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Spelman College and NBAF host ‘A Weekend with Urban Bush Women’ Sept. 21-22

Spelman College and NBAF host  ‘A Weekend with Urban Bush Women’ Sept. 21-22

ATLANTA -- Spelman College department of drama and dance in partnership with NBAF, presenters of the National Black Arts Festival, will host “A Weekend with Urban Bush Women”  ─  two signature events designed to provide a perspective on the art of dance and the role it has played in activism and creating social change.

The weekend events will open with “Urban Bush Women: The Dialogue” on Friday, Sept. 21, at 6:30 p.m. in Spelman’s Baldwin Burroughs Theatre located in the Rockefeller Fine Arts Building.  This intimate conversation features Dr. Michael Simanga, NBAF executive director and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, the creative force and founding artistic director of the nationally renowned dance company Urban Bush Women.  

The legends of hip hop, Marsha Ambrosius and more perform at 2012 One MusicFest

The legends of hip hop, Marsha Ambrosius and more perform at 2012 One MusicFest

Atlanta’s music enthusiasts are unwavering in their support of 

"Celebrate" from the film Sparkle featuring Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston debuts online today!

"Celebrate" from the film Sparkle featuring Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston debuts online today!

The video for Celebrate – from the motion picture SPARKLE featuring Jordin Sparks

Atlanta's ‘BEST WORLD MUSIC ACT’ Salutes Men on Father's Day

Atlanta's ‘BEST WORLD MUSIC ACT’ Salutes Men on Father's Day

ATLANTA -- You have seen them on NBC television network reality series “America’s Got Talent” and if you are a reality-show junkie, you remember them sharing  their high-energy dance experience with singer/songwriter Kandi Burruss and Attorney Phaedra Parks in connection with their travels to South Africa on BRAVO cable network top-rated reality series “Real Housewives of Atlanta”.

Now, the 19-year Atlanta-based ensemble GIWAYEN MATA, is going  to bring their ‘contagious’ high energy drum and dance to the Southwest Arts Center for Father's Day. Between educating audiences about African traditions and breaking barriers as an all-sistah ensemble in a male dominated percussion industry, its no wonder Creative Loafing Magazine named them "Best Local World Music Act" three times!

The African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement to screen 'Restless City' 4/27 at Phipps Plaza

The African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement to screen 'Restless City' 4/27 at Phipps Plaza

ATLANTA --  (submitted by Terri Vismale-Morris)  AFFRM, the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement, will open its third film, RESTLESS CITY, in Atlanta this Friday, April 27 at AMC Phipps Plaza.

Filmmaker Andrew Dosunmu's stunning feature directorial debut was an Official Selection at 2011 Sundance Film Festival in the NEXT category, and tells the story of an African immigrant surviving on the fringes of New York City where music is his passion, life is a hustle, and falling in love is his greatest risk.

Variety explained, "The extraordinarily beautiful "Restless City" achieves revelation on two tiers -- in the kinetic landscape of the city itself and in the world of Senegalese immigrants, whose struggle evolves just beneath the sightlines of the average New Yorker. Visually, it's euphoric."  While The Hollywood Reporter called the film, "a stunning, intense twist on the American Dream." 

High-Demand BROADWAY Choreographer to Teach Community Dance Class in East Atlanta

High-Demand BROADWAY Choreographer to Teach Community Dance Class in East Atlanta
Atlanta’s Award-Winning ‘Best Local International World Music Act’ GIWAYEN MATA continues their ‘DanceAfrica Atlanta’ Community Dance Series

Renowned for his choreography in some of Broadway’s most popular productions and on internationally acclaimed dance companies, New York-based choreographer Ronald K. Brown, Artistic Director and Choreographer of EVIDENCE: A Dance Company lands his dancing feet in East Atlanta for a ONE DAY ONLY. Learn to dance from him in one of the "DanceAfrica 2013" Community Dance Classes presented by GIWAYEN MATA, Atlanta’s award-winning all-sistah dance, percussion, and vocal ensemble on Sunday, April 15 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m, Dance 411 Studios 475 Moreland AVE Atlanta, GA 30316.