teaching in Tanzania and Jamaica, he gained international attention for his advocacy for the working poor. Rodney founded the Working People’s Alliance. He was killed in 1980 by a car bomb while he was running for office.
Read more about Walter Rodney and the Black Power Movement via Digital Schomburg.