Spotlight Artists

Talib Kweli

MC, Artist, Advocate


 7:00p Friday | Chasing Trane Screening & Panel Discussion w/  

 Talib Kweli

 11:00p Friday | After party w/ DJ Talib Kweli

Hippodrome Theater

The Brooklyn-based MC earned his stripes as one of the most lyrically-gifted, socially aware and politically insightful rappers to emerge in the last 20 years. “I’m a touring artist. I’m an artist that’s internationally known. I’m not just a local artist at this point in my career. I’m cognizant of the fact that what I do is beyond where it started. I’m trying to reach the apex of where I am now, but without turning my back on or dismissing what I’ve done before.”

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Amanda seales

Actress, Comedian, DJ


7:00p Saturday | Screening & Post-screening Discussion

Grace St Theater

Comedian, actress, content creator, and more, Amanda Seales doesn’t just make you laugh, she makes change! With an uncanny knack for taking serious topics (racism, rape culture, sexism, police brutality, etc.) and with humor, making them relatable and interesting, she combines intellectual wit, irreverent silliness and a pop culture obsession to create her unique style of smart funny content for the stage and screens.

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akosua adoma owusu

Independent Filmmaker



2:00p Saturday | Screening & Panel Discussion

Elegba Folklore Society

Owusu is a Ghanaian-American filmmaker and producer whose films have screened worldwide in prestigious film festivals, museums, galleries, universities and microcinemas since 2005. Her work addresses the collision of identities, where the African immigrant located in the United States has a "triple consciousness.” Owusu interprets Du Bois’ notion of double consciousness and creates a third identity or consciousness, representing the diverse consciousness of women and African immigrants interacting in African, white American, and black American culture.

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Owner, Akwaaba 



2:00p Saturday | Screening & Panel Discussion

Elegba Folklore Society

Author, editor and bed & breakfast inn owner Monique Greenwood was born on June 22, 1959 in Washington, D.C. Greenwood attended Howard University where she graduated magna cum laude in 1981 with her B.A. degree in communications. In 1989, Greenwood married Glenn Pogue, a broadcast engineer for WNBC-TV..


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