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** Black History Month 2019 **

Calendar of Events
February 1, 2019
“Hip-hop: the Music, the Culture, the History” - An interactive conversation with Kevin Powell featuring DJ Lady FX
Sproul House Dome Room 201/Intercultural Center
Kevin Powell  is an acclaimed political, cultural, literary and Hip-Hop  writer and is the author of an upcoming biography of Tupac Shakur. Book signing to follow lecture. More about Kevin can be found here - 
February 2, 2019
Critical Conversation: An Interactive Symposium on W. E. B. Du Bois and 21st Century Color Lines
Lang Performing Arts and Kohlberg
William Edward Burghardt “W. E. B.” Du Bois was born in 1868 and became the nation’s leading social scientist on race, social inequality, African-American life and culture, and the ideology of white supremacy. He famously predicted that “the problem of the twentieth century [would be] the problem of the color line”—a prescient observation that rings truer than ever today, on the 150th anniversary of Du Bois’s birth.
February 11, 2019
BCC Monday Black Film Series
Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema
Basquiat is a 1996 American biographical drama film directed by Julian Schnabel based on the life of American postmodernist/neo expressionist artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Basquiat, born in Brooklyn, used his graffiti roots as a foundation to create collage-style paintings on canvas.
February 13, 2019
Let’s Talk about Sex: Black Sexuality
Black Cultural Center Gallery
5 PM
Let’s dive into a discussion about the sexualization and objectification of our black and brown bodies within the media and our own community. This is a space for you to be unabashedly you as we talk about sexuality within the black community.
February 14, 2019
Winnie Madikizela Mandela, Violence and Radicalism in South Africa
McCabe Library Atrium
Professor Shireen Hassim, Research Chair in Gender and African Politics of Carleton University, Ottawa will be giving a public lecture on Winnie Mandela.
February 15, 2019
Am I Black Enough? Panel Discussion
Sproul Dome Room
6:30 PM
There are over 40 million ways to be black yet this question always lingers in our community. Let’s explore what it means to be black to you and how we can actively work to make sure NO black person has to ever ask that question again.
February 22, 2019
Aretha Franklin Tribute
Lang Music Hall
Soulful Seranade will perform  songs from Aretha Franklin’s legendary repertoire. This tribute will celebrate Aretha Franklin’s numerous accomplishments as an entertainment icon, singer, songwriter, pianist, actress, and civil rights activist.  For more than six decades, her extraordinary artistic achievements coupled with her passionate dedication to her philanthropic work—which ranged from children’s and artists’ issues to civil rights activism—served as a testament to her power, majesty, and genius. These gifts positioned her as a true cultural icon, and Swarthmore College is honored to celebrate her inspirational legacy.
February 25, 2019
BCC Monday Black Film Series
Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema
Dreamgirls is a 2006 American musical. The story follows the history and evolution of American R&B music during the 1960s and 1970s through the eyes of a Detroit, Michigan girl group known as the Dreams and their manipulative record executive.

Swarthmore College Film and Media Studies and Black Studies
New Black Film Aesthetics
A new generation of black artists is making their mark on media culture, in experimental and documentary film as much as cutting-edge television and Marvel movies. Launched in the fall with a visit from Terence Nance (Random Acts of Blackness), this series brings to campus the independent and emerging filmmakers, curators, and scholars driving these exciting developments.
The events below are in Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema, Swarthmore College at 7pm
February 15, 2019
RaMell Ross, Hale County This Morning, This Evening
This lyrical portrait of a place and its people follows two young African American men from rural Hale Country, Alabama, over the course of five years, patiently observing the interstices of everyday lives. Winner of the 2018 Gotham Award for Best Documentary.
February 28, 2019
Maori Karmael Holmes, The Best of BlackStar
Founder and artistic director of Philadelphia’s Black Star Film Festival, presents a selection of films from the 2018 edition of this annual celebration of the visual and storytelling traditions of the African diaspora.