Kravis Center Celebrating Black History Month
Offering Free Virtual Programs Courtesy of NJPAC
As we celebrate Black History Month, the Kravis Center invites you to enjoy a series of engaging experiences including music, stories, discussions and more. Created and presented by NJPAC (New Jersey Performing Arts Center).
From Madam C.J. Walker — the world’s first self-made female millionaire of any race — to contemporary business titans like Jay-Z and Merck’s CEO Ken Frazier, Black business leaders have not only built their companies despite formidable obstacles, but they’ve viewed their work as an essential component of the struggle for justice.
Join the next PSEG True Diversity Film screening at NJPAC, for a look at the long and inspiring history of Black business leadership and Black entrepreneurship, and how both have impacted the social justice movement.
This season, the films NJPAC will present through the PSEG True Diversity Film Series will focus on social and racial justice, in response to the uprisings against systemic racism that have spread around the globe in 2020. To continue these presentations safely during the pandemic, NJPAC has redesigned this series to work as a book club: Viewers will watch the selected films at home, then come together on a Zoom video conference to discuss the film with panelists who can offer context and insight.
We encourage everyone to view Boss: The Black Experience in Business.
Moderated by Chike Uzoka, Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of the Newark-based Valentine Global, our panelists of business owners, executives and academics in the field will talk about the support networks available to Black-owned businesses, the secrets of maintaining resilience in the workplace, the value of mentorship, and the vital importance of Black entrepreneurs.
This event will be available at Kravis @ Home for 48 hours beginning on February 26, 2021 at 9 am.
Tuesday, March 2 at 7 pm
Alto Madness: Charlie Parker Centennial Celebration
NJPAC and Jazz Standard present an online celebration of the legendary Charlie Parker! 100 years after his birth and long after his death at the young age of 34, the jazz master’s legacy is as vital as ever. GRAMMY® Award-winning producer Seth Abramson hosts this conversation with alto sax stars Charles McPherson and Donald Harrison, delving into all things Bird—from the creation of bebop to his influence on their own careers. Plus, they’ll give on-the-spot live performances of Charlie’s classic compositions. Don’t miss this opportunity to deep dive into the life and music of one of the all-time greats, from the comfort of your home. Preregistration is required for this event.
“Charles [McPherson] is the very definition of excellence in our music.” –Wynton Marsalis
“[Donald Harrison] has exemplified the developments of mainstream jazz over the last two decades.” –New York Times
Part of the Icons Series
This program is curated by Seth Abramson, Rabbit Moon Productions, Inc.
Friday, March 5
Funk Wizdom and Other Afrofuturistic Tales
George Clinton in conversations with Nona Hendryx
You’re invited to a deep-dive, no-hype, real-talk interview with the Godfather of Funk himself, George Clinton. R&B Hall of Famer Nona Hendryx (Labelle, Mamafunk) will sit down with George for a no-holds-barred conversation about art, music, sex, hopes and dreams, life and afterlife. They’ll delve into Afrofuturism and Afropastism: from Sun Ra to Donald Glover (AKA Childish Gambino), The Invisible Man to Watchmen, Blaxploitation to Black Panther, Sister Rosetta Tharpe to Oprah Winfrey.
This event will be available at Kravis @ Home for 48 hours beginning on March 5, 2021 at 9 am.
Part of the Icons Series
Presented in association with Danny Kapilian.