CYCLONE MUSINGS: Blackness, Citizenship & Reparations in the Afro-Atlantic
Part of JACK's year-long series, Reparations365
In an increasingly-polarized nation around race and racial ideologies, and growing corporate culture, artist/scholar Jadele McPherson asks, What could reparations mean in this present era? McPherson will be joined by MC and poet Frantz Jerome (Peace Poets, Hemi), writer and poet Venessa Marie Marco (Nuyorican Poets Cafe), and musician and scholar Danielle Brown (My People Tell Stories). Join us for an evening "re-mixing" community dialogue, conjuring and performance to explore new sites of understanding for reparations in the Afro-Atlantic and around the globe.
TICKETS: $15 general / $12 students with I.D.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Jadele McPherson is an interdisciplinary artist, singer and actress. In 2015, she created the musical-theatrical piece, DA CLOCK, and performed it at Pregones Theater for Pepatian's Creating Connections, and at JACK, with support from a Brooklyn Arts Council Community Fund Grant. McPherson performed as a part of Latasha Digg's tributes to Jayne Cortez at the Lincoln Center Atrium & the Highline Park. In August 2016 she performed with Yosvany Terry's Quintet at BRIC's Celebrate Brooklyn tribute to Celia Cruz with Angelique Kidjo featuring Pedrito Martinez. McPherson was in Meshell Ndgeocello's Can I Get a Witness (Dec 2016) at Harlem Stage directed by Charlotte Braithwaite. She debuted her latest work, La Sirene, at JACK in December 2016, and traveled to HERE Arts Sanctuary Festival (February 2017) and Brown University's Rites & Reason Theatre (March 2017).
Venessa Marco is an African Caribbean writer by way of Cuba and Puerto Rico. She has recently moved from Los Angeles, California to Harlem, New York. Marco is currently pursuing her P.h.D in English. She was a member of the 2012 Da Poetry Lounge in Hollywood, California slam team and a member of the 2013 Nuyorican Poets Cafe, which placed 3rd in the nation.
Frantz Jerome is a lyricist and poet with extensive experience in arts education and workshop and program development. He served as head counselor for Project 2050's Summer Retreats. He has been working with youth for over ten years and practicing his art as an MC and poet with The Peace Poets. Frantz studies writing at The New School University in New York City. He aspires to create proper opportunities for youth in the arts while practicing his arts as a skilled wordsmith.
Danielle Brown, Ph.D. is the founder and owner of My People Tell Stories, LLC (MPTS), a company that provides educational, cultural, and performance-based services centering on the people of the African diaspora, and with a specific focus on the Caribbean region. Founded in 2014, Browns work is based on the premise that people of color in particular, and marginalized people in general, need to tell and interpret their own stories. Brown received her Ph.D. in Music from New York University with a concentration in ethnomusicology, and a specialization in the music of Latin America and the Caribbean. Brown offers diversity education to music teachers and others seeking to dismantle the effects of systemic racism in the field of music. She is an active vocalist and cuatro player, and composes and performs jazz and Latin American and Caribbean-based music. Brown is author of the ground-breaking ethnographic memoir, East of Flatbush, North of Love: An Ethnography of Home. A musical adaptation of the book, sponsored in part by the Brooklyn Arts Council, will premiere at Medgar Evers College in December 2017.
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