The South Dallas Cultural Center serves up a week that will satisfy all four major food groups of the arts -- visual art, music, film, and theater -- for the climax of OurStory 2000: A Diaspora Perspective, the center's celebration of Black History Month.
For the film portion, Black Cinematheque looks at rap and hip-hop's influence and role in African American culture with "Rap, Race and African American History." The program features Rusty Cundieff's Fear of a Black Hat, a mockumentary about rap group NWH and its members Ice Cold, Tasty Taste, and Tone Def. The only thing larger and funnier than the group's hats are the ways Ice Cold tries to disguise his lyrics' gansta and misogynistic themes under Black Power-inspired anagrams. Fear of a Black Hat, which parodies everyone from Vanilla Ice to MC Hammer to P.M. Dawn, will be screened along with the documentaries Rap, Race, and Equality and Rhyme and Reason at 7:30 p.m. February 18.
Artist Chris Herod, who sprays paint on recycled wood, will discuss his current exhibit Pride/Strength/Survival: Urban Artworks with a meet-the-artist session at 6 p.m. February 17. After the gallery talk, a panel of representatives from BMG Entertainment, Dallasblack.com, Hot 100, Kokopelli Entertainment, and Darkman Productions will discuss "The Fine Art of Self-Promotion" during the center's monthly Night Shifts Workshops for local artists.
Black Cinematheque's "Rap, Race and African American History"
Damien Womack leads Jammin' at the Center
South Dallas Cultural Center
3400 S. Fitzhugh St.
The week ends with an encore production of The Meeting, a play about a fictional meeting between Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Meeting debuted during celebrations for MLK day and is directed by actor Willie Minor (The Tuskegee Airmen, Born on the Fourth of July, and Walker, Texas Ranger). The performance begins at 8 p.m. February 19.