3rd Thursday: Community Night
Enjoy a special community night designed by Albuquerque poet laureate Hakim Bellamy. This is Hakim's vision for the evening:
"Much like the 43 Black artists presenting in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s traveling exhibit, six Black artists from Albuquerque will embrace many universal themes and also evoke specific aspects of the African American experience. With an eye on the past and an eye on the future, a cohort of young African American poets, musicians, DJs, singers, rappers and b-boys will perform their interpretation of history as it manifests itself in their performance art today.
J.F.K. is visual artists and emcee Jungle1 (Melvin Mayes), DJ Flo Fader (Roscoe Floyd), and Khalil Ekulona (aka Pope YesYesYa’llDaFirst). J.F.K. is precise lyricism over meticulously curated beats. Both old school and futuristic, J.F.K. has been keeping hip hop intelligent and fun (just the way the ancestors wanted) since 2007.
Also bringing roots music, “race” music, gospel and R&B is Sina Soul and Rodney Bowe. As professional touring musicians and local treasures, Sina and Rodney will connect the evolution of Black music to the indigenous roots of Hip Hop culture.
Albuquerque’s Inaugural Poet Laureate Hakim Bellamy, will bring the Renaissance to the evening with language, narrative and song to give context and color to the exhibit and the performances all evening."
This evening is possible thanks to the generous support of