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    Black History Month is important for several reasons; it functions as a time to remind us of the incredible leaps, bounds, sacrifices and contributions that Black people have made to the American canon over the past several centuries.

     

    While it's very important to take this month to brush up on your black history, it's equally important to engage and support the local artists of the present as they're in the process of creating history.

     

    As a part of our Black History feature, PFG encourages you to not only learn about blackness in the past tense, but to go out and celebrate what it means to be black right here in our present. These artists are guaranteed to blow your minds, trust us.

     

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    Get Pegged Cabaret feat. The Illustrious Blacks

     

    Join FringeArts for their monthly cabaret series Get Pegged, featuring afro-futurist DJ collective The Illustrious Blacks. Fusing funk, house, pop, fashion, dance and theater into one spellbinding live performance, The Illustrious Blacks have started to establish themselves as a group to look out for. Catch them on the ground floor this Friday, February 16, at Le Peg Restaurant.

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    LECTURES & LITERATURE
    Kirwyn Sutherland
    University of Pennsylvania - Kelly...
    February 20th, 2019

    Kirwyn Sutherland

     

    Local poet and performer Kirwyn Sutherland will be at the University of Penn's Kelly Writers House on Wednesday, February 20. Sutherland's work primarily centers the American Black experience, and he is also a Clincal Research Professional, a former Watering Hole fellow, and has been published in the likes of American Poetry Review and APIARY Magazine.

    Things Fall Apart: 20 Year Celebration of The Roots' Iconic Album

     

    When it comes to art, it doesn't get more local and more black than the beloved Roots crew. The hometown hip-hop heroes celebrate the 20th anniversary of their iconic release Things Fall Apart this year; XPN Welcomes and famed Philly collective Ill Doots are bringing the celebration to World Cafe Live on Saturday, February 23. Ill Doots will be performing the album in its entirety, featuring appearances from Chill Moody, Hardwork Movement, Khemist and many, many more. This is one party you won't want to miss!

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    THEATRE
    Renaissance in the Belly of a Killer Whale
    Theatre Horizon
    February 22nd, 2019 - February 24th, 2019

    Renaissance in the Belly of a Killer Whale

     

    Presented by the Harlem KW Project and Theatre Horizon, Renaissance in the Belly of a Killer Whale follows three women as they come to terms with a rapidly changing Harlem. Told through a mix of spoken word and song, Renaissance explores themes of gentrification and displacement as the women tow the very thin line of accepting the new changes while still holding on to the Harlem of the past.

    Make sure you check out these other performances by local black artists all across the city! 

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    LECTURES & LITERATURE
    Kirwyn Sutherland
    University of Pennsylvania - Kelly...
    February 20th, 2019
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    MUSIC
    XPN Welcomes: Adia Victoria
    Johnny Brendas
    February 20th, 2019
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    MUSIC
    XPN Welcomes: Jacob Banks
    Union Transfer
    February 20th, 2019
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    FILM
    Bamako
    International House Philadelphia
    February 21st, 2019
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    FILM
    Black History Month Friday Film Matinees | Mavis!
    Free Library of Philadelphia -...
    February 22nd, 2019
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    THEATRE
    Renaissance in the Belly of a Killer Whale
    Theatre Horizon
    February 22nd, 2019 - February 24th, 2019
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    MUSIC
    The Temptations & The Four Tops
    F.M. Kirby Center
    February 23rd, 2019
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    MUSIC
    XPN Welcomes: London African Gospel Choir
    Keswick Theatre
    February 24th, 2019
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    MUSIC
    XPN Welcomes: Son Little
    The Ardmore Music Hall
    February 27th, 2019
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    THEATRE
    Gem of the Ocean Pay What You Can Benefiting Theatre in the X
    Arden Theatre Company
    February 27th, 2019
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    THEATRE
    Gem of the Ocean
    Arden Theatre Company
    February 28th, 2019 - March 31st, 2019
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    SPECIAL EVENTS
    Friday Film Matinees: Black History Month | No No: A Dockumentary
    Free Library of Philadelphia -...
    March 15th, 2019

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