Community Cinema [DC] is using hashtags for our screening series. We’ll share some of our tweets on this website starting with today’s screening of SOUL FOOD JUNKIES at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center. Our guest speaker was culinary historian Michael W. Twitty. Our SOUL FOOD JUNKIES hashtag is #SFJccdc. What a tweet!
Our Washington, DC screenings (Feb. 10 and 17) of SOUL FOOD JUNKIES are now FULL based on reservations received. For persons with a confirmed reservation for the DC SOUL FOOD JUNKIES events, please arrive no later than 15 minutes prior to the start time. For persons who do not have reservations, there will be a WAIT LIST at the door and names will be called from the list based on space availability. However, if you don’t mind the drive, there is a screening of SOUL FOOD JUNKIES with Byron Hurt in Baltimore, MD, Saturday, February 16 at 3 PM at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral Street (zip 21201). Presented by the Community College of Baltimore, Towson University and Maryland Public Television. Free admission. Info: sbriggs[at]ccbcmd[dot]edu, Tel. 443-840-5625.
Here is information about our speakers and additional links for information about their work.
Sunday, February 10 at 3 PM (Washington DCJCC) Michael W. Twitty, writer, culinary historian, historical interpreter is personally charged with preparing, preserving and promoting African American foodways and its parent traditions in Africa and her Diaspora. Michael is a Judaic studies teacher from the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area whose interests include food culture and history, Jewish cultural issues, and African American history and cultural politics. The Cooking Gene will highlight and address his journey to trace the food-steps of his ancestors in the Old South, using the story of African American foodways to follow his ancestors from Africa to America and from slavery to freedom.
View Michael’s crowdfunding video for TheSouthern Discomfort Tour. (note: crowdfunding campaign is now closed)
Filmmaker Byron Hurt with his mother Frances Hurt, and sister Taundra Hurt
Sunday, February 17 at 5 PM (Busboys and Poets) Byron Hurt, producer, director, is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, published writer, anti-sexism activist, and lecturer. Hurt is also the former host of the Emmy-nominated series, Reel Works with Byron Hurt. The Independent named him one of the “Top 10 Filmmakers to Watch” in 2011. His most popular documentary Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was later broadcast on Independent Lens. In 2010, MSNBC’s TheGrio.com named Beyond Beats and Rhymes one of the “Top 10 Most Important African-American Themed Films of the Decade.” Hurts’s writings have been published in several anthologies and in the media he has been covered by: The New York Times, O Magazine, AllHipHop.com, NPR, CNN, Access Hollywood,MTV,BET, ABC News World Tonight, Black Enterprise, C-Span, and many other outlets.
Tracye McQuirter is a vegan trailblazer and public health nutrition expert, Tracye McQuirter has been named a food hero byVegetarian Times, and her national best-seller, By Any Greens Necessary, was the #1 vegan book on The Huffington Post.
Tracye is the nation’s leading authority on preventing and reversing chronic diseases in African American women using plant-based nutrition, and has been credited in part with increasing the number of African Americans primarily eating healthful plant-based foods to record highs–upwards of 3 million people.
Vegan for nearly 30 years, Tracye is passionate about helping people live healthier, happier lives. She has been teaching, speaking, and writing about the food, culture, and politics of healthy living for more than two decades. She has a master’s degree in Public Health Nutrition from New York University, and a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College.
A. PETER BAILEY is an acclaimed journalist, author, lecturer, and a founding member of The Organization of Afro-American Unity (OAAU), organized in 1964 by Malcolm X. Bailey was editor of the OAAU newsletter, “Blacklash.” He was one of the last few persons to speak with Brother Malcolm X on the day of his assassination (February 21, 1965) and served as one of the pallbearers at his funeral. He has contributed to numerous books, articles, and documentaries about the celebrated leader.
Bailey, a former editor of Ebony magazine, is the author of Harlem: Precious Memories, Great Expectations, co-author of Revelations: The Autobiography of Alvin Ailey with Alvin Ailey and co-author of Seventh Child: A Family Memoir of Malcolm X with Rodnell P. Collins (nephew of Malcolm X). He assisted John Henrik Clarke with the editing of Malcolm X: The Man and His Times. While Associate Director of The Black Theatre Alliance (BTA), Bailey edited the BTA Newsletter. He has also contributed articles to numerous publications including Essence, Black Enterprise, Jet Magazine, the New York Times, the Negro Digest, Black World, The Black Collegian, and the New York Daily News.
RAYMOND A. WINBUSH, Ph.D. is director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University. A clinical psychologist and director of The Warrior Institute (TWI), Dr. Winbush is engaged in research concerning adolescent development, education, health and Black men and boys. He is the author of the critically acclaimed books The Warrior Method: A Parents’ Guide to Rearing Healthy Black Boys and Should America Pay?: Slavery and the Raging Debate on Reparations. In 2007, Winbush traveled to Australia to participate in a 5-day National Conference on Racism held at Murdoch University and delivered a lecture series at Australian National University. Winbush conducts workshops based upon The Warrior Method locally, nationally and internationally. The Warrior Method has been incorporated in school systems in Baltimore, MD; Worchester, MA; Dallas, TX; Brixton, United Kingdom; and Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
THE POWERBROKER: WHITNEY YOUNG’S FIGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS
Sunday, January 27 at 3 PM
Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036
FREE ADMISSION with reservation: Reserve on EVENTBRITE or call 202-939-0794
Sunday, January 13 at 5 PM (Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th Street, NW), Community Cinema [DC] presents THE POWERBROKER: WHITNEY YOUNG’S FIGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS a documentary by Bonnie Boswell, an award winning journalist and niece of the civil rights activists. After the film we’ll have a Q&A with Jefferi K. Lee, General Manager for WHUT-TV (Howard University Television).
Jefferi K. Lee became general manager of WHUT-TV in 2011 bringing thirty years of broadcast media experience as a network executive. For 17 years, Lee helped lead Black Entertainment Television as the executive vice president of network operations and programming. In the high-profile position, Lee directed day-to-day operations of the cable network and more than 300 employees. He has managed his own communications consulting firm, Lee Productions. He also served as senior executive for Bio-Defensive Research Group in Columbia, MD.
WHUT-TV, Washington, DC, was the first public broadcasting station licensed to a predominantly African-American organization, Howard University. Founded in 1980, WHUT-TV reaches more than 2 million households in the greater Washington metro area annually. The Emmy award-winning station airs more than 3,500 hours of public affairs, educational and original programming each year including the flagship public affairs program “Evening Exchange.” WHUT broadcasts the “Independent Lens” series — which will include The Powerbroker Saturday’s at 8 PM. Check local listings.
Hakimu Davidson will also join the Q&A. He is president of the Thursday Network, the young professionals group of the Greater Washington Urban League, a community partner for the DC Community Cinema presentations of THE POWERBROKER: WHITNEY YOUNG’S FIGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS.