PNC Bank Black History Month 2019 Celebrating African Americans in the Arts
PNC Bank CelebratesAtlanta's African American Creative CommunityFebruary 26th 7:30AMCenter for Civil and Human Rights, 100 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., NW Atlanta, GA 30313Join us for a discussion hosted by Kiplyn Primus, host of The Local Take on Jazz 91.9 WCLK
Dr. Fahamu Pecoe - an interdisciplinary artist and scholar whose works combine observations on hip-hop, fine art and popular culture. Pecou’s paintings, performance art, and academic work addresses concerns around contemporary representations of Black masculinity and how these images impact both the reading and performance of Black masculinity.
Susan Ross - known as the PhotoGriot. A Griot is an African word meaning storyteller. Sue tells the stories of our community through her photography. The daughter of a cultural anthropologist and social worker, Sue as an artist and cultural worker uses the medium of photography to document social, political and cultural experiences. Sue along with Sheila Turner started Sistagraphy over 25 years ago, this collective of African American women photographers host exhibitions, publishes books and celebrates the artistic genius that can go undiscovered in our community.
Kathleen Bertrand - Ten years ago, Kathleen Bertrand and her colleagues at the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau took stock of Atlanta’s burgeoning film industry and started wondering if there were a platform for African Americans to be a part of it. While everybody knew about Tyler Perry’s Atlanta-based empire, Bertrand and her colleagues wanted to see broader engagement in the industry for people of color and in a way that showcased Atlanta and its history and culture. The Bronzelens Film Festival was born.
Ryan Kilgore - Fourth generation sax player, Ryan Kilgore, a native of Atlanta, Georgia has been playing the soulful sounds of the saxophone since age 10. He has worked with legendary producers/writers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis as well as the phenomenal Stevie Wonder. His foundation provides instruments to young people in need.
Dr. Doris Derby - an activist, documentary photographer and retired adjunct associate professor of anthropology at Georgia State University. She was active in the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement, and her work discusses the themes of race and African American identity. She was a working member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (S.N.C.C.), as well as co-founder of the Free Southern Theater, Her photography has been exhibited throughout the United States.
Sheila Pree Bright - is an Atlanta-based, award-winning American photographer best known for her works Plastic Bodies, Suburbia, and Young Americans. She is often described as a "Cultural Anthropologist." In 2014 and 2015, Bright visited Ferguson and Baltimore after the murders of Michael Brown and Freddie Gray to photograph and document the protests. The culmination of these photos would become her series 1960Now.
Wendy Eley Jackson - Worked for Culver City Tri-Star studios and Turner broadcasting before launching Auburn Avenue Films. Her husband, son of Atlanta's first African-American mayor, Maynard Jackson was the impetus for the documentary MAYNARD. The film made the rounds during festival season including at DOC NYC, the Pan African Film Festival, the Cleveland International Film Festival and, the Atlanta Film Festival.
Jamil Jude - is a director, producer, playwright, dramaturg and the incoming Artistic Director at Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre. Jamil has also taught and directed at Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN.His interest in social justice and theatre continues to drive his work, including co-founding a culturally relevant theatre company, Colored People's Theatre, in Washington, DC