Chicago Defender Events Calendar

June 30-July 3

2017 Chicago Black Gay Pride

There will be various events for the LGBTQ Black communities and allies, June 30 – July 3. 

June 30-July 8

The Department of the Navy, in partnership with the City of Chicago, will host the annual Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games

The Warrior Games serves as the sole opportunity every year to bring together post-9/11 wounded warriors across all services. The Games honor and showcase the power and resiliency of wounded warriors and their families. Military service teams will compete in eight individual and team sports, including archery, cycling, field, sitting volleyball, shooting, swimming, track, and wheelchair basketball. With downtown Chicago as the backdrop, The Games will EMPOWER, EDUCATE and ENCOURAGE everyone it touches. For more information, visit 

July 1-2

The Chosen Few Picnic & Music Festival

Chicago House heads are gearing up for the 27th Annual Chosen Few DJs Music Festival in Jackson Park.


Saturday: 8 a.m.-9 p.m. (gates open at 7 AM)

Sunday: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (gates open at 10 AM)


Jackson Park at 63rd Street and Hayes Drive/Chosen Few DJs Way, Chicago


General Admission tickets are $40, and available online and at the gate each day of the festival. Reserved tent spaces, VIP packages and parking passes also are available for sale here. Admission for children under the age of 12 is free.

July 5-9

Taste of Chicago

The nation’s premier outdoor food festival showcasing the diversity of Chicago’s dining community. The food festival is complemented by music and activities for the entire family.

Grant Park

Cost: FREE

July 8

Emma Foster Health Fair

Sponsored by Sixth Grace Presbyterian Church and Health Ministry

Includes dental, cholesterol, spinal, blood pressure, glucouse and vision screenings as well as activities for all ages, healthy snacks and raffles.

600 E. 35th St.

11 a.m.-3 p.m.

For more information, call (312) 225-5300.

July 8

Watoto Children’s Choir Performance

The concert will feature worship songs that share the stories of the children and the hope they have because of God’s love. All performances are free and open to the public.

Bethany Union Church, 1750 W. 103rd St. 6 p.m.

July 8-9

43rd Annual Arts & Crafts Festival: Here’s To You Dr. Margaret Burroughs: Connecting Black Art & History – Celebrating Excellence

DuSable Museum

740 E. 56th place


Noon-10 p.m.

Arts & Crafts, Children’s Pavilion, entrtainment, beer garden, food, and more.

July 9

On the Beach: Remastered Honoring Phil Cohran

Noon-6 p.m at 63rd Beach Bathing Pavilion
Note: no outside food is allowed in the Pavilion. Food trucks and concessions will be available. Please bring blankets outside food must be eaten outside (beach or grass)

July 15

Sassy Thrifters Fleek Market Rummage Sale

More than 40 entrepreneurs, thrift sellers, artists and boutiques showcasing and selling a variety of items at all price points. Includes food, music and more. The organizers will also collect gently used clothes to give to people in need.

3232 S. King Drive (outside)

10 a.m.-3 p.m.

July 15

DuSable Museum of African American History presents Movies in the Park

Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Tough Love

740 E. 56th place, Chicago

7:30  Movie begins at Dusk

Bring blankets and chairs and enjoy movies under the stars. In case of rain, movies will be shown inside the museum.

Cost: FREE

July 15

The 7th Annual Taste Of WVON

The Taste of WVON is a fun-filled day of food, live entertainment, shopping and community building designed for the entire family. This day-long celebration takes place in one of Chicago’s premier neighborhoods, the Chatham-Avalon community.

Location: Lorraine Dixon Park is located on the south-east corner of 87th Street & Ingleside Avenue (Dauphin Avenue). The festival opens at 10am until Dusk.  The Children’s Pavilion opens at 12 noon until 6pm.

July 15

Silver Room Block Party

This outdoor celebration of music, community, art, love and culture rocked Hyde Park last summer with a crowd of over 15,000 and they are ready to do it again. The Silver Room Block Party attracts a crowd from all parts of the city and country.  They close the streets, open our hearts and fill ourselves with music, art and love. Join in their 14th year of dancing, singing, and celebrating our rich culture.

12 p.m.  – 10 p.m.

Located at Harper Court, Hyde Park

July 16

Soulful Chicago Book Fair

A true celebration of literacy and literary arts found throughout the African Diaspora, complete with over 100 authors, music, unique networking opportunities and genuine community building. This is more than a book fair. This is a movement!

For more information, email: or call (646) 359-6605

61st St between Cottage and King

10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Cost: FREE

Fridays: July 21, August 18, September 15

3rd Friday Trolley Tour

Exploring the rich artistic culture of Bronzeville!

Continuous rotating TROLLEYS at various galleries in 15-minute intervals, with periodic stops at local establishments.

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Residents oppose health care campus for Emmet

The proposal to convert the shuttered Emmet Elementary School into a community health care campus is running into strong opposition from some Austin residents.

At a community meeting on June 14, residents blasted the proposed project and Chicago Public Schools’ bid process involving the property at 5500 W. Madison St.

A group including PCC Community Wellness Center and Cook County Health and Hospital Systems won the March 13 deadline bid for Emmet.

According to Terry Diamond, an attorney for CPS, the bid amount was for $75,000, an amount that drew gasps from the 100 or so attendees at Wednesday’s meeting, which was held at Duke Ellington Elementary School, 243 N. Parkside.

The group, which includes Sinai Health System, plans to build an all-purpose campus featuring a variety of services, including mammogram screenings, a senior center and fitness center.

The Chicago Board of Education will have to approve the group’s bid before the project moves forward.

But opponents of the project said it already looks to be a done deal, and they criticized CPS’ “lack of transparency” in keeping the community informed about the process.

Diamond, who moderated the sometimes contentious meeting, said the bid was announced on CPS’ web site, in one of the city’s main newspapers and on local TV news.

Residents, however, criticized CPS for not advertising in community newspapers, which they said most residents read regularly. This, they argued, was another example of the lack of transparency.

Ald. Chris Taliaferro (29th), however, told the audience the community needs the health care campus and its services.

“This is an opportunity to take a blighted school and make it something that’s beneficial to the community,” Taliaferro said.

But the biggest criticism and concern involves the impact the campus will have on existing clinics and hospitals.

“If these services already exist in the area, then why are we bringing more of the same?” said James Poulos, founder and senior partner at Madison & Pine Dental Clinic, 5470 W. Madison St., which is right across the street from Emmet.

Angela Walker, community relations manager for Loretto Hospital, asked if there was more than one proposal offered for the Emmet site. Diamond said only one bid was made for Emmet.

That, Walker responded, is problematic and means the whole bid process should be revamped. Loretto was also not consulted about the project, Walker said, adding that she was speaking as a resident and not on behalf of the hospital.

Emmet has been closed since 2013, one of four schools in Austin and among 50 total citywide shuttered by CPS. One bid each was also received for the Francis Scott Key and Louis Armstrong elementary school buildings, Diamond said, though she didn’t elaborate on either proposal.

School buildings not already acquired were put up for sale in January of this year, with a March 13 deadline for submitted proposals. The properties are being made available to prospective buyers to re-purpose for other use, according to CPS.

The West Side health care group announced its desire to acquire Emmet in October of last year. The project’s cost is estimated to be $20 million, developers said.

Residents demanded that local African-American contractors be hired on the project. They also want community residents to be among the estimated 81 new employees developers have promised to hire at the campus.

And residents want these and other details to be hammered out in an iron-clad “community benefits agreement” before any construction starts.

Bruce Washington, a resident and member of the Emmet School Redevelopment Committee, said that agreement is being worked on. He added that the community was involved in the process through the committee.

But some residents expressed outrage and surprise in just learning that such an advisory committee existed.

Washington said the 11-member group included such organizations as Bethel New Life and the Westside Branch NAACP. The committee, he added, formed shortly after the October 2016 public meeting where project was first announced.

The committee, which has met about a dozen times since, did not hold public meetings, Washington said, responding to a question about the group’s transparency during a particular heated exchange with the audience.

When asked if the community approved of the Emmet project, Washington said the committee vote was 10-1.

The lone dissenter was the Westside Branch NAACP, said its president, Karl Brinson, who spoke at Wednesday’s meeting. In fact, Brinson said he felt compelled to speak and clarify the organization’s position.

While the NAACP was a part of the committee, the organization had concerns about CPS’ process, Brinson said, adding, “We’re not anti-development. We know we need something, but we also need a strong process.”

That process, Brinson and others insisted, needed to involve more community input, as well as an impact study on how this project will affect the neighborhood.

Resident Janice Henry, who also works at Loretto, said the services being proposed for the campus are already being provided by her hospital and other health facilities in the area. Henry and other residents said the site can serve other community needs, such as affordable housing or something for youth.

Longtime Austin resident and community organizer Lillian Drummond put it even more bluntly, saying, “We know what this is all about. This is a money grab for Medicare.”

Some residents also criticized Ald. Taliaferro, a supportor of the all-purpose health campus from the beginning.

Resident and organizer Dwayne Truss said there’s been both a lack of transparency and leadership on this project. The proposed campus, Truss added, is also a slap in the face to existing facilities like Loretto.

“When many institutions abandoned us, Loretto Hospital was still there, so you talk about behavioral health care, senior services – these are things they’ve been doing in this community.”

Taliaferro, however, told residents he was dedicated to bringing development to the community and believes the health campus is a good fit.

Concerning desires by residents for things like a grocery store at the site, Taliaferro said such businesses have been approached, but none has expressed interested in the Emmet location.

Many residents said their frustrations and skepticism stems from decades of past exploitation of the community by certain groups.

Doris Davenport, a Chicago radio talk show host, told the audience to much applause, “We’ve seen this game played so many times before, and we’re tired of it.”

If Black lives truly matter … then Afrikans deserve reparations!

by Baba Jahahara Amen-RA Alkebulan-Ma’at

In his two years out of prison, Troy Williams has been constantly on the move, making films and videos, lecturing at Ivy League colleges, meeting and working with prominent people – here, Dr. Cornel West.

Greetings of imani (faith), esteemed G-o-ds,

May our Divine Creator of and in all – and beloved ancestors from yesteryear and yesterday – find you and (y)our extended family in healing spirit. Asé. Amen.

We joyously welcome and fully support Baba Troy Williams as the new editor of our San Francisco Bay View (SFBV) newspaper. Baba Troy brings a wealth of valuable experience in uplifting community members and skills in developing innovative media, from inside and outside the prison walls.

Look for some special “meet and greet” community events with our new leader in the coming period. Once he gets settled and orientated by SFBV Publisher Baba Willie Ratcliff and long-time Editor Mama Mary Ratcliff, WE are sure Baba Troy will be accepting invitations to address your groups. And, you can also join us in building our evolving SFBV Editorial Support Team to enable our paper to thrive even more. Asé. Amen.

Bobbe Norrise teaches a yoga class at Club One, Oakland. – Photo: Laura A. Oda, East Bay Times

Fondly remembering our new ancestor God(Dess) Bobbe Norrise, who, supported by her late husband Baba Cosey Norrise, helped bring healing yoga, critical breath-work and great wisdom to our African community over several decades. Like thousands of others, WE are grateful for the opportunity to experience her positive presence and energy. Long live the spirit of Bobbe Norrise! Asé. Amen.

Congratulations to our collective movements for the victory in winning the release of Puerto Rican independista, Baba Oscar Lopez Rivera, one of our longest-held political prisoners. A major rally was held in Berkeley, where Baba Oscar came to personally thank everyone for supporting him during his three and a half decades of unjust encagement.

May WE use this achievement to win the freedom of our hundreds of political leaders who have suffered decades of torture and abuse for their righteous actions. Contact our Jericho Amnesty Movement at Free them all! Bring them all home! Reparations sasa (now)! Asé. Amen.

The people of Jackson, Miss., seem proud of their new mayor, Chokwe Antar Lumumba, and of themselves for electing him overwhelmingly.

In addition, we are celebrating a major success in our “Kush District” of the capitalist prison state of Mississippi. Brother Attorney Chokwe Antar Lumumba has been elected as the new mayor of Jackson! The second Mayor Lumumba is the son of revolutionary, attorney and former mayor and ancestor Baba Chokwe Lumumba and revolutionary, cultural contributor and mighty community activist God(dess) Nubia Lumumba.

WE know they are, like all of us, extremely proud and pleased with the decision of the people of Kush, our movement and their son. Even with this positive outcome, Mayor Lumumba and the people’s movement in Kush will need our continuous support. More to come. Asé. Amen.

RNAPG President Kwesi Jumoke Ifetayo

Asante sana – meaning  great thanks and appreciation in Swahili – to everyone who helped us welcome President Baba Kwesi Jumoke Ifetayo of our Provisional Government – Republic of New Afrika! Prez Ifetayo is also serving as the current national male co-chair of our National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N’COBRA).

In the spirit of ancestors Betty Shabazz, Gaidi and Imari Obadele, Dara Abubakari, Kwame Afoh, Mwesi Chui, Chokwe Lumumba and so many others, Prez Ifetayo profoundly shared aspects of his life’s journey and process of becoming a leader in our continuing movements for self-determinations, independence, land and freedom through reparations.

Special shout-outs to God(dess) Joyce Gordon for hosting at her beautiful gallery in downtown Oakland; God(dess) Kujichagulia and Ma’at Arkestra, featuring Baba Val Sarrant, Baba Six, God(dess) Taiwo Kujichagulia-Seitu and God(dess) Sassafras, for providing the sacred riddims, inspiring UP-beats and powerful dancin’; and musician-producers Baba Kupigani (fka K.E.D.) and Ricardo Love for recording our session. WE will be editing the footage and inner-view for release in the very near future. You can reach President Ifetayo, who is based in the Atlanta, Georgia, area, directly at or on Facebook. Asé. Amen.

Uncle Du comes from the mind and pen of Emmanuel Johnson, 98A1900, and Ruben Beltran, 10A3301, Sullivan CF, P.O. Box 16, Fallsburg NY 12733-0116.

Speaking of celebrating our independence, gather with us on Tuesday, July 4 (birthday of my Goddess Mother and new Ancestor Elizabeth Elizann Oaks-Armstrong’s 94th sacred b’earthday), at 11 a.m., in downtown Oakland, near the corner of 14th and Franklin Streets. Led by Baba Dr. Marvin X, a co-founder of the revolutionary Black Arts Movement in the 1960s, WE will gather to read Ancestor Frederick Douglass’ still relevant speech, “What to the Enslaved (Afrikans) is the Fourth of July?”; share our sacred art and poetry; and, distribute our red, black and green liberation colors around the newly-adopted, City of Oakland-sanctioned Black Arts Movement Business District (BAMBD) envisioned by Baba Dr. Marvin X. Asé. Amen.

Jahahara is a Baba (Father), a “free-tired” community-labor-environmental and justice organizer, writer, musician and author of several books. Reach him c/o or FONAMI, P.O. Box 10963, Oakland, CA 94610 usa.

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Edict of Nantes joint favourite

Top three-year-old Edict of Nantes has been backed as 9-2 joint favourite in a dramatic late betting move on the R4.25-million Vodacom Durban July at Greyville this afternoon.

Edict Of Nantes was promoted to favouritism for Africa’s greatest race following his victory in the Daily News 2000 at Greyville a month ago.

He was kicked off his perch at the top of bookmakers’ betting boards two days ago following an avalanche of money for Al Sahem and Black Arthur, who were backed in to 9-2 favourite and 5-1 second favourite respectively.

Edict Of Nantes was pushed out to 11-2 third favourite, odds that looked decidedly generous, and punters took full advantage late yesterday afternoon.

Lots of cash was wagered on Edict Of Nantes and bookmakers slashed his odds to 9-2 joint favourite with Al Sahem, while Black Arthur drifted slightly to 11-2.

“A range of horses are being backed but the bulk of the money has been for the top four in the betting – Al Sahem, Edict Of Nantes, Black Arthur and last year’s winner, The Conglomerate,” said Betting World boss Vee Moodley.

“Until midday yesterday, the lion’s share of the money on the top four was for Black Arthur, but that changed dramatically later in the afternoon when customers began to pour money on Edict Of Nantes.”

Edict Of Nantes established himself as the country’s best three-year-old in the Daily News 2000 at Greyville last month. The Cape-based colt took on Joburg’s top three-year-old, Al Sahem, and ran on resolutely to hold him at bay by 0.50 lengths.

Al Sahem meets Edict Of Nantes on 0.5kg better terms this afternoon but Edict Of Nantes looks sure to improve on his Daily News performance – only his second start since winning the Investec Cape Derby in January.

He is trained by Brett Crawford, who is enjoying the best season of his career with five major race wins, including taking Africa’s richest race in January, the R5 million Sun Met at Kenilworth.

Crawford said this week that Edict Of Nantes was in great shape and he was hoping the colt would provide him with his first Durban July winner.

That top jockey Anton Marcus is putting himself through the trauma of losing more than 5kg to be able to ride the threeyear-old at his allotted weight of 54kg speaks volumes.

Popular rider Muzi Yeni has been replaced by veteran Weichong Marwing on Ten Gun Salute in a late jockey change for the big race.

Yeni was recalled to ride Ten Gun Salute in the Betting World 1900 in May and reuniting horse and rider paid immediate dividends.

Yeni then became an obvious choice to ride Ten Gun Salute in the July, but he has been prevented from leaving Mauritius.

The Mauritius Turf Club launched an investigation into messages from a WhatsApp account in his name.

An inquiry was held by the club at which Yeni was cleared but the police subsequently opened a separate investigation that has not been completed and Yeni cannot return home until the matter is finalised.

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Colorado Black Arts Festival is Back to Entertain and Educate

The Colorado Black Arts Festival returns this year for its 31st annual celebration. From July 7 to 9, folks will gather at Denver City Park West to check out professional visual artists, hands-on activities, live performances, a parade, food and more. The event is free, open to the public and will feature over 50 vendors and community organizations.

Photo courtesy of Colorado Black Arts Festival.

This year will feature the Opalanga D. Pugh Children’s Pavilion where curious kids can work on tie dye and mudd cloth activities. Also, the Boogaloo Celebration Parade will bring back Al Your Pal as the emcee and will feature the Marching Saints, the Bella Diva Dance Company and the Samba Colorado Drum and Dance Company along with many beautiful floats. The Kuumba stage will feature live music of the neo-soul, R&B, gospel, blues, jazz and reggae varieties and there will also be a Health Highways section that will provide free health screenings and information about health, safety and wellness. On Sunday there will be a special performance by renowned gospel artist Melvin Williams of the Williams Brothers.

Photo courtesy of Colorado Black Arts Festival.

Plenty of old favorites from the festival will be returning as well, such as the car show, the scavenger hunt, the food court, the community mural and the Watu-Sakoni Marketplace where you can purchase goods such as jewelry, music, handmade crafts, incense and more.

Photo courtesy of Colorado Black Arts Festival.

The Colorado Black Arts Festival was founded in 1986 and the first festival was in 1987. The festival draws a crowd of over 50,000 people every year and has become the fifth largest event of its kind in the country. The festival was created as a way to both show appreciation for black arts and culture as well as provide a medium for black talent to be showcased. Head out to Denver City Park West to explore black and African culture through art, food, activities and celebration. Find more information about the festival at the Colorado Black Arts Festival’s website.

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Playlist: The Playlist: J Balvin Displays His Global Savvy, and St. Vincent Keeps it Local

The Playlist: J Balvin Displays His Global Savvy, and St. Vincent Keeps it Local – The New York Times


J Balvin feat. Willy William, ‘Mi Gente’

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St. Vincent, ‘New York’

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The National, ‘Guilty Party’

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Moses Sumney, ‘Doomed’

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Roscoe Mitchell, ‘Bells for the South Side’

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Tyler, the Creator feat. ASAP Rocky, ‘Who Dat Boy’
Tyler, the Creator feat. Frank Ocean, ‘911/Mr. Lonely’

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Toro y Moi, ‘You and I’

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Offa Rex, ‘The Old Churchyard’

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ZZ Ward feat. Gary Clark Jr., ‘Ride’

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Ben Allison, ‘Layers of the City’

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Processional honors lives lost during East St. Louis race riot 100 years ago

EAST ST. LOUIS • At the line between Missouri and Illinois on the Eads Bridge, two mayors and a few hundred people honored the lives of the men, women and children who died 100 years ago trying to flee race-related riots in East St. Louis.

They walked there in the 90-degree heat Sunday evening.

It wasn’t a parade — that sounds too light. And it wasn’t a march — too heavy.

It was a processional, an organizer told the crowd. It was a chance to honor the lives of the up to 250 people, according to some accounts, who died in the East St. Louis riots 100 years ago. They walked from the East St. Louis Community College Center to the state line on the bridge.

At least 7,000 African-Americans fled across the Eads and MacArthur bridges to St. Louis to escape the violence.

Read the coverage of the riot as it ran in the Post-Dispatch in 1917

The grandmother of St. Louis Alderman Terry Kennedy is among those who successfully crossed the river, along with her nine children, including Kennedy’s father.


Remebering the East St. Louis riots, 100 years later

Members of the Sunshine East St. Louis Performance Ensemble (from left to right) Cartez Thomas, 15, of East St. Louis, Jajuan Gibson, 17, of Belleville, Corey Harris, 28, of East St. Louis, and Tim Wilson, 30, of St. Louis, perform on the Eads Bridge in remembrance of the East St. Louis riots of 1917 on Sunday, July 2, 2017. Photo by Cristina M. Fletes,

He shared a piece of his family’s plight Sunday, including the four-hour journey across the Mississippi River on a makeshift raft. By the time they tried to cross, the bridges were blocked.

“We’re here to make sure a history that’s been hidden too long isn’t hidden anymore,” Kennedy told the crowd. Walking to the river on July 2 each year is a 20-year tradition for Kennedy’s family.

During the processional, two East St. Louis police officers shared stories their grandparents once shared with them about seeing blood flow down the streets and people running for safety past a man who had been hanged.

It was as much of an educational experience for the dozens of children walking with their parents and grandparents as it was a reflection opportunity for those who are two or fewer generations removed from the riots.

After helping carry a wreath across the bridge toward the end of the processional, East St. Louis Mayor Emeka Jackson-Hicks and St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson reflected on the violence.

“The history of East St. Louis speaks to many issues we still face today,” Jackson-Hicks said, pointing to systemic racism and other injustices that she said disproportionately affect African-Americans. “Our work must continue.”

It’s about staying accountable to the those who died 100 years ago, and those who have died since because of the color of their skin.


Remebering the East St. Louis riots, 100 years later

A crowd listens to speakers on the Eads Bridge in remembrance of the East St. Louis riots of 1917 on Sunday, July 2, 2017. Photo by Cristina M. Fletes,

A similar sentiment was echoed by Krewson, who called the riots a “symptom of a disease we still have today.”

“We are confronted with how far we have to go” in addressing equity issues in housing policies, the criminal justice system and health care, she said.

The events Sunday evening capped a weekend full of commemorative events across the metro area in remembrance of the riots. Sunday morning, a bell above the Truelight Baptist Church in East St. Louis rang for the first time in a while. It’s the same bell that alerted African-Americans that the white mobs were coming.

All weekend, the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis shared the chronology of the riots on Twitter.

Events continue the next few weeks, including the screening of a documentary, “Made in the USA: The East St. Louis Story,” at 7 p.m. July 25 at the Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Boulevard.

Street Art Revolution at Norton Museum’s ‘Art After Dark’

Street art revolution brings hip hop counter culture to Norton Museum’s ‘Art After Dark’

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.July 3, 2017PRLog — Date of Event: Thursday, July 6, 2017
Time: 5:00 pm –9:00pm
Free and open to the public

Street Art Revolution  a mural arts collective initiative will debut at the Norton Museum aided by The Downtown Development Authority , Arts and Entertainment District , Do you Basel  and local artists. Museum visitors can expect a panel discussion, an interactive mural workshop, spoken word poetry, rhythm and blues as well as participate in a guided  tour of selected museum works.

Artist Panel Discussion

The panel moderated by Derin Young, Senior Producer at ‘Do you Basel’ includes Curator Caron Bowman, Co-Curator Dalhia Perryman, Collective Member and featured muralist Anthony Hernandez and Raphael Clemente, Executive Director of the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority.

The interactive mural workshop will be conducted by prolific muralist and Instructor Mark “Bulks” Rupprecht, known for his hyper-realistic larger than life, imaginative images.

Entertainment for the night will be provided by The Spoken Word Exchange featuring Calvin and Arsimmer Early. The spoken word poetry/rhythm and blues duo has performed and led workshops throughout the US, the UK, and the UAE.

Derin Young is a Content Developer, Independent Producer and Performance Artist.  She has worked as a producer and interviewer / reporter with Black Art In America™ (BAIA) and also is a Producer with Do You Basel ?™

Street Art Revolution is a mural arts /public art collective initiative. Our ‘revolution’, is to change the paradigm of what is considered art in this community. Beauty comes in many different forms and uses endless mediums. Caron Bowman curator for Street Art Revolution  said,  “Street Art is becoming the face of public art in the City  due to its raw energy and authenticity. The Norton is expanding and  diversifying its reach by hosting this program”. Street Art Revolution has created several public art commissions in the City of West Palm Beach.

Contact: Caron Bowman

Street Art Revolution Photos (high resolution) can be found at:

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