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Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY Is Rereleasing Legendary Filmmaker Haile Gerima’s 'SANKOFA' On Netflix
09/29/2021
Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY Is Rereleasing Legendary Filmmaker Haile Gerima’s 'SANKOFA' On Netflix

Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY Is Rereleasing Legendary Filmmaker Haile Gerima’s 'SANKOFA' On Netflix

This is groundbreaking! Ava Duvernay’s ARRAY is set to restore and re-release legendary filmmaker Haile Gerima’s SANKOFA on Netflix. Gerima is a native of Ethiopia who moved to the US in 1967. His 1993 film SANKOFA was the first-of-its-kind story that tells the story of Black resistance. He crea...

TODAY at 6:30PM!! Join us for a screening of THE WIZ at East River Plaza! Go to imagenation.us/outdoors to RSVP
09/24/2021

TODAY at 6:30PM!! Join us for a screening of THE WIZ at East River Plaza! Go to imagenation.us/outdoors to RSVP

TODAY at 6:30PM!! Join us for a screening of THE WIZ at East River Plaza! Go to imagenation.us/outdoors to RSVP

Join us this Friday at 6:30PM for a screening of THE WIZ at East River Plaza! Go to imagenation.us/outdoors to RSVP
09/20/2021

Join us this Friday at 6:30PM for a screening of THE WIZ at East River Plaza! Go to imagenation.us/outdoors to RSVP

Join us this Friday at 6:30PM for a screening of THE WIZ at East River Plaza! Go to imagenation.us/outdoors to RSVP

TODAY at 6:30PM! RSVP At imagenation.us/outdoors"Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is a vas...
09/10/2021

TODAY at 6:30PM!

RSVP At imagenation.us/outdoors

"Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is a vast, chaotic mega-city of 12 million. Water is privatized and the electric grid is capricious. Here, street artists’ performances are wildly creative, angry, irreverent, often shocking. With names like Kongo Astronaut, Strombo, and Kill Bill, they masterfully repurpose urban detritus (computer parts, TV sets, bullet shells, machetes) and work with fire and paint, wax and blood — to critique government corruption, Western exploitation (their nation was literally once the private property of Belgium’s King Léopold II), and entrenched poverty. SYSTEM K reveals a vibrant, raw, politically astute world of performance art the likes of which exist nowhere else on earth." - Film Forum

#ImageNationOutdoors #ILoveSolCinema #SystemK

TODAY at 6:30PM!

RSVP At imagenation.us/outdoors

"Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is a vast, chaotic mega-city of 12 million. Water is privatized and the electric grid is capricious. Here, street artists’ performances are wildly creative, angry, irreverent, often shocking. With names like Kongo Astronaut, Strombo, and Kill Bill, they masterfully repurpose urban detritus (computer parts, TV sets, bullet shells, machetes) and work with fire and paint, wax and blood — to critique government corruption, Western exploitation (their nation was literally once the private property of Belgium’s King Léopold II), and entrenched poverty. SYSTEM K reveals a vibrant, raw, politically astute world of performance art the likes of which exist nowhere else on earth." - Film Forum

#ImageNationOutdoors #ILoveSolCinema #SystemK

This Friday September 10th at 6:30PM! RSVP At imagenation.us/outdoors"Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic o...
09/08/2021

This Friday September 10th at 6:30PM!

RSVP At imagenation.us/outdoors

"Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is a vast, chaotic mega-city of 12 million. Water is privatized and the electric grid is capricious. Here, street artists’ performances are wildly creative, angry, irreverent, often shocking. With names like Kongo Astronaut, Strombo, and Kill Bill, they masterfully repurpose urban detritus (computer parts, TV sets, bullet shells, machetes) and work with fire and paint, wax and blood — to critique government corruption, Western exploitation (their nation was literally once the private property of Belgium’s King Léopold II), and entrenched poverty. SYSTEM K reveals a vibrant, raw, politically astute world of performance art the likes of which exist nowhere else on earth." - Film Forum

#ImageNationOutdoors #ILoveSolCinema #SystemK

This Friday September 10th at 6:30PM!

RSVP At imagenation.us/outdoors

"Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is a vast, chaotic mega-city of 12 million. Water is privatized and the electric grid is capricious. Here, street artists’ performances are wildly creative, angry, irreverent, often shocking. With names like Kongo Astronaut, Strombo, and Kill Bill, they masterfully repurpose urban detritus (computer parts, TV sets, bullet shells, machetes) and work with fire and paint, wax and blood — to critique government corruption, Western exploitation (their nation was literally once the private property of Belgium’s King Léopold II), and entrenched poverty. SYSTEM K reveals a vibrant, raw, politically astute world of performance art the likes of which exist nowhere else on earth." - Film Forum

#ImageNationOutdoors #ILoveSolCinema #SystemK

The world mourns the loss of another bright star. Michael K. Williams, known most for his role on the Wire, as well as L...
09/07/2021
Michael K. Williams, Omar From ‘The Wire,’ Is Dead at 54

The world mourns the loss of another bright star. Michael K. Williams, known most for his role on the Wire, as well as Lovecraft Country, Boardwalk Empire and many other amazing works, died at the age of 54. RIP brother, we'll miss you

Mr. Williams, who also starred in “Boardwalk Empire” and “Lovecraft Country,” was best known for his role as Omar Little in the David Simon HBO series.

Rain or Shine join us this Friday Sept. 3rd, at Bronx Terminal Market for “Raya and The Last Dragon!” &  Oscar®-Winning ...
09/03/2021

Rain or Shine join us this Friday Sept. 3rd, at Bronx Terminal Market for “Raya and The Last Dragon!” & Oscar®-Winning short film, “Hair Love.”
📅 Movie Date: Friday September, 3rd
📍Location: Bronx Terminal Market Rooftop, Level 6
✨ Pre-show Family Fun: 6:30pm
⏱Movie Time: 7:30pm
🍿FREE Festivities include Live DJ, Photo Booth, Popcorn and other Giveaways! Make sure to bring your blankets and lawn chairs.
🌟Seating is limited.
#family #movienight #bronx #familyfun #rayaandthelastdragon #ShopBTM #btmcommunity

Rain or Shine join us this Friday Sept. 3rd, at Bronx Terminal Market for “Raya and The Last Dragon!” & Oscar®-Winning short film, “Hair Love.”
📅 Movie Date: Friday September, 3rd
📍Location: Bronx Terminal Market Rooftop, Level 6
✨ Pre-show Family Fun: 6:30pm
⏱Movie Time: 7:30pm
🍿FREE Festivities include Live DJ, Photo Booth, Popcorn and other Giveaways! Make sure to bring your blankets and lawn chairs.
🌟Seating is limited.
#family #movienight #bronx #familyfun #rayaandthelastdragon #ShopBTM #btmcommunity

Join us Friday!
08/24/2021

Join us Friday!

It's unlikely that you've "never been south of 125th Street", so mark your calendars for The Wiz and "ease on down" to East River Plaza on 8/28.

Thanks to the 19th Annual ImageNation Cinema Foundation Outdoors festival you have until September 18th to enjoy this and more free events around Harlem. View the list of films + music and RSVP today: http://ow.ly/FAzG50FOWYA

Which movie(s) are you planning to see.

Awww, shuckie, duckie now! You ready?! 'Member when we showed "They Die By Dawn"? Jeymes Samuel is back!
06/26/2021
THE HARDER THEY FALL | Official Teaser | Netflix

Awww, shuckie, duckie now! You ready?! 'Member when we showed "They Die By Dawn"? Jeymes Samuel is back!

When outlaw Nat Love (Jonathan Majors) discovers that his enemy Rufus Buck (Idris Elba) is being released from prison he rounds up his gang to track Rufus do...

Today's Music Feature is Sunni Colón's "Provide"“Influences from Africa and Brazil, along with my musical knowledge of t...
05/29/2021
Sunni Colón - PROVIDE (Official Video)

Today's Music Feature is Sunni Colón's "Provide"

“Influences from Africa and Brazil, along with my musical knowledge of the ’70s and ’80s, inspired my new single [...] I worked through and arranged gliding horns and a bridge with a dazzling flute solo, that invokes early ’70s jazz-funk explorations, before ultimately devolving into an atonal piano outro.” - Sunni Colón

http://ow.ly/yZKv50EYdS4

PROVIDEDirected by Sunni ColónProduced by TETSU Studios Production: Sunni ColónTamerat Bezabeh Kanna TakeuchiCinematography by Taylor Harris Hair/Make up by...

Now at the Virtual Sōl Cinema Cafe!EVERYTHING: The Real Thing StoryDirected by Simon Sheridan, 93 min, UK, 2019​Dubbed '...
05/22/2021

Now at the Virtual Sōl Cinema Cafe!

EVERYTHING: The Real Thing Story
Directed by Simon Sheridan, 93 min, UK, 2019

Dubbed 'the black Beatles' by the British tabloids, the 'other' four lads from Liverpool recount their incredible story from the tough streets of Toxteth to the bright lights of New York.

Stream at solcinemacafe.com/onlinefilms

Now at the Virtual Sōl Cinema Cafe!

EVERYTHING: The Real Thing Story
Directed by Simon Sheridan, 93 min, UK, 2019

Dubbed 'the black Beatles' by the British tabloids, the 'other' four lads from Liverpool recount their incredible story from the tough streets of Toxteth to the bright lights of New York.

Stream at solcinemacafe.com/onlinefilms

Today's Cinema Feature:  Asinnajaq's "Three Thousand""In this short film, Inuk artist Asinnajaq plunges us into a sublim...
05/22/2021

Today's Cinema Feature: Asinnajaq's "Three Thousand"

"In this short film, Inuk artist Asinnajaq plunges us into a sublime imaginary universe—14 minutes of luminescent, archive-inspired cinema that recast the present, past and future of her people in a radiant new light.

Diving into the NFB’s vast archive, she parses the complicated cinematic representation of the Inuit, harvesting fleeting truths and fortuitous accidents from a range of sources—newsreels, propaganda, ethnographic docs, and work by Indigenous filmmakers. Embedding historic footage into original animation, she conjures up a vision of hope and beautiful possibility." - National Film Board of Canada

Watch here: http://ow.ly/6ncv50ESPva

Today's Cinema Feature: Asinnajaq's "Three Thousand"

"In this short film, Inuk artist Asinnajaq plunges us into a sublime imaginary universe—14 minutes of luminescent, archive-inspired cinema that recast the present, past and future of her people in a radiant new light.

Diving into the NFB’s vast archive, she parses the complicated cinematic representation of the Inuit, harvesting fleeting truths and fortuitous accidents from a range of sources—newsreels, propaganda, ethnographic docs, and work by Indigenous filmmakers. Embedding historic footage into original animation, she conjures up a vision of hope and beautiful possibility." - National Film Board of Canada

Watch here: http://ow.ly/6ncv50ESPva

Today's Music Feature: Introvert by Little Simz"Through her engaging observations, Simz turns 'Introvert' into an elabor...
05/21/2021

Today's Music Feature: Introvert by Little Simz

"Through her engaging observations, Simz turns 'Introvert' into an elaborate portrait of inner turmoil. [...] She realizes she bottles up all of her most fretful emotions and can only exorcise them through her music. 'One day I’m wordless, next day I’m a wordsmith/Close to success but to happiness I’m the furthest,' she raps, tumbling words out in stark admission of vulnerability." - Pitchfork

Watch the music video here: http://ow.ly/6Jkf50ERRRT

Today's Music Feature: Introvert by Little Simz

"Through her engaging observations, Simz turns 'Introvert' into an elaborate portrait of inner turmoil. [...] She realizes she bottles up all of her most fretful emotions and can only exorcise them through her music. 'One day I’m wordless, next day I’m a wordsmith/Close to success but to happiness I’m the furthest,' she raps, tumbling words out in stark admission of vulnerability." - Pitchfork

Watch the music video here: http://ow.ly/6Jkf50ERRRT

Today's Visual Art Feature: Rashid Johnson's "Antoine's Organ""Rashid Johnson is among an influential cadre of contempor...
05/20/2021

Today's Visual Art Feature: Rashid Johnson's "Antoine's Organ"

"Rashid Johnson is among an influential cadre of contemporary American artists whose work employs a wide range of media to explore themes of art history, individual and shared cultural identities, personal narratives, literature, philosophy, materiality, and critical history. " - Hauser and Wirth

#visualart #contemporaryart #installation #sculpture #rashidjohnson #antoinesorgan

Today's Visual Art Feature: Rashid Johnson's "Antoine's Organ"

"Rashid Johnson is among an influential cadre of contemporary American artists whose work employs a wide range of media to explore themes of art history, individual and shared cultural identities, personal narratives, literature, philosophy, materiality, and critical history. " - Hauser and Wirth

#visualart #contemporaryart #installation #sculpture #rashidjohnson #antoinesorgan

May 20, 7PM! ImageNation's MUSE: Black Art Unseen fuses music, movement, and visual presentation to take a deep dive int...
05/19/2021

May 20, 7PM! ImageNation's MUSE: Black Art Unseen fuses music, movement, and visual presentation to take a deep dive into unexplored areas of Black creativity. Collectively, these films center artists as the subject and challenge our systems of traditional and mainstream Western creativity to ask the questions: What drives us to innovate? How does our creativity impact communities? and How do we honor our legacies and find freedom through self-expression?

More information and tickets go to http://ow.ly/jiQN50EIu0i

May 20, 7PM! ImageNation's MUSE: Black Art Unseen fuses music, movement, and visual presentation to take a deep dive into unexplored areas of Black creativity. Collectively, these films center artists as the subject and challenge our systems of traditional and mainstream Western creativity to ask the questions: What drives us to innovate? How does our creativity impact communities? and How do we honor our legacies and find freedom through self-expression?

More information and tickets go to http://ow.ly/jiQN50EIu0i

Today's Music Feature:  Coco Blood by Celeste."Coco Blood is a coming of age song. [...] The main lyric ‘are you warm en...
05/18/2021
Celeste - Coco Blood (Official Video)

Today's Music Feature: Coco Blood by Celeste.

"Coco Blood is a coming of age song. [...] The main lyric ‘are you warm enough’ is about an inner conversation with yourself. It’s asking yourself the question, ‘are you strong enough, are you good enough, are you determined enough to achieve and acquire all the things that you wish for and desire.” - Celeste

Watch the music video here: http://ow.ly/NKso50EPoNN

Not Your Muse – The debut album by Celeste out Jan 29thPre-order: https://Celeste.lnk.to/NotYourMuseIDOfficial store exclusives: https://celeste.lnk.to/NotYo...

May 20, 7PM! ImageNation's MUSE: Black Art Unseen fuses music, movement, and visual presentation to take a deep dive int...
05/17/2021

May 20, 7PM! ImageNation's MUSE: Black Art Unseen fuses music, movement, and visual presentation to take a deep dive into unexplored areas of Black creativity. Collectively, these films center artists as the subject and challenge our systems of traditional and mainstream Western creativity to ask the questions: What drives us to innovate? How does our creativity impact communities? and How do we honor our legacies and find freedom through self-expression?

More information and tickets go to http://ow.ly/jiQN50EIu0i

May 20, 7PM! ImageNation's MUSE: Black Art Unseen fuses music, movement, and visual presentation to take a deep dive into unexplored areas of Black creativity. Collectively, these films center artists as the subject and challenge our systems of traditional and mainstream Western creativity to ask the questions: What drives us to innovate? How does our creativity impact communities? and How do we honor our legacies and find freedom through self-expression?

More information and tickets go to http://ow.ly/jiQN50EIu0i

Today's Performing Arts feature: Bill T. Jones in Story/Time (2014)"Story/Time is a meditation on John Cage’s Indetermin...
05/16/2021

Today's Performing Arts feature: Bill T. Jones in Story/Time (2014)

"Story/Time is a meditation on John Cage’s Indeterminacy, a 1958 work in which Cage read ninety stories, each one minute long. … Engaging with this seminal work allowed me to examine and interrogate a system of thought and practice grounded in ideas held by many—myself included—striving to understand how Eastern thought, liberation philosophy, and art could be used to redefine reality for both the maker and his or her audience.” - Bill T. Jones

Today's Performing Arts feature: Bill T. Jones in Story/Time (2014)

"Story/Time is a meditation on John Cage’s Indeterminacy, a 1958 work in which Cage read ninety stories, each one minute long. … Engaging with this seminal work allowed me to examine and interrogate a system of thought and practice grounded in ideas held by many—myself included—striving to understand how Eastern thought, liberation philosophy, and art could be used to redefine reality for both the maker and his or her audience.” - Bill T. Jones

Today's Music Feature: Good In You by Seinabo Sey"Armed with an infectious groove, ‘Good In You’ is mid-tempo jam which ...
05/15/2021

Today's Music Feature: Good In You by Seinabo Sey

"Armed with an infectious groove, ‘Good In You’ is mid-tempo jam which showcases Seinabo’s soulful and powerful vocals. The track, which was added to Spotify’s prestigious New Music Friday on its day of release, has a real feel-good vibe." - K. Rees

Check out the music video here: http://ow.ly/7BFP50EIubf

Today's Music Feature: Good In You by Seinabo Sey

"Armed with an infectious groove, ‘Good In You’ is mid-tempo jam which showcases Seinabo’s soulful and powerful vocals. The track, which was added to Spotify’s prestigious New Music Friday on its day of release, has a real feel-good vibe." - K. Rees

Check out the music video here: http://ow.ly/7BFP50EIubf

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Love that ImageNation just got a shout in the talk with Tilane Jones at the Bronze Len Film Festival! Bravo!
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By Linn Washington Jr. BERLIN, Germany—When Professor Donald Muldrow Griffith contemplated a life-changing decision nearly four decades ago to relocate over 4,000-miles from his hometown of Chicago, the words of his mentor, legendary jazz singer Oscar Brown Jr., weighed heavily on his mind. Donald Griffith. Photo by Linn Washington, Jr. Griffith remembered a challenge Brown issued him. Griffith said Brown had told him that if he “wished societal adjustments” he had to “assume responsibility for bringing those changes about.” Griffith once served as Brown’s manager, whose artistic portfolio included playwright, poet and actor. Griffith had expanded his own portfolio from a college degree with an emphasis on psychology and education into acting, dance and modeling. An invitation to Griffith to come to Berlin, Germany in 1979 to perform in a Broadway-style musical ignited a life-enriching artistic odyssey that created a body of accomplishments that have produced accolades for Griffith and that have elevated the recognition of Afro-American culture in Berlin. When in Berlin for that initial acting opportunity, Griffith said he “met a group of American co-performers and a German colleague, who were interested in creating artistic works, which also addressed social issues.” He decided to stay in Berlin at the conclusion of that theater contact. Griffith embraced the words of Oscar Brown Jr. and has made an artistic mark in Berlin, a city that does not enjoy recognition as a nourishing place for artistic expressions by Afro-Americans on par with Paris, France. “I was and am very fortunate to have wonderful friends and family, who supported our ambitions,” Griffith said. Ambitions Griffith held to influence social change through cultural expressions grew into institutions, the first being Fountainhead Tanz Theatre, an arts and cultural organization founded in 1980. Griffith said a mission of Fountainhead Tanz is to confront violence and prejudice through various cultural activities. Six years after the founding of Tanz Griffith produced and directed the first European Black Cultural Festival, a three-week long event that featured the contributions of blacks to world culture through film, theater, dance, music, workshops and seminars. That Cultural Festival included inauguration of the Black International Cinema Berlin. That cinema event, now held annually, showcases films with subject matter about blacks but is not limited to black issues only. The distinguished group EFFE – Europe For Festivals/Festivals For Europe – now ranks Griffith’s film festival as one of “Europe’s finest” annual festivals. The 30th Anniversary of the Black Cinema Berlin in 2015 produced a “heartfelt congratulations” from the Cultural Attaché for the U.S. Embassy in Berlin. A letter from the Attaché noted that one of the films selected for screening last year was an award-winning film about Griffith’s 1986 founding of the European Black Cultural Festival. The Attaché characterized Griffith’s Festival as “the beginnings of Black American culture in Germany.” Griffith has taken Cinema Berlin to other cities in Europe and America. Griffith’s achievements in Berlin led to an invitation from the University of Indiana in South Bend (USA) from him and his wife, ballerina Gayle, to create a dance theater department. While at that university from 1992-1995, the pair travelled annually to Berlin to produce the film festival and other cultural activities. From Fountainhead Tanz Theatre have flowed initiatives in theater, dance, films/videos, film distribution, film festivals, musical productions, publications, seminars, exhibitions and workshops. Another Tanz endeavor is Griffith hosting THE COLLEGIUM, a television program with a magazine style format broadcast regularly in Berlin and other German cities. Berlin is a city quickly associated in the minds of most Americans with Cold War intrigues and/or World War II Nazi-era excesses. However, Afro-American Griffith said race-based ugliness in Berlin and beyond has not proved a major problem in either his professional or personal experiences. “I have been fortunate to avoid unpleasantness in Europe, although one senses a change in attitude in the atmosphere, with declining economies and newcomers from various countries seeking to become a part of Europe,” Griffith said. Griffith credits his psychologist father and classical pianist mother for inspiration along with his “mentor” Oscar Brown Jr. “I was and am influenced by the intelligence, education, diligence and sense of responsibility of my parents, especially by father, John Willis Griffith.”
The Columbus Black International Film Festival is looking for afrofuturist scripts for a new writing competition called The Next 15 Minutes! Winning writers will receive travel & accommodations to come to the festival and see their entry performed in a live dramatic reading by actors! CHECK IT: https://artisticfreedomltd.wixsite.com/inkyfutures
If anyone's looking for a place to share their writing, I just started leading this bi-weekly writing group at the NY public library. The next meeting is this Saturday 3/2 at 3pm, 18 W 53 St (bw 5-6th aves, across from MoMA). More info here https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2019/03/02/53rd-street-writing-workshop