Now, Its My Turn: A Tribute To Betty Carter
LIVE MUSIC IS BACK AT HAYTI!
Our Black American Music Series is Back! In Season 2, we continue the tradition of celebrating our music with a tribute to jazz vocalist legend, Betty Carter.
Tell Me Something Good: A Tribute to Chaka Khan
Hayti Film Next Level – December 2021 Films
This month’s films speak to innovation and Black excellence, so in December we’re partnering with Provident 1898!
Provident1898 is a coworking hub for entrepreneurs located in The Tower at Mutual Plaza, the re-imagination of one of Durham’s most historic landmark buildings. Founded in 1898, The North Carolina Mutual and Provident Association (later named North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Co.) established itself as the cornerstone of what would become the world famous “Black Wall Street” in Durham, NC. It is on these hallowed grounds that the Provident1898 story begins and where another chapter of entrepreneurship and innovation will be written.
In association with Hayti Film Next Level series and Provident 1898, we present three films:
THE SLEEPING NEGRO + Colder
In The Sleeping Negro, a young black man, simply identified as “Man,” must resolve the personal meaning of his blackness when his white boss orders him to commit fraud to benefit the corporation. Struggling with an overwhelming sense of shame for going through with the illegal demand, Man seeks consolation by discussing his unease with a black former friend and his white fiancé. Those conversations lead only to further confusion and frustrations… Following on the footstep of the LA Rebellion filmmakers, Skinner Myers tells a very personal and intimate Black story in a radically non-traditional cinematic style as a means to express freely his feelings as a Black man in America.
“A superb character study of a black man, how he sees himself and how he was treated by society, it is surreal yet real and terrifying.” ~ Ulkar Alakbarova, moviemovesme.com
Written/directed by and starring Skinner Myers.
Also catch North Carolina native, Joy T. Lane’s short film Colder: Jerry, a depressed and angry grandfather, reluctantly babysits his grandson, Mickey, while his wife Rita goes to the store for beer. Jerry comes to regret it when the seemingly innocent Mickey proves to be a quick study in his overbearing bullying ways.
Alvin Ailey was a trailblazing pioneer who found salvation through dance. AILEY traces the full contours of this brilliant and enigmatic man whose search for the truth in movement resulted in enduring choreography that centers on the Black American experience with grace, strength, and unparalleled beauty. Told through Ailey’s own words and featuring evocative archival footage and interviews with those who intimately knew him, director Jamila Wignot weaves together a resonant biography of an elusive visionary.
You’ve got options! Either head to the socially distant screenings at Provident 1898 on December 10th and 11th, or screen one of the films virtually in the comfort of your own home.
To minimize exposure to COVID-19 for patrons, artists, staff, and volunteers, Provident 1898 will be requiring the following;
DECEMBER LIVE! From The Fayetteville Street Corridor: Art & Business Walk
You’ve heard about the vibes, now it’s your turn to experience being connected for yourself. This 3rd Friday equitable community engagement event will center:
7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Gail Belvett’s We Are Here: Past, Present, Future featuring two December Artists, freedom clay and Shambo Medina in the Lyda Moore Merrick Gallery.
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The December 2021 BIPOC Artists Holiday Market featuring a stellar line up of local creatives who are sure to provide the pleasure of giving and receiving from a place of cultural abundance, in the Claronell K. Trapp Brown Community Room.
8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Soulful Noel: Live Music for the People by OnQ! This FREE community concert with special, surprise, and local musical guests is not to be missed.
Food and Beverage by Black-owned makers, Black Santa, and COVID-19 Education|Testing|Vaccinations are available onsite, provided by the Durham County Department of Public Health. Wearing face masks covering the nose and mouth, as well as social distancing are required in order to keep our community safe.
Curated for Community by Community. Be Connected, Durham! And Beyond.
Inner Visions: A Tribute to Stevie Wonder
Artist Reception & Talk – Clarence Heyward
The Jazz Messenger: A Tribute to Art Blakey
Our Black American Music Series is Back with a new Season! We continue the tradition with a tribute to Jazz Legend Art Blakey. Featuring Don Cheatham on drums.
Erotic Poetry Slam
Watch Southern wordsmiths arouse an intimate audience and compete for the honor of Oshun and Hedone (as well as a cash prize). 4PlayNC dancer Jazzlyn Hill embellishes the verses and offers an educational demonstration in flogging and how to experiment safely with sadomasochism. Sitting in the upper pews of St. Joseph’s, painter Tyamica Mabry gives form to the poets’ dripping scenes.
BackYard Film Series: Alice Street Screening + Talkback