Spirit & Mind
Harlem Word: Dr. Alondra Nelson talks about the importance of genetic ancestry testing in the African American community
Dr. Alondra Nelson is a Professor of Sociology at Columbia University and awarding winning author who has published numerous books such as “The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation after the Genome.” Through her work, Dr. Nelson looks at the ways ancestry, race, and DNA come together in American society.
There are many issues that women living in NYC face. But you don't have to face them alone. The NYC commission on Human Rights is hosting a forum on women's issues at John Jay College, so that you can have the opportunity to discuss these issues and learn. There will be a pair of panels, one on community building and one on combatting sexual harassment.
February is Black History Month—a time to reflect on the rich and proud history of African-Americans. In honor of this month, Congressman José E. Serrano and State Senator José M. Serrano are holding a Black History Month Celebration of President Obama’s work and legacy. The celebration will take place on Monday, February 27th, from 10am-1pm.
James Baldwin, a writer and scholar, was one of the 20th century's greatest experts on racism and the treatment of black people in America—and a resident of Harlem. A new film, I Am Not Your Negro, presents Baldwin's thoughts on race and on the great civil rights activists, including Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, both of whom he knew personally.
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are some of the finest institutions of learning in the nation. Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of HBCUs, a documentary directed by Stanley Nelson, showcases the history of HBCUs from their beginnings to the present day. The African Diaspora International Film Festival will be hosting a screening of this film at Columbia Teachers College.
Last month, the BeWell Youth Board celebrated the start of 2017 by enjoying a fun and exciting outing at Dave and Busters! The Youth Board and health coaches had an amazing time playing arcade games and enjoying dinner with each other. They were reminded of the importance of dropping all your worries for a moment to let loose and enjoy fun and food with your friends.
Want to hear what it's like to be in the room for a jazz recording session? This is the event for you! The National Jazz Museum, right here in Harlem, is hosting an event with Christian McBride, who has been part of hundreds of recording sessions. He's worked alongside Benny Carter, George Duke, Queen Latifah and many other legends.
What could be better than a night of jazz and dance? NYC Parks Arts, Culture & Fun presents Dance Away the Night, featuring the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra and Harlem Swing Dance Society. If you come early, you can take part in some dance lessons! Come and enjoy Harlem's rich musical heritage!
RSVP at https://swing-jazz.eventbrite.com
Celebrate the rich history and cuture of Harlem with St. Phillip's Episcopal Church! This event brings together numerous artists, from African drummers to dancers. This is an incredible opportunity to see extraordinary performers in one place!