Yesterday was, again, nothing short of amazing! BlackStar’s Artisan Marketplace opened up and was buzzing in full-effect. We hosted one of the most highly anticipated events of the festival, a conversation between Spike Lee and Tarana Burke, which sparked further dialogue afterwards by audience members. There was also an inspiring panel on the future of Cinema In The Museum where artists, programmers, and curators assembled to discuss its history and current presence. The night wrapped with three feature films, including The Apollo, a documentary on the world renowned theater and its influence on America’s music, culture, and race. We sure hope you get it all in on this last day and you join us at the Closing Awards Ceremony!
Join Marcia Smith, the 2019 BlackStar Luminary Award Recipient in conversation with radio and music industry trailblazer Dyana Williams as these two cultural architects get into the layered dimensions of doing the work.
6:00PM | Annenberg Center
Featuring As Told to G/d Thyself (dir. The Ummah Chroma - Bradford Young, Terence Nance, Jenn Nkiru, Marc Thomas, and Kamasi Washington), Black To Techno (dir. Jenn Nkiru), and When I get Home (dir. Solange Knowles).
Q&A to follow with Terence Nance and Jenn Nkiru.
ICA members get free admission to this program.
$12 General Admission
$8 Students/Seniors (in person only, ID required)
$6 BlackStar & Lightbox Member (in person only, membership card required).
The BlackStar Audience Awards are an opportunity for you to show your enthusiasm for your favorite films screened in the festival. Vote here.
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