In the spirit of the 60th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech, Night of Ideas Atlanta 2023 explored how the historical concept of rights opens the present to new political, cultural, and ethical possibilities.
At the Night of Ideas Atlanta 2023, we explored the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and enjoyed an educational and uplifting evening of talks and performances with academics, activists, artists, journalists, and thought leaders exploring the challenges of the present and the future and connecting the civil rights movement's history to the ongoing fight for justice and equality.
Thanks to the Atlanta Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs, The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, and Villa Albertine for a lovely night.
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COMPLETE SCHEDULE FOR NIGHT OF IDEAS ATLANTA 2023 INCLUDED:
Gaëtan Bruel, James Richards, Monica Prothro
Defending Rights, Realizing Dreams.
Dr. Bernice A. King, Jill Savitt, Valérie Baud-Candau, Ashley Woods
Okorie “OK Cello” Johnson
From 1963-2023, A French-American Dialogue on Political Activism and Nonviolent Resistance
Dr. Vicki Crawford, Charles Black, Nadia Chérif-Raguibi
And Then What: Music, Motivation, Imagination, and Change
Adlia Halim, Floyd Hall
you are what you eat… the system is broken? and other things to chew on
j. olu baiyewu, Ahmariah Jackson
Creating International Refugee Law: Negotiating Protection in the Height of the Civil Rights Movement, and the War in Vietnam
Robert Barsky, Dr. Stéphanie Boulard
Much More Than Just A Dream: 5 Powerful (But Forgotten) Messages from MLK’s “I Have a Dream” Speech
Cultural Dreams for a Digital World
Marie Picard, Dr. Emmanuel Vergès
How to Fall in Love with a Creek
Hannah S. Palmer
Memories of the Civil Rights Era and Implications for Today
Dr. June Manning Thomas, Dr. Ellen Basset
Beyond Roe: Re-Designing Systems of Equity for Women in Georgia and in the US
Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Julie F. Kay, Kyesha Lindberg, Elayne DeLeo
Ensuring Education Equity for Refugee Girls
Elizabeth Elango, Erika Denman
The Invisible Made Visible: Using Art to Humanize Immigrants
Yehimi Cambrón, Veronica Hogan
The Second Dream: Can We Revive Dr. King’s Abandoned Vision for the School Children of America?
Douglas Blackmon, Laura McCarty
The Freedom Dreams of an Undocumented Student
Nayelly T., Erika Denman
The Rights of Nature
Felwine Sarr, Dr. Brigitte Stepanov
Access to a Full Public Education as a New Right?
Ain’t I Human Too?
Tim'm West, Hanifah Walidah
Atlanta Music Project
Teaching Liberation: The Impact of the Appeal for Human Rights on the Undocumented Student Movement in Georgia
Dr. Laura Emiko Soltis
Belonging as an Act of Justice: Re-imaging Homelessness Through the Lens of MLK’s Beloved Community
It Was All a Dream?
Maboula Soumahoro, Anne-Gaëlle Saliot
Housing, Labor, and the Fight for Dignity
Chenée Joseph, Saba Long, Nsé Ufot
We Lose Before We Win. Why Sport-Based Youth Development Is Integral to the Future of Gen Alpha
David Hopings, Ahmariah Jackson
Civil Rights and Atlanta Today
Rose Scott, David Edwards, Moki Macias, Dr. Maurice Hobson, Dr. Na'Taki Osborne Jelks
Art and Social Justice
Sheila Pree Bright, Dr. Cheryl Finley, Dr. Deborah Willis
DJ Set… and More!
Soul Food Cypher
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The music lineup for the 2023 French Quarter Festival is sure to please everyone with more than 270 performances from a variety of genres across 20 stages. The Riverfront Abita Beer Stage brings four days of music including headliners The Soul Rebels ft. Big Freedia, Ani DiFranco, Samantha Fish, and Tank and the Bangas. On Thursday night, Irma Thomas, Soul Queen of New Orleans closes out the stage with her last note followed by a special 40th-anniversary fireworks show on the riverfront, made possible by New Orleans & Company. Returning to JAX Lot, the Chevron Stage is a longtime Cajun/Zydeco destination well-known for its dancing crowds and energetic sounds. This year the Chevron Evening Concert Series features Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and the Golden Eagles, Erica Falls, Louisiana’s LeRoux, Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters, and free dance lessons daily.
The GE Stage in Jackson Square kicks off Thursday following the Festival’s Opening Ceremony and continues throughout the weekend with New Orleans’ most respected artists and culture-bearers including Lena Prima, The Original Tuxedo Jazz Band, debut artist Charlie Gabriel and a special performance from Solid Harmony – A Tribute to Topsy Chapman, who began her French Quarter Festival journey the inaugural year. Artists on the Jack Daniel’s Stage in Canal Plaza bring a variety of sounds including performances from Latin band Muévelo, Rock artist and debut Zita, and favorites like R&B group Water Seed and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band. At the Tropical Isle Hand Grenade Stage, the lineup includes debut Rachel Fleetwood & Perfect Love Band, Higher Heights Reggae Band, Bag of Donuts, whose costumes are sure to liven up even the quietest Fest fan, a Sunday morning Gospel performance from debut choir The Zion Harmonizers and more.
The New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint is now home to the Credit Human Songwriter Stage inside the museum on the 3rd floor Saturday - Sunday and will include performances and talks from artists such as Mia Borders and Cole Williams. Outside, fans can enjoy more than a dozen brass bands Friday-Sunday on the Louisiana Fish Fry Stage, and the WWL-TV Esplanade in the Shade Stage brings debut Jason Neville FunkySoul Band, Astral Project, Iceman Special, and more to the Festival. Stop by the Pan-American Life Insurance Group Stage Friday-Sunday for a fusion of Latin beats, World Music, and Jazz from debuts like Cyrus Nabipoor Quintet and Javier Olondo & AsheSon. Ernie’s Schoolhouse Stage located at the Homer A. Plessy Community School brings youth from across the city to perform including the John Ehret Jazz Ensemble and Edna Karr.
The festival brings more music and dancing to the French Quarter neighborhood with the return of the French Market Traditional Jazz Stage, which also features free dance lessons, and the French Market Dutch Alley Stage, both located in the French Market District. More traditional jazz stages join the Festival’s lineup on Saturday and Sunday on Royal and Bourbon St. including the Café Beignet Stage at Musical Legends Park and Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta New Orleans, the Omni Royal Orleans Stage, Hancock Whitney Stage, and Zapp’s Potato Chips Stage.
French Quarter Festival also welcomes the Loyola University Stage at 400 Royal Street which kicks off Saturday with a performance by current students in the Loyola University Contemporary Ensemble(s).
The Complete Music Schedule is now available on frenchquarterfest.org.
French Quarter Fest Sponsors Include: Chevron, Abita Brewing Company, Aetna Better Health of Louisiana, Alka Seltzer, AOS Interior Environments, Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, The Berger Company, Blue Bikes, Broussard’s Restaurant & Courtyard, Brown-Forman, Café Beignet, Caesars New Orleans - Coming 2024, Clarion Herald, Cumulus New Orleans
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The 2023 Pink Awards were hosted by actors Carl Anthony Payne II and Malik Yoba. This years' Pink Awards honorees included, Dallas Austin, Elisabeth Omilami, Jermaine Dupri, Pastor Jamal Bryant, and Ricki Fairley, for their stellar accomplishments and valued work in the community.
When We Speak TV would like to thank April Love, Founder of the Pink Awards, for her strength, courage, and dedication of using her testimony to bring awareness and shine a light on the devastating life threatening disease.
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