Freedom Friday: The “For Colored Girls” Edition

I’m sorry everyone!  I couldn’t help myself.  With so much buzz about the “For Colored Girls” movie, how could I not name the post ” For Colored Girls”. 🙂   Anyhoo…I am finally going to see the movie this evening.  I didn’t want to deal with the hysteria of an opening weekend.  I really am curious to see what Tyler is going to do with this black classic.  So far, I have only heard two types of opinions: 1.)  The movie is solid with some great performances and 2.) It’ s depressing.  In my opinion, that’s not too bad.  If you don’t see the movie or not, I do encourage you to at least read the choreopoem.  I re-read it to prep myself for the movie, and it is still wonderful and powerful.  Yes, there are some deep and serious issues tackled in the work, but you never felt defeated. 

One good thing about Tyler Perry producing this movie is that Ntozake Shange has been exposed to a whole new generation who knew nothing about her. I am glad that she is getting her due.  I also hope that maybe it will inspire others to produce and create because there is a lack of diverse black voices in film, music, visual arts and dance.

One movie that I believe is TRULY worth seeing is Bouncing Cats.  It is an inspiring story of one man’s attempt to create a better life for the children of Uganda using hip-hop with a focus on b-boy culture and breakdance. In 2006, Abraham “Abramz” Tekya, a Ugandan b-boy and A.I.D.S. orphan created Breakdance Project Uganda (B.P.U.). The dream was to establish a free workshop that would empower, rehabilitate, and heal the community by teaching youth about b-boy culture.  Crazy Legs, one of the founding members of the world famous Rock Steady Crew, visited Uganda after receiving an invitation from Abramz to teach b-boy classes. What he discovered upon his arrival was both heartbreaking and inspiring. National Geographic Live hosted the screening.  Go see the movie, then donate to their cause.

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The National Archives will display the original Emancipation Proclamation for four days. For purpose of conservation, the original Emancipation Proclamation can only be displayed a few days each year. We are pleased to present this rare opportunity to view the original document as part of the opening of Discovering the Civil War: Part Two.

November 11 to November 14

The National Archives

Constitution Ave. NW
[between 7th & 9th St.]

Free

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African Continuum Theatre presents the world premiere of the “Mojo and the Sayso” by Aishah Rahman. — Washington’s only African American theatre company celebrates 15 years of African American theater with the Washington premiere of the Mojo and the Sayso.  A once close family has been damaged by a senseless tragedy. As each family member searches for their own mojo, they are reminded that hope lies in their own strength, faith and love for one another.

November 12-14

Busboys and Poet

5th & K Sts. NW

Click here for tickets.

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At the National Gallery of Art, the skating season begins tomorrow. The Pavilion Café offers a panoramic view of the Sculpture Garden and ice rink as well as a variety of food and beverages.

Novmber 13- March

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden

7th St. and Constitution Ave. NW

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This Sunday is the second DC Tweed Bike Ride. Dandies and Quaintrelles(D&Q) will begin the ride at a secret location and ending with a post-ride party at the Stroga Event Space in Adams Morgan.  Last year, over 500 riders arrived dressed in their Sunday Edwardian best to go on this 5-mile ride through DC.  The event attracted the attention of organizations like NPR, The Washington Post, Washingtonian Magazine, ReadySetDC, Brightest Young Things, and DCist.  This year’s ride is not to be missed! As always, the ride is free!  D&Q also is requesting a $5 donation to help cover efforts toward organizing the event. Fifty percent of your donations will go toward Arts for the Aging, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of older adults through the arts.   “Betweed You and Me ” will be the  Post Ride Celebration.

 Join us for the 2010 Tweed Ride! from Eric Channing on Vimeo.

Sunday, November 14

Departing Location: TBD

12:00PM – 6:30PM

Click here to register.

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Enjoy the weekend! 🙂

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