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Harlem in Havana Helped Popularize Afro Cuban Music and Dance in North America

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

Harlem in Havana is Back! Production Set for Tampa; Hits Cucalorus 2015

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

Help Leslie bring Harlem in Havana to the Big Screen!

HELP FUND THE FILM NOW Dear Supporters, Family and Friends: I am excited to announce the launch of our crowdfunding campaign for JIG SHOW | Leon Claxton's Harlem in Havana. In partnership with the Southern Documentary Fund (SDF), we are seeking $10,000 to complete production in the city of Tampa. Your contributions will be used in the following three areas: HD production crew Equipment … Continue reading Help Leslie bring Harlem in Havana to the Big Screen!

Brown Skin Showgirls, a photographic collection

BROWN SKIN SHOWGIRLS There are many art and entertainment resources that reference the contributions and important role women of color played in shaping the art of dance in North America. However, it is rare to encounter a historically rich and visually stunning book that is dedicated solely to the brown skin showgirl or black burlesque … Continue reading Brown Skin Showgirls, a photographic collection

Durham Needs A Living Wage!

I am very proud be on the steering committee for The Durham Living Project, a project of The People’s Alliance Fund in Durham, NC. I will be co-chairing communications and marketing as a part of an all-volunteer group of community members  - workers and employers - created a working group to get the program off the ground. This Project’s existence … Continue reading Durham Needs A Living Wage!

JIG SHOW!?

Jiggaboo...jigga...jigger...jig. As a journalist and documentarian, I am compelled to search out truth in my work and without bias of my own positionality in the world or in relation to the subject. Thus, I admit, I was offended when I learned my grandfather’s show, Harlem in Havana, was considered the carnival ‘Jig Show’. In my … Continue reading JIG SHOW!?