Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints: Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil is a travel exhibit at the James and Abigail Campbell Library at University of Hawai‘i West O‘ahu’s, running from February 12-March 16 in celebration of Black History Month. The exhibit explores how the ancient cultures of Africa blended with indigenous and colonial Portuguese traditions to form the vibrant and complex cultural mosaic of modern Brazil.
As part of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Department of Ethnic Studies Colloquium, Dr. Courtney Patterson-Faye will speak on her research in Black feminist thought, race, class and gender, fat studies, fashion studies, sexuality, cultural and medical sociology. How might her work help us understand our lives and research here in Hawaiʻi? Come and join the discussion.
Lisa Lucas is the Executive Director of the National Book Foundation and is the first woman and African-American to lead the non-profit foundation that hands out the prestigious National Book Awards. Lucas will join the UH Creative Writing Program to discuss (on 2/22) the value of books in contemporary culture, and (2/23) will lead a discussion on ins and outs of publishing, how to build literary community, and the responsibilities of writers, readers, and publishers to expanding the landscapes of literature.
A lead in to the panel Makakau ʻŌlelo: A conversation on ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi and Black Language at UH Mānoa the very next day, this special film screening and discussion features a collaboration between the Pōpolo Project and the Mo‘olelo Movement Series. We're offering the first Hawai‘i showing of critically acclaimed documentary Talking Black in America, set for international distribution later this year. Join us for post-film talk story with linguist Dr. Akiemi Glenn, artist Joy Enomoto, and community members.
February is both ‘Ōlelo Hawaiʻi Month and Black History/ Black Futures Month and we're hosting a conversation between community members, linguists, and language activists about what the common experiences of linguistic discrimination, resistance, and resilience might mean for building solidarity between Hawaiian and Black communities here in Hawai‘i and around the world.
The UHM College of Education 2018 Carl and Alice Daeufer Education Lecture Series Presents: Educating a Nation: The Challenge of Building a National Museum. A Public Talk by Dr. Lonnie G. Bunch III, Founding Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC).
Film screening sponsored by the Ethnic Studies Student Association, the University Students of Urban & Regional Planning, and Black Student Association. An account of the Ferguson uprising as told by the people who lived it. The filmmakers look at how the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown inspired a community to fight back and sparked a global movement for justice. Whose Streets? is a powerful battle cry from a generation fighting, not for their civil rights, but for the right to live.
As the center of the Black Panther world, how does the way the country of Wakanda has been brought to screen dialogue with visions of returning sovereignty to Hawai‘i? Our panel of artists and political scientists will delve into how Afro-futurism, concepts of ea, and the arts compel us to build solidarity and combine to create new images of our collective futures.
Besouro, is a 2009 Brazilian action-drama film that explores ways in which indigenous Yoruba spirituality empowers Black liberation throughout the diaspora. Post-film discussion on indigenous spiritual traditions as a source of personal and political power with with Orisha/Ifa priest Baba James Weeks and priestess Iya Vanessa Irvin.
The Merwin Conservancy and the Honolulu Museum of Art are proud to present an intimate evening with current U.S. Poet Laureate, Tracy K. Smith in the Doris Duke Theatre. The evening will begin with a special introduction by Hawaii's Poet Laureate, Kealoha.
Don’t miss this opportunity to see filmmaker Dee Rees’ Golden Globe-nominated saga of two families in the Mississippi Delta on the big screen. The New York Times’ A. O. Scott calls it “a work of historical imagination that lands in the present with disquieting, illuminating force.”
Tell Them We Are Rising explores the pivotal role historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have played over the course of 150 years in American history, culture, and identity. This film reveals the rich history of HBCUs and the power of higher education to transform lives and advance civil rights and equality in the face of injustice.
February is both ‘Ōlelo Hawaiʻi Month and Black History / Black Futures Month and Camp Pālehua is hosting a series of Hawaiian language classes with fluent speaker and musician Kamakakēhau Fernandez, or “Kumu K,” known for singing Hawaiian music throughout Hawai’i and around the world.
An entire country watched transfixed as a poised, beautiful African American woman in a blue dress sat before a Senate committee of 14 white men and with a clear, unwavering voice recounted the repeated acts of sexual harassment she had endured while working with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. That October day in 1991, Anita Hill, a bookish law professor from Oklahoma, was thrust onto the world stage and instantly became a celebrated, hated, venerated, and divisive figure. Her graphic testimony was a turning point for gender equality in the U.S. and ignited a political firestorm about sexual misconduct and power in the workplace that still resonates in the age of #metoo.
Sara Driver explores the pre-fame years of the celebrated American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, and how New York City, its people, and tectonically shifting arts culture of the late 1970s and '80s shaped his vision.
Kick off the Honolulu African American Film series in style at an opening that celebrates the fashion supernova André Leon Talley. Bring your most fabulous self and strike a pose in the photo booth and dance to the beats of Jamarek. Champagne will be available for purchase. The Gospel According to Andre screens at 7:30pm.
We start Black History/ Black Futures Month in a partnership with the Arts at Mark's Garage for Chinatown's monthly First Friday gallery event that celebrates the opening of the February gallery installation titled "IN THE BLACK A Visual Anthology" which features works by husband & wife Nicole Maileen Woo & Mark “Feijao" Milligan II.