East Flatbush Story Circle
Join me at this open forum of artists, community members, and all connected to the neighborhood as we explore the Caribbean influences that make up East Flatbush. Come together as we share stories, experiences, and creativity. This open gathering will help inform and brainstorm on a collaborative, community-led cultural exhibition launching this summer! Sponsored by the Brooklyn Arts Council. More information available on the East Flatbush Story Circle Facebook Event Page and Eventbrite.
My Music, My Culture: The Caribbean Diaspora in Brooklyn takes audiences on a journey through the music of the Caribbean diaspora in Brooklyn, with a focus on the music of Trinidad and Tobago. A musical adaptation of and ode to her recently published ethnographic memoir, East of Flatbush, North of Love, artist-scholar Danielle Brown, Ph.D. teaches the audience about the history and culture of Trinidad and Tobago the same way that she was taught—through song. Accompanied by a 4-piece band, Brown interweaves the music of the U.S., Trinidad and Tobago, and the larger Caribbean region to tell an immigrant story—made more poignant by the times in which we are living—and reveal how the legacy of colonialism and imperialism continues to impact people of color today.
Friday, December 1, 2017, 7:00-8:30pm
Medgar Evers College, EOJ Auditorium
1638 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225
My Music, My Culture: The Caribbean Diaspora in Brooklyn is presented in partnership with CaribBEING and is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC), and Medgar Evers College. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Office of Student Life to serve the needs of the homeless. For info and to reserve a ticket: firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information contact Miles McAfee email@example.com or 718-804-8815.
Cyclone Musings: Blackness, Citizenship, & Reparations in the Afro-Atlantic
In an increasingly-polarized nation around race and racial ideologies, and growing corporate culture, artist/scholar Jadele McPherson asks, “What could reparations mean in this present era?” McPherson will be joined by MC and poet Frantz Jerome (Peace Poets, Hemi), writer and poet Venessa Marie Marco (Nuyorican Poets Cafe), and musician and scholar Danielle Brown (My People Tell Stories). Join us for an evening "re-mixing" community dialogue, conjuring and performance to explore new sites of understanding for reparations in the Afro-Atlantic and around the globe.
TICKETS: Suggested Donation: $15 general/$12 students
For more information, visit www.jackny.org/cyclone-musings.html
A Community Discussion on East of Flatbush, North of Love—a clever and witty portrait of growing up in East Flatbush in the decades before gentrification. Join author Danielle Brown, Ph.D. (as she reads and sings from her book), Roger Toussaint, former president of the Transport Workers Union Local 100, and Dr. Lawrence Waldron, City College, CUNY.
Presented by Medgar Evers College, School of Professional and Community Development in collaboration with the Caribbean Awareness Committee.
Join Danielle Brown, Ph.D. as she talks about her book East of Flatbush, North of Love, as one of five non-fiction authors featured on the panel "Writing Memory." Presented by the Caribbean Cultural Theatre at the Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation in honor of Caribbean Heritage Month. For the festival flyer and full schedule click here.
Dr. Brown presents her ethnographic memoir, East of Flatbush, North of Love, and discusses how it materialized as an anecdote to the eurocentrism that plagues music studies in the United States. She offers suggestions for diversifying the field through curricula reform, which includes broadening the canon and revamping pedagogical practices.
Join Dr. Danielle Brown at the official Trinidad and Tobago launch of her book East of Flatbush, North of Love: An Ethnography of Home. Dr Brown will also present a guest lecture, titled "Writing Ourselves into History Through Song," at the Scarborough Library Facility in honor of World Book and Copyright Day. Hosted by Tobago Library Services.
An Evening of Tea and Readings: Dr. Brown will be reading from her book, East of Flatbush, North of Love: An Ethnography of Home, in honor of Paper Based Bookshop's 30th Anniversary. Other presenters include Patricia Mohammed & Rex Dixon, Maria Nunes, and Muhammad Muwakil. There will be a special performance by Freetown Collective. Refreshments and wine will be served. Contribution: $120TT Cash/Check; Tel: (868) 625-3197
It’s parang season! Whether it’s your first time singing parang or you go house-to-house every year, come participate in our inaugural Community Parang Workshops with Danielle Brown. Develop your musical skills while taking part in a time-honored tradition.
Community Parang Workshops will meet from 1:00pm—2:30pm, every Saturday beginning on November 12th and ending on December 10th. Workshops will take place at the CaribBEING House (814 Flatbush Avenue at the Flatbush—Caton Market). $15/class (drop-in); $65/5-week package
For more information or to register, email Danielle Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Legacy of the Anglophone Caribbean in Cuba
Dr. Brown embarks on a new long-term project in which she draws connections between the heritage and culture of the central region of Cuba and Central Brooklyn. Her research in Cuba focuses on the descendants of migrants from the English-speaking Caribbean who traveled to the country during the early part of the 20th century, connecting them with residents of West Indian enclaves in Central Brooklyn. In particular, Dr. Brown will look at how musical legacies are passed down in different (West Indian) diasporic contexts. The project will also explore the themes of blackness in Cuba and the Caribbean diaspora, as well as Yoruba religious practices in the diaspora. For more information on this project and how you can contribute, contact Dr. Brown at email@example.com.
Homeland Security Presentation for Caribbean American Heritage Month
June has been federally designated as Caribbean American Heritage Month. In conjunction with Friends of Culture, Dr. Brown will be making a presentation to Homeland Security on the rich musical heritage of Trinidad and Tobago.
Book Signing at Community Book Center
In honor of Caribbean American Heritage Month, join My People Tell Stories and Friends of Culture at Community Book Center in New Orleans for a book signing by author and musician Danielle Brown, Ph.D. who will talk about growing up in the West Indian enclave of East Flatbush, as told in her book East of Flatbush, North of Love: An Ethnography of Home.
City Council Presentation for Caribbean American Heritage Month
June has been federally designated as Caribbean American Heritage Month. In conjunction with Friends of Culture, Dr. Brown will be making a presentation to the New Orleans City Council on the steelband tradition of Trinidad and Tobago. The presentation will be followed by a steelpan performance by Bayou Steel Youth Orchestra, led by steelpan maestro Mr. Reynold Kinsale.
Book Release Party and Book Signing at CaribBEING House
Going back to where it all started, Dr. Brown will be in New York promoting her book, East of Flatbush, North of Love. Join us at CaribBEING House on the grounds of the bustling Flatbush Caton Market for a book reading, signing, and musical performance. Be prepared to be taken on a journey of history, culture, and hometown pride.
*A rotating crowd will experience the event in one-hour blocks. Capacity managed on a first come, first served basis.
Dr. Brown will once again travel to Trinidad, Cuba to work with Salsa Underground, a dance organization founded and operated by Yoel Marrero Goitizolo, a professional dancer and former principal dancer with the Conjunto Artístico Maraguán. The program for this trip is titled “Raíces” (“Roots”) and will contain workshops on various styles of music and dance including: casino, traditional son, Yoruba, and rumba. In addition to participating in the program, Dr. Brown will be exploring the linkages between Cuba and the Anglophone Caribbean.