Saturday, February 16, 2008

Black Aesthetic Experience

During the famous Black cultural explosion of the 1920’s, Harlem became a
hub for jazz, poetry, art, and literature. Count Basie, Duke Ellington,
and Bessie Smith brought a new musical format that caught the attention of
all New Yorkers as well as folks throughout the entire country. Langston
Hughes energized the poetry world with his common folk poetry, and Nella
Larsen, Jesse Lee Fausett, and Walter White wrote of the Black experience
in their novels. Zora Neale Hurston boldly walked the streets of Harlem
studying the African American from an anthropological perspective.

On February 16, during Black History Month, the Alumnae
Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will re-capture the essence of that
period when they host the Black Aesthetic Experience, featuring jazz,
poetry and literature at the WOW Cafe and Wingery, 18866 Stone Oak
Parkway, Suite 108.
This event will begin at 6:00 pm with the nationally
known saxophonist Spot Barnett playing jazz from the past and will feature
national authors Maureen Smith, Evelyn Palfrey, Caleb Alexander, Olga
Samples Davis, Kimberly Kaye Terry, Laura Thompson, and Almas J. Sami.
There will be free food and refreshment. The program will end with a book
signing from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Admission is free, so come out and enjoy
some great jazz, powerful poetry, and interesting readings along with
delicious food and drink. For further information about this event please
feel free to contact Frederick Williams at fredwilliams@ or
(210) 479-5484.