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Black History Month Events

The Black Cultural Center is proud to present a comprehensive list of events for 2022 that combines both virtual and in-person opportunities for the community to participate in. Below, you will find the descriptions and flyers for each event. Please note that some events have targeted audiences at the request of the program sponsors.  All times listed are in Central Standard Time (CST).

BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVentS 2022

PAST BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVentS from 2022

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 1

Virtual Kickoff & Food for the Soul Luncheon*

11:30 AM | Grab & Go Lunch

12:00 PM | Virtual Kickoff with Black History & Culture Trivia

Target Audience: All

Grab your lunch and join us for a brief virtual event to kick off Black History Month 2022! The informal program will highlight the significance of Black History Month with featured remarks by Dr. Rosevelt Noble, Director of the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center. We will conclude the program with a fun and interactive trivia game covering Black history and culture. We have special prizes for the top three finishers!

Click Here to Register for Virtual Kickoff

Click Here to Register for Grab & Go Lunch

Lunch is limited to the first 100 people. You must also register for Virtual Kickoff:)

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2

Feed Your Soul*

5:00 PM | Virtual

Target Audience: All

Join us for a discussion of Black Soul food! Learn the history, value, and importance, of Food in Black Communities. Engage with Vanderbilt Professor Caroline Randall Williams to discuss her work around the topic of Black foodways.

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Black and Jewish Solidarity: From the Civil Rights Era til Now

5:00 PM | Hybrid (In-Person and Virtual)

Target Audience: All

The event will be a hybrid event, with all Law School community members welcome to join in person and Zoom option for anyone not associated with the Law School.  For more information, please contact Jake Price at jake.s.price@vanderbilt.edu.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3

Relax & Reset Yoga*

6:00 PM | Virtual

Target Audience: All

Certified yoga instructor Jo-Jo Jackson will offer reoccurring virtual yoga classes throughout the school year to help nourish the body and the spirit. This session is taught in a hybrid format with 8 people in the room with the instructor and others participating online.

Click Here to Register to Participate In-Person

Click Here to Register to Participate Online

Note: Your video will not work if joining online. You will see the instructor and can follow along; however, no one else participating can see your video.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4

Flavors of Black History Month in Campus Dining

11:00 AM | In-Person (Chef James Bistro inside Rand)

Target Audience: All

Vanderbilt Campus Dining is proud to help celebrate Black History Month, acknowledging the impact and history of Black members of our community.  In support of Vanderbilt’s broader Black History Month events, Campus Dining is hosting its own series of events, each with a focus on Black chefs, cooks, and local restauranteurs.

The first event will be held Friday, February 4, at Rand Dining Center.  Kenyatta Pumphrey of the campus favorite Chicken Shack Express food truck will be serving lunch at the Chef James Bistro station from 11 a.m. until supplies last.  This ‘station takeover’ is the first in a series of events planned for dining locations across campus, highlighting Black-owned businesses and culinary talent.  Meal swipes will be accepted, and lunch includes an entrée, two sides, and a beverage.

For the latest news and information about Campus Dining’s Black History Month events, be sure to subscribe to DiningNews text alerts (text ‘DiningNews’ to 55744 to sign up) and stay tuned to the @VandyCampusDining Instagram account.

Good Times with Black TV Sitcoms!

12:00 PM | Virtual

Target Audience: Members of the Association of Vanderbilt Black Faculty and Staff

Members of AVBFS can log in to watch Black History Month episodes of their favorite sitcoms. A new episode from a different show will run every 30 minutes. Snacks will be provided in advance for those who RSVP by January 31. Snacks can be picked up from the BCC February 1-3 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Click Here to Register

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 7

Financial Literacy Session 1: Wealth Disparities in Black and White*

5:00 PM | Hybrid (In-Person and Virtual)

Target Audience: Vanderbilt Undergraduate & Graduate Students

Join us for the first session in our five-part series on financial literacy. Each session is led by Dr. Rosevelt L. Noble with specially invited guests periodically. Students who attend all five sessions receive a special gift upon completion:)

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Click Here to Participate Virtually

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8

Leverage LinkedIn Like A Pro*

5:30 PM | Hybrid (Virtual and In-Person)

Target Audience: Vanderbilt Students

Would you like to learn how to improve your Linked page and network like a pro? If so, you should definitely join us for a powerful session led by Nona King (VU ’91), Founder and CEO of Career Catalyst Group. In-person spacing is limited to 15 students and dinner will also be served afterward. Others will be able to attend the session virtually.

 

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Click Here to Register to Watch Virtually

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9

He Black, He Boss, He Vandy! – Athlete Edition*

5:00 p.m. | Virtual

Target Audience: All

Building on the success of “She Black, She Boss, She Vandy” launched in February 2021, this year we are celebrating Black male alumni leaders and entrepreneurs from Vanderbilt.  Most of our invited guests are individuals who have started their own company, non-profit, school, etc. Each part of the series will feature 2-3 guest participants from differing sectors. Those who attend at least two of the four sessions will receive a commemorative shirt!  Come be inspired by Vanderbilt Black Excellence! This session will feature Kenny Simon (’96), Director of Talent Development at Electronic Arts, and Alphonso Harvey (’99) CEO of AA DME LLC.

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Pre-Med Check In*

5:30 p.m. | In-Person

Target Audience: Undergraduate Pre-Med Students

As part of the BCC’s efforts to keep more students on the pre-med track, we are excited to launch new in-person office hours with current Black Vanderbilt medical school students from the SNMA. The Vanderbilt chapter of Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is a student organization at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, dedicated to the eradication of health care disparities by bolstering the pipeline, empowering through education on these disparities, and serving the community. We are committed to supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students, addressing the needs of underserved communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent, and socially conscious physicians.

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10

‘Dores in Dialog: A Conversation on the Past, Present and Future Black Experience at Vanderbilt*

12:00 PM | Virtual

Target Audience: All 

Presented by the Vanderbilt Alumni Association in partnership with the Association of Vanderbilt Black Alumni, this installment of the ’Dores in Dialogue series will explore decades of the Vanderbilt Black experience through the lens of alumni memories, current student life, and new leadership initiatives for the future.

The event will be opened by AVBA president Alex Atkinson, BE’96, MDiv’01, and the discussion will be moderated by Rosevelt Noble, assistant dean of residential colleges, director of the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center, and Faculty Head of Stambaugh House.

Panelists include:

  • Godfrey Dillard, ’70, Vanderbilt Black Student Association president, 1968–69
  • Kito Huggins, BS’96, JD’99, Board of Trust member and student body president, 1995–96
  • Hannah Bruns, Class of 2022, Vanderbilt Student Government president, 2021–22

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Buy Black Vandy Showcase*

4:00 PM | In-Person (Community Event Space)

Target Audience: All 

Please join us for an innovative and high-energy event supporting Black-owned businesses on February 10th from 4 pm – 6 pm in the Community Event Space (Address: 2304B Vanderbilt Place). Come shop, engage, and learn about all types of Black businesses worth supporting! There will be vendors from all types of industries including face and skincare products, books and literature, handmade products, apparel, consulting and coaching, baked goods, and more! There will also be snacks and chances to win Black Cultural Center Swag! 

  • Each vendor at the event is solely responsible for the products and services that the vendor promotes at the event.  Vanderbilt University (VU) and the Black Cultural Center (BCC) welcome the participation of vendors and attendees, but neither VU nor the BCC necessarily approves or endorses any product or service promoted by any vendor.
Relax & Reset Yoga*

6:00 PM | Hybrid (Virtual and In-Person) 

Target Audience: All 

Certified yoga instructor Jo-Jo Jackson will offer reoccurring virtual yoga classes throughout the school year to help nourish the body and the spirit. This session is taught in a hybrid format with 8 people in the room with the instructor and others participating online.

Click Here to Register to Participate In-Person

Click Here to Register to Participate Online

Note: Your video will not work if joining online. You will see the instructor and can follow along; however, no one else participating can see your video.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11

Afro Latinx in the Academy

12:00 PM | Virtual

Target Audience: All

On Friday, February 11th, from 12-1 pm CST, the Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is hosting a virtual event called Afro-Latinx in the Academy. This moderated discussion will feature two renowned Afro-Latina scholars, Dr. Ariana Curtis and Dr. Nancy López, discussing personal, professional, and political implications impacting and influencing Afro-Latinidad in the United States.

Dr. Ariana Curtis serves as Curator of Latinx Studies at the Smithsonian National Museum for African American History and Culture and Director of Content for Our Shared Future: Reckoning with Our Racial Past, within the Smithsonian Office of the Undersecretary for Museums and Culture. Along with being the first Latinx Studies curator at the NMAAHC, she has curated exhibitions for several other Smithsonian museums and institutes.

Dr. Nancy López currently works at the University of New Mexico as Associate Vice President of Equity and Inclusion and as Professor of Sociology. Along with her appointments at UNM, she is Co-Founder/Director of the Institute for the Study of “Race” and Social Justice and the Founding Coordinator of the New Mexico Statewide Race, Gender Class Data Policy Consortium – the first of its kind in the United States.

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Vanderbilt Football Pioneer Panel Discussion

2:00 PM | Hybrid (Virtual and In-Person)

Target Audience: All

The Black & Gold Club with Vanderbilt Athletics is proud to host their Football Pioneers Weekend! During this time, football players from the 1970s will be honored and recognized at various events throughout the weekend. Join us for a powerful and reflective panel discussion about their time at Vanderbilt and life after. 

Click Here to Register to Watch Online

Note: Your video will not work if joining online. You will see the panel and can follow along; however, no one else participating can see your video.

Black History Team Trivia Night

6:00 PM | In-Person

Target Audience: Organization of Black Graduate & Professional Students (OBGAPS)

Sign up with friends and compete for prizes in Black History team trivia! Enjoy good music and drinks while you test your knowledge of Black culture and history!

Click Here to Register Your Team

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14

Letters of Love & Support*

10:00 AM | In-Person

Target Audience: Undergraduate Students

In honor of Valentine’s Day, the Student Engagement Committee from the Association of Vanderbilt Black Faculty and Staff (AVBFS) will be passing out letters of love and support to our students. The letters were written by members of AVBFS and are intended to encourage our students through whatever difficulties or obstacles they may be facing!

Click Here to Register to Receive a Letter

AVBFS Music Mondays: Love Ballads*

12:00 PM | Virtual

Target Audience: All

In honor of Valentine’s Day, login to listen to some love songs with the Social Affairs Committee from the Association of Vanderbilt Black Faculty and Staff (AVBFS).

Get in the groove here.

Love & Blackness Open Mic Night*

6:30 PM | In-Person (BCC)

Target Audience: All

Sign up to read, perform poetry, sing, dance, or play music inspired by the theme of love and Blackness!

 

Click Here to Sign Up to Perform

Click Here to Register to Watch Virtually

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15

Community Cultural Wealth, Black Student Development Theory Training

12:00 PM | In-Person (BCC)

Target Audience: Vanderbilt Faculty and Staff

Join ReChard Peel M.Ed for training on the fundamentals for student development theory for Black College Students. ReChard will guide you through exercises to help you explore how you can better support, engage, and impact black college students at Vanderbilt and beyond.

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The Impact of Cultural Centers on the BIPOC Student Experience*

1:00 PM | Virtual

Target Audience: All

Black Culture Centers & Multicultural Centers help students, who identify as BIPOC, build community, understand their history, and give them a greater sense of cultural awareness. We invite you to join The Hunt Institute’s Race & Education virtual event on Tuesday, February 15 at 2:00 pm ET / 1:00 pm CT.  In this webinar, we will learn about the value of cultural centers and their impact on the BIPOC experience.

The webinar will feature:

  • Dr. Cobretti Williams – Senior Editor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at BestColleges
  • Dr. Myriam Kadeba – Director of the Multicultural Center at Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Dr. Rosevelt Noble – Assistant Dean of Residential Colleges & Director of the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center at Vanderbilt University

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Black Male Vulnerability*

6:00 PM | In-Person (BCC Auditorium)

Target Audience: All

The barbershop is widely known to be a celebrated space where black men can have open, honest, and frank dialogue. However, we don’t often talk about the harm this space also perpetuates. In this story-telling series, we seek to create an inoffensive space where all voices can be represented and valued. In this series, we will center black men and black male-identified persons to have targeted conversations around their lived experiences. In a culture where comfort is valued over liberation, the series will take a deep dive into topics that are not widely discussed in a community of Black men. As the visionary of, “Breaking the Silence” and someone who has suffered in silence for years, Rev. Rocky Major is excited to share in this framework in partnership with the black men of Vanderbilt University, The Black Cultural Center, and Fisk University.

*Food will be provided for all participants who register and attend.

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Lucy Negro Redux – A Dinner Discussion

6:30 PM | In-Person 

Target Audience: All Students

Join the VPAA on Tuesday, February 15th at 6:30 PM for a specially-catered dinner discussion with Paul Vasterling, Artistic Director of the Nashville Ballet. A co-sponsored event with the BCC, the dinner will focus on Lucy Negro Redux, a ballet based on poetry by Vanderbilt’s own writer-in-residence, Caroline Randall Williams.

Email barton.t.christmas@vanderbilt.edu to claim your spot.

Students who attend the dinner will be offered first access to the VPAA’s March 20th excursion to the Nashville Ballet, to see the show from our discussion.

CSA General Body Meeting & Black History Month Back Chat*

7:00 PM | In-person (Multicultural Community Space)

Target Audience: All

Join the Caribbean Students Association for our General Body Meeting and Black History Month Back Chat.

 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16

Shades of Blackness: Intersectionality Workshop*

6:00 PM | In-Person (BCC Auditorium)

Target Audience: All

Join Black Cultural Center for a powerful workshop unpacking how blackness intersects with many other forms of identity.

 

Celebrating Black History Month on the Commons*

8:00 PM | In-Person (Stambaugh House)

Target Audience: All

Join the residents of Stambaugh House and the Black Cultural Center for a special celebration of Black History Month on the Commons. The event will feature sweet treats from Black-owned vendors, music, trivia, and great fellowship!

 

 

An Evening of Art & Jazz

7:00 PM | In-person (Sarratt Gallery)

Target Audience: All

Please join the Student Center for Social Justice and Identity in attending an “Evening of Art & Jazz” on Wednesday, February 16th from 7:00-9:00 pm in the Sarratt Gallery. This event will celebrate the artistic contributions of African Americans in honor of Black History Month. Food will be provided.

If you are interested in submitting art, please fill out this form by Wednesday, February 9th.

Please reach out to Brittany Pomilee, SCSJI Program Coordinator, for any questions at brittany.n.pomilee@vanderbilt.edu.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17

Read Me Day Celebration!

8:00 AM | In-Person

Target Audience: Association of Vanderbilt Black Faculty and Staff (AVBFS)

Ida B. Wells Elementary is the adopted school of the AVBFS. Signup to join our Community Engagement Committee as we participate in Read Me Day! This is an in-person event that will feature a brief program in the school auditorium. Following the program, volunteers will proceed to assigned classrooms as readers. If you are interested in participating, please send an email to:

BJJBCC@vanderbilt.edu

AVBFS Book Club Discussion: Lead from the Outside by Stacey Abrams

4:00 PM | Virtual

Target Audience: Association of Vanderbilt Black Faculty and Staff (AVBFS)

The Book Club for the Association of Vanderbilt Black Faculty and Staff (AVBFS) will host a one-hour discussion on Lead from the Outside: How to Build Your Future and Make Real Change by Stacey Abrams. Copies of the book were provided to participating AVBFS members. If you have previously read the book or have your own copy and would like to join the discussion, please send an email to:

BJJBCC@vanderbilt.edu

Relax & Reset Yoga*

6:00 PM | Hybrid (Virtual and In-Person) 

Target Audience: All 

Certified yoga instructor Jo-Jo Jackson will offer reoccurring virtual yoga classes throughout the school year to help nourish the body and the spirit. This session is taught in a hybrid format with 8 people in the room with the instructor and others participating online.

Click Here to Register to Participate In-Person

Click Here to Register to Participate Online

Note: Your video will not work if joining online. You will see the instructor and can follow along; however, no one else participating can see your video.

A Celebration of Tony Morrison

7:30 PM | In-Person (Sarratt Cinema) (Mask required)

Target Audience: All

In honor of Black History Month, the Department of African American and Diaspora Studies proudly presents a film screening of Toni Morrison, The Pieces I Am by Director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. The event will take place in Sarratt Cinema where everyone will sit socially distanced while wearing their mask. Thank you for keeping us all safe!

 

 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18

AVBA Mid-Day Fun Break with Black TV Trivia (sitcoms)*

12:00 PM | Virtual

Target Audience: Association of Vanderbilt Black Alumni (AVBA)

Join members of the Association of Vanderbilt Black Alumni (AVBA) for a fun mid-day break with Black TV Trivia! It promises to be a “good time” with Black sitcoms from 1970 through today! Special prizes will be given to those who finish in the Top 3 places. We hope to see you for the fellowship and fun!

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Queering Black History

12:00 PM | In-Person (KCPC)

Target Audience: All

Please join Blackout and the Office of LGBTQI Life for Queering Black History: Timeline Installation of LGBTQIA+ Black Historical Figures! The exhibit will remain on display from February 18th through February 28th. We hope you can stop by to see it!

 

 

The Black Affair*

5:00 PM | In-Person (SLC Ballroom)

Target Audience: All

The Black Affair is an annual awards gala event that the BSA hosts to recognize Black excellence on campus. There will be an awards ceremony, a keynote speaker, live music, a delicious catered dinner, and a photo booth. We encourage attendees to be dressy, as it is a fun, informal event where people can look good, feel good, and have some of their achievements spotlighted!

 

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21

Racial Justice Teach-Out: Racial Injustice in Colorblind Policing and Prisons*

5:00 PM | Hybrid (In-Person and Virtual)

Target Audience: All

How does racial injustice operate within the purportedly colorblind or race-neutral systems of prisons and policing in the United States? How did we get here, and how might we move forward? This panel will bring together scholars and activists working to address these questions both on the ground and in the classroom.
Join us for this next episode in the Racial Justice Teachout Series, a collaboration between Millions of Conversations, Vanderbilt University’s Grand Challenge Initiative on Racial Justice and the Third Reconstruction (RJ3), and the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center.

Panelists:

  • Dr. Rosevelt Noble, Assistant Dean of Residential Colleges, Director of the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center, Faculty Head of Stambaugh House, Senior Lecturer in Sociology.
  • Rahim Buford, Founder of “Unheard Voices Outreach,” Former Manager of Nashville Community Bail Fund, formerly incarcerated activist, writer, and speaker.
  • Jamel Campbell Gooch, Community organizer, Vice-Chair of the Community Oversight Board for the MNPD, and member of the Black Nashville Assembly.

Click Here to Register to Watch Virtually

Click Here to Register to Attend In-Person

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22

Haiti, Law, and Immigration*

12:30 PM | In-Person (BCC Auditorium)

Target Audience: All

Haiti Week 2022 kicks off with this in-person talk by Judith Clerjeune (Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition) on Haitian immigration. As TIRRC’s Campaigns and Advocacy Director, Clerjeune leads the organization’s policy priorities and campaign initiatives, advancing strategic national, statewide, and local campaigns around issues that impact immigrant and refugee communities. Read Clerjeune’s recent article for The Tennessean on Haitian asylum seekers.

 

Financial Planning Series – Session 2*

5:00 PM | Hybrid (In-Person and Virtual)

Target Audience: All

Join us for the first session in our five-part series on financial literacy. Each session is led by Dr. Rosevelt L. Noble with specially invited guests periodically. Students who attend all five sessions receive a special gift upon completion:)

Click Here to Attend In-Person

Click Here to Participate Virtually

“I’m Not Religious, I’m Spiritual”*

6:00 PM | In-Person

Target Audience: All

In this program series, we will center the common phrase, “I’m not religious, I’m spiritual”. For years the black church has in many ways been the center of the black community. However, in recent years we have seen a substantial exodus among many young adults. The murmurs of wayward ministerial leadership, toxic patriarchal structures, and the common trope of the Church stealing money from its parishioners to name a few reasons have caused hesitation in blindly following Pastors in similar ways previous generations did. However, what does it really mean to not be religious but spiritual? What is spirituality? What does individual spiritual engagement involve? In this program series, we will hear from scholars, indigenous religion practitioners, and faith leaders to uncover the mysticism of “spirituality” and inform ways we all can access spirituality.

Facilitator:

Inaê D. Valério holds a BA in Nutrition and a MSc in Epidemiology (Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil). Currently, she is a Ph.D. student at the same university. Her research investigates Child Maltreatment and Psychoactive Substance Use in adolescence and early adulthood among participants of an ongoing 1993 Pelotas birth cohort study. Inaê also has experience in research on Child Marriage in Brazil and on Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), investigating differences between sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, and changes in dietary patterns due to IPV.

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23

Haiti Fights Back: A Conversation with Yveline Alexis*

12:30 PM | Virtual

Target Audience: All

Yveline Alexis discusses her award-winning new book Haiti Fights Back: The Life and Legacy of Charlemagne Péralte with Vanderbilt’s Brandon Byrd (Department of History). Dr. Alexis is an Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Comparative American Studies at Oberlin College. Her work was recently awarded the Haitian Studies Association Book Prize and was selected as the Times Literary Supplement Book of the Year. Learn more about Haiti Week.

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The Justice Jog*

3:30 PM | In-Person (BCC)

Target Audience: All

Join us for a Justice Jog (or walk:) around campus in remembrance of Amuad Arbery on the 2-year anniversary of his murder.  Participants will meet at the BCC top collectively jog/walk around campus.  All participants will receive a free commemorative t-shirt!  

Click Here to RSVP and Hold Your Shirt

He Black, He Boss, He Vandy! – Hollywood Edition*

5:00 p.m. | Virtual

Target Audience: All

Building on the success of “She Black, She Boss, She Vandy” launched in February 2021, this year we are celebrating Black male alumni leaders and entrepreneurs from Vanderbilt.  Most of our invited guests are individuals who have started their own company, non-profit, school, etc. Each part of the series will feature 2-3 guest participants from differing sectors. Those who attend at least two of the four sessions will receive a commemorative shirt!  Come be inspired by Vanderbilt Black Excellence! Learn more about our featured panelists below.

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Mason Richards (VU 1997)

Writer/Director MASON RICHARDS was born in Guyana, South America, and emigrated to Brooklyn New York with his family at age 7, where he spent most of his youth. Mason has a B.A. in English: Intellectual History and a B.S. in Human & Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University, Class of ’97, and has worked as a Broadcast Associate at CBS News in NYC, and in International Sales & Marketing at Paramount Pictures in Los Angeles before deciding to pursue his Master’s degree in Filmmaking as a way to tell stories in Hollywood that often get overlooked. Mason has an MFA in Film Directing from California Institute of the Arts (CAL ARTS) where he made his award-winning short thesis film THE SEAWALL shot entirely on location in Guyana, South America, and was an official selection for the Cannes Film Festival (2011) in France, the Havana International Film Festival in Cuba (2014) and has screened at festivals, museums and universities in the UK, Toronto, Mexico and throughout the Caribbean including The Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival (2014, and The Island House Cinema in the Bahamas. Mason is the recipient of the 2012 Sony Pictures Diversity Fellowship.

Mason is a professor, adjunct faculty of film directing and screenwriting at Emerson College-Los Angeles, and a regular ‘Filmmaker in Residence’ at Ithaca College, and works as a Creative Consultant and Facilitator of cross-cultural communication for numerous non-profits, colleges and universities internationally, and produces digital content and mini-docs around diversity,

During his time at Vanderbilt, Mason directed the university’s first African American student theatre production, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf by Ntozake Shange, an experience that planted the seed for Richards’ pursuit of a film-directing career. Mason was also the recipient of the Umoja Award for Unity presented by the BCC at the time and is the founding president of the Alpha Gamma Alpha Charter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. at Vanderbilt. Mason is currently working on a feature-length version of his award-winning short film THE SEAWALL and loves to split his time between New York City and Los Angeles.

Jamaal Finkley (VU 1998)

Jamaal Finkley is CEO and Executive Producer of BlackTree TV, one of the premier distributors of online urban entertainment content and lifestyle information. In that capacity, he has produced a news portal which garners more than 15 million unique visitors each month and half a billion video views worldwide.  Mr. Finkley launched BlackTree TV in 2007 under the umbrella of BlackTree Media, which he founded in 1996. In 2002, he formed a media partnership with BET Networks to provide additional coverage of their premiere events. This relationship helped set the stage to expand BlackTree’s brand and provide viewers with exclusive content. Through the years he built his cult-like following of online supporters by keeping himself integrated into every facet of the company in order to stay on the pulse of current trends. He has produced news segments for Hollywood’s top awards shows and red carpets, such as the Academy Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, American Music Awards, Grammy Awards, and Fashion Week. At the same time, he enjoys getting in front of the camera to interview A-list celebrities, including Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Jay-Z, and Will Smith. Prior to becoming a full-time entrepreneur, he began his entertainment career as a production assistant for the legendary Spike Lee during the production of the movie Get On the Bus. Mr. Finkley studied biomedical engineering at Vanderbilt University and mass communications at Dillard University.

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Rhythm n’ Bounce*

6:30 PM | In-Person (BCC Auditorium)

Target Audience: All Students

Join Vanderbilt’s Caribbean Students Association (CSA) for this special celebration of Haitian culture, featuring traditional Haitian dancing and food!

 

 

 

Annual Murray Lecture – “Make it Make Sense: Racial Justice, Spirituality, & Law”*

7:00 PM | Virtual

Target Audience: Vanderbilt Community

The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons and the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center are pleased to announce that the 14th Annual Murray Lecture will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, February 23, from 7-8 pm CT. This year’s lecture will feature Assistant Professor of Education at Penn State College of Education LaWanda W. M. Ward as she delivers a talk called “Make it Make Sense: Racial Justice, Spirituality, & Law”.

This lecture is open to all members of the Vanderbilt community. Individuals can register for the webinar at https://anchorlink.vanderbilt.edu/event/7910955.

About the Speaker:

Professor Ward earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs with an Interdisciplinary Minor in Socio-Legal Perspectives on Race & Gender in Higher Education from Indiana University, a JD from Indiana University McKinney School of Law, an MS in Educational Administration from Old Dominion University, a MA in Political Science from Illinois State University, and a BA in Political Science from Murray State University. Professor Ward’s research agenda centers on critically analyzing legal issues in higher education including race-conscious admissions, free speech, and academic freedom.

The title of her lecture is “Make It Make Sense: Racial Justice, Spirituality, & Law.”

About Rev. Walter Murray:

The annual Murray Lecture is named for the Rev. Walter R. Murray, a Nashville native and Pearl High School graduate who was one of Vanderbilt’s first African American undergraduates. During his time at the university, Murray served as vice president of the Student Government Association and was a founder of the Afro-American Student Association, now known as the Black Student Association. Murray later became the first African American to serve on Vanderbilt University’s Board of Trust after being elected a Young Alumni Trustee in April 1970. He served on the board until 1972. In 1974, he earned a master of management from what is now known as the Owen Graduate School of Management, and later earned his master of divinity in 1986 from Harvard Divinity School. In 2007, in addition to establishing the memorial lecture, Vanderbilt named a residence hall at The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons in honor of Murray, who died in 1998.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24

Resisting Microaggressions in the Academy*

12:00 PM | In-Person (BCC)

Target Audience: Graduate and Professional Students

Join us to learn tools techniques and skills to identify, disrupt, resist microaggressions while navigating your graduate or professional school program.

 

 

Kreyòl and Kremas*

12:30 PM | In-Person (Furman Hall 001)

Target Audience: All

Join Vanderbilt Ph.D. student Danielle Dorvil (Vanderbilt Spanish and Portuguese, Center for Second Language Studies) for this special introduction to Haitian culture and beginner’s conversation class in Haitian Creole! Dorvil will also lead participants in a mixing demonstration and tasting of the traditional Haitian krema, a sweet beverage often enjoyed at celebrations and holidays in Haiti. Learn more about Haiti Week.

 

Verzuz Battle!

4:30 PM | Virtual (on BCC Instagram)

Target Audience: All

Join us for a fun and energy-filled music event as old school (staff and faculty) take on new school (students) in a VERZUZ BATTLE! Watch the live stream through the BCC Instagram account – @1vanderbiltbcc

Studying Abroad While Black

5:30 PM | In-Person (BCC Seminar Room)

Target Audience: Undergraduate Students

Are you interested in studying abroad but have questions about how your racial identity might influence your experience? If so, then please join the Global Education Office for an informative program where you will engage Black students who formerly studied abroad. Come here and learn what to expect based on their experiences!

 

 

Relax & Reset Yoga*

6:00 PM | Hybrid (Virtual and In-Person) 

Target Audience: All 

Certified yoga instructor Jo-Jo Jackson will offer reoccurring virtual yoga classes throughout the school year to help nourish the body and the spirit. This session is taught in a hybrid format with 8 people in the room with the instructor and others participating online.

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Click Here to Register to Participate Online

Note: Your video will not work if joining online. You will see the instructor and can follow along; however, no one else participating can see your video.

Womanism and Other Alternatives to Feminism

7:00 PM | In-Person (Women’s Center)

Target Audience: Undergraduate Students

Kitchen Table Series (KTS) is a peer-facilitated discussion for undergraduate students about current gender-related topics such as sexual health, feminism, body image, women in politics, and other issues related to social justice. During this session, we will discuss what happens when folks from minoritized identities feel failed by mainstream feminism. We will examine other approaches to ending inequality, including womanism and Black feminism. All genders, gender identities, and gender expressions are encouraged to join our KTS conversations.

Dinner will be provided on a limited basis.

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Black ‘Dore Chat*

7:15 PM | In-Person (BCC Auditorium)

Target Audience: All Students

Join the BCC Student Ambassadors for open and honest dialogues about race, identity, pop culture, and current events relevant to Black students. Topics announced one week before the event!

 

 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25

Black History Themed Escape Room*

1:00 PM to 6:00 PM | In-Person (BCC)

Target Audience: All

Can you escape before time runs out? Work through puzzles and challenges themed around Black history in order to escape before it’s too late.

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Roxanne Roxanne*

7:00 PM | In-Person (BCC)

Target Audience: All

Join the Black Student Association for a viewing and discussion of Roxanne Roxanne. Following the viewing, Professor Brittany Chase will facilitate a discussion on gender inequality in hip hop.

Dinner will be provided on a limited basis.

 

 

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