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Sonja Haynes Stone Center

150 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
919.962.9001 http://stonecenter.unc.edu/

April 2018

AAAD Global Africana Conference: ‘Global Black Music and Politics, 1965-1975’

April 6, 2018 at 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sonja Haynes Stone Center, 150 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States

The Sixth Annual AAAD Global Africana Conference will feature speakers and music from the some of the most intense years of late 20th century political activity. There will be a closing concert that evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Kenan Music Building Rehearsal Hall. The performance will be “Jazz Reflections on 1965-75, with The Greg Glassman/Dave Schnitter Quintet.” The concert is free and open to the public. Please contact Ayana Brown at 919.966.5496 for more information.

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February 2019

Ibram X. Kendi, ‘Racist Ideas in America: From Slavery to Black Lives Matter’

February 7, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sonja Haynes Stone Center, 150 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States

Ibran X. Kendi, the founding director of Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University, will deliver the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s annual African American History Month Lecture. To learn more about Kendi and the lecture here.

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March 2019

Houn’ Dawg, ‘Life and Times of Big Mama Thornton’

March 1, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Sonja Haynes Stone Center, 150 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States

This musical comedy shows the experience of Big Mama Thornton (portrayed by actress Azusa Sheshe Dance) as a blues singer, songwriter and entertainer dealing with racial and sexual tensions in the music industry (warning: explicit language). This event is free and open to the public but RSVPs are required. Entry is general admission and visitors can reserve up to four seats. All guests must be seated by 6:45pm and the venue will release any unoccupied seats after this time.

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Houn’ Dawg, ‘Life and Times of Big Mama Thornton’

March 1, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Sonja Haynes Stone Center, 150 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States

This musical comedy shows the experience of Big Mama Thornton (portrayed by actress Azusa Sheshe Dance) as a blues singer, songwriter and entertainer dealing with racial and sexual tensions in the music industry (warning: explicit language). This event is free and open to the public but RSVPs are required. Entry is general admission and visitors can reserve up to four seats. All guests must be seated by 6:45pm and the venue will release any unoccupied seats after this time.

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Festival of Spring 2019 Nowruz Concert

March 23, 2019 at 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Sonja Haynes Stone Center, 150 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
$10

Join the Iranian Cultural Society of North Carolina for a special Nowruz celebration. Celebrating Nowruz and appreciating members of the community for their outstanding service and dedication for promoting culture and heritage! The event will feature Persian music and dance with the Delbaan Ensemble. Free parking available at the end of Bell Tower Drive. This is a ticketed event, and tickets are $50 for VIP, $25 for general admission and $10 for students. For more information and to purchase tickets, please…

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Festival of Spring 2019 Nowruz Concert

March 23, 2019 at 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Sonja Haynes Stone Center, 150 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States

Join the Iranian Cultural Society of North Carolina for a special Nowruz celebration. Celebrating Nowruz and appreciating members of the community for their outstanding service and dedication for promoting culture and heritage! The event will feature Persian music and dance with the Delbaan Ensemble. Free parking available at the end of Bell Tower Drive. This is a ticketed event, and tickets are $50 for VIP, $25 for general admission and $10 for students. For more information and to purchase tickets, please…

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September 2019

‘DO or DIE: Affect, Ritual, Resistance,’ Exhibition

September 19, 2019 - November 21, 2019
Sonja Haynes Stone Center, 150 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States

This fall, the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History will host a solo exhibition entitled DO or DIE: Affect, Ritual, Resistance. This show, on loan from the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston, features the work of award-winning visual artist, Fahamu Pecou. Pecou is an Atlanta-based artist and scholar whose works combine observations on hip-hop, fine art and popular culture. Pecou is profoundly involved in exploring the state of Black existence – life and death – in his work. In the midst…

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‘DO or DIE: Affect, Ritual, Resistance,’ Exhibition Opening Reception

September 19, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Sonja Haynes Stone Center, 150 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States

Join the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for the opening of DO or DIE: Affect, Ritual, Resistance. This multimedia exhibition by award-winning artist Fahamu Pecou seeks to elevate and recontextualize Black life and death by reframing our view. Pecou integrates West African spiritual traditions with African cultural retentions in hip-hop and the philosophy of “Negritude” to explore Black existence. This event is free and open to the public.

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October 2019

Marimjazzia Album Release Party

October 29, 2019 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sonja Haynes Stone Center, 150 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States

Head to the Stone Center as we celebrate the release of Ruta Panoramica by Latin jazz ensemble Marimjazzia. The group, formed by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill associate professor of music Juan Alamo, combines Afro-Caribbean rhythms, particularly those from Puerto Rico, with the melodic elements of jazz. The system of roads known as the Ruta Panorámica traverses from west to east through Puerto Rico’s central mountain ranges. Named after the enchanted island’s first elected governor, Luis Muñoz Marin, the Ruta…

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November 2019

1619 Collective Memory(ies) Symposium

November 11, 2019 at 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Sonja Haynes Stone Center, 150 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States

Join the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History on Monday, November 11 as they host the 1619 Collective Memory(ies) Symposium. This one-day symposium will bring together “conversants” from communities thrown together as a result of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Representatives from Native/Indigenous American, African American, African, European and White American (descendant) communities will offer their unique insights and reflections on the 400th year since the eventful moment in 1619 when those enslaved Africans arrived at Point Comfort…

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March 2020

POSTPONED: Film: ‘Contract’ (2010) and Discussion with Filmmaker

March 18, 2020 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sonja Haynes Stone Center, 150 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States

The Sonja Haynes Stone Center will host noted Cape Verdean filmmaker Guenny Pires for a screening and discussion of his film CONTRACT. The documentary discusses the centuries-old system of contract slave labor that exported thousands of Cape Verdeans to the island of Sao Tome to work on plantations. Pires is a filmmaker, cinematographer, and visual media arts teacher. He is the first native-born Cape Verdean to write, direct, and produce documentary and narrative films about Cape Verde, a small African nation of…

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October 2021

Book Talk: Cabo Verdean Women Writing Remembrance, Resistance, and Revolution

October 12 at 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Sonja Haynes Stone Center, 150 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States

Cabo Verdean Women Writing Remembrance, Resistance, and Revolution Kriolas Poderozas EDITED BY TERZA A. SILVA LIMA-NEVES AND AMINAH N. PILGRIM Terza A. Silva Lima-Neves is associate professor of political science and chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Johnson C. Smith University. Cabo Verdean Women Writing Remembrance, Resistance, and Revolution: Kriolas Poderozas documents the work and stories told by Cabo Verdean women to refocus the narratives about Cabo Verde on Cabo Verdean women and their experiences. The contributors examine their…

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