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2nd Annual New Mexico Black History Month Festival

2013 Festival Guide 3 exciting weekends with affordable activities for the entire family! Full Calendar of Events Inside Arts & Culture Weekend

Feb. 7 – 9

“Roots Revival Our Struggle, Our Glory, Our Story” @ Popejoy Hall Rhythms & Quisine Weekend

Feb. 15 – 16

Cotton Club Refined Dreamgirls CommUnity Throwdown Body & Soul Weekend

Feb. 23 – 24

WorkITOut Day New Mexico’s Gospel Best "A fully functional multiracial society cannot be achieved without a sense of history and open, honest dialogue.“ Aberjhani

Check the letters in the venue key below for event location Sunday




MLK MARCH University/ MLK 1:00pm (A)

MLK Breakfast 8am (B)

Pre-Festival Events in January 2013 Tuesday









26 UNM Africana Studies Black History Month Kickoff Brunch featuring Hill Harper 11am (E)

MLK Multicultural 1pm (C) MLK State Legislature 12noon (D)

WE’RE ALL OVER TOWN! New Mexico Black History Month Venues – Look for the letter next to the event in the festival calendar A. Meet @ the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard/University March to Civic Plaza Shuttles available B. Marriott Pyramid Journal Center 5151 San Francisco NE 87109 C. Congregation Albert 3800 Louisiana Blvd. NE 87109 D. Roundhouse Rotunda State Capitol Building E. University of New Mexico Campus Student Union Building Ballroom F. VSA N4th Art Center 4904 N. 4th Street NW 87107 G. Santa Ana Star Center 3001 Civic Center Circle NE Rio Rancho, NM 87144 H. University of New Mexico Campus Popejoy Hall – Shuttle Service Available


African American Performing Arts Center 310 San Pedro NE – Expo New Mexico San Pedro entrance


Ralph J. Bunche Academy School 230 Truman St. NE 87108

K. Town of Bernalillo 124 Calle Malinche Bernalillo, NM 87004 L.

Doubletree Hotel by Hilton 201 Marquette Ave, NW 87102

M. Albuquerque Convention Center Brazos Ballroom, East Complex – 1st Floor N. Albuquerque Convention Center Lower Level West Complex O. Hiland Theater 4800 Central Avenue SE 87108






FEBRUARY 2013 BLACK HISTORY MONTH FESTIVAL & Affiliated Events for complete details





7 Roots Revival APS Schooltime Show 9:30am (H) National Black HIV/Aids Awareness Day 4pm (I)



12 Nurtured In New Mexico 10:30 (K)



Valentine's Day

Black History Month Sponsor’s Reception 5:30pm (L) 17








Presidents' Day

24 New Mexico’s Gospel Best Competition 3:30pm (O)




1 Fade to Black Fletcher Nickerson 7pm (F)

2 Harlem Globetrotters 7pm (G)

8 African American Day – State Legislature (D)

9 Griffin’s Best Sweet Potato Pie Contest (Dropoff/ Judging only Winners announced on 2/15) 10a (J)

Roots Revival 8pm (I)

PMES Talent Show (E)

15 Cotton Club Refined Gala featuring Cece Peniston w/ Nikki Stanzione, emcee 8pm (M)

16 Dreamgirls & Delta’s Red Carpet Reception 2pm (I)


23 WorkITOut Day featuring C.J. Senter, Ernestine Shepherd, Rev. Michael Minor 9am (N)

CommUnity Throwdown Dance Party 9pm (L)

Arts February & Culture 7-8 IF YOU GO: Roots Revival

Making history! This will be the first time that a local African American company has ever produced a show at Popejoy Hall. Check out this original cabaret performance that chronicles the journey of African Americans from West Africa to the present in song, spoken word and dance. Roots Revival is produced by Rainbow Studio Theater. The 60+ member cast is comprised of Albuquerque’s A-list entertainers including Cathryn McGill, Hakim Bellamy, Michael Herndon, Zenobia Conkerite , Gene Corbin, world class dancer/choreographer Gabi Rojas, and singer/songwriter/choral director Stevie Springer. Rujeko Dumbutshena and African dance masters from the hit NYC Broadway production Fela! based on the life of African musician/activist Fela Kuti are also featured . Last year this show sold out quickly so purchase your tickets now! You won’t want to miss out on this historic event.

Gene Corbin in Roots Revival

$22.50 Reserved Seating Purchase online at or in person at the UNM bookstore, the Pit or any Albertsons Grocery Store. February 7, 2013 9:30am School Performance sponsored by APS February 8, 2013 8:00 pm (Doors 7:30) Popejoy Hall 203 Cornell Drive NE Albuquerque, NM 87107

About Rainbow Studio Theater Rainbow Studio was founded in 2009 to preserve African American literature and culture and to offer creative outlets for emerging and seasoned talent from within the African American community.

Special 2013 Roots Revival Participants Rujeko Dumbutshena, a Zimbabwean artist living in America will join the 2013 cast of Roots Revival with four of the original ensemble dancers from the hit musical FELA!. Rujeko Dumbutshena aspires for the highest western institutional accolades, while standing rooted in the antiquity of her people. Danielle Bridges, an up & coming makeup stylist from Albuquerque will join the Roots Revival team to train the cast on proper stage makeup for theatrical performances. Danielle has been featured in the Albuquerque Journal Sage Magazine as well as the Business Outlook for her work and emerging business – Passion Beauty Eternal Cosmetics. .

Rhythms & Quisine February 15 - 16 Cotton Club Refined Cece Peniston will bring the house down at Cotton Club Refined! This award winning entertainer will be backed up by New Mexico's own Cotton Club orchestra. There will also be special guest appearances by some of the best voices in the Southwest. And did we mention, your ticket covers your entrance and dinner for the evening?

IF YOU GO: Cotton Club Refined

$25 General Admission or $250/Table Purchase online at or call 505-407-6784. February 15, 2013 8:00 pm (Doors will open at 7:30 pm) Albuquerque Convention Center, Brazos Ballroom East Side

Sweet Potato Pie Contest Winners of the $500, $300 and $200 sweet potato pie contest will be awarded at Cotton Club Refined. MUST be present to win! Albuquerque Convention Center, Brazos Ballroom East Side 401 2nd Street Northwest Albuquerque, NM 87102


Experience Dreamgirls' first performance in the state of New Mexico at a special discounted price! You will dance in your seat as you hear unforgettable hits such as: "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," "One Night Only!," and "Listen.“ After the performance join The Albuquerque Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta and the Dreamgirls’ cast at the Red Carpet Reception.

CommUnity Throwdown You’ve heard DJ Hugh The Cool spin at First Fridays and now it is time for you to get down to his beats at the CommUnity Throwdown. This event is a time to meet some new folks and dance the night away all at no cost to you! This is a PERFECT opportunity for a Valentines weekend with the girls or a romantic getaway for you and your honey! Discount rooms are available at the Double Tree downtown. Check our website for details.

DREAMGIRLS Discount tickets available. Inquire at or at 505-407-6784. February 16, 2013 2:00 pm Popejoy Hall 203 Cornell Drive NE Albuquerque, NM 87107

The Albuquerque Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Red Carpet Reception will take place immediately following performance.

CommUnity Throwdown FREE February 16, 2013 9:00 pm - Midnight Double Tree Hotel Crystal Ballroom 201 Marquette Avenue Northwest Albuquerque, NM 87102

Body & Soul February 23 - 24 WorkItOut Day

IF YOU GO: WorkItOut Day

FREE February 23, 2013 9:00 am – 2:15 pm This event is FREE and open to all ages! We will have Ernestine Shepherd, "The Worlds Oldest Bodybuilder," C.J. Senter, The WorkOut Kid, and Reverend Michael Minor in the building to give us tips on how to live a healthy lifestyle. Other guests include: The Sankofa Wellness Institute, local New Mexico personal trainers, the Department of Health, and Blue Cross Blue Shield New Mexico. Come in your work out gear ready to get sweaty and meet renowned personal fitness experts!

Featuring: Ernestine Shepherd, "The Worlds Oldest Bodybuilder," C.J. Senter, The WorkItOut Kid, and Reverend Michael Minor. Albuquerque Convention Center, Lower East Side 401 2nd Street Northwest Albuquerque, NM 87102

New Mexico’s Gospel Best Competition FREE February 24, 2013 3:00 pm

New Mexico’s Gospel Best The New Mexico Black History Month Festival ends with a salute to gospel music. Curated by New Mexico’s own Rosalind Sanders Jones, this event promises to be uplifting and fun for the entire family. Watch someone go home with the 2013 New Mexico’s Best Award--a grand prize of $1,000!

Deadline to apply to compete to win $1,000: January 26, 2013. For more information inquire at Hiland Theater 4800 Central Ave SE Albuquerque, NM 87108

You could be a winner! Staycation Raffle Take a vacation right in your backyard! How would you like to win an all-expenses paid weekend to celebrate Black History Month? This “Staycation Raffle” allows you to do just that! Purchase a $10 raffle ticket at the site for your chance to win the entire Rhythms & Quisine Weekend package.

2nd Annual Griffin’s Best Sweet Potato Pie Contest Enter for your chance to win at the 2nd Annual Griffin’s Best Sweet Potato Pie Contest! This is your opportunity to show off your culinary skills, build community and receive bragging rights! You have the chance to win $500, $300, or $200! To compete, pay your $10 registration fee at the pie drop off site, Ralph J Bunche Academy School, between 10: 00 am – 12 noon on Saturday, February 9, 2013. Read competition guidelines at

2012 Griffin's Best Winner Angela Crawford

New Mexico’s Gospel Best Singing Competition Are you a member of a gospel choir, a praise group, or just a natural gospel singer? This is your chance to share your voice and talent with New Mexico! Show New Mexico what you’ve got at the New Mexico’s Gospel Best Competition! First prize winner receives $1000. The audition date and time is Saturday, January 26th from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm at Metropolitan Temple 1120 2nd St Albuquerque, NM. For more information visit

2012 Gospel Best Winner Davonda Bowens

We sincerely thank all of our sponsors!

The Black History Month Organizing Committee is a collaboration among organizations in Albuquerque who serve the African American community. Volunteers from within these organizations are historically coming together to produce an annual slate of activities for Black History Month. The New Mexico Black History Month Organizing Committee is a project of the New Mexico Community Foundation



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2013 Festival Guide for the 2nd Annual New Mexico Black History Month Festival