The Cuban Song & Dance/Cuba Prep program introduces seniors in Brooklyn to Cuban dance and culture through regular dance classes, film screenings, and classes in Cuban history and culture. The program is sponsored by My People Tell Stories and the Remsen Neighborhood Senior Center in Brooklyn. The program is made possible by public funds from the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, both administered in Kings County by the Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).
Dr. Brown teaches the Music and Social Justice Humanities course as part of a week-long college immersion experience at Bucknell University for middle school students attending Beginning with Children Charter School 2 and Community Partnership Charter School.
SU-CASA is a program that pairs teaching artists with senior centers throughout New York City. The Cuban Song and Dance residency at Dorchester Senior Center offers instruction primarily in Cuban casino and rueda de casino to seniors in Brooklyn. SU-CASA is a collaboration among the New York City Council, the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), the Department for the Aging (DFTA) and the Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC). The program is funded in FY19 by the New York City Council and we would like to thank Council member Mathieu Eugene for his support. The Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC) is proud to administer this program on behalf of the borough of Brooklyn.
In this workshop, Danielle Brown, Ph.D., author of East of Flatbush, North of Love: An Ethnography of Home, discusses the importance of writing self and how music can be used as an organizing tool when writing a memoir. In addition to Dr. Brown sharing insights from her own creative process, the workshop will include writing exercises, and participants will have an opportunity to share their ideas and/or works-in-progress. No music or writing experience is needed. Just bring writing utensils and a good attitude. Whether you write as a hobby, are looking to publish, or simply want an educational and creative way to wind down your day, join us for an afternoon of music and storytelling in this interactive workshop.
Saturday, January 19, 2019, 1:15pm—2:45pm
South Oxford Space, Great Room
138 S. Oxford Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at our online store: www.mypeopletellstories.com/store
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A music pedagogy for social justice.
This social justice initiative will bring together educators and artists in an intensive week-long professional development workshop to address diversity in music education. We teach from a Caribbean perspective and offer strategies for teaching musical traditions that have been marginalized within a system that privileges Western art music and Eurocentric pedagogical methods. Classes will be taught by Danielle Brown, Ph.D. with special dance workshops by Goussy Célestin (Haiti), Jamal George (Trinidad & Tobago), and Hansell Vaillant (Cuba).
Dr. Danielle Brown will interview Brooklyn-based Belizean artist, James Lovell, following his educational and entertaining performance of Afri-Garifuna music. Performance and interview will be videotaped live as part of the Brooklyn Folk Arts and Artists Series (BFAA), a collaborative project between the Brooklyn Arts Council and the Brooklyn Public Library.
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
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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.