- 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
- 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.”
- BUSHWICK POC COSPLAY PARTY! 15TH JUNE
Come and party with us on the 15th of June for the very first SAILOR BOOM! Sailor Boom is a safe space for POC Cosplayers, Nerd Culture Enthusiasts, and Hiphop Lovers to come together, make friends while twerking / dancing till dawn!! Hosted by DJ Highgnx and DJ Dimple with Special Guest DJ Kitty Boom we are promoting Black / WOC organised events! You can purchase tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sailor-boom-hip-hop-cosplay-party-tickets-61278399342 You can find out more information on SAILORBOOM.COM or on our IG: @sailormoonparty We can wait to party with you!!
- CELEBRATE BROOKLYN: IBEYI | SUDAN ARCHIVES | ORION SUN
Be sure to get there early for this free outdoor concert featuring three of the hottest new talents around - Ibeyi, Sudan Archives and Orion Sun, 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/ As IBEYI, the French-Cuban twins Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Díaz send soaring liquid vocal harmonies over an “intoxicating blend of hip hop, electronica, and traditional Yoruba” (NPR) music. Born in Cuba (their father, the late conguero Miguel "Anga" Diaz, was a member of Buena Vista Social Club) and raised in Paris, the sisters began performing in their early teens and were picked up by XL Recordings, which released their self-titled debut in 2015. Their ascent has been fast and steep ever since: an appearance in Beyoncé’s Lemonade film; a politically-charged 2017 sophomore album, Ash, which featured guest spots by Kamasi Washington, Meshell Ndegeocello, and Chilly Gonzales; and swelling crowds wherever they go. SUDAN ARCHIVES, another genre-defying musical alchemist, “transposes the bounce and swing of R&B and hip hop onto a fantastically original sound that could only exist now.” (Pitchfork) Drawing inspiration from Sudanese fiddlers, this self-taught violinist and singer folds elements of R&B and experimental electronic music into her unique songs. Her self-titled debut EP on Stones Throw Records is an extraordinary debut statement from a singular artist. ORION SUN is the one-woman project of Philly-based singer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Tiffany Majette, an emerging creative force of nature who destined for greatness. She cites Frank Ocean and Lauryn Hill as primary influences, and you can hear echos of both in her mellow, carefully crafted songs, which are perfect “to dance to, cry to, fall in love to.” (WXPN Philadelphia)
- CELEBRATE BROOKLYN: PATTI LABELLE!!!
Be sure to get there early for this free, outdoor concert with the legendary Patti LaBelle to kick off the Celebrate Brooklyn concert series. Plan to get in line super early, then think again and plan to get in line even earlier than that. 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/ See you there! Beautiful simply does not describe the incomparable force known to the world as Patti LaBelle. The soulful songbird’s name has become synonymous with grace, style, elegance, and class. Belting out classic rhythm and blues renditions, pop standards, and spiritual sonnets has created the unique platform of versatility that she is known and revered for. "Powerhouse vocalist Patti LaBelle has been an R&B musical icon for so long (55 years since her debut single) that, even when she’s veered into other entertainment territories and business opportunities, they have soul." - Variety The same motivation that helped Patricia Louise Holte blossom from a choir member to lead vocalist for Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles to a solo artist keeps her fire burning at seventy-four years young. In addition to her music career, she has written six books and in 2017 debuted her cooking show Patti LaBelle's Place. She also remains an advocate for many non-profit initiatives--adoption, diabetes, cancer, HIV / AIDS, to name a few. “Each year I grow, and that’s a blessing from God. I do what I can do. I do what I feel God has given me the energy to do, so I just go out there and I do it ... It’s not about making money because I don’t need money, but I need to sing. With a voice or without, I’ve got to get on that stage.” We are thankful that Patti is still doing her thing and thrilled that she will help kick off the 2019 season of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival with an epic free concert! https://www.bricartsmedia.org/events-performances/bric-celebrate-Brooklyn-festival/patti-labelle
- Book Club: Dread Nation
With literally dozens of copies in the various NYC library systems, this book seemed like a perfect choice. We're actually gonna try and find someplace outdoors for this one, so stay tuned for a location update closer to the day... New York Times bestseller * Six starred reviews At once provocative, terrifying, and darkly subversive, Dread Nation is Justina Ireland's stunning vision of an America both foreign and familiar—a country on the brink, at the explosive crossroads where race, humanity, and survival meet. Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania—derailing the War Between the States and changing the nation forever. In this new America, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Education Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. But there are also opportunities—and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It's a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane. After all, not even being the daughter of a wealthy white Southern woman could save her from society’s expectations. But that’s not a life Jane wants. Almost finished with her education at Miss Preston's School of Combat in Baltimore, Jane is set on returning to her Kentucky home and doesn’t pay much mind to the politics of the eastern cities, with their talk of returning America to the glory of its days before the dead rose. But when families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy, one that finds her in a desperate fight for her life against some powerful enemies. And the restless dead, it would seem, are the least of her problems... “Ireland delivers a necessary, subversive, and explosive novel with her fantasy-laced alternate history that does the all-important work of exploring topics of oppression, racism, and slavery while simultaneously accomplishing so much more. Brilliant and gut-wrenching.” (Booklist (starred review)) “Abundant action, thoughtful worldbuilding, and a brave, smart, and skillfully drawn cast entertain as Ireland (Promise of Shadows) illustrates the ignorance and immorality of racial discrimination and examines the relationship between equality and freedom. Mounting peril creates a pulse-pounding pace, hurtling readers toward a nail-biting conclusion.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review)) “Will catch readers off-guard with its blend of genres: it starts out as an historical thriller but then tosses in hard hits of mystery, dystopian reimagining, romance, and humor. Jane’s voice reads familiar to more contemporary considerations of Black girlhood, with elements such as beauty standards, colorism, and friendships.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)) “This absorbing page-turner works on multiple levels: as unflinching alternate history set in post-Reconstruction-era Maryland and Kansas; as a refreshingly subversive action story starring a badass heroine; as zombie fiction suspenseful; and as a compelling exhortation to scrutinize the racist underpinnings of contemporary American sociopolitical systems.” (Horn Book (starred review))
- Art and Civil Disobedience With Boots Riley
An Update - 5/7/19 I just got word that I will be getting additional tickets - you guys have been great with the direct messaging! It's not too late if you are just seeing this and want to come through. Let me know and I will get you in. -d ---------------- Hey Blerds! I have a handful of complementary and discounted tickets for this ONE-NIGHT only event at NYC's newest cultural space, The Shed (which is pretty amazing). I'm not truly "hosting" - I'm merely the conduit! But I do believe, you'll be OK once you're in the door! :-) In-box me for details and we'll go from there. In the meantime, here's the show description: The director of Sorry to Bother You gives a one-night-only lecture in conjunction with The Shed’s DIS OBEY program for New York City high school students exploring themes of protest and resistance through poetry. Learn more about the show here: http://bit.ly/2IVdQTk
- New York Review of Science Fiction: Black Gods, Black Drums, Black Magic
For most Americans, the historical and mystical dimensions of the African American magical and religious experience remains unexplored, secret, long hidden. This place of heroines, gods, danger, and true things is a vital, living piece of our story. But to venture forth, require guides. Today, we will follow two griots who know the way. This will be a seminar, a reading, and a discussion with professors Phenderson Djèlí Clark and Yvonne P. Chireau. Phenderson will read from his new novella, "Black God's Drum," and Professor Chireau will discuss the Black American magical traditions to give us historical context as well as read from her book, "Black Magic." This will be followed by discussion and Q&A from the audience.
- Dialect, an RPG about language and how it dies
Join our group to play the RPG Dialect! We have only played once before, so it's definitely an all-level kind of deal. 😊 All are welcome! Description of the game: Dialect is a game about an isolated community, their language, and what it means for that language to be lost. In this game, you’ll tell the story of the Isolation by building their language. New words will come from the fundamental aspects of the community: who they are, what they believe in, and how they respond to a changing world. Players take away both the story they’ve told and the dialect they’ve built together. (More details here: https://thornygames.com/pages/dialect)
- Sci-Fantasy Noire: A Night of Wonder
A celebration of Sci-Fi and Fantasy films written, directed, and produced by Black filmmakers. Tickets -- https://bit.ly/2vkTTMP Join us as we honor and celebrate a genre that many cinephiles love and adore. The underrepresentation of Black characters in Sci-Fi & Fantasy genre has been an issue for far too long. With the success of box office hits like A Wrinkle in Time, Black Panther, Sorry to Bother You, Us, and The Twilight Zone (produced by Jordan Peele), it is only right to shed some light on indie filmmakers in this genre as well. This event is curated by screenwriter and filmmaker, Moon Ferguson, who is the creator of an upcoming web-series titled, Juju: The Web Series. Moon will be previewing the first 5 minutes. The screening consists of 8 independent filmmakers with short films and web-series in both the fantasy and sci-fi genre. Order of Events 7:00 - 7:15 - Welcome Remarks 7:15 - 7:55 - Block 1 - Sci-Fi 7:55 - 8:15 - Q&A 8:20 - 9:00 - Block 2 - Fantasy 9:00-9:20 - Q&A 9:20-10:00 - Reception * Be sure to arrive at least 10-15 minutes early to get your refreshments and find seating. Screening will begin promptly at 7:15.