Step Right Up, Folks! I've got big news! In an effort to document the rich history of my grandfather Leon Claxton's Black and Cuban stage show, Harlem in Havana, I'm creating a collection of black and white photography books called Brown Skin Showgirls. And, the Cuban Edition, Vol II, is now available on Amazon! Brown Skin Showgirls, … Continue reading Don’t wait for the film! See the Brown Skin Showgirls!
From making film to writing lyrics to painting on a blank canvas, I am at peace in the world when I am creating. A writer, visual artist and documentary filmmaker, I come from a family of artists and musicians from Los Angeles, CA. As a kid, all I ever wanted to do was go to … Continue reading Super Studs, Brownskin Showgirls and Challenging Identities- My Artist Journey
By Leslie Cunningham, filmmaker and TRIBES Team If you haven’t noticed, Durham’s Hayti Heritage Film Festival (HHFF) is bringing something fresh and new this year and Bull city film lovers are taking notice! I’m a longtime fan of the annual festival which is one of the longest-running Black film festivals in the country. I’m damn sure proud of … Continue reading HAYTI! The Hippest Black Film Festival in the South Just Got Better!
Friday, September 22nd @ 7 pm, Full Frame Theater, American Tobacco Campus, Blackwell St., Durham, North Carolina 27701 The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund are pleased to present a free screening of JIG SHOW | Leon Claxton’s Harlem in Havana, a feature documentary film by Leslie Cunningham who takes viewers on a tour of her grandfather’s Black and Cuban traveling show that … Continue reading JIG SHOW HITS FRESH DOCS, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, DURHAM, NC!
The Capitol Dance & Cinema Festival's feature film series continues Saturday, July 29 @ Dance Exchange with a work-in-progress screening of the coming feature documentary film, JIG SHOW | Leon Claxton's Harlem in Havana by filmmaker Leslie Cunningham. 7:00pm - 7:30pm Harlem in Havana Photo Exhibition and Event Seating 7:30pm - 8:30pm Film Screening Q &A/ Feedback … Continue reading Dancinema presents a Work in Progress Screening of JIG SHOW, July 29, DC area
Check out photos from the wip screening at Beyu Caffe in Durham, NC: Join SDF and Beyu Caffe for a lively evening of entertainment, film clips, and conversation about Leslie Cunningham's work-in-progress, JIG SHOW: Leon Claxton's Harlem in Havana! Come one, come all! Tuesday, April 4th @ 7pm. Visit here to learn more. http://beyucaffe.com/events/be-connected-the-southern-documentary-fund-presents-for-us-by-us/
TRIBES Magazine, the wildly popular award-winning arts and entertainment periodical, is back with new issues guaranteed to be the best ones yet! Created in 2004 by Leslie Cunningham, TRIBES is one of the leading urban arts and entertainment publications online. Best known for showcasing indy artists making noise in their communities, every issue of TRIBES … Continue reading TRIBES Magazine Pioneers Entertainment
Documentary filmmaker spotlights Cuban Dancers who brought Rumba, Batá Drums, Lucumi Rituals and Santeria songs to U.S. and Canadian Audiences before the Revolution PRLog -- From the secular to the spiritual, Afro Cuban music and dance were rapidly growing in popularity in the U.S. by the mid-20th century. With the 1959 Cuban Revolution led by … Continue reading Harlem in Havana Helped Popularize Afro Cuban Music and Dance in North America
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Compelling New Documentary Sheds Light on a Little Known Aspect of Black and Latino Culture in America, the Traveling Jig Show; Production Set for Tampa; Hits Cucalorus Film Festival's Work in Progress Program in November 2015 Step Right Up, Folks! The last remaining great troupers are finally telling their stories about one of America’s most … Continue reading Harlem in Havana is Back! Production Set for Tampa; Hits Cucalorus 2015