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The New York Times: The Local- Fort Greene/Clinton Hill-Portraits of Many Writers on Display at Skylight Gallery

Wednesday, December 7, 2011
The Skylight Gallery of the Center for Arts & Culture at the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Center held an opening for a new exhibit last Thursday. The crowd that attended the event came to view 35 photographic portraits of black female writers, poets and artists of various ages. The exhibition, “Her Word As Witness: Portrait Of Women Writers Of The African Diaspora,” includes photos of poet Sonia Sanchez, jazz singer Esperanza Spalding, editor Susan Taylor, journalist Danyel...

Loop 21- New Photo Exhibit Captures Women Writers of Color

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
When photographer Laylah Amatullah Barrayn made a choice to photograph 36 contemporary writers for her current exhibition “Her Words Her Word as Witness: Portraits of Women Writers of the African Diaspora” she also, in effect, was turning the camera on herself. As a writer and photographer she understands what it means to bear witness and the vulnerability that comes with both jobs. Photographic portraiture is a medium that can be loaded with double entendre.

Bed Stuy Patch- Her Word as Witness' Opening Reception

Friday, December 2, 2011
Last night at the Skylight Gallery in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn-based photographer Laylah Amatullah Barrayn debuted "Her Word as Witness: Women Writers of the African Diaspora," an exhibit that features 35 photographic portraits of some of today's most compelling writers, along with excerpts from their works.

Community Appeal to “Occupy the High”

Thursday, December 1, 2011
Dear Community Members,

The NY Daily News- Photo exhibit with artful focus on women writers

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
More often than not, the city’s cultural institutions keep black Latinos and African-Americans in separate categories. The Brooklyn Museum’s photo exhibit “The Black List,” for example, was followed this year by “The Latino List.” But Brooklyn photographer Laylah Amatullah Barrayn has mixed both in “Her Word As Witness: Women Writers of the African Diaspora,” an exhibit featuring photos of 36 women that opens Thursday at the Skylight Gallery...

Bed Stuy Patch-The Ones That Endured

Wednesday, November 9, 2011
The race goes not always to the strongest nor to the fastest, but to the one that endures. Beginning in June, Bed-Stuy Patch began profiling 19 runners training for the 2011 ING New York City Marathon. On Sunday, November 6, seventeen of those 19 runners crossed the finish line. One of our profiled runners, Caitlin Martusewicz, was injured so she didn't run. And we were unable to catch up to Omar Almodovar whose time was not posted on the marathon website.

Bed Stuy Patch- 'Restoration's Nine' Cross The Finish Line

Monday, November 7, 2011
As runners in the 2011 ING New York City Marathon rounded the stretch up Lafayette Avenue in Fort Greene/Clinton Hill and down Bedford Avenue in Bed-Stuy, they were welcomed to one of the greatest displays of sidewalk revelry Brooklyn has seen in years (if we do say so ourselves). For a nearly two-mile stretch, runners cut through a sea of animated and inspired applause, bells, whistles, horns and cheers like none other.

Team Restoration Crosses the Finish Line

Monday, November 7, 2011
Restoration applauds Team Restoration, the organization’s first ever ING New York City Marathon team which successfully made their debut at the 42nd Annual New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 6th. The nine-person team represents a diverse group of athletes and professionals who have generously committed their personal financial support and fundraising efforts, not to mention hours of physical training in order to represent Restoration at this iconic New York City tradition. Race...

Bed Stuy Patch: Colvin's Corner- If Not You, Then Who?

Sunday, November 6, 2011
One thing I’ve often wondered about is the state of volunteerism and philanthropy in our communities. Why don’t more of our residents volunteer and financially support local nonprofits and community-based organizations? Let’s be clear. I’m well aware that there are many examples of volunteerism and philanthropy taking place every day, including the work we do in our churches. Others of us participate in civic organizations, like the Brownstoners of Bedford Stuyvesant,...

Bed Stuy Patch-From Mean Street, to Clean Sweep

Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Douglas Jones, executive director of the Bed-Stuy Gateway B.I.D., has only been on the job four months, but already, he has one huge success to his credit: He is cleaning up Fulton Street. “When I came in, folks were really complaining about the lack of cleanliness on Fulton Street,” Jones said. “It was just dirty, everywhere.” Jones went to Atlantic Maintenance, the company that provides cleaning services along Fulton.

Bed Stuy Patch-Approaching the Finish Line: Bed-Stuy's NYC Marathon Runners

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
On Monday, November 6, 2011, at least 19 runners representing Bedford-Stuyvesant will take part in the 2011 ING New York City Marathon. Over the past five months, every week, Bed-Stuy Patch has profiled each and every one of these amazing runners, who have been training very hard to see this day.

Bed Stuy Patch- Colvin's Corner: The Billie Holiday Theatre Commences its 40th Anniversary Season

Sunday, October 23, 2011
This past Thursday, the Billie Holiday Theatre (BHT) commenced its 40th anniversary season. Located in the heart of Restoration Plaza, the Audelco and Obie award-winning Billie Holiday Theatre (BHT) is the only professional resident theatre company in Brooklyn, and sets the standard for performing arts and serious theatre in Central Brooklyn.

Bed-Stuy's NYC Marathon Runner: Alisha Cowan-Vieira

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Name: Alisha Cowan-Vieira Age: Forever Young Hometown: Brooklyn, New York How long you've been running:

Bed Stuy Patch-VIDEO: Through Blood, Sweat and Cheers: The Bed-Stuy 10K Community Run

Monday, October 10, 2011
Trophies and cash were awarded to the top three male and female finishers in 12 age categories on Saturday for the Bedford-Stuyvesant Annual 10K Community Run/Walk.  More than 125 volunteers representing the Bed-Stuy Alive! community circuit, a motorcycle club, Foodtown Groceries, the YMCA Piranhas swim team and throngs of spectators came out in a show of support. Click here to watch the video on Bed Stuy Patch!

HYPETRAK-Yassin/Mos Def and Brooklyn Philharmonic perform for Restoration Rocks in Brooklyn

Monday, October 10, 2011
Past weekend, the annual Restoration Rocks Concert took place in Brooklyn. The event boasted live performances by the Brooklyn Philharmonic by the likes of Yassin, aka Mos Def, Idle Warship, Pharoahe Monch and more. Taking place in the middle of Fulton Street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, the concert is the kick-off celebration of Bed-Stuy Alive’s week-long festival which promotes the culture, commerce and community of Bed-Stuy.

Examiner- Mos Def brings classical hip hop to Brooklyn

Monday, October 10, 2011
Tight as a stage would be with musicians, instruments, music stands, speakers and a conductor, Mos Def stood in close quarters with his legendary red mic. The rumble of the A and C train, the honking of vehicles behind the stage set the scene of possibly the biggest block party in Brooklyn. The 5th Annual Restoration Rocks! was just that- a huge block party, opening with Brooklyn’s Prince- rapper and critically acclaimed actor, Mos Def. Unlike ever before, the Brooklyn Philharmonic...

The New York Times-Rap in and of Brooklyn, With the Rumble of the Subway Trains

Sunday, October 9, 2011
When an orchestra wants to play outside it usually ends up in a park, a pastoral setting for picnicking and music that is familiar and not too demanding: Bernstein’s “West Side Story” Suite, say, or Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony. The audience is generally as white as the wine. That was what made the first preview of the rejuvenated Brooklyn Philharmonic’s season — and its first performance under Alan Pierson, its new artistic director — so...

CBS New York- Bedford Stuyvesant Hosts 5th Annual Restoration Rocks Concert Saturday

Sunday, October 9, 2011
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Thousands are expected to attend this weekend’s Restoration Rocks Concert in Brooklyn, an event which will boast performances by the Brooklyn Philharmonic featuring Mos Def, Idle Warship, Pharoahe Monch and additional local talent. The annual event will take place on Fulton Street between Marcy and Brooklyn Avenues in Bedford Stuyvesant.

Bed Stuy Patch- Restoration Rocks: Mos Def

Thursday, October 6, 2011
Bed-Stuy native Mos Def has earned a place in entertainment as one of the most prolific actors and musicians of his time. He grew up in the Roosevelt Houses on Dekalb and Lewis Avenues and has been rapping and acting since he was nine years old. In 1998, Mos Def formed the group Black Star with Talib Kweli and signed with Rawkus Records. The title is a reference to the Black Star Line, a shipping line founded by Pan-Africanist Marcus Garvey. They released an album, Mos Def and Talib Kweli...

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