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Fall 2013 Cultural Arts Series

Cultural Arts Series - Spring 2014


Jan. 6 - Mar. 15

AFROS: A Celebration of Natural Hair (Exhibition)

Black Cultural Center

A collaboration with the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Black Cultural Center (BCC and the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette will feature "AFROS: A Celebration of Natural Hair." The exhibit shows pictorially the beauty of natural hair in the African American community and its historical significance. The exhibit features works by photographer Michael July.

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Jan. 17

AFROS: A Celebration of Natural Hair (Opening Reception)

BCC • 4-6 PM

This Opening Reception will include demonstrations of natural hair styles by Onyx Salon, a gallery talk by Michael July, and natural hair product giveaways.

Jan. 21

An Evening with Julian Bond

Loeb Playhouse • 7 PM

Purdue University celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Julian Bond is a social activist, leader in the American Civil Rights Movement, politician, professor, and writer.

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Feb. 7 - 28

BlackBuster Film Series

BCC • 6 PM

In celebration of Black love, the BCC will be screening the following films on Fridays at 6pm: Feb. 7 - Claudine, Feb. 14 - Love Jones, Feb. 28 - She's Gotta Have It. Limited seating available.

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Feb. 8

Fatoumata Diawara - Co-sponsor with Convocations

Lafayette Theatre • 8 PM

Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara (aka Fatou) wraps messages of support for women, orphaned children, and the cessation of war inside songs of extraordinary beauty and rhythmic delight.

Tickets: Purdue Students $16; General Public $24

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Feb. 11

Our Crowning Glory: Kinky, Curly, Puffy, Wavy

Fowler Hall • 7 PM

Dr. Tanisha Ford, Assistant Professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at University of Massachusetts, will engage the audience in a conversation about natural hair followed by a roundtable discussion with Purdue assistant professors Dr. Nadia Brown and Dr. Marlo David.

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Feb. 14

Growing Up...In Words and Images by Joe Barry Carroll

BCC • 4-6 PM

Legendary Purdue alumnus and 10-year veteran of the NBA, Joe Barry Carroll will give a gallery talk and sign copies of his captivating memoir, which captures the shared humanity of American families - aspirations, adventures, struggles, despair and triumphs - while shedding light on the life of a 21st century Renaissance man. Paintings by Joe Barry Carroll are on exhibition January 6-March 15 during the following hours: Mon/Wed 8am-9:30pm, Tue/Thu 8am-6pm, Fri 8am-7:30pm.

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Feb. 21

Friday Night Funk Out

BCC • 8 PM

After two years, the Funk Out is back at the BCC! Originally created by Christopher Warren, Friday Night Funk Out celebrates Black music through live musical performances.

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Feb. 25

"Let's Talk About Hair" Interdisciplinary Symposium

BCC • 2-4 PM

Building on the theme of the AFROS exhibit, Purdue students will explore how natural hair has been central to various topics and issues within academic disciplines and public discourse. Co-sponsored by the Graduate School Office of Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs.

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Feb. 26

Michael Twitty, Culinary Historian of African and African American Foodways

Stewart Center 206 • 7 PM

Mr. Twitty is well known for his expertise in the history and heritage of enslaved Africans and African Americans and their foodways. His skill set as a colonial and antebellum cook includes expertise in growing African American heirloom crops, open hearth cooking, knowledge of relevant heritage breed livestock, and wild flora and fauna utilized by enslaved Africans and their descendants.

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Feb. 28

African American Read-In

BCC • 5-7 PM

Join the BCC Library in honoring the life of Amiri Baraka with readings of his literary works. Additionally, there will be readings for children in the BCC Student Lounge, concurrently. Those interested in reading one of Amiri Baraka's works or a children's book can contact Jamillah Gabriel at jgabrie@purdue.edu.

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Mar. 7-8

Underground Railroad Tour – Lafayette, IN to Cincinnati, OH

This cultural and historical experience will include visits to sites associated with the Underground Railroad in Lafayette, Indiana, a presentation on African Americans in Tippecanoe County and the Civil War, and a tour of the Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. The journey will conclude with a soul food lunch with Purdue alumni.

Registration: Purdue Students $40; General Public $105; includes transportation, hotel accomodations, admission fees, and lunch.

Mar. 26

Recapturing Black Resistance: Pan Africanism, Financial Stability, and the New Deal - Black Thought Collective Spring Symposium

Scholar in Residence: Kadari Taylor Watson

BCC • 2 PM

Black Thought Collective Spring Symposium will be an interactive and intellectual cultural journey. Through workshops and presentations, audience members will be enlightened and enriched.

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Laverne Cox - "Ain't I a Woman: My Journey Into Womanhood Co-sponsor with LGBTQ Center

Loeb Playhouse • 7 PM

Laverne Cox is a critically acclaimed actress who stars in the Netflix original series "Orange is the New Black." She will draw from her own personal story and explore how the intersection of race, class, and gender uniquely affect the lives of transgendered women of color.

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March 28-29

Time Lines: A Momentary Exploration of Now - Haraka Writers Spring Production

Directed by: Khari Bowden

BCC • 7 PM

Haraka Writers will welcome back alumni to perform in Harakafest '14. They will tackle the constraints of time through spoken word and poetry.

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Apr. 5

Gospel Meets Symphony with Black Voices of Inspiration

Directed by: Dr. Twana Harris

Long Center • 7:30 PM

Black Voices of Inspiration teams up with the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra to perform a groundbreaking new concert. Experience the energy and vivacity of gospel music in a night of culture and jubilation.

Tickets: $8-$35

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Apr. 11-12

Long Time Since Yesterday - New Directional Players Spring Production

Directed by: Kecha Nickson


In this play by P.J. Gibson, New Directional Players will take "a literate, humorous, sensitive look at the lives of contemporary Black women...who have gone through the sixties and come out on top of the eighties." - Samuel French Inc.

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Apr. 18

Friday Night Funk Out

BCC • 7 PM

After two years, the Funk Out is back at the BCC! Originally created by Christopher Warren, Friday Night Funk Out celebrates Black music through live musical performances.

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Apr. 23

"The Journey Continues...": America's (Empty) Promises and the Diversity of Black Male Student Experiences

BCC • 5-6 PM

A discourse on the Black Male achievement gap and how issues of race, class, and opportunity can affect academic success. The panel discussion will be preceded by a film screening of the documentary, American Promise, 3:30-5 PM.

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Apr. 26

History Inherited - Jahari Dance Troupe Spring Revue

Choreography by: Josh Ishmon & Iega Jeff

Loeb Playhouse • 7 PM

Jahari Dance Troupe will perform energetic, original pieces encompassing lyrical, jazz, ballet, and African styles. Enjoy a celebration of the African American culture through rhythm, dance, and movement.

Tickets: Purdue Students $5; General Public $7

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Apr. 30

The Creole Affair Book Signing

BCC • 4-6 PM

Join author Sonny Bates at a book signing and reception for his debut historical novel, The Creole Affair. Poet Bates adds novelist to his repertoire with a story that remaps the perception of one historical moment. The Creole Affair (Paperback, Student Price $9.99) depicts the historical events aboard the slave ship Brig Creole, en route from Hampton Roads, Virginia to New Orleans.

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