'Black On Black' community programming

Photos from the screening of Natalie Bullock Brown's work-in-progress film "Baartman, Beyoncé & Me," which explores the ideals of beauty related to black females.Photo from the screening of "Baartman, Beyoncé and Me" at VAE Raleigh.

There’s more to “Black On Black” than just great artwork by great artists. Thanks to the exhibition planning committee, throughout the month there will be educational and fun activities in the gallery space and in the community that will engage all members of the community who would like to get involved. You’ll also notice events by other organizations, like Empower Dance StudioCAM Raleigh, The Carrack Modern Art and others. This page will be updated as needed. 

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“Black On Black” – A Conversation about the Justice System

As part of the “Black On Black” exhibition, VAE Raleigh is hosting a community conversation about the justice system on Thursday, Nov. 3, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Join Raleigh City Council member Corey Branch, ACLU staff lawyer Irena Como and Ralph K. Frasier, Jr., Esq for a discussion about the rights and civil liberties afforded to citizens. The conversation will also touch on how law enforcement and the people they serve can work together to ensure safe communities. The goal is to go “inside the justice system” and answer tough questions about accountability and common misconceptions. RSVP here. | Thursday, Nov. 3 7 to 8:30 p.m. VAE Raleigh, 309 W. Martin St.

“The Ties That Bind” by Precious Lovell
CAM Raleigh, 409 W. Martin St.
On view until January 8, 2017

“The Ties That Bind” is a collection of 15 apron studies that continue Precious Lovell’s exploration of the narrative potential of cloth and clothing with a focus that is both personal and universal. The exhibition explores the lives of women through the cloth and clothing they have historically made, worn and continue to make.

Older events

“Intelligently Ratchet”
What: Attend a live recording of the local Facebook Live show “Intelligently Ratchet” hosted by Kevin “Kaze” Thomas and Bishop Omega. The show, which will follow a special reception for “Black On Black,” will be Wednesday, October 5 at 9 p.m. and feature artists and curators from “Black On Black.” Watch as they dive into topics around politics, news and the exhibition.
Where: VAE Raleigh, 309 West Martin Street, Raleigh
When: Wednesday, October 5, 9 p.m.

Journey 2 Justice: Is the Black Family Safe?
What: A program devoted to dealing with the issues facing the Black Community.
Where: Southside Church of Christ, 800 Elmira Ave, 27707 Durham
When: Saturday, Oct. 8; 4 to 8 p.m.

Sphinx Virtuosi
What: The Sphinx Virtuosi is a conductor-less ensemble of soloists, comprising top alumni of the national Sphinx Competition for young Black and Latino string players.
Where: Hayes Barton United Methodist Church, 2209 Fairview Road Raleigh
When:  Sunday October 9, 3 p.m.; tickets

Fall 2016 Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film
What: Presented by the Stone Center for Black Culture and History at UNC Chapel Hill. Join them on Tuesday, October 11 through Saturday, October 15 for the annual Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent film. This year’s theme is “Stolen Moments … Imagining the Black Subject,” with films from across the diaspora including the US, Niger, Haiti, Jamaica, Brazil, Trinidad &Tobago, France, Angola and Cuba. All screenings are FREE and OPEN to the public.
Where: The Stone Center for Black Culture and History at UNC Chapel Hill, 150 South Road, Chapel Hill
When: October 11 to 15

The Muse Masquerade
What: “Black On Black” artists Dare Coulter and William Paul Thomas join the festivities of the Muse Masquerade by creating artwork live in Gallery Four of 21c. Don’t miss out on this art extravaganza! The Muse Masquerade is the Carrack’s annual fundraising event and is in the second year at 21c.
Where: 21c Museum Hotel, 11 N Corcoran Street, Durham
When: Friday, October 14, 8 p.m.
Note: Must purchase ticket for attendance. Click here to purchase.

“baartman, beyonce & me” – Film Screening and Discussion
What: Join filmmaker Natalie Bullock-Brown for a screening and discussion of work-in-progress “baartman, beyonce & me,” a documentary film that asks how do the beauty ideals of a white, racist, male-dominant culture affect black females.
Where: VAE Raleigh, 309 West Martin Street, Raleigh
When: Thursday October 20, 7 to 9 p.m. // Free Register via Facebook

“Black On Black” Exhibition Annex at Empower Dance Studio
What: View additional artwork by two “Black On Black” artists at Empower Dance Studio during a Third Friday reception and enjoy an evening of artwork, live dance performances and music by DJ Strider of The Floor.
Where: Empower Dance Studio, 109 West Parrish Street, Durham
When: Friday, October 21, 6 to 9 p.m.; studio also open during regular business hours

Preserving Your Family History – A Workshop
What: Join Chaitra Powell, African American Collections and Outreach Archivist with the UNC’s Wilson Library, and Wanda Cox-Bailey Librarian with Richard B. Harrison Library and President of the Triangle Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, as they share their tips on how to research your family history and protect photographs, documents and other family valuables.
Where: VAE Raleigh, 309 West Martin Street, Raleigh
When: Saturday October 22, 10 a.m. to noon // Free, Register via Facebook

Tell Your Own Story – A Workshop w/ NC Association of Black Storytellers
What: Since 1995 the NC Association of Black Storytellers have been hard at work ensuring the African Oral Tradition might be heard, shared, preserved, and enjoyed by all. In this workshop Beverly Burnette, Pinkie Strother and Master Storyteller Baba Jamal Koram share the art of storytelling and help workshop participants find wisdom in the stories of their own lives.
Where: VAE Raleigh, 309 West Martin Street, Raleigh
When: Saturday, October 22, 1 to 3 p.m. // Free, Register via Facebook

“Pooled” – A Reader’s Theater Presentation
What: Wade in the water. God’s gonna trouble the water. “Pooled,” a play written by Moses T. Alexander Greene dares to give voice to those who have been rendered blind, deaf, mute, halt and lame by life or left without heart to feel, love and life due to the unforeseen and the unprepared for. These voices have gathered at the pool of Bethesda waiting for the Troubling of the water. Hear their voices, identify with their stories, be made whole together.
Where: VAE Raleigh, 309 West Martin Street, Raleigh
When: Wednesday, October 26, 7 to 9 p.m. // Free, Register via Facebook

Black Dance Matters presented by Empower Dance Studio
What: Through lectures, performances, and demonstrations the Triangle community comes together for a program centered on Black Dance Matters.
Where: VAE Raleigh, 309 West Martin Street, Raleigh
When: Thursday, October 27, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. // Free, Register via Facebook

African-American History Walking Tour of Downtown Raleigh
What: Join knowledgeable historian Tom Hancock on a spirited walking tour that highlights the African American History of Downtown Raleigh. The tour will begin at the VAE Raleigh and visit The Pope House, Shaw University and Historic Blount Street. Learn about the valuable contributions African Americans made and continue to make to North Carolina’s Capital City.
Where: Starts at VAE Raleigh, 309 West Martin Street, Raleigh
When: Saturday, October 29, 10 a.m. to noon // Free, Register via Facebook


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