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Black History Month at Canvas Institute Staten Island 2018

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THE COMMISSION OPEN MIC
& ARTIST SHOWCASE – FEB 17 at 7PM
The Commission’s Open Mic Series at Canvas Institute features young artists from New York City. This month the featured artists include Yogi Ten Bears of DBNS, Nico Woods, & Buddah (Pernell Robinson) of The Commission. And to celebrate Black History Month, everyone who wears the colors Red, Black, & Green gets a discount at the door.
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THE AMERICAN INDIAN MONUMENT DOCUMENTARY & LIVE MUSIC  – FEB 18 at 1pm

Purpose – to raise funds to erect a Native American Indian Memorial as described by the Act adopted by the 62nd U.S. Congress of 1911. The above Act of Congress and the subsequent decision by the Secretary of War and the Secretary of the Navy promised an area of Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island, NYC to the North American Indians as a location for the memorial. In exchange, Chiefs swore their allegiance to the United States government.

– Live Native American drumming
– Free snacks and drinks
– Q&A will follow the documentary

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INTERNATIONAL BOOK CLUB:
GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN – FEB 18 at 4pm
James Baldwin was an American novelist and social critic. “Mountain,” Baldwin said, “is the book I had to write if I was ever going to write anything else.” Go Tell It On The Mountain, first published in 1953, is Baldwin’s first major work, a novel that has established itself as an American classic.

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The International Book Club at Canvas Institute selects 12 culturally relevant books to provide participants with a transcending reading experience. Together, we will read, reflect and discuss one book per month about social justice topics.

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ALSO THIS MONTH

Feb 17  FREE Yoga Saturdays @ Canvas Institute | 10 am – 11am (No Yoga class on Saturday February 24th)
Feb 25 Alkaline Water Presentation By New World Water Group | 3pm – 7pm
Feb 28 Frederick Douglas Art & Politics Discussion | 6pm – 8pm

SAVE THE DATE:
Feb 24
  Pan African Library Launch | 3pm – 5pm
Feb 24 African Film Festival New York: Short Film Series | 6pm – 8pm

AFRICAN FILMMAKERS SERIES
@ CANVAS INSTITUTE – 
FEB 24 – 6PM
Canvas Institute & African Film Festival co-presentation
& Talkback With the Filmmakers. 
AFRICAN FOOD & BEVERAGES WILL BE SERVED

Ṣoju
Oluwaseun Babalola
Country: United States/Botswana/Nigeria/Sierra Leone – 2016- 30min.
In English
Synopsis:
Soju is a documentary from an African perspective. Surfers, metal heads, and guerilla filmmakers explore their identity and culture in Sierra Leone, Botswana, and Nigeria.

Malcolm X: Struggle for Freedom
Lebert Bethune – Jamaica/USA -1967 -20min.
In English
Synopsis:
Portrays Malcolm X at a time when his views were changing to include the world situation with regard to the race problem. Includes interviews filmed during Malcolm X’s trip to Europe and Africa shortly before his assassination in the United States, interspersed with scenes of African rebellion.

Soko Sonko
Ekwa Msangi – Kenya/USA – 2014 – 22min.
Kiswahili and Sheng with English subtitles
Synopsis:
When her mom gets sick, Kibibi’s dad must take her to the market to get her hair braided before school begins.
Soko Sonko is a hilarious, fish-out-of-water roller-coaster of a journey, about a well-intended dad who goes where no man has gone before… because only women have been there.

 
“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality…. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”
—Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Source: This Weekend @ Canvas Institute 

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