• CELEBRATE BROOKLYN: Tank and the Bangas / Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles

    Be sure to get there early for this free outdoor concert with the dynamic Tank and the Bangas for this year's Celebrate Brooklyn festival. Message me to join the chat group for this event so you can find us! And remember, donations are always welcome... https://secure.meetup.com/Black-Geek-Society-Nerds-of-Color/contribute/ Fronted by the unstoppable slam poet and singer Tarriona “Tank” Ball and rolling out a joyous sound that’s equal parts funk, hip hop, gospel, and spoken word, TANK AND THE BANGAS “are #BlackExcellence, #BlackGirlMagic, and Sly and The Family Stone rolled up into one beautiful collective.” (Okayplayer) Tank and the Bangas were formed in 2011 at an open mic set in New Orleans, centered at a shot gun house, Jerk Chicken Sam’iches, and a drum set. Instantaneously this group knew that they had something that stirred crowds that cried out for original music from them. If you’re from New Orleans, you know all the ingredients to make a good gumbo. Your seasonings have to mix well, your roux has to be thick, and your meat has to be cut to perfection. Tank and the Bangas are what you call a great gumbo! Group members include lead vocalist Tank, Norman Spence on bass/keyboard, Joshua Johnson on drums, Merell Burkett on keys, Nita Bailey on percussion, and various other Bangas. Brooklyn native CORY HENRY, a Snarky Puppy alumnus and “one of the finest Hammond B-3 organ players of his generation,” (AllMusic) has been an in-demand musician for going on two decades. Stepping out as a frontman with his band THE FUNK APOSTLES, he’s proved himself an exceptional singer and bandleader, too. “The human voice is so powerful,” he says. “When I’m singing, it’s like this extra way of connecting and communicating with people beyond what I can do just playing the organ. I’m able to convey these messages that are really important and meaningful to me through my words. Being front and center like this every night, it’s a challenge, but I’m up for it.”

  • Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise - Runs from Jun 22 through Jul 27

    ***Update -[masked]*** Hey now! Thanks to those who have already in-boxed me, I'll be sharing information with you soon re: codes to use to get your free and discounted tickets! The show runs a full 5 weeks so you'll have your choice of dates and there are also matinees. I'm super-excited about this one! -d ************** Here's another one for my NY-based Blerds! Coming soon to The Shed: A secret sect in Flushing, Queens, possesses the magical power to extend human life, and a twin brother and sister are caught in the struggle to control it. I have complimentary and discounted tickets and the show runs from 6.22 - 7.27 so you have plenty of options to choose from. DM me for me details! In the meantime, here are more details: http://bit.ly/2VGIdPj

  • Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise - Runs from Jun 22 through Jul 27

    ***Update -[masked]*** Hey now! Thanks to those who have already in-boxed me, I'll be sharing information with you soon re: codes to use to get your free and discounted tickets! The show runs a full 5 weeks so you'll have your choice of dates and there are also matinees. I'm super-excited about this one! -d ************** Here's another one for my NY-based Blerds! Coming soon to The Shed: A secret sect in Flushing, Queens, possesses the magical power to extend human life, and a twin brother and sister are caught in the struggle to control it. I have complimentary and discounted tickets and the show runs from 6.22 - 7.27 so you have plenty of options to choose from. DM me for me details! In the meantime, here are more details: http://bit.ly/2VGIdPj

  • Book Club: What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker

    The Brazen Head

    We'll be looking for an Outdoor meeting space for this one, so stay tuned for location updates... From the cofounder of VerySmartBrothas.com, and one of the most read writers on race and culture at work today, a provocative and humorous memoir-in-essays that explores the ever-shifting definitions of what it means to be Black (and male) in America For Damon Young, existing while Black is an extreme sport. The act of possessing black skin while searching for space to breathe in America is enough to induce a ceaseless state of angst where questions such as “How should I react here, as a professional black person?” and “Will this white person’s potato salad kill me?” are forever relevant. From one of our most respected cultural observers, What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker is a hilarious and honest debut that is both a celebration of the idiosyncrasies and distinctions of Blackness and a critique of white supremacy and how we define masculinity. Reviews... “His essays are pointed, ruminative, often barbed and funny reflections on how the fact of his skin color has posed particular lifelong challenges, questions, and anxieties.” (“Weekend Edition,” NPR) “The VerySmartBrothas.com co-founder and senior editor for The Root has already established himself as one of our most vibrant voices on race. Now comes his first book, a blazing memoir in essays.” (Entertainment Weekly, “20 Great New Books to Read this March”) “One of the freshest, most impor¬tant black voices on the internet.” (Mother Jones) “Authentic, keen, and touching . . . The beauty of What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker is that Young never tries to make it easy for readers. . . this timely and powerful book. . . like the work of bell hooks and Roxane Gay, should be required reading.” (NPR)

  • Hurry Up and Get Spider-Man: Far from Home Tickets!

    Needs a location

    Holy smokes! This one snuck up on us so we're late announcing it, but HURRY UP AND GET YOUR TICKETS FOR SPIDER-MAN FAR FROM HOME! They're on sale now for Saturday, July 6, 7pm at Alamo Drafthouse in Albee Square, BK. There aren't that many left so grab yours now! https://www.fandango.com/alamo-drafthouse-downtown-brooklyn-AAXUN/theater-page?date=2019-07-06 See you there! Excelsior!

  • Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise - Runs from Jun 22 through Jul 27

    ***Update -[masked]*** Hey now! Thanks to those who have already in-boxed me, I'll be sharing information with you soon re: codes to use to get your free and discounted tickets! The show runs a full 5 weeks so you'll have your choice of dates and there are also matinees. I'm super-excited about this one! -d ************** Here's another one for my NY-based Blerds! Coming soon to The Shed: A secret sect in Flushing, Queens, possesses the magical power to extend human life, and a twin brother and sister are caught in the struggle to control it. I have complimentary and discounted tickets and the show runs from 6.22 - 7.27 so you have plenty of options to choose from. DM me for me details! In the meantime, here are more details: http://bit.ly/2VGIdPj

  • Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise - Runs from Jun 22 through Jul 27

    ***Update -[masked]*** Hey now! Thanks to those who have already in-boxed me, I'll be sharing information with you soon re: codes to use to get your free and discounted tickets! The show runs a full 5 weeks so you'll have your choice of dates and there are also matinees. I'm super-excited about this one! -d ************** Here's another one for my NY-based Blerds! Coming soon to The Shed: A secret sect in Flushing, Queens, possesses the magical power to extend human life, and a twin brother and sister are caught in the struggle to control it. I have complimentary and discounted tickets and the show runs from 6.22 - 7.27 so you have plenty of options to choose from. DM me for me details! In the meantime, here are more details: http://bit.ly/2VGIdPj

  • Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise - Runs from Jun 22 through Jul 27

    ***Update -[masked]*** Hey now! Thanks to those who have already in-boxed me, I'll be sharing information with you soon re: codes to use to get your free and discounted tickets! The show runs a full 5 weeks so you'll have your choice of dates and there are also matinees. I'm super-excited about this one! -d ************** Here's another one for my NY-based Blerds! Coming soon to The Shed: A secret sect in Flushing, Queens, possesses the magical power to extend human life, and a twin brother and sister are caught in the struggle to control it. I have complimentary and discounted tickets and the show runs from 6.22 - 7.27 so you have plenty of options to choose from. DM me for me details! In the meantime, here are more details: http://bit.ly/2VGIdPj

  • Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise - Runs from Jun 22 through Jul 27

    ***Update -[masked]*** Hey now! Thanks to those who have already in-boxed me, I'll be sharing information with you soon re: codes to use to get your free and discounted tickets! The show runs a full 5 weeks so you'll have your choice of dates and there are also matinees. I'm super-excited about this one! -d ************** Here's another one for my NY-based Blerds! Coming soon to The Shed: A secret sect in Flushing, Queens, possesses the magical power to extend human life, and a twin brother and sister are caught in the struggle to control it. I have complimentary and discounted tickets and the show runs from 6.22 - 7.27 so you have plenty of options to choose from. DM me for me details! In the meantime, here are more details: http://bit.ly/2VGIdPj

  • Book Club: Rosewater

    Bed-Vyne Cocktail

    Greetings Blerds, We'll be looking for an outdoor location for this bookclub, weather permitting, so make sure you stay tuned for updates. And remember, donations are always welcome... https://secure.meetup.com/Black-Geek-Society-Nerds-of-Color/contribute/ See ya there! Tade Thompson's Rosewater is the start of an award-winning, cutting edge trilogy set in Nigeria, by one of science fiction's most engaging new voices. Rosewater is a town on the edge. A community formed around the edges of a mysterious alien biodome, its residents comprise the hopeful, the hungry and the helpless—people eager for a glimpse inside the dome or a taste of its rumored healing powers. Kaaro is a government agent with a criminal past. He has seen inside the biodome, and doesn't care to again—but when something begins killing off others like himself, Kaaro must defy his masters to search for an answer, facing his dark history and coming to a realization about a horrifying future.