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August 17-25: 4th Annual Soul of Brooklyn Week


SOB13Soul of Brooklyn Week brings together and celebrates the best of the borough’s  African Diasporan arts and culture while promoting partnerships between local arts organizations and black businesses in Brooklyn. Attracting over 20,000 attendees, Soul of Brooklyn Week features concerts, film screenings, plays, festivals, workshops, art activations and more! Click here to visit the official Soul of Brooklyn website.

Soul of Brooklyn Week Events:

Soul of BK Launch Event + Concert
The Soul of Brooklyn launch will feature a performance by Seattle-based hip hop collective, Shabazz Palaces. There will also be performances by electro dub-hop group abstract random, and tunes by THEESatisfaction’s DJ Sassy Black and Stas THEEBoss. Join us as we celebrate the Soul of Brooklyn launch with live music, vendors, art activations, and more.

Greene Ave and Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217
2:00PM – 7:00PM

Tap + Cork Beer and Wine Festival
Tap+Cork presents the 1st Annual Brooklyn Beer & Wine Fest. Featuring local, regional, and national beer and wine shops, the festival will also include live entertainment, food, and tastings!

1428 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11216
1:00PM – 8:00PM

Brooklyn Jazz X Bed Vyne Brew
In partnership with the Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium, join The Jeff King Band and the Brandon Sanders Trio for a live performance. Meet us in Bed-Stuy, enjoy some live jazz, and sip local craft beers from Brooklyn.

370 Tompkins Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216
7:00PM – 9:00PM

H Street is a comedic play that follows Frankie, the newest resident of the rapidly gentrifying H Street, any city, USA. Armed with a city grant to build a community center, she has dreams of building the perfect home for her new neighbors, but quickly discovers that it takes more than good intentions to unite a neighborhood. The play will be performed right on the outdoor stoop of Bill Lee, acclaimed musician and father of filmmaker Spike Lee.

165 Washington Park, Brooklyn, NY 11205
7:00PM – 8:30PM
Suggested donation

PATTERNS OF SUCCESS: Bridging the gap between art, creative freedom and  entrepreneurship
Presented by Jo-Na A. Williams, Esq. founder of J.A. Williams Law – The Artist Empowerment Firm, she will discuss the current trend towards entrepreneurship and the specific tools artists need to become masters at ruling their market and making money on their terms. Stay after the workshop for a meet-and-greet with the presenters, and enjoy cocktails, food and tunes by a local DJ.

417 Marcus Garvey Blvd, Brooklyn, NY 11216
6:30PM – 10:30PM

MoCADA Makers: Trunk Show
MoCADA’s new trunk show series kicks off with the latest collection from Nigerian-American designer, Busayo Olupona. Complimentary refreshments provided.

80 Hanson Place, Brooklyn, NY 11216
6:00PM – 8:00PM

I Don’t Camouflage and MoCADA present an event hosted by M1 of Dead Prez. Featuring music by DJ Mike Flo, the night will be a fusion of music, dancing, lights, patterns, and colors and a celebration of our individuality and uniqueness. Come wearing pattern prints!

905 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
8:00PM – 11:00PM

The KIDflix Film Fest of Bed-Stuy

Come celebrate the 14th annual KidFlix Film Fest with a family-friendly films under the stars! This free film festival for kids and families is held every Friday night in August in Stuyvesant Heights’ Fulton Park.

Fulton and Lewis Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213
7:00PM – 9:00PM

Black Weirdo is a party that calls for Blackness to be celebrated and appreciated in all facets on earth and beyond. Hosted by THEESatisfaction and bklyn boihood, the party will feature tunes by OC Note, Mursi Layne, and Chocolate Chuck.

622 Degraw St  Brooklyn, NY 11217
11:00PM – 4:00AM
Advanced Tickets: $10


Artists Sam Vernon and Rushern Baker IV will lead middle school and high school aged students in creating abstract and landscape collage projects!

80 Hanson Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217
1:00PM – 4:00PM
Suggested donation

HCX | Mizik Ayiti! Summer Concert
Haiti Cultural Exchange presents Kont ak Mizik Anba Tonèl: Ochan pou Mimi Barthélémy. Performers will share Haitian folktales and songs by the late Mimi Barthélémy, presented by Melissa Beauvery, Jennifer Celestin, Atibon Legba, Laura Simms, and music by Riva Nyri Precil.

558 St Johns Place, Brooklyn, NY 11238
6:00PM – 9:00PM

Soul of BK X AFROPUNK Block Party

As part of this year’s AFROPUNK Festival, join us for the Soul of Brooklyn Week finale. The Block Party will feature DJs Rich Medina, Prince Paul, CX KIDTRONIK, and Mursi Layne. Check us for local Black owned business vendors of all types, art activations, and more!

Flushing Ave and Navy St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
1:00PM – 8:00PM

About Soul of Brooklyn: Soul of Brooklyn is a 32-member consortium of arts organizations with the mission of fostering collaboration between themselves and local businesses to bring arts programming to communities across Brooklyn.

About MoCADAThe Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) uses the visual arts as a point of departure for exploring new artistic production across a variety of disciplines. Through exhibitions and programming, MoCADA incites dialogue on pressing social and political issues facing the African Diaspora, and fosters a dynamic space for the creation and continuous evolution of culture.

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March 30: Fleurimond Catering’s Annual Showcase White Tie & Gloves Easter Ball


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Archive: An n’ Pale with Photographer Marc Baptiste


Photo Credit: Jocelyn McCalla

On March 22nd Haiti Cultural Exchange (HCX) was pleased to have an An n’ Pale session with legendary photographer, Marc Baptiste, at Five Myles Gallery in Brooklyn.

The lively conversation was moderated by HCX’s Executive Director, Régine M. Roumain in front of an audience of over 100 people. Although Baptiste has photographed some of the world’s biggest stars including Jada Pinkett Smith, Idris Elba and President Obama, it is his love for Haiti that stole the show.

“I’m interested in beauty. I’m about uplifting my people…I leave it to CNN to show the blood and the gore…the world promised a lot of things and most of them didn’t deliver anything,” Baptiste pronounced when discussing his work in Haiti. He has not only dedicated himself to being a premier photographer, but also a man who is determined to see his homeland make great improvements. And while the rest of the world has failed to deliver much hope to Haiti, Baptiste is pushing full steam ahead to better his country and the way others view it. When questioned about the projects he’s involved with, Baptiste runs through an impressive list of works including KORE Kapòt – a public campaign to promote condom use among Haitian youth, “Bigger Than You” – a film focusing on surfing in Haiti, and a photography book titled “Cherie Haiti”.

Marc Baptiste chalked up his success to continually learning more about his craft. “You have to push yourself to learn,” he says. “If you truly love photography you have to do the work. I’m still learning. Nothing comes easy.” This was part of the advice he gave to young photographers, especially with the technology boom that’s currently raging. In response to a question posed by Roumain regarding how digital photography has changed his field, Baptiste replied, “Digital is here forever, but it’s still about good photography. It’s still about timing, framing, lighting…only the strong survive.” He also advised new photographers to find mentors in the field; people whom they can learn and grow from. He listed Helmut Newton and Richard Avedon as two of his most cherished and respected mentors.

Following the conversation was a slideshow depicting shots of Baptiste’s work. His subjects included celebrities like Garcelle Beauvais and Chrisitina Milian, but also contained his works in Haiti. Two memorable photographs were those of foreigners working and living in Haiti. One was a doctor by the name of Alison Thompson, who has been living and working in the country since the earthquake. Baptiste noted that Thompson sleeps in the tents with her patients, and has worked tirelessly to give them the best medical care possible. Benjamin, the other American worker, was a young man from Middle America who created a shoe line exclusively for young Haitian children who are in need.

The event closed with a question and answer session between the audience and Baptiste. The moment allowed for Baptiste to have a special meeting with one of his biggest admirers – a woman from Honduras who currently works in media. After professing her admiration for him and his work, this fan asked him when he realized that his work was a representation of not just him, but those of his race who work in the same field. Baptiste replied that it was on a flight back from Paris that he realized that his work stood as a testament to something larger than himself. He stated, “…it’s bigger than me. Where there is light, there is hope. I want to be that light, I want to be that hope to empower women and to empower people.”

Behind every legend is a student, someone who can take up the reigns and continue where their teacher has left off. Marc Baptiste doesn’t hope to leave just one prodigy behind, but many. He is currently the Chair of the photography program at the Cine Institute in Haiti. Though he calls this project a “work in progress,” it is certain that it will leave a great mark on the country, allowing for Haitian youth to show Haiti to the world through their eyes.

I attended the event hoping to get an insider’s view on the glamorous life of the Fashion industry, and ended up leaving inspired to continue supporting Haiti’s growth. Marc Baptiste’s most prized works are the ones that allow Haiti to shine in her own way. In his work, the viewer is able to find great beauty in the ordinary things that make up Ayiti. The landscape, the people – everything becomes extraordinary through his lens. It is with this unique eye and perspective that Marc Baptiste has been able to not only climb to the top of his profession but to also let a country that was once known as the Pearl of the Caribbean shine once again.

By Valerie Jean-Charles


To view Marc Baptiste’s work, visit his official website at



    This An n’ Pale | Café Conversation was sponsored, in part, by Prestige Beer.

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October 22: LOVE+SERVE Haiti Benefit Concert ft Wynter Gordon, Bridget Kelly, Ronnie James


Come out to the Gramercy Theatre for LOVE + SERVE, a night of music, art & fashion to benefit the children of  Haiti featuring performances by Wynter Gordon, Bridget Kelly, Ronnie James and DJ Getlive and hosted by supermodels Dani Evans (America’s Next Top Model) and Monica Watkins (Ford Models).

Purchase your tickets to this fantastic concert with a cause!

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to HAUP and Art in Motion. More info on both organizations is listed below the official LOVE + SERVE invite.

Love + Serve

About HAUP (Haitian-Americans United for Progress): HAUP is a not-for-profit community based organization that helps low-income families and individuals to live healthy and productive lives. HAUP was initially founded in 1975 to promote the welfare of Haitian refugees and immigrants. Since its founding in 1975 it has broadened its scope and reach to meet the needs of all its constituents regardless of nationality, ethnic origin or background. “We were elated to partner with Ford Model Monica Watkins, founder of Art in Motion, who has partnered with us in bringing much needed support to schoolchildren in Haiti through the Love and Serve program, our youth development initiative.” Elsie Accilien, Executive Director of HAUP

About Art In Motion: A movement created by model/artist/philanthropist, Monica Watkins, to discover and give a voice to incredible young talents from the inner-city who have a burning desire to be a part of something greater than themselves. Our mission is to seek out and nurture young, disadvantaged artists to grow, thrive, and effect positive change in the world through visual and performance art. Collectively, Monica and her kids have raised thousands of dollars for Housing Works, GEMS and Stoked Mentoring in NYC, The Diakonos Orphanage and Art Day Celebration in Haiti, and Doctors Without Borders for the Japan Disaster Relief Effort.

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