Soul of Brooklyn Week 2011

Laurie A. Cumbo, founder of Soul of Brooklyn, invites you to experience Soul of Brooklyn Week, a celebration of Black arts, culture, and businesses in the borough of Brooklyn. Join us for this annual event series and immerse yourself in Brooklyn’s African Diaspora.

The Soul of Brooklyn is your quintessential resource for discovering the unique cultural and business renaissance currently taking place throughout Brooklyn’s African Diaspora. In a city increasingly besieged by corporate chains and rampant development, Soul of Brooklyn’s goal is to promote neighborhood businesses, cultural institutions, and special events that reflect the borough’s vibrant roots and contribute to the growth of stronger communities.


The Cooperative Culture Collective Presents
The 11th Annual Fort Greene, Brooklyn Juneteenth Arts Festival
in partnership with Urban Bush Women
Hosted by: Charles Reese (The James Baldwin Project)
Special Welcome by: Walter Mosley, District Leader 

Location: Cuyler Gore Park, Fort Greene, BK (on Fulton Street)
Trains: C to Lafayette Ave, G to Fulton St. or trains at Atlantic Ave/Pacific St. Station
Time: 12PM – 6PM; FREE

This major festival includes fashion shows, performances, food and art vendors, as well as dance performances by Urban Bush Women to commemorate the anniversary of the abolition of slavery in the United States.

Key Events:

12pm Opening Ceremony (Cuyler Gore Park)
1pm & 4pm Act Now Film Screenings (South Oxford Space)
2:30pm Urban Bush Woman Dance Workshop (South Oxford Space)
5pm Closing Ceremony & Dance Party (Cuyler Gore Park)

Family Day Celebration
Presented by Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy
Location: Long Meadow Field in Park Slope, BK
Trains: F to 7th Ave.
Time: 12PM – 5PM; FREE

Ifetayo Family Day Celebration will be filled with fun activities including African Dance workshops, an African drum circle, face painting, as well as arts and crafts.

Soul of BK Summer Jam
Presented by MoCADA
Hosted by: Dist. Leader Walter Mosley
Location: Blink, 856 Atlantic Ave. Fort Greene, BK
Trains: C to Clinton-Washington, or trains at Atlantic Ave/Pacific St. Station
Time: 10PM – 2AM; FREE

This “All Brooklyn Dance Party” will feature classic tunes ranging from Biggie to Mos Def, played by Brooklyn’s own DJ Trauma. Desserts will be provided by some of Brooklyn’s finest bakeries.

SUNDAY JUNE 19, 2011

The Flock
Presented by F.O.K.U.S.

Hosted by: Ede Fox
Location: Five Myles Art Gallery, 558 Saint Johns Place, Crown Heights, BK
Trains: 2, 3, 4, 5 to Franklin Ave.
Time: 12PM – 5PM; Free

The Flock is an outdoor gathering space where artisans, singers, DJs, dancers, and visual artists will unveil their latest work. Guests are invited to experience artwork, taste a variety of food, watch performances, shop, and vibe with one another.

Juneteenth Celebration
Presented by KowTeff School of African Dance
Location: First A.M.E. Zion Church, 54 Decatur Street, Bed- Stuy, BK
Trains: A,C to Kingston – Throop Ave.
Time: 1PM – 5PM; Adults $10 Children $5 in advance

This event will feature a special Juneteenth-themed performance by KowTeff African Dance Company as well as an African marketplace with a unique array of vendors.

Souls of Our Feet: People of Color Dance Festival
Presented by Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center & Long Island University
Location: Kumble Theater, 1 University Plaza, Fort Greene, BK
Trains: B, D, Q, R, N to DeKalb Ave
Time: 7:30PM – 9:30PM; Adults $15 Students & Seniors $12

Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center (THPAC) celebrates its 35th season of sensational performances with the Souls of Our Feet: People of Color Dance Festival. This season pays tribute to THPAC’s 35 consecutive years of dance presentation by showcasing 35 dance artists over 5 consecutive nights (June 19th – 23rd).

MONDAY JUNE 20, 2011

Les Nubians Live Pop-Up Show
Presented by MoCADA & Embassy MVMT
Location: TBA
Time: 6PM – 8PM; Free

Grammy Award nominated soul sisters, Les Nubians, will perform a surprise “pop-up” show at an undisclosed location in Brooklyn. The location will be announced the day before the show on

Location: Walt Whitman Housing Basketball Courts
287 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn NY
Time : is from 5-7 PM

Juneteenth Presentation and Reception
Presented by Fort Greene Association & Long Island University
Location: 1 University Plaza, Health Sciences Building, Room 107
Trains: B, D, Q, R, N to DeKalb Ave.
Time: 6PM – 9:30PM; Free

Join the Fort Greene Association (FGA) for a special celebration to commemorate African-American freedom and honor the FGA’s Black History Month Honorees who’ve made their mark in and around Fort Greene.

Black History Month Honorees:

4W Circle Founders: Lois Bell, SheilaKennedy, Selma Jackson, and Acquenetta Russell Browne • Marian Anderson• Sadiq L. Bellamy • Brenda Brunson-Bey • Leroy Campbell• Laurie Cumbo  • Eva Daniels • Councilman James E Davis •Dr. Josephine English • James Forten • Jamel Gaines • ShermanJones • The Joseph Brothers: Cernol, Fequiere, and Scern  •Dahved Levy • Yvette Mayo • Danny Mixon • Moshood •Bilal & Ibon Muhammad • Mary Pinkett • Lisa Price •Herbert Scott-Gibson • Susan Smith McKinney, M.D, • Hiram S. Thomas• Florence Timothy • Rasheik Trammell • Ruth West •Richard Wright

6:00 – 6:15       Ronald Edmonds Learning Center – M.S. 113 Jazz Band
6:15 – 6:30      Welcome:
Paul Palazzo
Chair, Fort Greene Association 

Fatima Kafele
Director of Community Outreach and Arts Promotion
Deputy Director of Public Relations, Long  Island University’s Brooklyn Campus

Zemen Kidane
Curatorial Fellow, Soul of Brooklyn Representative

Special performances by: Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of Brooklyn • David Pilgrim, TheSoulfolk Experience • Ronald Edmonds Learning Center – MS 113 Jazz Band


Music on Myrtle: Celebrate the Summer Solstice
Presented by Make Music New York
Hosted by: Shantrelle P. Lewis
Location: Myrtle Avenue, Fort Greene, BK
Trains: G to Clinton – Washington Ave.

As part of the annual Make Music New York festivities, musicians will grace the streets, shops, and restaurants of Myrtle Avenue. Live music will be featured at Move with Grace, Five Spot, SoCo, Brooklyn Stone Boutique, Cake Joy, Kiini Ibura, and Sans Souci. Please visit for exact performance times.


Rip the Runway: Brooklyn’s Fashion Outdoors
Presented by MoCADA
Hosted by: Renee Collymore
Location: MoCADA, 80 Hanson Pl. Fort Greene, BK 11217
Trains: C to Lafayette Ave, G to Fulton Street or trains at Atlantic Ave/Pacific St. Station
Time: 6PM – 8PM; FREE

Get ready for models rocking designs from Brooklyn’s hottest young designers. Watch as they take on an outdoor catwalk in the heart of Fort Greene, Brooklyn. See the latest designs and enjoy free refreshments as DJ Trauma provides the soundtrack to an evening of fashion.


Brooklyn Shops Brooklyn
Presented by The Shops of Lewis Avenue (SoLA)
Hosted by: Dist. Leader Robert Cornegy, Jr.
Location: Lewis Avenue, Bed-Stuy, BK (between Decatur Street & Halsey Street)
TraIns: A or C Train to Utica Ave.
Time: 7PM – 10PM; FREE

Join SoLA for an evening of shopping, food, and live entertainment. Special offerings and discounts will be available at The Shops of Lewis Avenue, in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. Participating businesses include: Little Red Boutique, House of Art, Peaches, and Therapy Wine Bar.

FRIDAY JUNE 24, 2011

SoLA Summer Solstice
Presented by The Shops of Lewis Avenue (SoLA)
Location: Akwaaba Mansion, 347 MacDonough Street, Bed-Stuy, BK
Trains: A, C to Utica Ave.
Time: 6:30PM – 9:30PM $30 Before June 19; $40 After

Join SoLA for the 2nd Annual celebration of the Sun Season in the courtyard of the Akwaaba Mansion Bed and Breakfast. Gather with neighbors as you enjoy five courses of locally prepared food paired with summer wines. Advance ticket sales only. For more information, visit

Brooklyn Shorts
Presented by ActNow Foundation & Media MVMT
Hosted by: Latrice Monique Walker, Esq.
Location: Common Grounds, 376 Tompkins Avenue, Bed-Stuy, BK
Trains: A, C to Nostrand Ave.
Time: 8PM – 10:30PM

ActNow and Media MVMT have curated an outdoor screening of short films by Brooklyn’s most cutting edge filmmakers. Enjoy refreshments and films under the stars.


Fort Greene Festival featuring Mos Def
Location: Fort Greene Park
Trains: B, D, N, Q, R to DeKalb Ave.
Time: 12PM – 10PM; FREE

Taking place in historic Fort Greene Park, this year’s Fort Greene Festival headlines Mos Def, alongside a line up of live musical performances, and a taste of Brooklyn’s diverse culture and cuisine. Bring a blanket, bring your friends, and enjoy a full day of food, shopping, and live music in Fort Greene Park.

HCX Summer: Film Screening: When the Drum is Beating

DATE / TIME: Saturday, June 25th/ 7-10pm
LOCATION: FiveMyles Gallery, 558 St Johns Place, Brooklyn, NY 11238: Google Map take the 2, 3, 4,or 5 to Franklin Avenue.

Please join us for a screening of When the Drum is Beating (2011), a film by Whitney Dow. The film follows one of Haiti’s most celebrated bands, Septentrional, weaving together the lives of the band members and Haitian history up to the earthquake of January 2010. A more comprehensive picture of today’s Haiti is painted by deconstructing the context of the Haitian music scene against the backdrop of corrupt regimes and subsequent economic strife. Yet, in the end the film is a brilliant celebration of Haitian perseverance and music.
As part of this special warm up for our fall Haitian film festival that is quickly approaching, we’ll be cooling down with rum punch, cola lakaye (Haitian cola), and paté. So come out, kick back and enjoy the first film screening of the Haiti Cultural Exchange Film Festival. Seating is limited; please RSVP to

This film screening is made possible, in part, by the Soul of Brooklyn Regrant program, which is supported by funding from a Rockefeller Foundation New York City Cultural Innovation Fund award and administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC) in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA).


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