The Apollo Theater’s Annual Open House Weekend is a great way to sample rising talent, and experience the legendary history of the venue for an entire weekend – absolutely for FREE! This year, Open House Weekend falls the first Saturday and Sunday of February, and  includes powerful film and music performances especially for Black History Month on both days. Kick off your Black History Month activities with these powerful, free events:

Black History Month Open House Weekend

Showcasing the Apollo’s consistent black advocacy.

Saturday, Feb 6th,  2PM 

Arts & Activism at the Apollo
Co-hosted by WLIB’s Imhotep Gary Byrd, WBLS’ Bob Slade, and the Apollo’s Tour Director Billy Mitchell, this day of film and music presentations honors legendary Apollo artists such as James Brown, Nina Simone, Bob Marley, etc. who championed black pride and equality.  Performances by rising stars carrying the baton: Amateur Night winner King Solomon Hicks; musicians Mysonne, Mavis SWAN Poole, Steff Reed, Chris Rob, and Lynette Williams; and poet NeNe Ali.  No RSVPs required for this day.

Sunday, Feb 7th,  2PM

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
The Apollo Theater, Firelight Media, Independent Lens, THIRTEEN, and PBS present a screening of The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, the first feature-length documentary exploring the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture and to the cultural/political awakening of black people.  Film will be followed by a discussion with film’s director Stanley Nelson; former Black Panthers Kathleen Cleaver, Ericka Huggins and David Lemieux; journalist Jamilah Lemieux (Ebony), activist Dante Barry, and music by the IMPACT Repertory Theatre Performance Company.  Moderated by WNET’s MetroFocusHost Rafael Pi Roman. Registration highly recommended. Register @

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