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Bronx Museum of the Arts: Baseball in the Bronx: Nine Innings of Bronx Baseball (Friday through Tuesday, and Thursday) Baseball fans will have two opening days to celebrate on Friday that of the first pitch of the season at Yankee Stadium and the start of this exhibition, devoted to the history of the sport in the Bronx. The show, which will be up through May 13, includes photographs of amateur and professional players over the years as well as memorabilia of former players and others. A public opening-day reception is planned for Friday at 5 p.m. A number of talks and book signings are also scheduled in conjunction with the exhibition, many of them taking place next week. Among them are appearances by Arlene Howard, widow of the ballplayer Elston Howard, and Ralph Wimbish, co-authors of Elston and Me: The Story of the First Black Yankee (Sunday at 3 p.m.); Kostya Kennedy, the sportswriter and author of 56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports (Monday at 3 p.m.); and George Vecsey, contributing sports columnist for The New York Times and author of Stan Musial: An American Life (Tuesday at 3 p.m.). All are free, as is admission to the museum. Viewing hours for the exhibition are Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. To 6 p.m., and Fridays, 11 a.m. To 8 p.m. And during discussions and special events; 1040 Grand Concourse, at 165th Street, Morrisania, the Bronx, (718) 681-6000,

Morris-Jumel Mansion: Sugar Hill Talk and Swing Dance Lesson (Sunday) The author Terry Baker Mulligan, who grew up in the Sugar Hill section of Harlem and wrote about her childhood in the memoir Sugar Hill, Where the Sun Rose Over Harlem, will discuss her early years in the neighborhood. The talk, which begins at 1 p.m., will be followed by a dance lesson and social led by the Harlem Swing Dance Society; free, but registration is required at (212) 923-8008. 65 Jumel Terrace, at Sylvan Terrace, Washington Heights,

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture: Alexander McCall Smith(Sunday) Mr. Smith, author of the books in The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series (and who was born in what was then Rhodesia), will discuss his writing at 7 p.m. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Lenox Avenue, at 135th Street, Harlem, (212) 491-2020;; $15, or $10 for members.



Jamaa Fanaka, Film Director, Dies at 69

Jamaa Fanaka, Film Director, Dies at 69

Tony Barnard/Los Angeles Times
Jamaa Fanaka in 1990.

Published: April 12, 2012

Jamaa Fanaka, a filmmaker who had considerable success in 1979 with Penitentiary, the first movie he made after graduating from film school, but who claimed to have been blacklisted afterward for raising questions about the dearth of jobs for black directors in Hollywood, died on April 1 in Los Angeles. He was 69. The cause was complications of diabetes, his family said.


African-American – News

African-American – News April 13, 2012

African American Art & Culture Complex Presents Exhibition o...
African American Art & Culture Complex Presents Exhibition o… (Potrero View)
“A doll can be seen as an innocent plaything, or a cultural marker, or as a work of artTo play is to learnand dollshave a huge influence on our socialization, self-identity and emotional attitudes.” So posits artist and educator and wife of actor Delroy Lindo Nashormeh Lindo in her curatorial introduction to “Dolls: Collections, Stories, … (more)
The Hunger Games’ Young Racist Fans (Fire Dog Lake)
There’s a frenzy surrounding the blockbuster film and bookA The Hunger Games . But the fan attention around the movie has taken a decidedly different turn from the fervor the book caused.

DC’s historic Howard Theatre opens new chapter (Buffalo News)
The nearly 102-year-old Howard officially lifts its curtain once again Thursday for a reopening gala after a $29 million renovation that began in 2010.

In the letter, Beyonce thanks the First Lady for fostering a positive environment for black females (WSRS-FM Paxton)
Beyonce has lauded First Lady Michelle Obama as the ultimate African American role model for her young daughter in a touching hand-written letter.

Mayor Bloomberg launches campaign against gun laws (Albany Times Union)
Incoming Florida Senate Minority Leader Chris Smith, center, accompanied by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, left, and NAACP Washington Bureau Director and Senior Vice President for Advocacy Hilary Shelton, gestures during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, Wednesday, April 11, 2012, to announce a nationwide campaign … (more)

Two new independent films court African American ticket buyers (Los Angeles Times)
Movies aimed at African American moviegoers are typically the province of bigger-budget comedies and dramas – the kinds of stories told by Tyler Perry or produced by Screen Gems.




* The revised living wage bill in the City Council has been narrowed down to only impact 400 to 500 workers a year, leaving some advocates confused by Speaker Christine Quinns description of the measure as farthest-reaching in the country, the New York Times reports:

* A few words in the state budget will allow BlackRock, the worlds largest investment manager, to save $5 million by being taxed as a regular corporation and not a bank, the Times Union reports. It is unclear, though, what other firms could take advantage of the budget tweak:

* Former Gov. George Pataki is forming a Super PAC to help protect vulnerable New York Congressional Republicans and boost his partys chances of retaining control of the U.S. House, the Wall Street Journal says:

* A pair of audits by Comptroller John Liu found that the Bloomberg administration failed to notify homeowners about changes to the way the city assessed values of their condos or co-ops, leading an unexpected spike in property taxes last year, the Times says:

* Assemblyman Keith Wright has introduced a bill that would give community education councils the power to block charter school co-locations in public schools, the New York Post reports:

* Newark Mayor Cory Booker rescued a neighbor from a burning building last night, and then tweeted about it, the Daily News reports:

* Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a helicopter enthusiast, is on the waiting list to purchase the ultra exclusive AgustaWestland AW609 Tiltrotor hybrid helicopter-plane, costing somewhere between $5 million and $30 million, the Times says: