January 10, 2007

Black Cultural Center announces spring Cultural Arts Series

Renee Thomas
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University's Black Cultural Center has announced the lineup for the spring 2007 Cultural Arts Series that for the first time includes a national panel of authors and experts to discuss gender roles in hip hop music.

The lineup also includes lectures, a historical tour and artistic performances.

"The series is designed to increase awareness, understanding and appreciation of African Americans of all age groups," said BCC director Renee Thomas. "From performances by an internationally renowned choir and our own four performing arts groups to intellectual discussions about periods in history as well as modern times, there will be something for everybody to learn."

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Upcoming events include:

• Feb. 4 – The Black Diamond Choir from the University of Louisville will appear at 3 p.m. in Stewart Center's Fowler Hall. Performing everything from hymns and spirituals to contemporary songs, the Black Diamond Choir has been a part of the University of Louisville since 1969. They have traveled internationally and have worked with national recording artists Bobby Jones, Lamar Campbell and Donald Lawrence.

• Feb. 7 – Lerone Bennett will be the keynote speaker for Black History Month. Bennett has served on the editorial staff of Ebony for more than 50 years. He has written nine books on African-American history and current political challenges facing blacks.

• Feb. 24 – BCC Coffee House will feature a showcase of the Black Cultural Center performing arts ensembles.

• March 2-3 – The BCC is sponsoring a cultural and historical tour to Louisville, Ky. The tour includes a city bus tour that shows the African-American influence in Louisville and visits to the Muhammad Ali Center and Kentucky Derby Museum. The cost is $100 for the general public and $35 for Purdue students, which includes transportation, lodging, admission fees and lunch. The pre-registration deadline is Feb. 15.

• March 5 – Leading hip hop intellectuals and activists will conduct a town hall meeting called "Does Hip Hop Hate Women? A Community Dialogue" at 7 p.m. in Stewart Center's Fowler Hall. The discussion will be moderated by Bakari Kitwana, author and cofounder of the National Hip Hop Political Convention, and will include the range of complex issues associated with race and hip hop. Panelists include Tracy Sharply-Whiting, author of "The Black Feminist Reader;" Joan Morgan, author of "When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: A Hip-Hop Feminist Breaks it Down;" Raquel Rivera, author of "New York Ricans from the Hip Hop Zone;" and Mark Anthony Neal, author of "That's the Joint!: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader" and several other books.

• March 23-24 – The Haraka Writers will present the annual Haraka Fest at 7 p.m. in the Black Cultural Center, directed by Khari Bowden. The group is a collective of student and community writers committed to literary expression of the black experience. This Black Cultural Center ensemble began under the name Creative Writers Workshop in 1973. Five years later the name was changed to Haraka, a Swahili word meaning "expression."

• April 1 – The Black Voices of Inspiration will perform their spring concert at 3 p.m. in Stewart Center's Loeb Playhouse. The director is Twana Harris. The ensemble's repertoire includes traditional spirituals, gospel and jazz music by African-American composers. Admission is $5 for students and $7 for the general public.

• April 6-7 – The New Directional Players will present their spring production at 7 p.m. in the Black Cultural Center. The director is McKenya Dilworth

• April 21 – The Jahari Dance Troupe's Spring Revue will be at 7 p.m. in Stewart Center's Loeb Playhouse. The troupe performs a repertoire choreographed by K. Iega Jeff that includes African, ballet, folk, jazz, tap and modern dance. Admission is $5 for students and $7 for the public.

Writer: Maggie Morris, (765) 494-2432, maggiemorris@purdue.edu

Source: Renee Thomas, (765) 494-3091, rathomas@purdue.edu


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Black Cultural Center: http://www.purdue.edu/BCC/

 

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