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African American History Via Black Dolls

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The National Black Doll Museum of History & Culture – the only museum in the country whose mission is to preserve the history of African Americans through the art and craft of Black dolls – will spend 2020 telling the story of beauty, culture and empowerment in its newest exhibit VIBE: Visions In Black Elegance. The exhibit features the 40th Anniversary of Black Barbie and a tribute to The Ebony Fashion Fair.

The exhibit opens in May with the annual Mother’s Day Tea held at Lombardo’s in Randolph, MA, commemorating the creation of the first Black Barbie doll by Kitty Black Perkins, this year guest speaker.

“Yes, She Does Come In Black!” This May, the museum will pull out all the high fashion stops (with over 300 Barbie’s…) to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the original Black Barbie doll. As we explore the creativity of her designer, Kitty Black Perkins, we’ll look at the significance of this groundbreaking doll. Why was a Black Barbie so important? How has she changed in the last four decades? And how has she changed the industry? This will truly be a series of exhibits not to be missed by any Barbie lover.

Continuing on the theme of elegance and style, The Museum will present “The Ebony Fashion Fair: A Retrospective.” Using our fashion dolls and a treasure trove of artifacts, we journey through sixty years of the famous and glamourous touring Ebony Fashion Fair and its innovative founder, Eunice Johnson. Highlights include life-size mannequins dressed in garments selected from the pages of Ebony magazine and recreated by local seamstresses, an affirmation wall where visitors can share their wisdom and “I SEE ME” – an immersive experience reminding us: representation matters!

So, immerse yourself this spring in empowerment and elegance. VIBE with us as we examine the lives of Kitty Black Perkins and Eunice W. Johnson, role models of Black women empowering themselves and others with visuals that showed the unmistakable truth: Black IS Beautiful!

About The Museum:
The National Black Doll Museum presented by the Doll E Daze Project Inc. has 5,000 dolls of color in their collection Located 35 miles south of Boston in Mansfield, MA. It is the first Black doll museum in New England, the second in the country, and the only doll museum in the world whose collection chronicles the history of African Americans through the eyes of a doll collector.

Learn more about the exhibit online at www.nbdmhc.org. It will be on display at the Museum, located at 288 N. Main Street in Mansfield, MA from May 12th – July 1st. A tea and reception is scheduled for Sunday May 10th from 11am to 4pm at Lombardo’s in Randolph, MA and will feature brief remarks by founder, Debra Britt, guest speaker Kitty Black Perkins, and others.

For more information, call (774) 284-4729 or visit the official web site at www.nbdmhc.org

For to purchase tickets, visit:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/barbie-mothers-day-teatalktribute-tickets-83611778079?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

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Breonna’s Garden Launches Intimate VR Experience at SXSW

Notable Art Curator Lady Pheønix Collaborates with the Family of Breonna Taylor to Bring Virtual Safe Spaces to SXSW, in a new VR Experience

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Notable Art Curator Lady Pheønix Collaborates with the Family of Breonna Taylor to Bring Virtual Safe Spaces to SXSW, in a new VR Experience

Last year, in solidarity with Breonna Taylor’s family, artist and curator Lady Pheønix developed Breonna’s Garden, a revolutionary framework for veneration through augmented reality (AR). Now, less than a full year later, the project is providing virtual safe spaces to larger audiences through fully immersive VR. The development of the project began after Lady Pheønix learned that Ju’Niyah Palmer, (Breonna’s younger sister) was receiving death threats while publicly grieving her sister’s murder on Instagram. After speaking with Ju’Niyah, it was apparent that she not only needed a safe space to process her grief; but so did entire online communities that supported Breonna.

The Garden has evolved from a healing tool for Ju’Niyah and her family into a healing tool for the nation. It’s a sanctuary where Breonna’s name can be said without negation. Following successes at Tribeca Film Festival, the Perez Art Museum Miami, the Augmented World Expo where Breonna’s Garden won Best Societal Impact Award.

SXSW is an opportunity to introduce Breonna’s Garden to international audiences at the intersection of art, tech, social justice, education, entertainment, film, gaming, and more. This special place is a room inside the family’s home filled with mementos and portraits of Breonna, all of which honor her life.

Lady Pheønix notes that the intention of Breonna’s Garden is to keep the legacy of Breonna Taylor in Bloom. She remarked, “I trust that audiences will connect with the greater truth, that Breonna deserves justice. I hope this experience softens hearts and that audiences are receptive to the massive amount of love present in such a way that they stand in solidarity heart to heart with Breonna’s family and the rest of the globe.”

Breonna’s Garden was created in partnership with a number of creatives who lovingly volunteered their time like legendary Australian artist Sutu who led the project as its art and technical director. Breonna’s Garden invites those who would like to experience the original AR version ahead of SXSW to download the app here. View the SXSW schedule here https://schedule.sxsw.com/2022/films/2054475. Now is the perfect time to say her name, louder.

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Dee Dee Bridgewater

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A Multi-Faceted Career in Jazz, Blues and Soul

Triple GRAMMY® Award Winner, Tony Award Winner, jazz singer and celebrated chanteuse, Dee Dee Bridgewater, brings her well-seasoned artistry to the Carver on Saturday, February 5, 8PM.    Having ascended to the upper echelon of vocalists, Bridgewater has put her own unique spin on the standards of jazz music, taking intrepid leaps of faith to re-envision the genre. Not only has she bridged jazz with other music forms, she pays homage to the city of her birth and the rich Memphis music scene that formed her musical roots. In her most recent album, Memphis…Yes, I’m Ready, she captured the magic and history of Blues, R&B, and Soul classics. As a result, the album sounds and feels like Memphis as she embeds her own fierce passion, originality, and incredibly dynamic interpretation of Jazz.

Bridgewater earned her first personal experience as a member of the legendary Thad Jones/Mel Louis Big Band and throughout the 70’s, she performed with such jazz notables such as Max Roach, Rollins, Dexter Gordan, and Dizzy Gillespie. After a foray into the pop world in the 1980’s, she relocated to Paris and began to turn her attention back to Jazz. Signing with the Universal Music Group as producer, Bridgewater released a series of critically acclaimed titles beginning with, Keeping Tradition in 1993. Ever the fearless voyager, explorer, pioneer, and keeper of tradition, Bridgewater embodies Jazz on an entirely different level.

For as long as she has been a musician, she has also been an activist.  She assisted impoverished children with a free breakfast program and served as a good-will ambassador for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.  In 2018, Bridgewater and her daughter/manager Tulani Bridgewater-Kowalski created The Woodshed Network to connect, support, educate, and mentor women in jazz.

Tickets can be purchased at the Carver Box Office (210) 207-2234, 226 N. Hackberry or via Ticketmaster.com at (800) 745-3000. The Carver Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and two hours prior to curtain. Tickets are $40. For more information call the Carver box office at (210) 207-7211.

COVID PROTOCOLS

It is highly recommended that all patrons and staff wear a mask for entrance and anytime they are away from their seats or not socially distanced. Masks are available upon request.  We will continue to enforce our safety initiatives including strict cleaning procedures until further notice.

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Hiplet Ballerinas

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Hip Hop en Pointe

The much-anticipated dance troupe, Hiplet Ballerinas,performsat the Carver on Saturday, January 22, 8 PM.  Specifically designed to make ballet accessible to all, Hiplet™ is a fusion between classical pointe technique, Hip-Hop, African, Latin and other urban dance styles to create a never-before-seen type of dance.   Hiplet™ was created by Artistic Director Homer Hans Bryant in the early 90s with the goal of mixing ballet with popular songs familiar to the audience while simultaneously maintaining its classical roots. The artform has since blossomed and performances incorporate music and dance rooted in communities of color.  The company has been featured and collaborated within global companies such as Mercedes Benz, Vogue’s Anna Wintour, New York and Paris Fashion Week, W Magazine, Versace, and Old Navy. Featuring 10 dancers, The Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center is excited to partner with ECE Touring to bring its touring show to audiences everywhere.

Tickets can be purchased at the Carver Box Office (210) 207-2234, 226 N. Hackberry or via Ticketmaster.com at (800) 745-3000. The Carver Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and two hours prior to curtain. Tickets are $35. For more information call the Carver box office at (210) 207-7211.

In addition, Hiplet Ballerinas will perform before school-aged children as part of the Carver’s Youth Matinee Series, Friday, January 21, 11 AM.    The Youth Matinee Series epitomizes the Carver’s mission of making the arts available to the community through a series of enriching and exciting performances designed to engage a youthful audience. Matinees are free and open to the public

COVID PROTOCOLS

It is highly recommended that all patrons and staff wear a mask for entrance and anytime they are away from their seats or not socially distanced. Masks are available upon request.  We will continue to enforce our safety initiatives including strict cleaning procedures until further notice.

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