THE WARMTH OF OTHER SUNS
One of “The New York Times Book Review”‘ Best Books of the Year, this epic, beautifully written masterwork by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson compares this epic migration to the migrations of other peoples in history. She interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to new data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves. With stunning historical detail, Wilkerson tells this story through the lives of three unique individuals. Warmth of Other Suns is indeed a magnanimous accomplishment.
EVENT TO BE HELD AT
490 Riverside Drive
FEBBRUARY 1, 6PM HUE-MAN
HARLEM IS NOWHERE
Rhodes-Pitts, recipient of the Rona Jaffe Foundation, “nowhere” examines the crossroads that Harlem finds itself in as the very notion of the city as the mecca of black culture is being pushed up against gentrification. What does it all mean for the city that holds the sanctuary for Black American and a real place, a neighborhood buckling under relentless gentrification. Rhodes-Pitts who lives in Harlem is acutely conscious of her role as writer and resident. Rhodes-Pitts weaves a glittering living tapestry of the snatches of overheard conversation, sidewalk chalk scribbles, want ads, unspoken social codes, literary analysis, studies of black slang–into a Harlem’s reality today.
FEBRUARY 2, 6PM
Dr. CATRISE AUSTIN
So successful for our patrons we decided to bring Dr. Catrise back.
With the props and tools of her trade Dr. Catrise, dentist to the star, gets real about how important great dental hygiene is to not only our physical health but to our confidence.
So, beyond the celebrated elite, Dr. Austin’s true goal is to empower and educate ALL about the importance of dental health and oral hygiene. Her commitment to her patients is exemplary as many of our patrons found out when they found a dentist who cared.
FEBRUARY. 3, 6PM
RECIPE FOR LOVE
All the ingredients for the quintessential guilty pleasure: one part culinary delight, with a dash of romance, and a pinch of suspense–mixed up into a deliciously sexy novel. Wouldn’t love be easy if it could be followed like a recipe? Jade, a sassy restaurateur, has mastered her share of recipes except for one: she can’t figure out the essential ingredients when it comes to love. There is one too many men in the mix.
FEBRUARY 4, 6PM HUE-MAN
When you know who you are, your roots are deeply planted. NY1 Anchor Cheryl Wills had always felt the strength of her history. Television anchor Wills began pursuing her family history in the hope of settling issues about her long-dead father and to better understand her family’s past. Instead, she traced her ancestral line directly to Sandy Wills, a Civil War veteran whose bravery was passed down to Sandy’s descendants, along with a tenacity that has unfortunately been matched by tragedy. In exploring her ancestry and her father’s death, Wills attempts to draw a clear narrative path through America’s history of slavery and racism and the African-American struggle for success.
FEBRUARY 5, 2PM
THE BLACK HISTORY OF THE WHITE HOUSE
Noted scholar and journalist Lusane, begins his book in the revolutionary period during which future occupants of the White House first laid the foundation of what was to become more than two-centuries of race-based cruelty, exclusion, and violence. Even though written America could never quite accept the notion that all people are created equal. Lusane is unsparing. In his analysis, the author uses the tools of sociology and history,politics and popular culture to dissect the past. Lusane closes with a consideration of African-American efforts to secure a political place within the White House, from Marcus Garvey to Shirley Chisholm, Dick Gregory, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and, of course, Barack Obama.
FEBRUARY 7, 6PM
GETTING BACK TO ME
Norwood Young’s life has been Epicurean. Known for his coveted, lavish Hollywood parties and 20 plus statues on Michael Angelo’s David, Young, a former Star Search contestant parlayed his golden voice into a lifestyle. His journey included a major recording and Broadway career, becoming a night club owner in Germany, a reality show and his most famous role as Hollywood socialite. His lifestyle was subject matter in the infamous tell all book Video Vixen by the Karrine Steffans…the notorious Superhead… Norwood, who has lived many life in one chronicles his real life behind the mask, one of pain, guilt, self-mutilation and shame…his story takes us on the journey with him from Victim to Victorious warrior.
FEBRUARY 8, 6PM
MANNING MARABLE ET. AL
BARACK OBAMA & AFRICAN AMERICAN EMPOWERMENT
We enthusiastically welcome back Manning Marable’s with his new book, “Barack Obama and African American Empowerment: The Rise of Black America’s New Leadership.” The book is a prophetic, searing, and timely analysis of race in the election of President Barack Obama. The authors hold no punches in providing a compelling, realistic, and apt assessment of how race has impacted America and how Barack Obama’s election has helped us rethink some of our assumptions about it. This is a book that must be read not only by scholars and activists, but by anyone who is seriously concerned about understanding the dilemma of race in the twenty-first century.
FEBRUARY 9, 6PM
WHO SAID IT WOULD BE EASY
“Who Said It Would Be Easy? “is the story of a man and woman who rely on their faith in God to live and love, despite formidable trials and tragedy. Charisse Ellison is a beautiful twenty-nine-year-old single woman who is new to her faith, but convinced that her relationship with God is the only way to have the truly fulfilling life she desires–one that includes a husband and children. Stefan Cooper is a thirty-three-year-old bachelor who has no desire to change his ways. The couple’s intense romance leads them on a journey that challenges the bravado Stefan has held on to for most of his adult life and forces Charisse to see that God’s answered prayers don’t always come packaged the way we expect.
FEBRUARY 9 12:15
John Street United Methodist Church.
JOHN HOPE BRYANT
Operation Hope Founder, Chairman, CEO and brilliant Thought Leader John Hope Bryant, delivers words of wisdom and progress at St John with Dr. Sujay. If you missed it at Hue-Man don’t miss him again…he is saying what we should all be hearing…
FEBRUARY 10, 6PM (YOUNG ADULT)
High school freshman Martine (Teenie for short) is a good student, with a bright future ahead of her. She’s desperate to be accepted into a prestigious study abroad program in Spain so that she can see what life is like beyond the streets of Brooklyn. She wouldn’t mind escaping from her strict (though lovable) parents for awhile either. But when the captain of the basketball team starts to pay attention to her after she’s pined away for him for months and Cherise, her best friend, meets a guy online, Teenie’s mind is on anything but her schoolwork. Teenie’s longtime crush isn’t what he seemed to be, nor is her best friend’s online love. Can Teenie get her act together in time to save her friendship with Cherise, save her grade point average so that she can study in Spain, and save herself from a potentially dangerous relationship?
FEBRUARY 10 6-9PM
258 ST. NICHOLS
SUCCESS-NET 1209 PRE-AFFAIR KICKOFF
Join Success-Net at the Dwyer to mix and mingle and find out about their author empowerment series which include, Ilyanla Vanzant, Dr. Randall Robinson, Susan L. Taylor, George Fraiser.
FEBRUARY 12 6PM
WE STILL FIGHT FOR OUR RIGHTS. HIS-STORY THE UNTOLD STORIES.
In 1811 outside of New Orleans, 500 enslaved men, some armed with guns, battled plantation owners. Nat Turner and John Brown became household names but many of the leaders of the revolt] have barely earned a footnote in American history. Rasmussen not only corrects that but provides the backdrop against which the battle occurred. He explores the cultural roots of the conflict. The leaders of the 1811 revolt seized the opportunity during the celebrations of Carnival season to mount an insurrection with a pledge “a fight to the death against the planters and their militia.” The brutal battle initially ended in a temporary victory, but reprisals were severe and the heads of executed prisoners were displayed on pikes. Still we fight and will continue to until all “men” are equal.
FEBRUARY 15, 6PM
AIN’T NOTHING LIKE THE REAL THING
Herb Boys, Zita Allen, Williard Jenkins, Chris Washburne, Tuliza Fleming will Present
Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing.
Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment traces the evolution of the Apollo-from its origins as a segregated burlesque hall to its starring role at the epicenter of African American entertainment and American popular culture. Nearly all forms of entertainment-comedy, dance, swing, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, soul, hip hop and more-were welcomed on the Apollo stage. Serving as a place where African American performers could start and advance their careers, the Apollo hosted some of the best-known names in entertainment-dancers Charles “Cholly” Atkins, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson; band leaders Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington; comedians Redd Foxx and Jackie “Moms” Mabley; and musicians ranging from Louis Armstrong, James Brown and Lionel Hampton to Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin and The Jackson Five.
FEBRUARY 16, 6PM
The one thing we can count on is the indomitable spirit to soar. Unyielding determination, eyes on the prize, that spirit that transforms us to win against all odds. John Baxter Jr. story will help us remember that WILL will never die. The Olympian is a story so Little of us know. It’s about the FIRST African American Gold Medalist in the 1908 Olympics. John Baxter Taylor, Jr. was not only one of the best quarter miler in the world, he was also a long distance runner in the classroom. One of the first African American to graduate from Wharton, he went on to become a doctor of veterinarian Medicine.
FEBRUARY 17, 6PM
Preeminent African American popular culture historian Bogle, noted for his groundbreaking “Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies, & Bucks: An Interpretive History of Blacks in American Films”as well as an acclaimed biography of Dorothy Dandridge, has produced an exemplary biography of pioneering Broadway, film, recording, and television star Ethel Waters (1896-1977). As a singer Waters introduced such standards as “Am I Blue,” “Stormy Weather,” and “Heat Wave.” She was the first African American to be billed above the title in a Broadway show. Bogle does not shy away from a frank discussion of Waters’s bisexuality and her legendary temper born of a lifetime of slights.
PARENTS AND PINOT
"Moms and Dads are invited to bring their kids to Parents and Pinot - an entertaining new take on Happy Hour at Nectar with Alphabet Kids Multicultural Book Series Author signing and reading plus fun activities for children ages 2-10 years old. You'll be able to purchase the book series while enjoying a glass of wine and complimentary hors d'oeuvres. A a unique literary event for both parents and kids
FEBRUARY 19, 2PM
JERRY CRAFT AND FRIENDS
TRIBUTE TO BLACK COMICS
This will be a fun Saturday. Did you know that some of the great superheroes were penned by black artists? And did you know that Hue-Man was memorialized in an issue of Black Panther? Do you want to become a comic book illustrator. This event is for you…Jerry Craft, formerly illustrator of Time Inc and creator of the syndicated “Mama’s Boys” will be hanging out with his ultra super friend at Hue-Man….this is a cool event, man..can you dig it….oh okay I’ll stop.
FEBRUARY 19, 4PM
TRISH ST. HILL
In her book, Trish St.Hill masterfully tells an enthralling tale of an under-explored and misunderstood immigrant group – West Indians. She skillfully blends this West Indian assimilation tale with the true historic tragedy of the Garifuna people, their HELL-O CAST and subsequent exile to Central America. Beneath The Golden Mango Tree is a lesson in history that edutain us through friendship, humor, tears, and resilience.
FEBRUARY 21, 6PM
NEVER IN MY WILDEST DREAMS
Cheryl Wills, Michele Norris, Carole Simpson, Soledad O’brian, etc., owe a huge debt of gratitude to Belva Davis. Davis is an award-winning journalist with an award named in her honor at AFTRA, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. As a pioneer who broke racial and gender barriers for women of color in broadcast journalism and someone who led the fight for total diversity in America’s newsrooms in 2008 Belva Davis was inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame. She has earned eight regional Emmys for her reporting on a variety of topics,and the Northern California Radio, Television and Digital News Directors Association and the Associated Press News Service have awarded her Certificates of Excellence. She was the first African American woman hired to work on television in the western United States and is profiled in the Newseum, the world’s first interactive museum of news in Washington, DC.
FEBRUARY 23, 6pm
THE WORDS OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HEROES
A new collection of inspirational quotes celebrating the wisdom of notable African-Americans.
This uplifting, motivational compendium covers the gamut of African-American heroes, from Sojourner Truth to Frederick Douglass, Thurgood Marshall to Jackie Robinson, Ella Fitzgerald to Harriet Tubman, Toni Morrison to Jesse Owens, George Washington Carver to Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks to Barack Obama, from profound historical figures to more current, popular ones, such as Oprah, Nikki Giovanni, Spike Lee, and Snoop Dogg.
Organized thematically, the selections explore seven key topics with more than 350 quotations, memorializing the wisdom and strength of these notable African-American heroes, earned through the struggle of overcoming oppression and adversity. The book includes a biographical section, sources for the quotations, and an index. compiled by none other than the infamous Clara Villarosa.
FEBRUARY 24, 6PM
JUDGE KAREN MILLS
STAY IN YOUR LANE
Brash AND witty Judge Karen as she is affectionately called is the star of the syndicated television show Judge Karen’s Court. In “Stay in Your Lane” she shares philosophies on life she gleaned from working as a criminal and family law attorney and mediator, and from her own tumultuous experiences. Only the second African-American woman ever elected judge in Miami-Dade County, Mills-Francis addresses, in her candid, no-holds-barred style tackles a variety of topics, from motherhood to men. Fans of her show will take comfort in her insights.
FEBRUARY, 24, 7PM (OFFSITE Ethical Cultural Center)
EAT, PRAY, LOVE
On the New York Times List for 203 weeks, this beautifully written, heartfelt memoir touched a nerve among both readers and reviewers. Elizabeth Gilbert made the difficult choice to leave behind all the trappings of modern American success (marriage, house in the country, career) and find, instead, what she truly wanted from life. Register by clicking on link below.
FEBRUARY 26 4PM
Yolanda F. Johnson is a classically trained lyric soprano, an adjunct professor of music/voice and Humanities at Tulsa Community College and a voice teacher for many years. Yolanda is committed to the legacy of our heritage and has offered to perform for us her amazing program “A Spiritual Experience” for Black History Month…to help us remember our past. This event is free but we ask for a suggested donation of $5.00 to help defray her cost.
“A Spirituals Experience” is an educational program, allowing the audience to better understand the hidden meaning of African-American spirituals. It also includes a sing-along, so that the audience can better relate to the experience of the enslaved Africans as they expressed themselves through song. Coupled with the music is a poetry reading in between the songs.
FEBRUARY 27, 6PM
TY ALLAN-JACKSON DANNY DOLLAR MILLIONAIRE EXTRAORDINAIRE
BERT GERVAIS- WHO’S IN YOUR TOP HIVE?
HALE MESEROW-GIANT STEPS
FEBRUARY 28, 6PM
HUE-MAN BOOK CLUB
Reading Malcolm X