August 21-23: hot this weekend

“Movies Under the Stars”: Outdoor screening of The Wiz


Friday, August 21, 8:30 pm



MJ and Diana Ross fans can reminisce at this outdoor screening of The Wiz in Morningside Park. Warm up your vocals and brush up on some lyrics, because this will likely be a participatory affair.

AfroPunk Fest

Saturday, August 22-Sunday August 23

$45 one day pass/$80 weekend


This annual BK traditional has become a staple for alt-Black kids, punk Black kids, Afrocentric Black kids, and everyone in-between. Folks got into a tizzy because the typically free 2-day festival began charging this summer. So cough up the dough, or do it the bootleg way and hang outside Commodore Barry Park to hear the likes of Lenny, Lauryn, Grace, and Kelela tearing up the stage from outside the club venue gates.

Jacob Riis Beach Bazaar- feat. performances by Mykki Blanco (Aug 22) and Laura Stevenson (Aug 23)


Source: Tim Heisler/The New York Times

Saturday, August 22-Sunday August 23

FREE (food and drink passes optional)


The people who brought you the now-shuttered Brooklyn Night Bazaar have migrated from Greenpoint to this beachfront location in Queens. So trade in that fixed gear bike for a surfboard, and soak in the live music, local food vendors, and artisans at this daily Jacob Riis Park shindig.

It infuriates me that witnesses reported that Dr. Dre’s bodyguard held the crowd back as Dee received multiple blows to her womanhood. I find it intolerable when brothers ask, “So what did Dee do?” I will be outraged to learn that Dr. Dre is not underneath jail when this is published. Historically, Black women have been reluctant and intimidated to confront their abuse because of the “division” it would cause within the race and because of the racist, classist institutionalization of the judicial system and the white women’s liberation movement.

Violence against Black women by Black men did not begin with rap music. Sexism did not begin with the black community. These minor revelations are not enough. Sexism exists in the hip-hop generation. Manifestation of sexist behavior is first verbal and mental abuse (BBD, Big Daddy Kane, Too Short, HWA)—it evolves into its inevitable counterpart, physical violence (Dee Barnes, [the mother of three of Flavor Flav’s children] Karen Ross, one out of every four Black women between 18 and 25). Hip-hop music must take responsibility for eliminating the perpetuation of the destruction of the Black community, i.e. the abuse of the Black women. It has no place in revolutionary music.

Dream Hampton in The Source, 1991

August 14-16: “The Rub” Dance Party/ Summer Streets/ 48 Hours in…Harlem

Friday, August 14, 2015- “The Rub” dance party with DJs Just Blaze+ DJ Ayers + more



The Rub is beginning its monthly residency in a new spot. Fans of the 13 years running dance party series have been sweating out to their fave hip hop and R&B jams at the Bell House in Gowanus for quite some time. But despite the new location, it’s fair to say the party will be as live as ever.

Saturday, August 15,2015- Summer Streets


Manhattan- East side

All over the world–in cities from Bogota to Atlanta, Rio de Janeiro to Brussels- city officials are shutting down streets to cars and opening up roadways for every other non-motorized transportation in between. If you want to walk, bike, juggle, or cupid shuffle down Park Ave this Saturday with no fear of getting sideswiped, here’s your chance. 300,000 other New Yorkers participated last year in the city’s version of Ciclovia, the open streets event originating in Colombia. Parlay with the pedestrians and ‘dem for 3 consecutive Saturdays in August.

Sunday, August 16- “48 Hours….in Harlem”- A series of 6 Black plays


$25 6 plays/ $35 6 plays+after party

Talent abounds at this annual Harlem event showcasing rising playwrights, directors, and actors. Stick around for the after party to eat, drink, and wax poetic about the underlying meaning of why that blue vase was cracked on stage right.

R&B Ain’t Dead vol. 2: Shay Lia/ Wilough/Mizan

Shay Lia, So Brand New– Eighties babies may have fond memories jamming to their parents’ record collections of funk, 80s pop/rock, and the sexy melodies of Prince, Vanity, and the Purple One’s associated acts. Now you can pass on the favor to your young kin, as Shay Lia has deftly combined all of these genres in this feel-good bop. It’s prime for playlists for the fast-approaching end of summer celebration we call Labor Day weekend. Get those two-steps and electric slides ready.

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