1961 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd between @ 118th St.
Discussion Hours: 3pm - 5pm
October 20, 2012
How does the idea of a "post-racial" America impact how we currently view the world? Can America ever look past race? This will be a panel discussion exploring race politics and how it plays itself out.
Moderated by Bridgit Antoinette Evans
Bridgit Antoinette Evans is an award-winning actor, producer and founder of Fuel | We Power Change (www.FuelChange.net), a culture change lab that produces artistic collaborations that promote human rights around the world. Most recently, she was nominated for a 2012 AUDELCO Award for Best Performance by a Lead Actress for her work in Radha Blank's SEED. In addition to her stage work, Bridgit is a lead producer of Just Me, You and The Silence, a play by Ugandan playwright Judy Adong that explores her country's anti-homosexuality laws. After successful workshops at the Sundance Institute, Royal Court Theatre and New Black Fest, the play will receive a special benefit reading at The Old Vic in London's West End on November 4th. Bridgit's recent op-ed on Judy's play and the role of artists in defending human rights appears on The Huffington Post.
a writer, educator, and critic based in New York City. He is currently a lecturer professor in the Gallatin School at NYU (where he teaches “Race, Ethnicity, and Popular Culture”), the English department at Hunter College (where he teaches “Black Women Writers” and “20th Century African American Literature”) and the African American Studies department at John Jay/CUNY (where he teaches “Race and Ethnicity in America”). In addition, he has previously held teaching positions in Princeton University’s W.E.B. Dubois Scholars Institute, NYU’s College of Arts and Science, and The New School for Public Engagement’s Department of Media Studies, among others. Roberts received his B.A. in English and African American Studies from NYU’s Gallatin School, his M.A. from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and is currently completing his doctorate (Ph.D.) in NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Science.
A recipient of the Ford Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, he has held additional academic appointments and/or scholarly research fellowships from Emory University, Yale University, and the University of California at Berkeley. A public intellectual committed to bridging the gap between scholarly inquiry and grassroots political activism, he is the former research assistant to attorney Johnnie Cochran of the Cochran Law Firm in New York City. His writings on black popular culture and politics have appeared in The Village Voice, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Root.Com, The Daily Voice, and The Huffington Post, among many others.
A New York City native, he lives in Harlem.
a journalist, activist, teacher, and has authored or edited 23 books, including his most recent one, By Any Means Necessary: Malcolm X—Real, Not Reinvented, co-edited with Ron Daniels, Maulana Karenga, and Haki Madhubuti. Other recent books include Civil Rights: Yesterday & Today and Baldwin’s Harlem, a biography of James Baldwin, which was a finalist for a 2009 NAACP Image Award. In 1995, with Robert Allen, he was a recipient of an American Book Award for Brotherman—The Odyssey of Black Men in America, an anthology. We Shall Overcome, a media-fusion book with narration by the late Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, is used in classrooms all over the world, as is his Autobiography of a People and The Harlem Reader. His articles can be found in such publications as The Black Scholar, The Final Call, the Amsterdam News, Cineaste, Downbeat, and The Network Journal, among others.
best known as an actress for her Tony-nominated performance in August Wilson’s Seven Guitars for which she also won a NAACP and outer Critics Circle Award. A veteran performer, she has appeared on TV and film; on and off-Broadway in Home (Negro Ensemble Company),for colored girls by Ntozake Shange, Coriolanus with Morgan Freeman, Titania in Midsummer Night’s Dream opposite William Hurt in Central Park (NYSF), Meetings by Mustapha Matura (Obie) ; in regional Theatres including the Guthrie Theater, Hecuba with Olympia Dukakis at ACT, Blues s for an Alabama Sky directed by Israel Hicks (Denver Center), Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra (Shakespeare and Company, Tough Titty directed by Robert O’Hara (Magic), world premiere of Radio Golf at Yale, and Aunt Ester in Gem of the Ocean at Seattle Rep(directed by Phylicia Rashad, ACT in San Francisco (directed by Reuben Santiago-Hudson),the Kennedy Center and the Alliance in Atlanta under the direction of Kenny Leon.
She has directed 14 plays including most recently Blues for An Alabama Sky with Robert Gossett at the Lorraine Hansberry Th, San Francisco, Da Kink in my Hair by tre anthony (National Black theater Festival 2011,NYU,Tronto) with music by Carol Mailliard (Sweet Honey) and Michael McElroy, the musical Ian Forrest by Tony Moss (Los Angeles); one-person shows Fighting for the Title by acclaimed Atlanta gospel singer and breast cancer survivor Delores Burgess and Everyday Diva by Elisa Perry; Fences, Gem of the Ocean, Blues for an Alabama Sky, and Seven Guitars with Rebecca Jones at UNCSA,A Wedding Band by Alice Childress with Sophina Brown (University of Michigan), Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Cal Arts), The Piano Lesson (CCAP at the Broad Th.with Tonya Pinkins,Glynn Turman and Montae Russell( Santa Monica, Ca.). A Carnegie-Mellon graduate, Michele is a Fox Grant recipient researching the connection between the human energy system,healing and performance . She has taught the Energy System of Acting created by Laura Fine at Lionheart Institute West, Los Angeles, Cal Arts, ACT, Actors Theater of Louisville ,Denver Center, and UNSCA. She is currently an Acting Professor in the New Studio on Broadway at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She is also a member of The Actors Center Workshop Company founded by J Michael Miller in New York city. Ms Shay has served on boards and theater panels for the National Endowment, NY and New Jersey State Arts Council,TCG and the Princess Grace Foundation.
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