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be told in the history books to come. It should be noted that the work didn’t start in DC. There are hundreds of museums across the country that have toiled to tell the narrative of the black experience. It is on those shoulder that the African American Museum of History and Culture stands. Last month I was blessed to experience powerhouse Adrienne Warren portray the legendary Tina Turner in the Broadway musical of Tuner’s life. I also got a chance to see Slave Play on Broadway. I’d heard the controversy about it and it pushed my curiosity even more. The conversation that this play sparks on race, roles and relationships. Also, as we round the corner into the holiday season, break neck spending tends to be the trendy. Financial expert Branon Gilbert shares some quick types to ensure you are prepared for a rainy day. I hope that you enjoy partaking in Urban Arts Magazine as much as we enjoyed curating it for you. If you are not already on our subscription list, please consider becoming a subscriber today. Subscriptions are, and will always be, absolutely free of charge. We want to be accessible to every artist and art lover.

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We have heard from arts lovers and organizations from around the globe thank us for doing the work of preserving our legacy. This is not why we do the work but it definitely does not hurt in the process. When storyboarding the 2nd issue of the publication, we truly wanted to tell our story, our way. Many times we wait until February’s designated Black History Month or Septembers Hispanic Heritage Month to celebrate the accomplishments of Black and Brown people. Urban Arts wanted to tell that story 365 days of the year and that is exactly what we are doing.

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As a culture and as a people we have and continue to break records and set strides for accomplishments in every field of human endeavor. Many times we are celebrated. Often times we are overlooked. What Dr. Lonnie Bunch has done at the African American Museum of History and Culture is mind blowing. To take a concept and expand it to a shining institution that sits on the National Mall and is part of the Smithsonian is a venture that will

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The National Museum of African American History and Culture by Lacy Lemell


fter decades of planning, politicking, constructing and curating, The National Museum of African American History and Culture opened to the public on September 24, 2016. Over 3 years later, millions of patrons have flooded the National Mall location to partake in the worlds largest collection of African American history and culture under one roof. Lonnie Bunch, founding director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture has created an inviting yet educational journey through history. Exhibits are designed to take visitors through African-American history in the US: from slavery, on the lower level, to a reproduction of Oprah Winfrey’s television set upstairs and artifacts from Obama’s first presidential campaign. The nearly 400,000-square-foot museum was created in 2003 by an act of Congress, establishing it as part of the Smithsonian. The museum has about 3,000 objects on display from its collection of nearly 37,000. Highlights include: - Harriet Tubman collection, including her hymnal (c. 1876); lace shawl (c. 1897), given to her by Queen Victoria; and family photographs from her funeral - Jim Crow railroad car (c. 1920) - Chuck Berry’s red Cadillac convertible (c. 1973) - Black Fashion Museum Collection (about 1,000 items) - Tuskegee Airmen Trainer Plane, an open-cockpit PT-13 Stearman (c. 1942) used to prepare Tuskegee Airmen for World War II combat duty - Works of art by Charles Alston, John Biggers,

Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence, Lorna Simpson, Romare Bearden, Archibald John Motley Jr., Henry O. Tanner and Frederick C. Flemister - Emmett Till’s casket (c. 1955)—the glass-topped coffin that held the body of 14-year-old Emmett Till, whose murder in Mississippi helped galvanize the civil rights movement - Slave cabin from Edisto Island, S.C. (c. 1800–50)

but the vision was expanded to a multi-tiered concept. This meant the foundation needed to be redesigned. That new foundation was under water. Engineers from the Netherlands were brought in to “get rid of the water” and that they did. Total cost for construction and installation of the museums exhibitions was $540 million, one-half funded by federal funds and the remainder by the Smithsonian. Memberships starting at $25 are available to help continue the preservation of African American History and Culture. To learn more about The National Museum of African American History and Culture, visit nmaahc.si.edu.

The incredibly popular museum “has become a pilgrimage for generations to understand not only their own history but how history shaped prior generations,” said Bunch. Exploring that history, no matter how painful, is important, he said, noting that addressing topics such as lynching are crucial. The museum’s straightforward, nonjudgmental approach, he said, allows “people to be comfortable to be able to explore things that are often uncomfortable.” The road to build the museum that it is today was not an easy feat. While Congress passed the act in 2003 there was no designated home for the museum. Once the National Mall location was solidified then came the hard work. The museum was initially to be only one floor

Is Your Umbrella Handy? Proper Ways to Prepare For a Rainy Day by Branon Gilbert

Buy, sell, spend! In our daily lives and as we get closer to the holiday season, we see and hear these words in advertisements, on television, and in department stores. Although we must spend money to get the things we want and need, we often find out that our money is never enough. We continuously spend, spend, spend, and never save, save, save, or invest. Not having enough money set aside for the things life may throw at us, makes you a victim of not being prepared for a rainy day. The critical thing to remember is to keep working at building up your rainy-day fund so that you can have more financial freedom in the future. The first step to building a rainy day fund is getting rid of unnecessary expenses and eliminating debt. You can’t save money you owe to someone else. Your debts need to be paid off before you can start saving up for the future. If you have uncontrollable spending habits, learn to manage it effectively. Next, budget your money. There’s no better way to save more money than to force yourself into a monthly budget. When you carefully track your earnings and expenses, you typically will spend less. Finally, budget in a savings account for the future. Make sure you’re saving as much as you can consistently (i.e., weekly, monthly, etc.). Pay for the things you need, which includes budgets for fun, leisure, and whatever you want to buy, but everything left over should go into a savings account. Following these steps can help you start saving money each month for the unknown future. Change your mindset and focus on saving money instead of spending money. Saving will help you prepare for the rainy days ahead.

Black is Back On Broadway by Jiles R. King II


ince I moved out of New York City I’ve worked hard to keep up with what blacks plays and musicals were being produced on Broadway, off-Broadway and in regional theaters across the country. Recently I was introduced to Drew Shade, Amber Iman and Donja R. Love’s “Broadway Black” podcast and was in theater boy heaven. Weekly Broadway Black gives me a glimpse into what is hot in NYC and around the country. Also, Drew and the crew invite black artists and art makers to cohost and discuss their projects and industry news. Listening to a recent episode of “Broadway Black” I realized that this season of Broadway productions is jam packed with black content and I’m loving it. Our stories are making headlines and getting the respect it deserves.

Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of the Temptations With iconic songs like “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” “Get Ready,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” and so many more the Temptations are a part of the fabric of America. For 8 shows a week, that fabric is weaved on the Imperial Theater stage. Nominated for 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Ain’t Too Proud follows the rise of the legendary Temptations from the streets of Detroit to homes across the world. Dominique Morisseau’s heart-wrenching book navigates how they met, the groundbreaking heights they hit and how personal and political conflicts threatened to tear the group apart as the United States fell into civil unrest. Hamilton With 7 productions currently occurring around the world, to say Hamilton has become a phenomenon is an understatement. Lin Manuel Miranda’s hit production has taken the theater world by storm and has no signs of stopping. Slave Play Controversial is a nice way to describe Slave Play. An in your face gut punch of all senses is a more accurate way to describe it. While only have the cast is African American, the content truly lies in the heart and hands of that fifty percent. Jeremy O Harris forces the audience, black or white, straight or gay to confront issues and conversations that many don’t like to have at all, let alone in mixed company.

The title will lead you to believe it’s another slave in the fields tap dancing for Massa. And while those elements do exist, that is only the surface. The Lion King Celebrating 22 years on Broadway, The Lion King is the only production that has employed thousands of black and brown actors for over 2 decades. Adapted from Disney’s animated film, this majestic production has celebrated over 9,000 performances for more than 95 million patrons around the world. The show’s director, costume designer and mask co-designer, Julie Taymor, was the first woman to win a Tony Award for Direction of a Musical; she continues to supervise new productions of the show around the world. The Broadway

score features Elton John and Tim Rice’s songs from The Lion King animated film. Tina: The Tina Turner Musical It is tradition at every family reunion and cookout to quote at least one line from the movie “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” So the life of Tina Turner is nothing new to us. But Katori Halls takes what we thought we knew and reshapes it into a beautiful story of passion, betrayal and vindication. The incomparable Tina Turner’s life is documented in a ragsto-riches freight train of hit after hit. It starts in Nutbush, TN, moves to her tumultuous life with Ike, celebrates her triumph overcoming and rocks out to Tina’s improbable yet meteoritic rise.

Cooking in the Kitchen by Jasmine Walters

These young entrepreneurs have taking the cooking game to a whole new level with their delectable treats and savory offerings. From coast to coast, young cooks are making their mark on the culinary world, one dish at a time.

Granny Scratch Kitchen Dallas, TX Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, DeMarcus Roberts’ childhood was full of love, happiness, and great food. His family is full of great cooks, learning everything they know from their beloved Granny. DeMarcus developed a passion for cooking and baking at a very young age. During his college years in Atlanta, GA, he was able to experiment more and began catering Sunday and holiday meals full of love and butter for friends and coworkers. After moving back to Dallas, his life took a devastating blow. His Granny took ill and eventually passed away. During the grieving process, DeMarcus realized that he wanted to do something to ensure that her legacy would carry on. It was then that “Granny’s Scratch Kitchen” (GSK) was born. Granny’s Scratch Kitchen provides nostalgic Southern goodness through the guise of pound cakes, tea cakes and sweet potato pies. A good majority of the GSK’s recipes are renditions of his Granny’s recipes and he guarantees you will be able to taste the love and the butter! As a graduate of Morehouse College , DeMarcus is an accountant by trade. He has over eight years of experience in the field of accounting, and currently function as a Senior Treasury/Revenue Accountant for the past five years. Although accounting is his background, baking has always been a passion. Granny’s Scratch Kitchen is DeMarcus’ way of honoring his Granny while allowing the world to experience some of her love.

Slutty Vegan Atlanta, GA With a name like Slutty Vegan, I’m sure I wasn’t the only one expecting a different type of establishment. Definitely was not expecting a food spot, let alone a black food spot and for sure not a black vegetarian food spot. But that is exactly what Pinky Cole has started in Atlanta. Knowing sex sells, Cole can up with the name Slutty Vegan as a play on words to hook customers. Her food follows the playful use of sexualized innuendos. Atlanta natives and visitor jockey in line to get their fix of a “sloppy toppy” or a “one night stand” or a “menage-a-trois.” Cole opened up to Forbes magazine about the purposeful play on sensuality. “It’s always interesting to watch the most conservative people asking for “One Night Stands.” she shared. “They try to whisper it so nobody can hear them! I remember one time when a woman was talking about ordering a “Ménage à Trois” burger, and her husband chimed in, “ I want a ménage trois too.” The dead stare the woman gave to her husband let us know that Slutty Vegan was not the best place for feuding couples.” Among its fans are a roster of celebrities, including Jermaine Dupri, Lil Baby, Snoop Dogg, Tyler Perry and Tiffany Haddish, all of whom have been declared “sluttified.” Patron new to Slutty Vegan are known as virgins. Returning customers are called sluts. Wherever they fall on the experience scale, they have an experience that they will talk about for years to come.

Pinky Cole is a native of Baltimore, MD and a graduate of Atlanta’s Clark Atlanta University. Before starting the slutty craze, she serves as a television producer on the hit shows such as “Iyanla: Fix My Life” and “The Maury Show.” Her background in production and her social media prowess has propelled her to three locations and more to come. Southern Girl Desserts Los Angeles, CA Founded in 2007, Southern Girl Desserts is co-owned by Catarah Coleman and Shoneji Robison, who combined their family recipes to create a Southern cupcake and dessert arsenal. “The ultimate compliment to us is when our customers say, ‘This is better than my mama’s,’” Coleman says. “Our focus and background set us apart from other bakeries—we’re a shop with Southern ideals and Southern recipes.” The self-proclaimed “Dessert Divas” bake from scratch based upon traditional flavors and home-style techniques, offering cupcakes made from the heart. They also create one-of-a-kind cakes, puddings, cookies, pies, and candy at their bakery in the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in Los Angeles. “We pride ourselves on turning real ingredients into distinct and comforting ‘delectables,’” says Robison. “Everything is made with love, and we never cut corners cut.” Both Coleman and Robison were raised in Florida and attended Florida A&M University, but did not meet until they relocated to the West Coast and were introduced by a fellow Delta Sigma Theta sorority sister. Coleman noticed that the City of Angels was in need of some Southern hospitality and flair, and what better way to showcase the flavors she grew up with than through a Southern-focused bakery. Six months after the launch of Southern Girl Desserts, Robison, an actress, joined as co-owner, bringing in a matching love for baking and a hearty list of potential celebrity clientele. The Dessert Divas worked together to build a successful business based upon the baking and the hospitality of their childhood. “We want to remind our guests of all the great flavors found in the South,” Robison explains. “We’re just two Southern girls who love to bake, and we want to share that love with others.” Coleman and Robison received national recognition when they competed on and won Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars.” The women were bestowed with a $10,000 prize and the opportunity to cater the Chicago Toy and Game Fair, a black tie gala. The women are also featured for their celebrity dessert catering on E! Network’s “L.A. Sugar, and recently introduced new plant-based desserts called “NewtriGirl”: The healthy Southern Girl. - VoyageLA

Ida B’s Table Baltimore, MD Ida Bell Wells-Barnett was an African-American investigative journalist, educator, and an early leader in the civil rights movement. She was also one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Chef David Thomas and his wife Tonya pair the story of the pioneer with the food of the struggle, southern food. Ida B’s Table transports you to a place where food reminded you of good times and love. When seasoning were heavy, portions were plentiful and tables were full of memories. Chef Thomas learned to cook while watching his grandmother in Greensboro, NC. His grandmother would slaughter her own meat, as well as, ground her own spices, cornmeal and salt. Chef Thomas and his wife are no stranger to the soul food cuisine world. Thomas served creative soul food dishes sourced from local farms at the former “Herb and Soul” in Parkville, MD. Now in his own restaurant he continues to push the envelope on what soul food can and will be. Ida B’s Table offers a modern twist on soul food. They take a hard look at the African American culinary culture and walk your palette from Africa to slavery to the 1960s to present day. Dishes like West African Maafe, Yardbird and Dirty South Frittatas all add to the story of Ida B’s Table. “We’re adding that new twist on familiar items instead of just doing regular collard greens, [like] doing the Liberian greens completely vegetarian.” shares Chef Thomas with Eater. “It’s kind of smoky, kind of sweet, a little spicy, but it’s derived from Liberia where they traditionally put in seafood, some kind of smoked fish or shrimp. But I’m just doing them in a vegetarian way. “ True to its name, Ida B’s Table celebrates the culture of African Americans in Baltimore and beyond. The dining boasts portraits of African American history makers, including Ida B Wells herself. Next to her portrait is an inscription that reads: “The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.”

Elev8 Your Mental Health by Jordyn Nicole

Charlotte’s leading ketamine clinic and holistic health & wellness center. “Depression, anxiety, PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder), and chronic pain can be debilitating.” Dr. Legree notes. “Often, patients have tried everything and come to me as a last resort—which is incredibly unfortunate.” Ketamine is a breakthrough treatment for depression, anxiety, and pain. It acts differently from traditional antidepressants in that it increases neuroplasticity —the quantity and quality of connectivity in the brain— and creates new pathways of communication between cells within the brain known as synaptogenesis.

Dr. LaKesha Legree is on a mission to end the stigma and shame of mental health awareness and help others live their very best lives. The owner of Charlotte’s Elev8 MD Wellness Center, a facility using a holistic approach to improving client’s quality of life, Dr. Legree knows firsthand what it means to be functioning and depressed. “We have been taught to think of mental illness as a taboo.” Explains Dr. Legree. “It goes all the way back to ancient Greece when a “stigma” was a brand used to mark slaves, criminals, and persons suffering from depression, autism, anxiety, and other mental illnesses.” As an Anesthesiology medical resident, it was extremely common for Dr. Legree to work 70-80 hour weeks. What her family, friends and co-workers did not know is that while she came to work each day, she was suffering from depression. After a fellow resident took their own life, Dr. Legree found the strength to embrace her own truth and address the commonalities of her physician colleagues. After research and planning, Dr. Legree opened

Rather than waiting 4 to 6 weeks for an oral anti-depressant treatment to work, Ketamine infusions are proven to effectively relieve depressive symptoms in up to 70% of patients within hours of their first or second treatment for some. Additionally, ketamine doesn’t carry the negative side effects of traditional antidepressants such as weight gain / loss, changes in libido, interruptions in sleep, increased irritability and sexual dysfunction. Every step of the way Elev8 MD focuses on holistic patient wellbeing with an on-staff mental health professional, life coach, massage therapist, acupuncturist, IV hydration and nutritional repletion, Reiki healing touch therapy and mindfulness training. Elev8 MD believe in treating the whole person from beginning to end. Dr. LaKesha reminds us that “As much as we have been taught through generations to pray over difficult situations, we must learn to acknowledge and accept that the Lord created mental health providers along with mental health pharmaceuticals that are available to help get you through the transition of a difficult yet temporary situation.” Find out more about Elev8 MD and Dr. LaKesha Legree at www.Elev8MD.com.

Branding and Marketing from the Eyes of Khalif M. Townes by Khalif M. Townes For the last 18 Years, I have spent my career in Branding and Marketing. It amazes me how some people still do not understand that in order to be successful it all starts with Branding and Marketing. Branding is the foundation of your business and/or career. It’s your identifying mark or your signature to the way you operate and present things. Creating a Brand first starts off with figuring out what you want to do, how you can do it and how can you make it stand out. Elements of the Branding process include development of a Name, Development of a Logo and a Slogan. Depending on the type of business you are, you can also have defining or signature things that you do. Let’s say that you were a soul food restaurant and everyone loved your Mac and Cheese because instead of using 3 cheeses, you may use 7. And Instead of using the standard noodles, you may use another type of noodle which sets you apart from what’s standard and henceforth creates a signature for your brand. Now, if you are an Artist, the tactics are the same, just focused a little differently. What I mean is your brand may be your actual name or some type of creative spelling of your name. Let’s take Patti LaBelle for instance. A lot of people don’t know that her last name is not LaBelle. The Name became apart of her when she decided to go solo after ending the group Patti and the BlueBelles. She took on the Belle because it was already branded and just made it a little fun with the adding of “La” to the name hence the name LaBelle! As an Artist, you need to find unique ways to have your Name stand out along with the ability to find signature things you could do vocally or performance wise.

Its also very important that in today’s time of Social Media that you have all your social media names branded to the same thing. You don’t want to make people have to think what your name is on Instagram because its different than what you have setup on Twitter or another social media outlet. Be sure to keep your social media name as simple as possible. Also, remember to post as often as possible. Consistency in developing your Brand is very KEY! Post at all your events, post inspirational messages, post upcoming events and live content while at the event. The more content your followers and/or supporters see, the more they will want to interact and notice your brand. It’s also very important to use Hashtags that are relevant to the post you are creating. Always Hashtag the city, the Genre of Art you create and other things that may support your post. Be sure to always have a website! WEB SITES ARE NOT DEAD! Your website for the most part may be informational however can also generate you money to support your career! Rather it be via Blogging or Selling Merch. Overall, Evaluate all the aspects of who you are what you want to do and what you want to see accomplished. Itemize those elements put them in realistic priority order and set goals and timelines to make them happen. Khalif Townes is the founder and owner of The Townes Agency, Ugospel.com and Ticketlocity.com.

thelmahill.ajiboye.net Urban Bush Women 138 South Oxford Street, 4B Brooklyn, NY 11217 urbanbushwomen.org

Arts Organi zations


A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum 10406 S Maryland Ave Chicago, Illinois 60628 aprpullmanportermuseum.org African American Civil War Memorial 1925 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001 afroamcivilwar.org African American Firefighter Museum 1401 S Central Ave Los Angeles, California 90021 aaffmuseum.org African American Multicultural Museum 617 N Scottsdale Rd # A Scottsdale, Arizona 85257 African American Museum 3536 Grand Ave Dallas, TX 75210 aamdallas.org African American Museum and Library at Oakland 659 14th St Oakland, CA 94612


African American Museum in Philadelphia 701 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA 19106 aampmuseum.org

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater 405 W 55th St New York , NY 10019 alvinailey.org

African American Museum of Iowa 55 12th Ave SE Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401 blackiowa.org

Atlanta Dance Connection 2575 Harris St Atlanta, GA 30344 atlantadanceconnection.com

African American Museum of Nassau County 110 N Franklin St Hempstead, NY 11550 theaamuseum.org

Bebe Miller Company 140 2nd Ave #404 New York , NY 10003 bebemillercompany.org Cleo Parker Robinson Dance 119 Park Ave W Denver, CO 80205 cleoparkerdance.org Dallas Black Dance Theatre 2700 Ann Williams Way Dallas, TX 75228 www.dbdt.com Dance Theatre of Harlem 466 W 152nd St, New York, NY 10031 dancetheatreofharlem.org David Roussève REALITY 72-11 Austin Street, #371 Forest Hills, NY 11375 davidrousseve.com Debbie Allen Dance Academy 3791 Santa Rosalia Dr Los Angeles, CA 90008 debbieallendanceacademy.com Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre 17 North State Street, 19th Floor Chicago, IL 60602 deeplyrooteddancetheater.org Fist and Heel Performance Group 476 Dean St, Suite 3 Brooklyn, NY 11217 fistandheelperformancegroup.org Garth Fagan Dance 50 Chestnut St Rochester, NY 14604 garthfagandance.org Lula Washington Dance Theater 3773 Crenshaw Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90016 lulawashington.org Phildanco! 9 North Preston Street-Philadanco Way Philadelphia, PA 19104 philadanco.org Ronald K. Brown’s EVIDENCE 1368 Fulton Street Brooklyn, NY 11216 evidencedance.com The Joan Weill Center for Dance 405 W 55th Street, New York, NY 10019 Thelma Hill Performing Arts 1525 Pacific St, Brooklyn Brooklyn, NY 11213

African American Museum of Southern Illinois 1237 E Main St Carbondale, Illinois 62902 African American Museum of the Arts 325 S Clara Ave DeLand, FL 32720 africanmuseumdeland.org African-American Research Library and Cultural Center 2650 Sistrunk Blvd Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33311 Afro-American Historical and Cultural Society Museum 1841 John F Kennedy Blvd Jersey City, New Jersey 7305 Alabama State Black Archives Research Center and Museum 4900 Meridian St N Huntsville, Alabama 35810 Alexandria Black History Museum 902 Wythe St. Alexandria, Virginia 22314 alexandriava.govBlackHistory America’s Black Holocaust Museum 401 W North Ave Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53212 abhmuseum.org Anacostia Community Museum 1901 Fort Place SE Washington, D.C. 20020 anacostia.si.edu

Bertha Lee Strickland Cultural Museum 208 W South 2nd St Seneca, South Carolina 29678 Birmingham Civil Rights Institute 520 16th St N Birmingham, Alabama 35203 bcri.org Black American West Museum & Heritage Center 3091 California St Denver, Colorado 80205 bawmhc.org Black History 101 Mobile Museum Detroit, Michigan blackhistorymobilemuseum.com Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia 122 W Leigh St Richmond, Virginia 23220 blackhistorymuseum.org Bontemps African American Museum 1327 3rd St Alexandria, LA 71301 arnabontempsmuseum.com Brazos Valley African American Museum 500 E Pruitt St Bryan, TX 77803 bvaam.org Buffalo Soldiers National Museum 3816 Caroline St Houston, Texas 77004 buffalosoldiermuseum.com California African American Museum 600 State Dr Los Angeles, CA 90037 caamuseum.org Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History 315 E Warren Ave Detroit, MI 48201 thewright.org Clemson Area African American Museum 214 Butler St Clemson, South Carolina 29631 ca-aam.org Delta Cultural Center 141 Cherry St Helena, Arkansas 72342 deltaculturalcenter.com Dorchester Academy and Museum 8787 E Oglethorpe Hwy Midway, Georgia 31320 dorchesteracademyia.org Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum 2240 9th Ave S St. Petersburg, Florida 33712 woodsonmuseum.org DuSable Museum of African American History 740 E 56th Pl Chicago, IL 60637 dusablemuseum.org Finding Our Roots African American Museum 918 Roussell St Houma, Louisiana 70360 Frederick Douglass National Historic Site 1411 W St SE Washington, D.C. 20020 nps.govfrdoindex.htm George Washington Carver Museum 415 E. Grant St Phoenix, Arizona 85036 gwcmccaz.wordpress.com

Anne Spencer House and Garden Museum 1313 Pierce St Lynchburg, Virginia 24501 annespencermuseum.com

George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center 1165 Angelina S Austin, Texas 78702 austintexas.govcarvermuseum

APEX (African American Panoramic Experience) Museum 135 Auburn Ave NE Atlanta, Georgia 30303 apexmuseum.org

Great Plains Black History Museum 2221 N 24th St Omaha, Nebraska 68110 gpblackhistorymuseum.org

Arthur “Smokestack” Hardy Fire Museum 203 North Carey Street Baltimore, Maryland 21223

Hammonds House Museum 503 Peeples St SW Atlanta, GA 30310 hammondshouse.org

Banneker-Douglass Museum 84 Franklin St Annapolis, Maryland 21401 bdmuseum.maryland.gov

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center 4068 Golden Hill Rd Church Creek, Maryland 21622 nps.govhatu

Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum 300 Oella Avenue Baltimore, Maryland 21228 friendsofbenjaminbanneker.com

Harvey B. Gantt Center 551 S Tryon St Charlotte, North Carolina 28202 ganttcenter.org

Idaho Black History Museum 508 Julia Davis Dr Boise, Idaho 83702 ibhm.org International African American Museum 113 Calhoun St, Charleston Charleston, SC 29401 iaamuseum.org International Civil Rights Center and Museum 134 S Elm St Greensboro, North Carolina 27401 sitinmovement.org John G. Riley CenterMuseum of African American History and Culture 419 E. Jefferson Street Tallahassee, Florida 32301 rileymuseum.org Kansas African American Museum 601 N Water St Wichita, KS 67203 tkaamuseum.org L.E. Coleman African-American Museum 3011 Mountain Rd Halifax County, Virginia 24558 oldhalifax.comcountyColemanMuseum

564 Davis Ave Mobile, Alabama 36610 National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center 1350 Brush Row Rd Wilberforce, Ohio 45384 ohiohistory.orgvisitmuseum-and-sitelocatornational-afro-american-museum National Center for Civil and Human Rights 100 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW Atlanta, Georgia 30313 civilandhumanrights.org National Center of Afro-American Artists 300 Walnut Avenue Roxbury, Massachusetts 2119 ncaaa.org National Civil Rights Museum 450 Mulberry St Memphis, Tennessee 38103 civilrightsmuseum.org National Museum of African American Music 211 7th Avenue North, Suite 420 Nashville, Tennessee 37219 nmaam.org

LaVilla Museum 829 N Davis St Jacksonville, Florida 32202 ritzjacksonville.com

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center 50 E Freedom Way Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 freedomcenter.org

Legacy Museum of African American History 403 Monroe St Lynchburg, VA 24504 legacymuseum.org

National Voting Rights Museum 6 US-80 BUS Selma, Alabama 36701 nvrmi.com

Lewis H. Latimer House 34-41 137th St Flushing, New York 11354 lewislatimerhouse.org Louis Armstrong House 34-56 107th St Corana, New York 11368 louisarmstronghouse.org Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site Visitors Center 450 Auburn Ave NE Atlanta, Georgia 30312 nps.govmalu Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site 1318 Vermont Ave NW Washington, D.C. 20005 nps.govmamc Mary McLeod Bethune Home 640 Dr Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd, Daytona Beach, Florida 32114 nps.govplacesmary-mcleod-bethune-home Mary S. Harrell Black Heritage Museum 314 N. Duss Street New Smyrna Beach, Florida 32168 blackheritage.org Mayme A. Clayton Library and Museum 4130 Overland Ave Culver City, California 90230 claytonmuseum.org Mississippi Civil Rights Museum 222 North St #2205 Jackson, Mississippi 39201 mcrm.mdah.ms.gov Mosaic Templars Cultural Center 501 W 9th St Little Rock, Arkansas 72201 mosaictemplarscenter.com Muhammad Ali Center 144 N 6th St Louisville, Kentucky 40202 alicenter.org Museum of African American History & Abiel Smith School 46 Joy St Boston, Massachusetts 2114 nps.govboaflearnhistorycultureabiel-smithschool.htm Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts 80 Hanson Pl Brooklyn, New York 11217 mocada.org Museum of the African Diaspora 685 Mission St San Francisco, California 94105 moadsf.org Natchez Museum of African American History and Culture 301 Main St Natchez, Mississippi 39120 National African American Archives and Museum

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum 1616 E 18th St Kansas City, Missouri 64108 nlbm.com New Orleans African American Museum 1418 Governor Nicholls St New Orleans, LA 70116 noaam.org Northeast Louisiana Delta African American Heritage Museum 1051 Chenault Park Rd Monroe, Louisiana 71203 Northwest African American Museum 2300 S. Massachusetts Street Seattle, WA 98144 naamnw.org Odell S. Williams Now And Then AfricanAmerican Museum 538 South Blvd Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802 Old Dillard Museum 1009 NW 4th St Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33311 browardschools.comPage35769 Oran Z’s Black Facts and Wax Museum 3742 W Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd Los Angeles, California 90008 orans.com Paul R. Jones Collection of African American Art 2308 Sixth Street Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401 art.ua.edu/gallery/prj Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center 4519 Rhode Island Ave North Brentwood, Maryland 20722 pgaamcc.org Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture 830 E Pratt St Baltimore, MD 21202 lewismuseum.org River Road African American Museum 406 Charles St Donaldsonville, , LA 70346 africanamericanmuseum.org Rosa Parks Museum 600 University Ave Montgomery, Alabama 36082 troy.edustudent-life-resourcesartsculturerosa-parks-museumindex.html Sandy Ground Historical Museum 1538 Woodrow Rd Staten Island, New York 10309 Slave Mart Museum 6 Chalmers St Charleston, South Carolina 29401 oldslavemartmuseum.com Smith-Robertson Museum and Cultural Center 528 Bloom St Jackson, Mississippi 39202 jacksonms.govindex.aspx?NID=342

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture 1400 Constitution Ave NW Washington, DC 20560 nmaahc.si.edu Southeastern Regional Black Archives Research Center and Museum Florida A&M University Tallahassee, Florida 32307 cis.famu.eduBlackArchivesindex.html Springfield and Central Illinois AfricanAmerican History Museum 1440 Monument Ave Springfield, Illinois 62702 spiaahm.org Studio Museum in Harlem 429 W 127th St New York City (Manhattan), New York 10027 studiomuseum.org Tangipahoa African American Heritage Museum 1600 Phoenix Square Hammond, Louisiana 70403 taahm.org The African American Museum 55 12th Ave SE Cedar Rapids, IA 52401 blackiowa.org The African American Museum in Cleveland 1765 Crawford Rd. Cleveland, Ohio 44120 aamcleveland.wixsite.comaamc The George Washington Carver Museum 1212 West Montgomery Road Tuskegee, Alabama 36088 nps.govtuinindex.htm The Griot Museum of Black History 2505 St Louis Ave St. Louis, Missouri 63106 thegriotmuseum.com The Legacy Museum 115 Coosa Street Montgomery, Alabama 36104 museumandmemorial.eji.org



Art Forms and Theatre Concepts 1923 Reynoldsave North Charleston, SC 29405

Kuumba Ensemble 1021 Hartmont rd Suite755 Baltimore, MD 21228 Kuumbaensemble.org

Billie Holiday theatre 1368 Fulton St Brooklyn , NY 11216 thebillieholiday.org Black Ensemble Theater 4450 N Clark St Chicago, IL 60640 blackensembletheater.org Black Power Theatre blackpowertheater.com Black Repertory Group 3201 Adeline Street Berkeley, CA 94703 blackrepertorygroup.com Black Repertory Theater of Kansas City 4949 Cherry Street Kansas City , MO 64110 Kcrep.org Black Revolutionary Theatre Workshop theblackrevolutionarytheatreworkshop.org Black Spectrum Theatre 177-06 Bailsey Blvd Jamaica , NY 11434 blackspectrum.com Bushfire Theatre 224 S 52nd Street Philadelphia, PA 1939 bushfiretheatre.org Cincinnati Black Theatre 2237 Losantiville ave Cincinnati, OH 45237 cincinnatiblacktheatre.org Common Ground Theatre 4343 Ocean View Blvd San Diego, CA 92113 cgtsd.org Congo Square Theater Chicago, IL 60563 congosquaretheatre.org

The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum 1601 E North Ave Baltimore, Maryland 21213 greatblacksinwax.org

Crossroads Theatre Company 7 Livingston Ave New Brunswick, NJ o8901 crossroadstheatrecompany.org

Tubman Museum 310 Cherry St Macon, GA 31201 tubmanmuseum.com

Ebony Repertory Theatre 4718 West Washington Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90016 ebonyrep.org

Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site 1616 Chappie James Ave Tuskegee, Alabama 36083 nps.govtuaiindex.htm

ETA Creative Arts 7558 S South Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60619 etacreativearts.org

Tuskegee Airmen National Museum Museum 6325 West Jefferson Detroit, Michigan 48209 tuskegeemuseum.org

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theater Company 2100 Ridge Ave Evanston, IL 60201 cityofevantson.org

Weeksville Heritage Center 158 Buffalo Ave New York City (Brooklyn), New York 11213 weeksvillesociety.org

Harlem 9 harlem9.org

Wells’ Built Museum 511 W. South Street Orlando, Florida 32805 wellsbuiltmuseum.comcontact.html Whitney Plantation 5099 LA-18 St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana 70049 whitneyplantation.com William V. Banks Broadcast Museum 3146 East Jefferson Detroit, Michigan 48226 wgprtvhistory.org


African American Repertory Theatre 4849 W. Illinois Ave Dallas, TX 75211 aareptheater.com African American Repertory Theatre of VA P.O. box 12413 Richmond, VA 23241 aartofva.org African-American Shakespeare Company 762 Fulton Street, Suite 306 San Francisco, CA 94102 african-americanshakes.org

Harlem Repertory Theatre 240 E 123rd Street New York, NY 10035 harlemrepertorytheatre.com Hatiloo Theatre 37 South Cooper Memphis, TN 38104 hattiloo.org IKAM Productions PO Box 3354 Decatur, GA 30031 ikamproductions.com Images Theatre Company 5960 South Land Park Drive #138 Sacramento, CA 95822 imagestheatre.org Jag Productions 5 south Main street White River Junction, VT 5001 jagproductionsVt.com Jubilee Theatre 506 Main Street Fort Worth, TX 76102 jubileetheatre.org

Liberation Theatre Company 1855 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. New York, NY 10026 liberationtheatrecompany.org Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble lower-depth.com Mixed Magic Theatre 560 Mineral Spring Ave Pawruckett, RI 2860 mmtri.org MMPACT P.O. Box 10039 Chicago, IL 60610 mpaact.org National Black Theatre 2031 Fifth Ave New York, NY 10035 nationalblacktheatre.org Negro Ensemble Company 135 west 41st Street 5th Floor New York, NY 10036 necinc.org New Freedom Theatre 1346 N Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19121 freedomtheatre.org New African Grove Theatre Company 4355 Cobb Parkway, Ste J #157 Atlanta, GA 30339 newafricangrove.com New Federal Theatre 543 w. 42nd Street New York, NY 10036 newfederaltheatre.com New Heritage group Theatre 229 west 135th New York, NY 10030 newworldstation.com New Mcree Theatre 2040 W carpenter RD Flint, MI 48505 thenewmccreetheatre.com New Professional Theatre 229 West 42nd Street #501 New York, NY 10036 newprofessionaltheatre.org New Venture Theatre P.O. BOX 45792 Baton Rouge, LA 70895 newventuretheatre.org North Carolina Black Repertory P.O. Box 95 Winston Salem, NC 27102 ncblackrep.org NuAfrican Theatre nuafrikantheatre.org Passinart Theatre Company P.o Box 6407 Portland, OR 97228 passinart.org Paul Roberson Theatre 350 Mastern Ave Buffalo, NY 14209 aaccbuffalo.org Penumbra Theatre 270 N kent st St.Paul, MN 55102 penumbratheatre.org Pins Point Theatre pinpoints.org Plowshares Theatre Company 440 Burroughs st #185 Detroit, MI 48202 plowsharestheatre.org Rites and Reason Theatre Brown University Providence, RI 2912 brown.edu Soul Rep Theatre Company soulrep.org

Karamu House Theatre 2355 E. 89th Street Cleveland, OH 44106 karamuhouse.org

St Louis Black Repertory Theater 6662 Olive Blvd University City, MO 63130 theblackrep.org

Agape Theatre Project agapetheatreproject.com

Kennie Playhouse Theatre kennieplayhousetheatre.com

Arena Players 801 McCulloh street Baltimore , MD 21201

Kenny Leon’s True Color Theatre Company 887 West Marietta Street, Suite J-102 Atlanta, GA 30318

Stage Aurora Theatrical Company P. O. Box 28283 Jacksonville, FL 32218 stageaurora.org The Black Theatre Troupe

1333 East Washington Street Phoenix, AZ 85034 blacktheatretroupe.org
 The Classical Theatre of Harlem 8 W 126th Street New York, NY 10027 cthnyc.org The Ensemble Theatre 3535 Main Street Houston, TX 77002 ensemblehouston.com The Hansberry Project 5951 44th ave South Seattle, WA 98118 hansberryproject.org The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre 762 Fulton Street San Francisco, CA 94102 lhtsf.org The M Ensemble 6103 NW 7th Ave, Miami, FL 33127 themensemble.com The Mahogany Project Seattle, WA mahoganyproject.org The Movement Theatre 279 West 117th Street #2Q New York, NY 10026 themovementtheatrecomany.com The Robey Theatre Company 514 S. Spring Street Los Angeles, CA 90013 robeytheatrecompany.org The Source Theater Company 721 Santa Fe Drive Denver, CO thesourcedenver.org Towne Street Theatre 4101 Budlong Ave., Suite 4 Los Angeles, CA 90037 townestreetla.org Tuskegee Repertory Theatre 201 South Main Street Tuskegee, AL 36083 tuskegeerep.com Ujima Company, Inc 429 Plymouth Ave Suite 2 Buffalo, NY 14213 ujimacoinc.org Unity Theatre Ensemble P.0. Box 1035 St.Louis, MO 63031 utensemble.org Upstage Theatre Company Inc Baton Rouge, LA 70815 upstagetheatre.biz Watts Village PO Box 72715 Los Angeles, CA 90002 wattsvillage.org

Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute 120 E 125th St New York, NY 10035 cccadi.orghome-page Carver Community Cultural Center 226 N Hackberry San Antonio, TX 78202 thecarver.org Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance 1368 Fulton St. Brooklyn , NY 11216 cumbedance.org Harlem School of the Arts 645 St Nicholas Ave New York, NY 10030 hsanyc.org Harvey B. Gantt Center for AfricanAmerican Arts+Culture 551 S Tryon St Charlotte, NC 28202 ganttcenter.org I, Too Arts Collective - Langston Hughes House 20 East 127th Street New York , NY 10035 itooarts.com Mosaic Templars Cultural Center 501 W 9th St Little Rock, AR 72201 mosaictemplarscenter.com National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center 1350 Brush Row Rd Wilberforce, OH 45384 ohiohistory.org The Black Academy of Arts and Letters 650 S Griffin St Dallas, TX 75202 tbaal.org The Center For Afrofuturist Center 120 N. Dubuque St Iowa City, IA publicspaceone.com/cas The Watering Hole 1644 Main St., Studio 9 Columbia , SC 29201 twhpoetry.org Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site 1616 Chappie James Ave Tuskegee, AL 36083 nps.gov


Atlanta Black Jazz Festival 400 Park Dr NE Atlanta , GA 30306 atlantafestivals.com DC Black Theater Festival dcblacktheatrefestival.com

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe 1012 N. Orange Ave Sarasota, FL 34236 westcoastblacktheatre.org

Essence Music Festival 1500 Sugar Bowl Dr- Mercedes Benz Superdome New Orleans, La 70112 essence.comfestival

Youth Ensemble of Atlanta 9 Gammon Ave Atlanta, GA 30315 youthensemble.org

International Association of Blacks in Dance P.O. Box 1544 Washington, DC 20013 iabdassociation.org


African American Museum and Library at Oakland 659 14th St Oakland, CA 94612 oaklandlibrary.org Amazing Grace Conservatory 2401 W Washington Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90018 amazinggraceconservatory.org Apollo Theater 253 W 125th St New York, NY 10027 apollotheater.org August Wilson Center for African American Culture 980 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh,, PA 15222 culturaldistrict.org Bishop Arts Theatre Center 215 S Tyler St Dallas, TX 75208 bishopartstheatre.org Black Arts & Cultural Center - Kalamazoo 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste. 202 Kalamazoo, MI 49007 blackartskalamazoo.org

National Black Arts Festival Peachtree Center, North Tower, 235 Peachtree Street, Ste. 1725 Atlanta, GA 30303 nbaf.org National Black Theater Festival PO Box 95 Winston Salem, NC 27102 ncblackrep.orgcontact-ncbrc-2 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 1751 Gentilly Blvd New Orleans, LA 70119 www.nojazzfest.com Riverfront Jazz Festival 650 S. Griffin St Dallas , TX 75202 tbaalriverfrontjazzfestival.org The Fire This Time Festival 85 E. 4th St. New York, NY, 10003 firethistimefestival.com Unity Fest Dallas 3536 Grand Ave. Dallas , TX 75210 unityfestdallas.com

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