Articles From : UCSB MultiCultural Center
Sunni Patterson is a New Orleans native poet who combines the heritage, culture, and traditions of her native town with a spiritual worldview to create powerful music and poetry. She is poetry in action; she is a political wordsmith. Her words capture a culture, unite people, and shed light on issues some would find uncomfortable or un-newsworthy. Most of all, she is enlightening and speaks her truth, giving other women the power and strength to do so as well. She is "a Black woman warrior poet doing [her] work - [here] to ask you, are you doing yours?".
Ricardo Lemvo is the embodiment of the Afro-Latin Diaspora which connects back to Mother Africa via the Cuban clave rhythm. Through a blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms with pan-African styles (soukous, Angolan semba and kizomba), he has established himself as a pioneer with his innovative music. Since forming his Los Angeles-based band Makina Loca in 1990, Lemvo has refined his craft and vision, singing songs that celebrate life, and inspiring his audiences to let loose and dance away their worries.
Hermanos RodStarz and G1, known as Rebel Diaz, are sons of political refugees from Chile who fled a CIA-funded dictatorship in the 1970s. Revolution raised them, and the culture of Hip-Hop provided them their own Nueva Canción: a genre of music that emerged during the resistance period in Chile. Through rap, Rebel Diaz has been sharing their stories and those of their people; el barrio, the hood, the poor, los inmigrantes. Hip-Hop and a vision for liberation have taken them around the world.
Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington serves as the president and founder of the Washington Consulting Group, a multicultural organizational development firm. He has served as an educator, administrator, and consultant in higher education for over 30 years, and is the president and founder of the Social Justice Training Institute. He also serves as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion and Social Ethics at Winston Salem State University. His workshops will provide the tools to handle and work through difficult situations while navigating the university.
Salsa Caliente features musicians from around the world and is one of the hottest salsa bands performing in today’s Latin Jazz and Salsa scene. The band leader and vocalist, Alberto Gonzalez has had the opportunity of sharing the stage with some of Salsa's all-time greats and has been featured on ABC’s hit TV Show, "Dancing with the Stars”.Salsa Caliente delights audiences across the country with an exciting and unique blend of Salsa, Cha-Cha-Cha's, Merengues, Cumbias, Mambo, Latin Jazz and other styles from the Caribbean and beyond.
When Jennifer Laude, a Filipina trans woman, is brutally murdered by a U.S. Marine, three women intimately invested in the case–an activist attorney, a transgender journalist and Jennifer’s mother–galvanize a political uprising, pursuing justice and taking on hardened histories of US imperialism. 1h 33m
Muslims and Arabs have historically been misrepresented and stereotyped due to false and misinformation regarding their communities. This art exhibition aims to represent the presence of Arab and Muslim American diasporas in their true diversity, uniqueness, and authenticity.
Doun-Doun-BAM! Music & Dance from Guinea with Fara Tolno & Leida Tolentino
Sat, Mar 2nd, 11 AM
Performance and Workshop/MCC Lounge
Wed, Feb 20th, 6 PM
Film Screening/MCC Theater
From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of Ron Stallworth. It’s the early 1970s and Ron Stallworth is the first black detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission to infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. 2h 16m.
Wed, Feb 13th, 6 PM
FIlm Screening/MCC Theater
This powerful documentary knits the stories of mothers of Black and Latino youth murdered by the NYPD into a powerful indictment of racial profiling and police brutality. Ranging from the routine harassment of minority students in an affluent Brooklyn neighborhood to the killings and protests in Staten Island and Ferguson, Missouri, PROFILED bears witness to the racist violence that remains an everyday reality for Black and Latino people in this country. 54m.
An Evening of Persian Music: Noor, The Path of Light
The Lian Ensemble
Fri, Feb 8th, 7:30 PM
Music Performance/MCC Theater
Thurs, Feb 7th, 6 pm
A "New Dawn of Freedom" and the Frederick Douglass Family
Exhibit/MCC Lounge: Feb 1st - March 22nd
Opening Reception Date: Tues, Feb 19th, 6 PM