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Dear Justyce

Author Nic Stone in Conversation with Angie Thomas
Presented in Collaboration with Random House Children’s Books

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 | 6:30pm ET

In this highly anticipated sequel to her New York Times bestseller Dear Martin, author Nic Stone delivers an unflinching look into the flawed practices and silenced voices in the American juvenile justice system, focusing on an incarcerated teen, Quan, who writes letters to Justyce about his experiences in the American juvenile justice system. Stone will read excerpts from her book and discuss her writing with author Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give) on the day of the book’s release.

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Apollo Music Café: Featuring Stout

Saturday, October 3, 2020 | 9pm ET

An artist whose name evokes strength and power, Stout commands a stage with shape-shifting vocals that can turn a whisper into a roar. Whether performing solo or with a band, she masters her own electrifying language of sound, music and technology. Stout has performed for audiences around the world and shared stages with Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Carlos Santana, Missy Elliot, Gwen Stefani, Usher, Lenny Kravitz, John Mayer, and more. Join us for this unforgettable night of song as Stout opens the new season of Apollo Music Café.

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IN CONVERSATION: JOHN LEGEND & SALAMISHAH TILLET

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Recording artist, composer, activist, and philanthropist John Legend joins scholar, writer, and activist Salamishah Tillet to explore the duty of the artist at this critical moment in American history, along with the roots of Legends activism.

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The Apollo has never wavered in our mission to create spaces for artists and audiences to express themselves freely, and advocate for the safety, dignity, and justice for Black people worldwide. For 86 years we have understood that All Black Lives Matter, and today our relevance and urgency couldn’t ring more true . While our physical doors may be closed for now, we hope that the resources, performances, and conversations here on the Apollo Digital Stage will be useful if you are seeking ways to engage in conversations and activities around race and injustice during this time.

Ta-Nehisi Coates' Between the World and Me: A Resource Guide

This Resource Guide was created to integrate the book Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates and the subsequent Apollo theatrical production into classroom curriculum. Each lesson in the Resource Guide references themes discussed in the book. The Guide provides supporting resources and references inclusive of literature and poetry, film and video, works of art and music, and a review and interview with Coates.

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Apollo Uptown Hall: Movement Required
A Community Conversation

Educators examine racism’s impact on law enforcement, education, and other civil services during Apollo Uptown Hall: Movement RequiredThis community conversation featured Marc Bamuthi Joseph, founding Program Director of Youth Speaks; Jason Osder, GWU assistant professor; Rachel Shapiro, NYC DOE Manhattan Borough Arts Director for the Office of Arts and Special Projects, and other notable activists and advocates.  Apollo Uptown Hall: Movement Required was motivated by the themes from the Apollo and Opera Philadelphia’s October 2017 opera, We Shall Not Be Moved.

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Opera Philadelphia's We Shall Not Be Moved

Inspired by the 1985 MOVE crisis in Philadelphia where a standoff between police and a Black liberation group resulted in the deadly bombing of a residential neighborhood, this production explores that legacy today through the lives of five Philly teens who find power in family and resistance.

CLICK HERE to view an interactive timeline highlighting social movements and events that occurred in the United States.
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#ApolloFam Playlist:

We invite you to vibe with the Apollo community by listening to the #ApolloFam Playlist. This week's playlist is full of artists who have used their voices, platforms and music to speak on issues we continue to experience today. Tune in live on Wednesday, September 23rd at 7pm as artist John Legend & writer Salamishah Tillet discuss the duty of the artist right here on the Apollo Digital Stage.  

Follow and tune in when we release a new playlist curated by the Apollo staff, and listen to our full list of archived playlists below.

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Wyclef Jean Live From the Apollo, in partnership with ADCOLOR

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The Apollo Theater’s fall 2020 season opens with a special virtual concert featuring Grammy Award- winning artist Wyclef Jean. The iconic theater has teamed up with ADCOLOR, the premier organization dedicated to celebrating and promoting diverse professionals in the creative industries, for this historic performance that will bring the legendary Apollo experience to audiences everywhere. The concert will be streamed live from the Apollo stage and mark Wyclef’s first-ever, complete performance of his Grammy-nominated, Double Platinum album, The Carnival. The virtual concert, free of charge, will serve as the Apollo’s season opener as well as ADCOLOR’s annual After Dark concert.

A MARVELOUS NIGHT AT THE APOLLO

The cast and creative team behind the acclaimed series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel joins the world-famous Apollo Theater for a three-part conversation covering comedy, music and dance. Inspired by the final episode centered at the Apollo and directed by Leigh Silverman, tonight's conversation includes talks with Amy Sherman-PalladinoDaniel PalladinoRachel Brosnahan (Midge Maisel), Wanda Sykes (Moms Mabley), Sterling K. Brown (Reggie), LeRoy McClain (Shy Baldwin), Darius de Haas (Shy Baldwin vocals), Maisel choreographer Marguerite Derricks, legendary dancer Savion Glover and dancers Jaden and Ellis Foreman (Hines Brothers).

APOLLO UPTOWN HALL

The Apollo Theater and WNYC partner each January to present WNYC's  Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration. In honor of the anniversary of the March on Washington, and the historical significance of August 28th and the monumental events surrounding this date in history, we revisit this year's event, The Strategic King: MLK's Visionary Leadership as part of the Apollo's Uptown Hall series.

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Apollo Teen Takeover 2020: Dear Future...

Apollo New Works in Conversation

 Join the Apollo’s Executive Producer, Kamilah Forbes as she speaks with two members of the inaugural Apollo New Works cohort - artist, scholar, and culture strategist, Ebony Noelle Golden and visual storyteller and founder of Black Gotham Experience, Kamau Ware. Together, they’ll discuss their artistic inspirations, upcoming Harlem Renaissance-inspired Apollo New Works projects, and how they’ve maintained their creativity throughout these turbulent times, as part of this year's virtual HARLEM WEEK festival.

Deconstructing Little Richard

A Free Online Teach-In Event About the Originator, Emancipator, and Architect of Rock ‘n Roll

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Little Richard, who passed away in May, helped pioneer rock music in the 1950s, riding high on gospel-influenced musicianship and black queer fabulosity. Throughout his seven-decade career, he confronted industry exploitation and racism, and he transformed gender expression in popular culture. Featuring rare photos and video from the Apollo Theater archives, join musicians, scholars, DJs, and writers for a free online discussion event about the self-appointed originator, emancipator, and architect of Rock ‘n Roll. Curated by Jason King and Tavia Nyong’o.

APOLLO MUSIC CAFE: LIVE ARTIST SESSION

Join Apollo Music Café alum Avery*Sunshine for a Facebook Live edition of our signature Music Café. This session includes a special tribute to Stevie Wonder in honor of his 70th birthday.

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In Conversation with DJ D-Nice

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Apollo's Executive Producer Kamilah Forbes speaks to DJ D-Nice on how he leaned in to music and social media to help heal thousands through Club Quarantine, his work as a photographer and artist, his experiences at the Apollo and connection to Harlem, and more.

Celebrating Stevie Wonder

In His Own Words

In honor of Apollo Legend Stevie Wonder's 70th birthday on May 13th, we have released never before seen 1988 footage from our archives.

 

Apollo Education Walk of Fame Guide

 This family-friendly Apollo Walk of Fame study guide provides insight into the early life and activism of our beloved Apollo Legend, Stevie Wonder.

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While the theater is dark, we are celebrating the performances, artists, audiences and personalities that have made us what we are on our Apollo Digital Stage. We hope doing so will lift your spirits. If you are in the position to do so, please consider making a contribution to the Apollo Theater by visiting apollotheater.org/donate.

REMEMBERING THE LIFE OF LITTLE RICHARD

Read more about the architect of rock & roll, Apollo Legend Little Richard, in the Walk of Fame guide.

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While the theater is dark, we are celebrating the performances, artists, audiences and personalities that have made us what we are on our Apollo Digital Stage. We hope doing so will lift your spirits. If you are in the position to do so, please consider making a contribution to the Apollo Theater by visiting apollotheater.org/donate.

STORIES OUR ELDERS TELL US

This podcast series in partnership with 4th and 5th graders from C.S.154 takes a look at five members of significant elders of Harlem, a community outreach group focused on empowering and passing down knowledge to younger generations.

Our first episode focuses on the life of Andi Owens, a Harlem historian. Mr. Owens walks us through his most significant moments from growing up in Minneapolis to his perseverance and contribution during the fight for racial equality in Harlem.

FROM OUR FRIENDS AT OPERA PHILADELPHIA

DIGITAL BROADCAST PREMIERE: WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED

Enjoy the digital broadcast premiere of We Shall Not Be Moved, our co-commissioned opera with Opera Philadelphia. Review the supplemental education materials from the Apollo Education department below, including the history and creative elements of opera, and historical context surrounding the 1985  Philadelphia MOVE bombing.

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APOLLO UPTOWN HALL: MOVEMENT REQUIRED

In support of the New York premiere of We Shall Not Be Moved, the Apollo hosted a community discussion surrounding themes explored in the opera. Topics included law enforcement and community relations, lack of youth services in urban America, and featured Tamika D. Mallory, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, and more. Tune in to listen to the rebroadcast of Apollo Uptown Hall: Movement Required on WBAI-FM.

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While the theater is dark, we are celebrating the performances, artists, audiences and personalities that have made us what we are on our Apollo Digital Stage. We hope doing so will lift your spirits. If you are in the position to do so, please consider making a contribution to the Apollo Theater by visiting apollotheater.org/donate.

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APOLLO DANCE PARTY WITH DJ HARD HITTIN' HARRY
FRIDAY, MAY 8 | 6PM EST

 Dance into the weekend with Apollo Music Cafe's very own DJ Hard Hittin' Harry.

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APOLLO DANCE PARTY WITH DJ SPINNA

FRIDAY, MAY 1 | 3PM EST

Get up offa that thang!! We're LIVE with INTERMISSION: The #ApolloFam Dance Party! You've got until 6PM to get up, get into it, and get involved with this #JamesBrown-infused set featuring @djspinna on the 1s and 2s ???????? https://t.co/PSHEUst2pF

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Save the date for next week’s Intermission Dance Party featuring Apollo Music Cafe’s DJ Hard Hittin’ Harry on Friday May 8th at 3pm EST on IG Live!

While the theater is dark, we are celebrating the performances, artists, audiences and personalities that have made us what we are on our Apollo Digital Stage. We hope doing so will lift your spirits. If you are in the position to do so, please consider making a contribution to the Apollo Theater by visiting apollotheater.org/donate.

APOLLO MUSIC CAFÉ: INTERNATIONAL DAY OF JAZZ

CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE LIVE ON FACEBOOK 

Join six-time GRAMMY® Award-winning jazz bassist Christian McBride in this month’s virtual edition of Apollo Music Café honoring International Day of Jazz and Apollo legend James Brown. Mr. McBride will broadcast on Facebook Live in an intimate concert with a mix of jazz and his expansive knowledge of James Brown’s catalogue. Special guest appearances to be announced.

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While the theater is dark, we are celebrating the performances, artists, audiences and personalities that have made us what we are on our Apollo Digital Stage. We hope doing so will lift your spirits. If you are in the position to do so, please consider making a contribution to the Apollo Theater by visiting apollotheater.org/donate.

One World Ideas & Action:
Ta-Nehisi Coates and Heather McGhee

THURSDAY, APRIL 16 | 8PM ET

Apollo Theater’s Master Artist-in-Residence Ta-Nehisi Coates joins Heather McGhee, one of our leading thinkers on economic and social policy, for an evening of conversation. Ta-Nehisi Coates is the author of several bestselling books, including the modern classic Between the World and Me and, most recently, the #1 bestselling novel The Water Dancer and Heather McGhee, former president of the Demos Foundation, is one of our leading thinkers on economic and social policy, and author of the forthcoming book The Sum of Us. Together, they will elaborate about their work, this moment in our society, and how we might start to think about the world we’ll make on the other side of it.

Moderated by Chris Jackson, Editor-In-Chief at One World.

The inaugural Master Artist Residency at the Apollo Theater is supported by the Ford Foundation. The Master Artist Residency program is generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

TIDAL X New Jack Swing Presented by the Apollo Theater

The epic IG battle between Teddy Riley and Babyface nearly broke the internet in a throwback of some of the most memorable R&B hits of our time. Check out our throwback to December 2018 when Teddy Riley and Keith Sweat graced the Apollo stage along with DJ D-Nice, Guy, members of Blackstreet, Doug E. Fresh, Kool Moe Dee, SWV​, ​MC Lyte, and Al B Sure.​

Amateur Night at the Apollo

Amateur Night at the Apollo is one of New York’s most popular live entertainment experiences, attracting performers and audiences the world over. Tune in here to see the best of the best from our April 17, 2019 performance.

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IN CONVERSATION WITH DONALD LAWRENCE

Instagram Live Conversation with Kamilah Forbes

Apollo Theater's Executive Producer Kamilah Forbes speaks to gospel artist Donald Lawrence. They discuss how faith can carry us through uncertain times, Donald’s involvement with Lifetime's Clark Sisters biopic, his latest album, Goshen, and more.

APOLLO LIVE WIRE

How I Got Over - The Spirit of Gospel Music

This Friday, watch a rebroadcast of How I Got Over – The Spirt of Gospel Music, a conversation exploring the history and influence of Gospel music and the Black religious experience. Judith Casselberry, associate professor of Africana Studies at Bowdoin College and author of The Labor of Faith: Gender and Power in Black Apostolic Pentecostalism, guides us through this journey that begins in the early 20th century and winds across the decades through the migration experience, regional influences, denominational traditions, and innovative performers to today’s contemporary Gospel music scene.

Panelists Include:
Charrise Barron, Ph.D. - Interim Director, Brown Center for Students of Color (BCSC), Visiting Assistant Professor of Africana Studies, Brown University
Mellonee Burnim - Professor of Folklore and Ethnomusicology; Director, Archives of African American Music & Culture University of Indiana Bloomington; Co-editor of African American Music: An Introduction
Joyce Marie Jackson - Professor of Folklore and Ethnomusicology in the Department of Geography & Anthropology at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
Matthew D. Morrison, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor, New York University; Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music

With musical reflections by:
Marcelle Davies-LashleyJhetti, and Samuel Guillaume

Apollo Live Wire is presented by the Apollo Education Department.

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Amateur Night at the Apollo

Amateur Night at the Apollo is one of New York’s most popular live entertainment experiences, attracting performers and audiences the world over. Tune in here to see the best of the best from our May 15th live streamed performace.

APOLLO LIVE WIRE

She's a Rebel: A Tribute to the Girl Groups of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s

Closing out Women’s History Month, this Apollo Live Wire highlights the story and members of the original girl groups of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s in celebration of their contributions to American music.

Hear from Joshie Jo Armstead, former member of The Ikettes, Sarah Dash, former member of Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles, and Martha Reeves of Martha and the Vandellas, as they discuss their experiences as female artists in the music industry. Music journalist and essayist Christian John Wikane moderates.

Apollo Live Wire is presented by the Apollo Education Department.

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