Directed by Associate Artistic Director, Jay O'Leary (CITIZEN: An American Lyric '19), this world premiere by Darren Canady, resonates now more than ever as we navigate questions of ownership and accountability within ourselves, society and the American government at large. By examining the secrets and traumas we carry in our bloodlines, playwright Darren Canady urges us to inch closer and closer to decolonizing and deconstructing the dominant narrative.
GRACE, a story about one woman’s triumph over life’s adversities. Told through the eyes of Grace, with colorful scenes depicting her child hood challenges. With electrifying performances through original songs, dance, spoken word, rap and for sure drama!
Fade To Black is a LANGSTON's latest offering that explores the Black image in genre film. Through monthly film screenings with post-screen talk-backs, LANGSTON hosts an authentic conversation around representation, culture, and exploitation in film.
Looking as far back as the Bible and further, breaking bread together has been used to forge familial commitment. Family dinner for black families is for more than survival, it’s a moment where memories are created and survival commemorated. Connect with Diaspora community at this truly one-of-a-kind event! Tickets are going now for our next African dinner experience focusing on The Republic of Rwanda.
The 17th annual SBFF is April 23-26, 2020 and will bring together filmmakers, community members and creative leaders for a four-day celebration of Black brilliance at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute in Seattle’s Central District.
The call for submissions is open until January 5th, 2020, and local filmmakers and students are encouraged to take advantage of free early-bird submission. For complete submission criteria, visit filmfreeway.com/SeattleBlackFilmFestival.
Born and raised in Seattle, Gary “Jubil” Hammon is one of a number of musicians from the area that have enjoyed a long and successful career in the performing arts. Gary began his study of the saxophone while a junior at Garfield High School.
Two generations, three masters: bassist Eric Revis and drummer Nasheet Waits (both of Tarbaby, with Orrin Evans), join forces with legendary multireedist Bennie Maupin, perhaps best known for his contributions to such Miles Davis classics as Bitches Brew and as a founding member of Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters, among countless other collaborations with the greats of jazz.
Drummer/rapper Kassa Overall is a Seattle-reared revelation on the New York scene in his own bands and with the likes of Vijay Iyer. “One of the few genuine-sounding, full-scope amalgams of contemporary hip-hop and jazz” (NY Times), he appears with pianist Sullivan Fortner, whose jazz motto is “it’s raw and it’s refined.”
Folks — D’Vonne Lewis (drums), Darrius Willrich (keys), and Evan Flory-Barnes (bass), tribute the long history of music culture of Seattle’s Central District as they build on the legacy of artists like Quincy Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Ernestine Anderson, Floyd Standifer, Buddy Catlett, and Sir Mix-A-Lot.
Crowley interviews residents of one of Seattle’s most culturally vibrant and racially diverse neighborhoods, now beset with rapid gentrification.
Residents of the Central Area, a historically redlined neighborhood that was one of the few places nonwhites could buy homes, speak with Crowley about how they built a thriving culture around church, music, food, and community. Residents tell stories of working with the Black Panthers, becoming activists in the 1960s, and dealing with rapid gentrification as Amazon and other corporate entities make this once racially and economically diverse neighborhood whiter and wealthier.
MADELINE CROWLEY is a self-taught ethnographer who felt the need to chronicle the stories of her neighbors to bring together the increasingly fragmented community.