Did the cover photo make you smile? Soul Train aired for 35 years and was a fixture for any devotee of R&B and soul music. If you were a fan, get thee to the ImageNation Outdoors Film & Music Festival at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem this Saturday, the 12th at 6 p.m.
Their Soul Train Tribute will celebrate the soundtrack of American social movements with a tribute to Freedom songs from the Soul Train era. Favorites tunes from icons like Aretha, James, Curtis, Stevie and Marvin (no last names needed here) will be interpreted by independent artists Asa Lovechild, Bruce “Big Daddy” Wayne, Petawayne, Abiah and others.
Post-dance party, a screening of 13th, an Oscar-nominated documentary that takes an in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial equality, directed by Ava Du Vernay, will begin at 8 p.m.
The following week, August 19th, in St. Nicholas Park, there will be another dance blowout at 6 p.m., followed by an 8 p.m. showing of I Am Not Your Negro, another 2017 Oscar-Nominated film directed by Raoul Peck based on James Baldwin’s unfinished account of the lives and assassinations of his close friends Medgar Evers, Malcom X and Martin Luther King.
Queen of Katwe will be screened the following week, August 26th. Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo star in this film depicting the life of Phiona Mutesi, a Ugandan girl living in a slum who learns to play chess and goes on to become a chess master. (The film will be preceded by chess activities for kids and a D.J. spinning tunes.)
Finally, Black Girl Magic!: Celebrating the Superflyness of Black Women & Girls, hosted by D.J. Natasha Diggs, will include performances by an all-female band led by drummer Camille Gainer Jones, Vivian Sessoms, Abby Dobson, Aiyana Smash and more. Girl Power!! The Fits, a dreamy exploration of girlhood directed by Anna Rose Holmer, will be shown after the ladies leave the stage.
And did we mention that all of this is free?? Sounds to us like Harlem will be the place to be for the next few Saturdays! Click here for more info.
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