vanguardFilm Screening: The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution 

Friday February 5 6:30PM-8:30PM

A new revolutionary culture emerged in the turbulent 1960s, and the Black Panther Party was at the vanguard. Weaving together a treasure trove of rare footage with the voices of a diverse group of people who were there, Stanley Nelson tells the vibrant story of a pivotal movement that feels timely all over again.

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first saturdaysBrooklyn Museum’s First Saturdays: Radical Black History

Saturday February 6 5:00PM-9:00PM

All Night: Agitprop Exhibit, Sackler Gallery: Agitprop! connects contemporary art devoted to social change with historic moments in creative activism, highlighting activities that seek to motivate broad and diverse publics. Exploring the complexity, range, and impact of these artistic practices—including photography, film, prints, banners, street actions, songs, digital files, and web platforms—the exhibition expands over its run within a unique and dynamic framework.

6:00pm The New Black Fest presents HANDS UP: 7 Testaments: A series of monologues by emerging black playwrights exploring their experiences with racial profiling and policing. Followed by a Q&A with the performers and playwrights.

7:00pm Joshua Allen workshop: Participate in a workshop led by organizer, abolitionist, and freedom fighter Joshua Allen exploring the important intersection between organizing around Black Lives Matter and gender justice.

8:00pm Black Panthers film screening: In The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (2015, 71 min.), Stanley Nelson pairs rare footage and interviews to tell the story of a pivotal movement. A conversation with Nelson and Elizabeth Sackler follows. Co-presented by Independent Lens and THIRTEEN.

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art as protestBlack Artstory Conversation: Art As Protest, Protest As Art

Friday February 12 7:00PM

Come discuss the collective power of radical artistic communities. The panel will share the “entry points” in their intersectional narratives, intended or otherwise. As a collective, we will define “radical” as black practitioners and art makers, in acknowledgement of a political framework as an alternative perspective and not in response.

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cyphers for justiceCyphers for Justice “We Matter” Youth Summit

Saturday February 13 3:00PM-5:00PM

Cyphers for Justice (CFJ) is an apprentice program for inner-city youth to become critical researchers through the use of hip-hop, spoken word, and digital literacy. Founded within the traditions of Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) and Hip-Hop culture, CFJ youth work alongside Columbia University graduate students, professors, and community-based teaching artists to conduct research and present their findings on relevant social issues. CFJ is an afterschool program within Columbia University’s Institute for Urban and Minority Education.




stoop seriesThe Stoop Series: We Be Darker Than Blue: An Inter-generational Sisterhood Through Artistic Activism

Tuesday February 16 7:00PM

Come and experience a night of poetry with one of the most important writers of the Black Arts movement, Sonia Sanchez, Brooklyn’s own prolific poetry and slam leader Mahogany Browne, and an opening performance by queer poet, visual artist, and film director, Jess X Chen with large-scale projections provided by the artist Jetsonorama. This event will be the first unveiling of a new mural by Jetsonorama and Jess X Chen, and We Be Darker Than Blue, a double portrait series featuring Sonia Sanchez and Mahogany Browne that celebrates an inter-generational sisterhood of Black woman poetics. After the performance there will be a Q&A where all four artists and poets discuss their art and activism.