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The Black Archives presents "Expressions" an evening of spoken word & jazz

Saturday, June 22, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM (EDT)

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The Black Archives Presents “Expressions” An Evening of Spoken Word and Jazz


The Historic Ward Rooming House Gallery in Overtown


Saturday, June 22, 2013, 7pm


MIAMI, FL—The Black Archives, History and Research Foundation of South Florida Inc. invites the community to enjoy an evening of poetic expression, live jazz and neo-soul music as we celebrate the 3rd installment of "Expressions" on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at The Historic Ward Rooming House Gallery, 249 NW 9th Street in Miami’s historic Overtown neighborhood. The Ward Rooming House Gallery is sponsored in part by the Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency as a redevelopment activity pursuant to the approved Community Redevelopment Plan.

The inaugural event was held on April 13, 2013, which saw 200 attendees.  We hope that you will attend this month's series. 

Hosted by international poet and spoken word artist Rebecca “Butterfly” Vaughns, “Expressions” will include featured sets from local spoken word artists.  The evening will also consist of open mic poets (poets must pre-register with the Black Archives) and music by a host DJ.  Jody Hill’s Deep Fried Funk Band will again serenade attendees with soulful jazz, neo soul, and r&b. Admission includes a taste of Overtown’s famous Jackson’s Soul Food Restaurant, offering fried chicken and waffles.

 “We are bringing back the rich heritage and culture of Miami’s historically black pioneer community,” said Timothy A. Barber, Executive Director of The Black Archives. “We are creating the programming that will be transferred to the new Lyric Theater complex once it is completed. The Lyric will become a platform for new, undiscovered, and up-and-coming talent. It will also serve as a Mecca for national and international artistry, thus transforming, reviving and ultimately strengthening the economics in the Overtown community and its residents.”

Each month “Expressions” event, co-sponsor The Design Group, Miami, transforms the Ward Gallery into a chic lounge space, creating a stylish nightclub vibe indoors and a cool, resort-like feel outdoors. The indoor setting will feature a unique historical exhibition on music, entertainment, and film in Overtown, highligting a wonderful artist exhitibition from Harlem, New York. 

The hostess, Rebecca “Butterfly” Vaughns, is a local spoken word legend in her own right. Vaughns is a native of Miami, FL and has been a poet since the age of 10 and a full-time spoken word artist and performer since 2002. Vaughns has captivated audiences across the nation with her wordplay--from high schools and universities, to prisons and churches—and is excited to be involved with the rebirth of arts and culture in Overtown.

 “In time, a city of rich history in the arts and entertainment will resume its place. An evening of “Expressions” is ready to bring Overtown back to life,” said Vaughns. “Granted, a vibe where good art, music, and performance have taken place should never die.”

Admission for “Expressions” is $10 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online via at www.theblackarchives.org. Please call 305-636-2390 or 305-636-2217 for more information.

The Black Archives History and Research Foundation of South Florida, Inc is a non-profit organization founded in 1977 by Dorothy Jenkins Fields, Ph.D. Dr. Fields with the mission to not only preserve the documentary and photographic history of black South Florida, but to enrich the present and protect the future through the revitalization Miami’s former black business and entertainment district, Overtown. The Black Archives is sponsored by the SEOPW CRA, Miami Dade County, The Miami Times, Coca-Cola & Macy’s.  For more information about Black Archives sponsored events or how to become a sponsor or make a donation, visit www.theblackarchives.org, email kpritchett@theblackarchives.org or call 305-636-2390.

Please note that this is an outdoor event.  In the case of non-stop inclimate weather predictions, we will postponed the event until the following Saturday.  All purchases are considered a donation to the Black Archives and know that your support increases the employment opportunities for Overtown residents. 

Media Contact:

Kamila Pritchett, Development Coordinator



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Historic Ward Cultural Tourist Gallery
249 Northwest 9th Street
Miami, FL 33136

Saturday, June 22, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM (EDT)

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