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Welcoming all SINNERS AND SAINTS!!!

Imani Uzuri curates 
SINNERS AND SAINTS: a 4 day festival (Feb 26-March 1st at JACK in Brooklyn) celebrating Black American vernacular culture (Ring Shouts, Spirituals, Blues, early Gospel, Line Singing, Praise Houses, Jazz) and their contemporary counterparts! 

(TICKETS: $10 per night. Advance purchase is recommended. Tickets will be available for purchase starting Feb. 5 here: http://sinnersandsaints.brownpapertickets.com/)

WED FEB 26TH 7:30PM- SINNERS AND SAINTS FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT features musical guests rollicking, clapping, playin’ and saangin’ low down dirty Blues AND catchin’ the Holy Ghost while praising through Spirituals, early Gospel and Line-Singing old metered hymns; exploring the ways in which secular and sacred (sometimes even profane) often intertwine in these Black American cultural forms. 
The night will feature powerhouse performances by Imani Uzuri, Courtney Bryan, Marvin Sewell, Tyehimba Jess, Fredara Mareva Hadley, Jarvis McInnis, Rozz Nash, Mikel Banks and surprise special guests followed by a high octane panel discussion moderated by Matthew D. Morrison (Ph. D. Candidate in Historical Musicology, Columbia). Come bring your tambourine and your flask of moon shine for this Juke Joint/Chuuuch mash up!!

THURS FEB 27TH 7:30PM: special musical staged reading of Karma Mayet Johnson’s INDIGO, A BLUES OPERA

At the intersection of ancestral conjure, herstorical fact, and raw ritual, INDIGO, A BLUES OPERA investigates the lesbian roots of the Blues through the lens of two lovers who refused to remain enslaved. Take the journey back to 1853 and remember…ONE NIGHT ONLY!!!
followed by artist talk with playwright, composer and performer Karma Mayet Johnson moderated by composer, vocalist, culture worker Toshi Reagon

FRIDAY FEB 28TH 7:30PM: BLACK VERNACULAR SOUNDS AND MOVES panel moderated by cultural critic Greg Tate followed by RINGSHOUT DANCE PARTY f/ the legendary DJ Reborn and Afro Mosaic Soul!

Cultural critic, musician and Black Rock Coalition co-founder Greg Tate moderates Black Vernacular Sounds and Moves roundtable discussion with practitioners DJ. Reborn, Shalewa Mackall (MUV), Brian Polite (Afro Mosaic Soul) and Rashida Bumbray (Run Mary Run) discussing the vibrant interplay between music and dance within the traditions of Ring Shouts, Cake Walks, Swing Dancing, etc, and how these systems have continued, expanded and transformed in contemporary DJ (House, Soul, 
Detroit Techno, Hip-Hop) and dance culture via underground spaces like the historical Chicago House clubs, New York’s Loft and Paradise Garage and nore. AND THEN WE DANCE 9-12MIDNITE RINGSHOUT DANCE PARTY with legendary DJ Reborn!!

SAT MARCH 1ST 7:30PM: SINNERS AND SAINTS CLOSING NIGHT EXTRAVAGANZA with Imani Uzuri’s NEW band PRAISE HOUSE, exploring improvisation as an ecstatic tradition! This raucous discussion and closing night concert features Imani Uzuri (vocals, tambourine) and very special musical guests Darius Jones (saxophone), Marika Hughes (cello), Guthrie Ramsey (piano), Graham Haynes (trumpet), Marcus Gilmore (drums) and more musical surprises. WELCOMING ALL SINNERS AND SAINTS!!!

TICKETS are only $10 each night #bliss
http://www.jackny.org/imani-uzuri-curates.html

(photo: Imani Uzuri standing on maternal ancestor’s porch in rural North Carolina)

Welcoming all SINNERS AND SAINTS!!!

Imani Uzuri curates
SINNERS AND SAINTS: a 4 day festival (Feb 26-March 1st at JACK in Brooklyn) celebrating Black American vernacular culture (Ring Shouts, Spirituals, Blues, early Gospel, Line Singing, Praise Houses, Jazz) and their contemporary counterparts!

(TICKETS: $10 per night. Advance purchase is recommended. Tickets will be available for purchase starting Feb. 5 here: http://sinnersandsaints.brownpapertickets.com/)

WED FEB 26TH 7:30PM- SINNERS AND SAINTS FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT features musical guests rollicking, clapping, playin’ and saangin’ low down dirty Blues AND catchin’ the Holy Ghost while praising through Spirituals, early Gospel and Line-Singing old metered hymns; exploring the ways in which secular and sacred (sometimes even profane) often intertwine in these Black American cultural forms.
The night will feature powerhouse performances by Imani Uzuri, Courtney Bryan, Marvin Sewell, Tyehimba Jess, Fredara Mareva Hadley, Jarvis McInnis, Rozz Nash, Mikel Banks and surprise special guests followed by a high octane panel discussion moderated by Matthew D. Morrison (Ph. D. Candidate in Historical Musicology, Columbia). Come bring your tambourine and your flask of moon shine for this Juke Joint/Chuuuch mash up!!

THURS FEB 27TH 7:30PM: special musical staged reading of Karma Mayet Johnson’s INDIGO, A BLUES OPERA

At the intersection of ancestral conjure, herstorical fact, and raw ritual, INDIGO, A BLUES OPERA investigates the lesbian roots of the Blues through the lens of two lovers who refused to remain enslaved. Take the journey back to 1853 and remember…ONE NIGHT ONLY!!!
followed by artist talk with playwright, composer and performer Karma Mayet Johnson moderated by composer, vocalist, culture worker Toshi Reagon

FRIDAY FEB 28TH 7:30PM: BLACK VERNACULAR SOUNDS AND MOVES panel moderated by cultural critic Greg Tate followed by RINGSHOUT DANCE PARTY f/ the legendary DJ Reborn and Afro Mosaic Soul!

Cultural critic, musician and Black Rock Coalition co-founder Greg Tate moderates Black Vernacular Sounds and Moves roundtable discussion with practitioners DJ. Reborn, Shalewa Mackall (MUV), Brian Polite (Afro Mosaic Soul) and Rashida Bumbray (Run Mary Run) discussing the vibrant interplay between music and dance within the traditions of Ring Shouts, Cake Walks, Swing Dancing, etc, and how these systems have continued, expanded and transformed in contemporary DJ (House, Soul,
Detroit Techno, Hip-Hop) and dance culture via underground spaces like the historical Chicago House clubs, New York’s Loft and Paradise Garage and nore. AND THEN WE DANCE 9-12MIDNITE RINGSHOUT DANCE PARTY with legendary DJ Reborn!!

SAT MARCH 1ST 7:30PM: SINNERS AND SAINTS CLOSING NIGHT EXTRAVAGANZA with Imani Uzuri’s NEW band PRAISE HOUSE, exploring improvisation as an ecstatic tradition! This raucous discussion and closing night concert features Imani Uzuri (vocals, tambourine) and very special musical guests Darius Jones (saxophone), Marika Hughes (cello), Guthrie Ramsey (piano), Graham Haynes (trumpet), Marcus Gilmore (drums) and more musical surprises. WELCOMING ALL SINNERS AND SAINTS!!!

TICKETS are only $10 each night #bliss
http://www.jackny.org/imani-uzuri-curates.html

(photo: Imani Uzuri standing on maternal ancestor’s porch in rural North Carolina)

Imani Uzuri curates: Sinners and Saints, a four-day festival

Imani Uzuri curates SINNERS AND SAINTS: a 4 day festival (Feb 26-March 1st at JACK in Brooklyn) celebrating Black American vernacular culture (Ring Shouts, Spirituals, Blues, early Gospel, Line Singing, Praise Houses, Jazz) and their contemporary counterparts! (TICKETS: $10 per night. Advance purchase is recommended. Tickets will be available for purchase starting Feb. 5 here: Imani Uzuri curates SINNERS AND SAINTS: a 4 day festival (Feb 26-March 1st at JACK in Brooklyn) celebrating Black American vernacular culture (Ring Shouts, Spirituals, Blues, early Gospel, Line Singing, Praise Houses, Jazz) and their contemporary counterparts! (TICKETS: $10 per night. Advance purchase is recommended. Tickets will be available for purchase starting Feb. 5 here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/575806)
Throwback! IMANI UZURI special guesting on #LateNightJimmyFallon with Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek and The Roots! #balladoftheblackgirl #truebeliever #bliss

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xdgvzg_2152812722_webcam

Throwback! IMANI UZURI special guesting on #LateNightJimmyFallon with Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek and The Roots! #balladoftheblackgirl #truebeliever #bliss

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xdgvzg_2152812722_webcam

“Maybe it’s wrong when we remember breakthroughs to our own being as something that occurs in discrete, extraordinary moments. Maybe falling in love, the piercing knowledge that we ourselves will someday die, and the love of snow are in reality not some sudden events; maybe they were always present. Maybe they never completely vanish, either.” ~Peter Høeg, Smilla’s Sense of Snow #bliss

(Imani Uzuri, NY, Winter 2014)

“Maybe it’s wrong when we remember breakthroughs to our own being as something that occurs in discrete, extraordinary moments. Maybe falling in love, the piercing knowledge that we ourselves will someday die, and the love of snow are in reality not some sudden events; maybe they were always present. Maybe they never completely vanish, either.” ~Peter Høeg, Smilla’s Sense of Snow #bliss

(Imani Uzuri, NY, Winter 2014)

"I am in solidarity with the #NotYourMascot movement! It doesn’t matter if harm was intended when these sports organizations chose the names because harm is happening!! Reducing cultures to racist soundbites and stereotypical representations is hideous. And the sad thing is it is so insidious and such ingrained erasure that most of us can’t see it and are complicit in this ongoing opression!! We have got to change this NOW"
- ~imani uzuri
"They said, ‘You are a savage and dangerous woman.’ I am speaking the truth. And the truth is savage and dangerous"
- ~Nawal El-Saadawi
A group of about 22 children, women and men “contrabands” (ex-enslaved) in Cumberland Landing, Virginia. May 14, 1862. Photographer: James F. Gibson

A group of about 22 children, women and men “contrabands” (ex-enslaved) in Cumberland Landing, Virginia. May 14, 1862. Photographer: James F. Gibson

"You got a right to the tree of life."
- ~Run Mary Run, Negro Spiritual #bliss
Abolitionist Mag Palm of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania helped fleeing escaped enslaved Blacks, putting her own freedom and life in grave danger and was almost kidnapped and enslaved herself.
Read more here:
“One Gettysburg woman of color, Mag Palm, gained notoriety for her battle against slave catchers. Wearing a War of 1812 officer’s jacket she assisted fleeing fugitives despite her intense poverty. Living in a shack outside Gettysburg she followed the tenants of a famous African American newspaper The Star and Banner, “Is there a man among us with a heart in which lingers a single spark of humanity, that would turn the miserable wretch [an escaped slave] from his door…though a dozen laws, backed by forty marshals, forbade it?…
http://historyrevived.blogspot.com/2013/06/mag-palm-african-americans-at-gettysburg.html”

Abolitionist Mag Palm of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania helped fleeing escaped enslaved Blacks, putting her own freedom and life in grave danger and was almost kidnapped and enslaved herself.
Read more here:
“One Gettysburg woman of color, Mag Palm, gained notoriety for her battle against slave catchers. Wearing a War of 1812 officer’s jacket she assisted fleeing fugitives despite her intense poverty. Living in a shack outside Gettysburg she followed the tenants of a famous African American newspaper The Star and Banner, “Is there a man among us with a heart in which lingers a single spark of humanity, that would turn the miserable wretch [an escaped slave] from his door…though a dozen laws, backed by forty marshals, forbade it?…
http://historyrevived.blogspot.com/2013/06/mag-palm-african-americans-at-gettysburg.html

I am very happy to see Google Honoring abolitionist Harriet Tubman! Love! They show her carrying a latern, HOWEVER, she was known for carrying a shotgun (which was necessary) since she was a radical revolutionary working to overthrow institutionalized white supremacist enslavement of Black folks. I really hate the way systems try to neutralize narratives so folks forget the true history and the context. We must keep our critical thinking skills sharpened. Sh%t is real and we being distracted by propaganda in the form of entertainment that keeps us looking in the wrong direction. #staywoke ~imani uzuri

I am very happy to see Google Honoring abolitionist Harriet Tubman! Love! They show her carrying a latern, HOWEVER, she was known for carrying a shotgun (which was necessary) since she was a radical revolutionary working to overthrow institutionalized white supremacist enslavement of Black folks. I really hate the way systems try to neutralize narratives so folks forget the true history and the context. We must keep our critical thinking skills sharpened. Sh%t is real and we being distracted by propaganda in the form of entertainment that keeps us looking in the wrong direction. #staywoke ~imani uzuri

"in the depth of winter, i finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."~albert camus 

I am officially on sabbatical Dec 20, 2013-Jan 5, 2014. My engagements on social media will be extremely limited during this time. Love you all!!! prayers and light for your highest dreams fulfilled during this Winter Solstice and New Years season!!! ~imani uzuri #bliss

(Imani Uzuri, Winter Solstice 2013)

"in the depth of winter, i finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."~albert camus

I am officially on sabbatical Dec 20, 2013-Jan 5, 2014. My engagements on social media will be extremely limited during this time. Love you all!!! prayers and light for your highest dreams fulfilled during this Winter Solstice and New Years season!!! ~imani uzuri #bliss

(Imani Uzuri, Winter Solstice 2013)

Woooooo!!!! Chile!!!! When i woke up this morning, I had know idea I would spend part of my afternoon discussing my views on Beyonce and Feminism on #HuffPostLive with host Marc Lamont Hill and brilliant sistens Rosa Clemente, Treva B Lindsey, Joan Morgan, Kaila Afrekete Story and Rahiel Tesfamariam!! Thanks so much Family for joining in on the livefeed, commenting and supporting today! And thanks for the shoutouts to me in the comments section!! You all are Awesome!!! and I was just about to try and introduce my critique of the Jay Z “Eat the cake Anna Mae” verse being on Beyonce’s album when they called time! So very sorry we did not get to unpack that glaring contradiction! I did my best to represent and hope I have other opportunites to talk about radicalism, feminism, womanism and dismantling oppressive structures!!! Radiant Love to you ALL!!! (Link of the discussion posted below)!~imani uzuri #bliss
http://huff.lv/1dkq25Y

Woooooo!!!! Chile!!!! When i woke up this morning, I had know idea I would spend part of my afternoon discussing my views on Beyonce and Feminism on #HuffPostLive with host Marc Lamont Hill and brilliant sistens Rosa Clemente, Treva B Lindsey, Joan Morgan, Kaila Afrekete Story and Rahiel Tesfamariam!! Thanks so much Family for joining in on the livefeed, commenting and supporting today! And thanks for the shoutouts to me in the comments section!! You all are Awesome!!! and I was just about to try and introduce my critique of the Jay Z “Eat the cake Anna Mae” verse being on Beyonce’s album when they called time! So very sorry we did not get to unpack that glaring contradiction! I did my best to represent and hope I have other opportunites to talk about radicalism, feminism, womanism and dismantling oppressive structures!!! Radiant Love to you ALL!!! (Link of the discussion posted below)!~imani uzuri #bliss
http://huff.lv/1dkq25Y

soar in transcendent power Father Madiba #blessings #peace #love #thankyou #bliss

soar in transcendent power Father Madiba #blessings #peace #love #thankyou #bliss