Black Arts Festival Events ’17

 Bridge Over Troubled Waters


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“Sing it, Sister!” Showcase and Open Mic

Thursday, March 23, 2017


Queen’s Head Pub (45 Quincy Street)

Free admission

The objective of Sing It Sister this year is to recognize the achievements and voices of black women through their artistic qualities and creativity. We will use their talents to elaborate on the women who had huge, yet silent, impacts on the many movements that shaped race relations in this country and the ways in which black women are continuously disrespected in today’s society. We also want to create a space in which Black women are able to safely showcase their beautiful talents because too often society demands that Black women stay hidden in the shadows or live up to the expectations of stereotypes. Though this space will primarily be used to allow Black women to express themselves, all are welcome.



Screenshot (28)Event Name: “Based on a True Story”

Friday, March 24, 2017

8-10 pm

Location: Lowell Lecture Hall


This staged reading will be a compilation of the many stories of students on campus who have dealt with the effects of colorism, classicism, and the stigma of mental health in the black community. Rarely do these topics ever make an appearance in the conversations on campus. Yet the prevalence of these topics on the Black community of Harvard and worldwide is vast. These topics lurk in the background and we continue to leave them there because if we show our brokenness, there is a sort of paranoia that we will not be taken seriously. However, in order for things to progress in the right direction, we must try not to put bandages on wounds that require stitches. This staged reading hopes to bring about discussion that can lead to better awareness of these struggles.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

12-3 pm

Location: 29th Garden Street

Free Admission

A Black skin comes with many preconceived notions. Angry, poor, loud, unintelligent, violent, and so many other adjectives. The type of music you like is limited to that of the rap industry. The kind of things you enjoy is limited to that of violence filled games and movies. Even your food or drink choice is assumed to be from the South. These preconceived notions creates this idea that the black community in this country is a monolith. This is not true. Black people come from all around the world with different cultures, religions, and histories. Black people are allowed to enjoy whatever they enjoy without having their “blackness” questioned. This event will be a safe space for black people to define themselves without the help of society and to remove the masks that they are forced to constantly wear on campus. It will be an interactive gallery that provides a space for students to reflect on the issues, especially concerning Black identity and diversity, that impact the Black community and explore solutions that work to overcome them. Black people around the world have a very damaged history, whether it contains colonialism, slavery, or war. However, Black people will never die because we are freedom personified.