Drilling down into the linguistic mosaic of Harlem and East Harlem you can see the complex, vibrant culture of Harlem immigrants – everything from lesser-known languages spoken by close-knit communities like Akan – an African language spoken by Ghanaian and Ivorian immigrants, to large linguistic groups like Haitian Creole speakers.
Reframing Neglect On view from August 5, 2023 through September 3, 2023
The Africa Center at Aliko Dangote Hall (map) 1280 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10029
Thursday – Sunday | 11AM to 6PM Free and open to the public; No prior registration required
In partnership with The END Fund, through the support of Reaching the Last Mile, we are pleased to announce Reframing Neglect, a new photography series, creative direction by contemporary artist and activist Aïda Muluneh, highlighting the need to end neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) globally. The full series includes 38 photos by photographers from seven African countries; through fine art and documentary photography, the artists highlight the weight of NTDs on individuals and communities, using art as a tool of shared human emotion while addressing the need to spread awareness of neglected diseases.
Harlem’s role in the 1970’s ballroom scene and many other earlier iterations of trans expression, is well known. What may not be as well known are the linguistic contributions that originated in this musical/fashion/identity/dance scene.
Slang words like “shade” — to speak ill of something or someone –- or “werk,” as in “werk it,” or to do something well, both came from this Harlem scene. In addition, popular trans programs and stars – like “RuPaul’s Drag Race” – have also been heavily impacted by Harlem ballroom.
Welcome to the month of GIVING THANKS! Well we should be thankful daily, but you know what I mean. LOL! It is my hope that everyone is doing amazing! Just wanted to remind you that our monthly council meeting will be taking place on Wednesday, November 16th at 6:15PM. We are back at the Precinct this month in the Muster Room. We will have a presentation by the Manhattan DA’s office to discuss and answer some of the concerns that you guys had in previous meetings. My folks in Riverbend — I’m trying to keep my word. LOL! I’m not done yet. This is just one of the few meetings that we are planning to ensure that your questions are answered by the right parties.
I hope to see you all there. I might even be nice and bring some good eats for you all. At the very least I will bring desserts that you can take home and have with your dinner.
Pray for me as I have been dealing with an issue with my back – but God Willing I will be there as chipper as always, bouncing around.