Saturday, May 16, 2009

Voices Rising - LGBTQ of Color Arts and Culture

Celebrate Pride with us at this evening of spoken word, hiphop, breakin’ and drag performance.

More info:; advance tix will be available at Brown Paper Tickets.

RICHARD HUGO HOUSE: 1634 11th Ave., Seattle, WA

JUNE 6 7 PM Doors $10-$25 Sliding Scale

With Special Guests: Mami Watu & Emiko Sugiyama

Mami Watu, Spoken Word Emcee, haijin and community activist has been writing and speaking her truth since 1989. Mentored by Black Arts Movement writers Robert Earl Price, Malkia M’buzi & Askia M. Toure, Mami first found her poet’s voice with the WordSong collective of Atlanta, Georgia. During her eleven year sojourn in Germany, Mami Watu benefited from the presence of other Black womyn writers in Berlin, such as Audre Lorde, Gloria Joseph, Storme Webber. • Born in Tokyo, Japan, Emiko Sugiyama has been dancing since the age of seven. In 2004, she moved to NYC and became a member of Illstyle & Peace Production, a Philadelphia based Hiphop dance company.


Storme Webber
Crystal Ybarra
Mikeya Harper
Dakota Camacho
THEE Satisfaction
Landon Longhill

Thursday, May 14, 2009

2009 Langston Hughes African American Film Festival Winners Announced

The Langston Hughes African American Film Festival (LHAAFF), an annual presentation of the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center in Seattle, Washington gives Northwest audiences a chance to view a diverse array of irreverent, poignant, provocative documentary and narrative films on topics such as youth, politics, history, social justice and relationships.

Films in the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival (LHAAFF) combine both call-for-work entries and curated films selected by the curator and committee. Awards are given to

call-for-work entries in three categories; Audience Award, Jury Award and Local Filmmaker Award. In 2009 the festival gave an additional nod to Short films as a separate category.



Director: Lenny Payan, Writer/Producer Carmen Scott Payan

In 2006, Carmen L. Scott was beginning her first season as a writer's assistant at "Law & Order: Criminal Intent". When a rough draft of a script for a hip-hop themed episode of the show crossed her desk in December of 2006, one month after the Sean Bell shooting, she began blogging about the 16 days it took to shoot the episode and the uneasiness she felt helping the stereotype-laden script get filmed. Ultimately she would turn the blog into a screenplay, and with the help of husband and partner, Lenny Payan, into a short film.


RY USA 2008
Director. Alrick Brown


Director. Alrick Brown
This haunting film explores impact and consequences of a union consecrated in blood. One couple's love story is a metaphor for the history of White/Black race relations in the USA. Filmmaker Alrick Brown continues to reveal himself as a "filmmaker to watch" winning two of the festival's most prestigious awards. Previous films by Brown include "Death of Two Sons", based on the lives of Amadou Diallo and Jesse Thyne, "Familiar Fruit" a modern day Greek tragedy that leaves the audience holding the torch, and "The Adventures of SuperN----", an allegory about the shooting death of Amadou Diallo.
All of these films have screened at the LHAAFF.


5 Days in July revisits the 1967 Newark Riots, an important cataclysmic moment in American history. This civil disturbance began when African American cab driver and musician John W. Smith was arrested, beaten and dragged into Fourth Precinct for a minor traffic infraction. This action triggered rebellion among the African American community that spread throughout Newark. To quell the unrest, government officials mobilized the New Jersey State Police and National Guard.


(USA 2009)
Director Georgio Brown

Local filmmaker Georgio Brown takes a detour from 18 years of producing Coolout TV to create an intimate look at hip hop and social justice collective, the 206 Zulu Nation. The 206 Zulus are multicultural family of artists who form the Seattle chapter of the larger 206 Zulu Nation, and international social justice hip hop movement founded by Afrika Baambata. Candid discussion, performance and interviews with members of the collective.

About the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival:

The Langston Hughes African American Film Festival supports community building by providing opportunities for artists and audiences to connect using the medium of film as a catalyst for dialogue that leads to social change. The festival creates year round opportunities to enhance media literacy, self reflection, and community discussion. By creating the shared experience of films that are by and about Black people, the festival is a creative and collaborative opportunity to build cultural competency across the aisle and across neighborhoods in greater Seattle.