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Fifty years ago the Black Arts Movement addressed the political climate of the United States through film, music, poetry, theater, and visual expression.  In the coming weeks we will explore how this movement, following the Civil Rights Era, presented a different American perspective.

THE COOL WORLD

Friday, February 17th 7:00 PM

U.S. film. The Cool World  is filmed in a gritty, semi-documentary style that forces the viewer become a witness to the dreadfulness of slum life in the ghettos of Harlem-a life that is made up of teenage gangs, drugs, prostitutes, violence, despair, and a sense of hopelessness due to racial prejudices.   With an incredible jazz score by Dizzy Gillespie and his quintet setting the tone, we follow the film's main character Duke, a teenager who has dreams of starting his own gang. Discussion will follow.

Fifty years ago the Black Arts Movement addressed the political climate of the United States through film, music, poetry, theater, and visual expression.  In the coming weeks we will explore how this movement, following the Civil Rights Era, presented a different American perspective.

AfriCOBRA: ART FOR THE PEOPLE

Friday, February 24th 7:00 PM

Narrated by three-time Emmy┬« Award nominee and Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad, ("The Cosby Show") this half-hour documentary features an engaging and animated history of the AfriCOBRA group, contemporary interviews with some of the AfriCOBRA artists and an illustrious display of their artwork.   AfriCOBRA (the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists) was formed in the 1960s by a group ofChicago-based artists seeking to effect positive change by creating images that affirmed and uplifted the black community.  The group continues to create innovative African American artwork today.

MAGNIFICENT AFRICA - HISTORY OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA EXHIBIT

Come explore the history of the African Diaspora with our Magnificent Africa exhibit. This option is open to schools and large groups including 4th to 12th graders and adults. Please call ahead to schedule. The exhibit includes a 90 minute tour and discussion.

WEEKLY PROGRAMMING:

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Yoga 
YOGA with Jim Thompson: INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED: Tuesday evenings 5:45 - 7:15;  BEGINNING TO INTERMEDIATE "EASY" YOGA: Wednesdays, 5:45-7:15.

Africa
 
AFRICAN WORLD HISTORY CLASS
Tuesdays, 7:45 pm*. Instructor/Facilitator Michael Campbell. *NEW TIME 
 
Drumming
WEST AFRICAN DRUMMING WITH FANA BANGOURA:  Saturdays at the Baobab.
 
Ages 14 through Adult: 9:30am-11am
Youth Ages 4-13: 11am-12pm
*Registration is open for 8 week sessions 
**SPECIAL Introductory Rate: $20/month
 
Experience the power and spiritual essence of the drum!  West African drumming is an excellent way to achieve increased focus, self-discipline, and cultural pride. Prior registration and own drum encouraged, but not required.  Walk-ins welcome.
 
 
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