UPCOMING: The BRC's Blaxploitation Songbook–Nov. 20

Music and discussion on the butt-kickin', pimp-slappin', conk-slickin' films that helped shape a different black identity in the 70s.

Check this out, NYC! A very cool event taking place on Saturday at the Schomburg. Specifically:

Last performed at Celebrate Brooklyn in 1998, Musical Director Kelvyn Bell again leads the talented troubadours of the Black Rock Coalition Orchestra through a raucous re-counting of the music that gave pace to the butt-kickin’, pimp-slappin’, conk-slickin’ films that helped shape a different black identity in the 70s. Featuring the music of Bobby Womack, Curtis Mayfield, Gladys Knight, Isaac Hayes, Jimmy Cliff, Marvin Gaye, and Willie Hutch as brought to life by Bell, Imani Uzuri, Dean Bowman, Carla Cook, Rufus Capadoccia, Wayne Cobham, Fred Cash, Fred Alias, and JD Parran. Shut yo mouth…

Showtime is 7pm. Tix are $16 for members of the Schomburg and $20 for non-members.

More info here.


There will be a panel discussion following this show on Monday, November 22 at the American Negro Theater at 515 Malcolm X Blvd (Lenox Avenue) @ 135th Street.  The discussion starts at 7pm and will feature Michael Gonzales, Latasha Diggs, Darius James and Josiah Howard.

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