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The Black House Narratives - Chapter 3: Ode to Black Joy

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The Black House

215 Tremont Street

Door 3/Suites 300 & 301

Rochester, NY 14608

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As 2020 comes to a close, "Ode to Black Joy" pauses to celebrate Blackness, Black culture & people in the ongoing struggle for liberation.

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Note: All in person events for The Black House Narratives - Chapter 3: Ode to Black Joy are postponed to the spring, May 20 to June 6, 2021 - because of the rise in positivity re coronavirus. All Kwanzaa collaborative events will still happen in December 2020, because they are virtual, as will Hettie Barnhill's "The Rhythm of Freedom" performance. Go to http://facebook.com/BlackHouseROC to virtually join these events.

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“The Black House Narratives” is a 7-week progressive art event consisting of three distinct but thematically interrelated installations – presented because Black Lives Matter. Because art is a powerful form of interrogation, resistance, and protest as well as a platform to both disrupt a negative paradigm and radically envision a different future. More information is available at http://facebook.com/artsandjusticeROC. This event is free, though tickets are required.

The final segment, December 18, 2020 to January 1, 2020, is “Ode to Black Joy,” which will feature photography from Cocoa Rae’s “Pigment Series,” virtual dance from Broadway actor Hettie Barnhill, and more. There will be twice daily screenings of films such as “Rize,” “Paris is Burning,” and “Medicine for Melancholy.” 21st Century Arts Inc. will collaborate with The Rochester Kwanzaa Coalition to present daily virtual programming December 26 to January 1 – including twice daily screenings of “The Black Candle” as well as daily Kwanza ceremonies presented by Delores Jackson Radney and Terry Chaka, a Soul Food Dinner on Zoom and a Storytelling event on New Year’s Eve (also known as Watch Night), and, on New Year’s Day, a celebration of the 158 anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation – led by Dr. David Anderson/Sankofa and the Black Storytelling League of Rochester, Inc.- presented in the context of Black American’s continued struggle for freedom and full citizenship rights.

Participating artists can sell their art at the exhibition and keep all proceeds.

Special programming during “Ode to Black Joy,” includes:

There will be daily, physically distanced film screenings

• A live streamed, virtual dance concert projected in the space and streamed live by the extraordinary Hettie Barnhill on Friday, December 18 as well as an opening reception from 6 to 8:30 pm

• A Long Table Conversation with the theme “Black Joy Is” on Saturday, December 19 from 3 to 6 pm

• An artist panel will be presented on December 23 at 6 pm

• From December 23 to January 1, Delores Jackson Radney and Terry Chaka will perform daily Kwanzaa rituals at 12:30 pm each day

• Dr. David Anderson and the Black Storytelling League will celebrate Kwanzaa and the anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1 at 1 pm

All in person events will be presented to limited audiences. This is a free exhibition, but tickets are required. Please note: Masks are mandatory at all times during the COVID-!9 pandemic in The Black House.

The intention is to end the year with both joy and a renewed commitment to fight for Black liberation in the United States of America and beyond.

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