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‘AFROPOP’ BEGINS SEASON 8 WITH IMMIGRATION

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Season eight of AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange opens with an unflinching portrait of life as an immigrant, as concerns about illegal immigration and refugees reach fever pitch in America and across the world. The documentary series leads off Monday, January 18, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on WORLD Channel with director Ditte Haarløv Johnsen’s Days of Hope. The season premiere follows three African immigrants who brave it all for a better life in Europe. Jussie Smollett, star of the hit FOX TV showEmpire, serves as eighth season host for the series, which is produced by National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) and co-presented by American Public Television (APT).

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AfroPoP takes on important issues facing the global black community, and here it is especially on point. Episode one of the series, Days of Hope, puts a face—or three—on the immigration issue, showing the lengths to which brave souls will go to better their lives and their families’ dire circumstances. But the dangerous journey these individuals take is nothing in comparison with the horrors they face in their adopted countries.

“The scale and sheer numbers of immigrants from Mexico and Central America as well as the Syrian refugee crisis overshadow any conversation about immigration from other communities of color, where the human rights concerns are just as critical. “ said NBPC Director of Programs and Acquisitions and AfroPoP Executive Producer Kay Shaw. “The opportunity to broadcast a beautifully told story about the plight of West Africans facing the same risks and challenges is a reminder that the issue is global, multi-faceted and multi-racial.”

New episodes of the five-part series premiere weekly through February 15.

West Harlem Art Fund, Marcus Garvey Park Celebrate 10 Years

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The year 2016 marks 10 years since the West Harlem Art Fund (WHAF) presented a public artwork in Marcus Garvey Park, located in the Mt. Morris Historic District in H arlem. To celebrate this anniversary, WHAF has selected Bronx-based street artist Lady K Fever to mount an installation using various reflective materials throughout the entire park and leading visitors to the top of the acropolis. All Along the Watchtower is inspired by the actual song written by Bob Dylan and recorded by Dylan and legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix.

According to the artist Kathleena Howie, (also known as Lady K Fever), “We are going to make the park SPARKLE! Light strips will be installed in multiple designs throughout the park on wroth iron fences and near small gardens reflecting sound waves, musical rhythms and the bell tower ringing.”

Executive Director & Chief Curator Savona Bailey-McClain shares “I am thrilled to come back to Marcus Garvey Park. And the timing couldn’t be more perfect with a feature film coming out in 2017 on the life of Marcus Garvey”. Such projects furthers her hopes for public art districts throughout the City with works that speak to the landscape and vitality of New York’s urban life. This effort would be in partnership with such agencies as the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation and NYC’s Department of Transportation.

Special thanks goes to Connie Lee and the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance for requesting this anniversary work and supporting the organization through the approval process with the Parks Department and Manhattan Community Board 11.

Installation for All Along the Watchtower will occur August 2016 with special programming .

The First Noel Graces the Apollo

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The Classical Theatre of in collaboration with The Apollo Theater presents:

The First Noel: A World Premiere Musical
Book, Music, and Lyrics by
Lelund Durond Thompson and
Jason Michael Webb
Directed by Steve H. Broadnax III
Choreographed by Brian Harlan Brooks
featuring New Music and Classic Carols re-imagined through pop, jazz, and gospel
About The First Noel

After losing her mother around Christmas, Noel decides to return to Harlem and sell her childhood home. When she steps back inside the brownstone, the spirits of her family that passed before her begin to speak, making her decision to sell even more difficult than she anticipated. The First Noel is a memory musical that flashes us back to Harlem in 1985 and follows the story of a Noel as a child and her desire for Christmas in a house where holiday joy has been unwelcome for years. Her parents struggle to recover from the death of their first child until an unexpected visitor turns things upside-down and brings three generations of the family together just in time for Christmas. The First Noel delivers the Christmas spirit to audiences with the sound of today blended with the holiday nostalgia of yesterday, creating Harlem’s answer to the perennial Holiday classic.
Preview Performances
Friday, December 11, 2015 at 7 pm
Saturday December 12, 2015 at 7 pm

Opening Night
Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 7 pm

Performances
December 15th – 31st, 2015