Friday, July 13th
Elombe Brath Selected Writings and Essays by Herb Boyd, Sistas’ Place, 456 Nostrand Ave., 6PM Free. The December 12th Movement and The Elombe Brath Foundation present an evening with Elombe. Be among the first people to get the 468-page book, and at a reduced rate before its official release on July 27th. Editor Herb Boyd will discuss the book with Elombe’s son Cinque and other members of the Elombe Brath Foundation at the first unveiling of the book, with a foreword by Bernard White, exploring Africa, The Caribbean, The United States, Pan Africanism and Marcus Garvey. Call 718-398-1766 for more information.
Saturday, July 14th
“From Africa to Weeksville: The Eric Edwards Collection” at Weeksville Heritage Center, 158 Buffalo Ave, (Bergen & St. Marks). Tues-Fri and some weekends, thru Sept 28th. Come view a portion (61 artifacts) of one of the largest collections of rare African artifacts in the United States amassed by an African American. The exhibition highlights the history and background on artifacts from 17 countries on the African continent and draws connections between the cultural practices of those countries and the people who built the community of historic Weeksville. For more information, including hours, call 718-756-5250.
Sunday, July 15th
Cultural Caravan Live In-Studio Taping at CEMOTAP Center, 135-05 Rockaway Blvd. So. Ozone Park, Queens. 3-7PM. An interview show with Prof. James Blake (BMCC), Barbara Glover (Lehman College), and Basir Mchawi (WBAI / York College). Performances by the Eagle Academy Band/Chorus. FREE Admission. Call 347-804-5810,
REPRESENT! Beginner’s Embroider at Calabar Imports, Bed Stuy. 351 Tompkins Ave, 2-5:30PM Join Sahara Briscoe for an engaging afternoon on your path to Embroidery, a meditative and powerful craft for expression. You’ll learn a group of easy, essential stitches that will enable you to make personally cultural art for a perfect gift or an everyday boost. We’ll also discuss the creative possibilities for further expression. Max 8 participants. Price includes a custom-designed kit, containing: Pre-printed artwork on high quality linen fabric, hoop, thread, 2 needles, a cheat sheet of embroidery stitches and helpful links. Wine and light snacks will be served. Register at Eventbrite or call 718-928-3970.
Monday, July 16th
Free Lunch for Kids & Teens, New Lots Library, 665 New Lots Ave. at Barbey St., 1:15-2:00 Mon-Fri, – Aug 31st. Youth18 years and under at can enjoy sandwiches, fresh fruit and cold milk.
Tuesday, July 17th
Free Tennis Instructions for Children twice weekly in city parks across Brooklyn through the end of Aug, including: Fort Greene Park – DeKalb Ave. & S. Portland Ave. – Mon/Wed 9am-12pm; Jackie Robinson Playground – Malcolm X. Blvd. & Chauncey St. – Tue/Thurs 9am-12pm; – Lincoln Terrace – Buffalo Ave. & E. New York Ave. – Mon/Wed 1pm – 4pm; Prospect Park – Parkside Ave. at the Parade Ground – Tue/Thurs 1pm-4pm. Tennis pros transfer their love of the game, using fun exercises and drills to help teach kids the basics of tennis and discover a sport for life. There are classes for all skill levels, weekly competitions, and special events for intermediate-level players. Registration is onsite during program hours, based on availability. Beginner classes are in three one-hour sessions, depending on number of participants and available courts. Arrive on the first day based on your child’s age: 6-8 years in the first hour, then 9-12 and 13-17. Advanced instruction for intermediate-level players is available at select sites.
Stress Management Support Group
Economic Solutions Center, Restoration Plaza, 1368 Fulton St., 2-4PM FREE. Topics: “What Causes Stress?” “Negative Impact of Stress;” “Healthy Ways to Cope with Stress”; “Peer-to-Peer Support” and, “A Safe Place to Talk About Issues.” For Information call 718-636-6994.
Wednesday, July 18th
Mandela Day International Day of Service Boys and Girls High School campus 12-4PM Free Students will spend the day honoring International Mandela Day with community service. Last year students planted a tree in memory of the former South African leader. They also painted the fence outside their school, cleaned up the park across the street and joined representatives from the South African Consulate to paint a mural of Mandela on the side of the school.
Saturday, July 21st
8TH Annual TAMA Summerfest Ave. btw Gates Ave., and Halsey, St. Music, food and fun for all ages! Come out and witness the magic that is Tompkins Avenue, offering an eclectic mix of boutiques, eateries, wellness services and more. Afrobeat Fitness class, Rock-climbing wall, STEM Tent, Children’s play corner, Love in the Streets dance party, Live Entertainment, Wine-tasting, Fashion show and more. Register on Eventbrite to receive free giveaways (much check in at the TAMA Table. For information call Oma Halloway at 718-636-7596 ext. 218
ARTIST TALK: “My Life in the Arts by Jimmy James Greene”
Calabar Imports Harlem 2504 Frederick Douglass Blvd. 4-6PM Join the artist as he speaks about his journey and this exhibition, “Sisters, Mothers and Queens. Greene is an accomplished collagist, painter, draftsman and designer who also works with stained glass, print making and mosaic tile. For the past 25 years his work has explored the communal expressions of the African diaspora in general and the African-American experience in particular. Register to attend on Eventbrite or call 646-964-5062
Closing Celebration: Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985. Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy, 1-3PM $16 (includes museum admission). Celebrate the last weekend of this groundbreaking exhibition with artist-led tours of the exhibition and a conversation about curatorial practice. Maria Evelia Marmolejo and Sandra Llano-Mejia kick off the celebrations discussing their work on view and unique approaches to performance. Also presentations by C. Ondine Chavoya, David Evans Frantz, Catherine Morris. For accommodations, assistive listening devices, ASL interpretation: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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