2019 Black History Celebration – Newark Public Library

2019 Black History Celebration

Join us at The Newark Public Library for our 2019 Black History Celebration!

Exhibit: 

The World is Yours – Hip Hop: Newark and Beyond

February 7th through April 30th, 2019
Second Floor Gallery

Hip Hop, now in its fifth decade, continues to influence, intrigue and inspire locally and globally. The exhibit, The World is Yours – Hip Hop: Newark and Beyond, features photos, artifacts, lyrics and commentary about four elements of Hip Hop: DJ-ing, MC-ing, Graffiti and Breaking/Breakdancing. Newark and New Jersey are at the foundation of this lifestyle and continue to produce music, dictate style and deliver artists today.

The exhibition is open during normal Library hours Monday through Saturday, with free admission. Group visits and more details are readily available from The James Brown African American Room which can be reached at 973.733.5411

Curators: Dr. Zain Abdullah, Consultant & Temple University Associate Professor and Dale E. Colston, Esq., Librarian, James Brown African American Room, Newark Public Library

Click here to view the 2019 Black History Celebration flyer. 


Saturday, February 2, 2019 | 11:30 AM and 2:30 PM
Hip Hop Dance-a-thon Hosted by Maurice Chestnut

James Brown African American Room, 2nd Floor


Maurice Chestnut

A two-part program covering the origins of hip hop dance. Choreographers will discuss how this urban art form evolved from the music, sample some of the popular moves, like “popping” and “locking” and bring it all together in a choreographed routine that participants will perform at the end of the workshop.
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM (Children), Choreographer Leslie Lucy


Leslie Lucy

 

2:30 – 4:30 PM (Adults & Teens), Choreographer Jerryl Sharif
Jerryl Sharif

 

Thursday, February 7, 2019, 6-8 PM, doors open at 5:30 PM (snow date: 2/12)
Grand Opening – The World is Yours – Hip Hop: Newark and Beyond

Performance: Samad Savage, Hip Hop Artist
James Brown African American Room, 2nd Floor
Join us for the Grand Opening of our 2019 Black History Celebration Exhibit. We will have guest speakers Vikki Tobak, author of Contact High A Visual History of Hip Hop; and Ernie Paniccioli, author of Hip Hop at the End of the World. Newark-based writer and cultural critic Fayemi Shakur will host the event. Rapper Samad Savage will perform.

*Free parking available at Bears/Eagles Stadium Parking Garage located on Bridge Street

Samad Savage

Vikki Tobak

Ernie Paniccioli

Saturday, February 9, 2019 | 2:00-4:30 PM
#BlackLivesMatter-Newark 2019
Hip Hop: History, Activism & Entrepreneurship

James Brown African American Room, 2nd Floor
Join us for a conversation on the history of hip hop with Dupre Kelly (AKA DoItAll from Lords of the Underground) – moderator; The Awesome 2 (Old School Jersey DJs Special K and Teddy Ted); Vaughan Lee (DJ Cool V), Vinnie Rock (Naughty By Nature) and other guests.


Dupre Kelly

Saturday, February 16, 2019 | 12-5 PM
Hip Hop Film Festival

James Brown African American Room, 2nd Floor
A marathon screening of some of the most popular hip hop feature films including Beat Street, Krush Groove, and Wild Style along with the inspiring documentary The Hip Hop Project.

Saturday, February 16, 2019 | 11-4 PM
African American Day Festival

Centennial Hall, 2nd Floor
This fun event for families and children will feature poetry, dancers, storytellers, music and refreshments. Presented in partnership with the Samson Lodge #66 of the Prince Hall Grand Lodge F. & A.M., New Jersey.

Friday, February 22, 2019 | 5:30 – 10:30 PM
After Work Hip Hop Dance Party!

Centennial Hall, 2nd Floor
DJ Wallah will “spin” some of the old school hip hop classics from such artists as Grand Master Flash, Run DMC, LL Cool J, The Sugarhill Gang, Tribe Called Quest; local artists Outkast, Lords of the Underground and Naughty By Nature and contemporary chart toppers Migos, Future, Cardi B, Jay Z, Drake and others.

*Free parking available at Bears/Eagles Stadium Parking Garage located on Bridge Street


DJ Wallah

Saturday, March 16, 2019 | 2:00 – 4:30 PM
Women’s History Month Celebration
Women in Hip Hop: History, Activism & Entrepreneurship

James Brown African American Room, 2nd Floor
A panel discussion with Roxanne Shante (Hip Hop Artist), Robyn Hood (Hip Hop Artist/Actress), and Dr. Oneka Labennett (Professor, Cornell University). Moderated by Lisa Evers, Reporter, FOX5 & Host, HOT 97 Street Soldiers.
Performance by Robyn Hood.

Roxanne Shante

 

Lisa Evers

Saturday, April 13, 2019 | 2:30 – 4:30 PM
National Poetry and Jazz Appreciation Month / Black History Celebration, Hosted by Ubuntu Theory

James Brown African American Room, 2nd Floor
Enjoy music and the spoken word. The Ubuntu Theory (TUT) is a hip hop humanitarian duo based out of Newark, New Jersey. The duo is comprised of two Rutgers University-Newark honors graduates, emcee Jewell The Queen and vocalist King Haze. TUT’s goal is to create positive, responsive and empathetic music that sheds light on today’s societal issues through the lens of young people of color.

All programs are free and open to the general public

Click here to view the 2019 Black History Celebration flyer.


PNC Foundation is proud to support the Newark Public Library’s Black History Celebration exhibition and public programs.