4 Events Featuring Black Women You Don't Want to Miss This Week

Check out these upcoming events featuring black women and continue to send events that are centered around black womanhood to events@forharriet.com. Be sure to check back each week for new events!

1. Simply Simone Presented by Hattiloo Theatre
Date: Thursday June 4, 2015 7:30pm
Location: Memphis, TN
Admission: $16-$28

Child prodigy. Jazz superstar. Civil rights activist. Political exile. Nina Simone was all of these things, and more. One of the true divas of the 20th century and a genuine musical powerhouse, she defined a generation and defied classification. Silky, soulful, and untamed, her voice will put a spell on you. She'll melt your heart, she'll chill you to the bone. But watch out! Cross her and she'll lash back, leaving you singing the blues!

This is an electric new revue based on the turbulent life and rich artistic legacy of this American musical icon, sure to be a hit with audiences everywhere. The score to Simply Simone crosses genres from gospel to blues to Broadway to rock and roll, and features such definitive Simone classics as “I Loves You Porgy,” “The Look of Love,” “My Baby Just Cares for Me,” “To Be Young, Gifted, and Black” and “Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood.”
2. BrownGirl. Bluegrass
Date: Friday June 5, 2015 7:30pm
Location: New York, NY
Admission: $15

BrownGirl. Bluegrass. - an autobiographical story of its star and creator Berry - examines the
rarely documented cultural history of African-Americans in Kentucky. Berry blends the perspectives of her own childhood through Kentucky geography and personal events while honoring the work of important ancestors whose lives parallel with her own. Her take on the culture, geography and the history of Kentucky is poignant, didactic, and enlightening as we see the historical figures of our enriching and emotional past come to life with ancestral music to soundtrack these powerful stories. A one-woman show with seven original songs that evoke the ideas of womanhood, family, love and race, as well as push universal themes and intergenerational messages in every piece of poetry, prose, and song. A historical adventure and homage to her heritage and ancestors, BrownGirl. Bluegrass. teaches us that we are all beautiful and powerful.

Date: Friday June 5, 2015 6pm
Location: New York, New York
Admission: $75-$200

AFRICA'S OUT will hold a fun filled night to celebrate Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina; and to bring awareness and funds to non-profit organisation UHAI EASHRI (the East African Sexual Health and Rights Initiative) and the work they do for LGBTI East Africans. The night will include Live performances from Solange Knowles and AFROPUNK Fest alums Cakes Da Killa and Electric Punanny; as well as a set from DJ Cuppy. 

AFRICA'S OUT was founded by Brooklyn based Kenyan artist and activist Wangechi Mutu, with a mission to "change the way we ALL engage with Africa."

4. WORD! - A Caribbean Book Fest
Date: Saturday June 6, 2015 1:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Admission: $10

WORD! – A Caribbean Book Fest, is an afternoon-long celebration of Caribbean letters and thought for all ages. The program highlights the range and diversity of literary work emanating from the Caribbean and writers invested in the Caribbean Diasporic narrative.

Presented with support from Medgar Evers College (CUNY), Caribbean Research Center, Charles Evans Iniss Memorial Library, School of Liberal Studies and Education, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts; Poets & Writers, Inc.

Mark your calendar for these upcoming events:
June 13-14 - #BlackGirlsMatter, Boston, MA
June 17 - Floetry Reunion Tour, Northfield, OH
June 18 - Detroit Premier of TREASURE: From Tragedy To Transjustice, Mapping A Detroit Story, Detroit, MI

Alexis Jackson is a visual artist, writer, and editorial assistant at For Harriet. You can follow her on twitter @_alexisjacks.