Feature Artist: DMV’s Layla Khepri

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Layla Khepri goes in on the Childish Gambino Track “Bonfire”. Visit Layla Khepri at  https://www.facebook.com/layla.khepri.1

Brown-Skinned Showgirls, One Legged Tappers and a Lucumi Ritual Dance

JIG SHOW, A new film by TRIBES, helps preserve an American entertainment legacy

TRIBES Entertainment News- Oct. 10, 2014DURHAM, N.C. The last remaining of the great entertainers from one of America’s most successful traveling shows are finally telling their stories in a new documentary by TRIBES Entertainment Films titled, JIG SHOW | Leon Claxton’s Harlem in Havana.

A compelling historical document produced and directed by Leslie Cunningham, the film delves into the legend and truth behind top road show producer Leon Claxton’s epic black and Cuban stage revue, Harlem in Havana- a so-called ‘colored jig show’ that helped launch the careers of entertainment heavyweights Chuck Berry, Rufus Thomas, Redd Foxx, Fontella Bass and Merceditas Valdes. One of the leading attractions on the world’s largest carnival midway in the 1930‘s, 40s, 50s and 60s, Harlem in Havana had profound impact on American entertainment and popular culture in ways that still exist today.

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Leslie Cunningham

Part of a larger work known as the Harlem in Havana Project, Leslie Cunningham (creator of TRIBES Magazine and Leon Claxton’s granddaughter) has been working to archive this explosive chapter in American entertainment through a diversity of mediums including the film, a photography book and traveling photography exhibit and harleminhavana.com, the project’s official website.

“The carnival stage is often overlooked when recalling the history of black and latin entertainers and their impact on American popular culture,” says Leslie Cunningham. “This is a never-before-told story of a little-known legacy that will enrich the whole of our cultural knowledge…We are engaged in the necessary work of cultural preservation. If we don’t talk to these entertainers now and mediate the telling of this story, the history will die with their memories and their generation.”

Slated for release in late 2015, JIG SHOW is currently in the early stages of production as Cunningham works to collect stories from the last of the living performers to grace her grandfather’s stage. Interviews are being conducted with subjects across the American South and West focusing on Tampa, Knoxville, Nashville, and Memphis followed shortly by Western Canada as the search for production funding sources is underway. You can help TRIBES preserve American entertainment history- Donate to the documentary film project at  jigshow.com or harleminhavana.com.

Contact:
TRIBES Entertainment Films
Email: info@jigshow.com 
Phone: 919.218.8620

A3C 2nd Annual Best Block Party Ever! October 12. Atlanta.

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A3C & Okayplayer’s 2nd Annual
Best Block Party Ever!
A The Best Block Party Ever is a FREE, all ages, block party on Sunday, Oct 12th that will close out the 10th Annual A3C Festival.
The annual block party invites A3C attendees and the city of Atlanta to the Old Fourth Ward district to enjoy art, food, drinks, games and some of Hip-Hop’s most iconic artists and DJs.

Featuring Performances by…
Black Thought & J.Period
Talbi Kweli & Friends
Prince Paul
Skyzoo and Torae
Baked Life
Tayyib Ali
Erk Tha Jerk
Dillon
Riders Against The Storm
The Bodega Brovas
with special guests and surprise artists

Sunday, October 12th
2:00pm – 9:00pm
@ A3C Main Stage in Old 4th Ward
447 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

FREE with RSVP or A3C Badge

Hosea Feed the Hungry & Homeless will be collecting lightly worn clothing, sneakers or canned goods. PLEASE Donate generously #A3Caction.

http://www.a3cfestival.com

Feature Event: FLYPOET Spoken Word & Music Showcase – 10.3.14

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FRIDAY  October 3, 2014. @ three minutes after 8pm…  WARNING: THIS IS NOT YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD OPEN MIC! For more than 12 years The Flypoet Spoken Word & Music Showcase has been widely regarded as one of the tightest shows of it’s kind in the world. Experience world class poets from all over the country as they bring their “A” game in a tightly produced show laced with high energy live music and live interpretive performance painting. Enjoy great vibes with an amazing audience, have a cocktail, a bite to eat and…PREPARE TO BE SEVERELY ENTERTAINED! *$5 martini specials until 7:30 (doors at 7) $1 tacos all night! VISIT FLYPOET.COM.

Nas: Time is Illmatic at A3C

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Nas: Time is Illmatic at A3C

A3C is proud to present a screening of the documentary Nas: Time is Illmatic followed by a Q & A with the filmmakers. The film covers the making of Nas’ 1994 album Illmatic, often hailed as the greatest hip-hop album of all times, and the timeless themes that have kept both the album and Nas relevant for so many years.

After the film screening, we’ll be joined by director One9, writer Erik Parker, and producer Martha Diaz for a discussion about the making of the film, the inspirations behind it, and on the scope and influence of Nas’ Illmatic.

Friday, Oct 10th at 3:00pm #A3Cfilm. LEARN MORE NOW.

 

Feature Event: BIG FREEDIA RETURNS TO DURHAM

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BIG FREEDIA AT THE PINHOOK WED, OCTOBER 1, 2014 – DOORS: 10:15 PM / SHOW: 10:30 PM

WED, OCTOBER 1, 2014 – DOORS: 10:15 PM / SHOW: 10:30 PM

Big Freedia is an accomplished “Bounce” Rapper who lives in New Orleans and performs six or more times a week in various venues throughout the city. Bounce is an original urban music rising up from the intimate and fun-loving nature of the housing projects which dominate the city’s street culture.

“Sissy Bounce” is the informal name for a derivative of Bounce that has risen to prominence in recent years and features explicitly gay and cross-dressing musicians and themes. Big Freedia is at the forefront of this movement and has had several New Orleans hit singles such as “Gin in My System” and “Azz Everywhere!” from her albums “An Ha, Oh Yeah” (1999) and “Queen Diva” (2003). Freedia began her musical career almost 15 years ago at the Walter L. Cohen High School in New Orleans, where she was enlisted as choir director from her Sophomore to Senior years. She sees her performance as a Bounce artist as an extension of this work, often interacting in a call and response/teacher and student, fashion with her audiences. She recently developed a musical about her life entitled “Catch That Beat” with producer Lucky Johnson.

The sold out first run of “Catch That Beat” featured cameo appearances by a who’s who of New Orleans Bounce artists alongside the story of Freedia’s upbringing in New Orleans 3rd Ward. She performs in various venues (often decorated by her own event production business) and has recently begun traveling outside the city with the encouragement and support of the New Orleans Airlift. Big Freedia has always acted as mentor for many younger artists, is currently recording her third record and recently returned from a stellar 6 show run in New York City, performing sold out shows with Spank Rock, Ninjasonik and many others at venues such as Santos Party House, Glasslands, and Sway. This year Freedia will be returning to South By Southwest, performing at multiple events including a retrospective Bounce Showcase and a historic second performance at Gay Bi Gay Gay after a short tour of the west coast with New Orleans collaborators Galactic, whom she performed with on the critically-acclaimed 2010 album “Ya-Ka-May”.  Visit http://www.thepinhook.com/event/671217-big-freedia-durham/