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HAYTI! The Hippest Black Film Festival in the South Just Got Better!

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!

JIG SHOW HITS FRESH DOCS, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, DURHAM, NC!

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!

Dancinema presents a Work in Progress Screening of JIG SHOW, July 29, DC area

  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

JIG SHOW film work in progress screening, April 4, 7pm, Beyu

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 Pioneers Entertainment

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

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