Open House Weekend Day One: Still, We Rise is a day celebrating the majesty of our experiences and the ways we continue to excel. Through imagery, spirituality, culture, activism, and creativity, we created spaces that nurtured our souls and provided environments to explore and develop our talents. We’ll examine and honor each of these areas when the Apollo Theater in collaboration with Harlem Arts Alliance (HAA) and other New York City institutions and organizations present a free afternoon of performances, previews, and presentations. Featuring Apollo Amateur Night’s Capone, Apollo Comedy Club’s Mugga, HAA members Tyrone Birkett | Emancipation, and Urban Word NYC, Annette A. Aguilar and String Beans, LaRocque Bey Dance Theatre, Soul Science Lab, and more. Hosted by Michael Hill from WNET and WBGO and Billy Mitchell, whose memories and knowledge are so great, he’s known as “Mr. Apollo!”
The Apollo Theater, Firelight Media, Independent Lens, and THIRTEEN will host a screening of Stanley Nelson’s “Tell Them We Are Rising - The Story of Black Colleges and Universities.” This event will offer an advance screening and panel featuring director Stanley Nelson, writer and professor Jelani Cobb, and actress Simone Missick, moderated by MetroFocus anchor Rafael PiRoman. The event will include entertainment from the Delaware State University Pep Band the Approaching Storm and DJ The Legendary Chris Washington.