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Woke Up Black


Schomburg Center 515 Malcolm X Boulevard NYC, Feb 17, 2013

Astraea is proud to be a community partner to Woke Up Black, an award-winning documentary following the lives of 5 Black youth in Chicago. Join us on February 13 for the film’s NYC premiere at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.


woke up black nyc premiere screeningThe February 13th première is SOLD OUT! Catch this film at two other screenings in February:

Sunday, February 17th, 1pm (Doors open at 12:45pm)

Middle Collegiate Church - Sanctuary
112 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003
$10 Suggested donation at the door
After the screening a talkback will be moderated by Reverend Jacqui Lewis, Ph.D., Senior Minister, with director Mary F. Morten, documentary subjects Ace and Sheldon, and local youth!

Monday, February 18th, 7:30 pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)
Maysles Cinema
343 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, NY 10027
Admission $10
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Stay after the screening for a talkback with director Mary F. Morten, documentary subjects Ace and Sheldon, and local youth!

Woke Up Black documents a two-year period in the lives of five Black youth ages 16-21: Rosalee, the first in her family to attend college; Carter, a student athlete adopted by a gay couple when he was 10; Morgan, an engineering student from a predominately white suburb; Ace, a self-identified genderqueer activist whose family has difficulty accepting her identity; and Sheldon, a community organizer and new father. The film documents both day-to-day events in the cast's lives, such as family gatherings and interactions with the justice system, as well as major milestones, such as high school graduations and first days at college. Most importantly, the film focuses on the youths' ideas and opinions about the world in their own words, and presents nuanced images of their lives that go far beyond the twenty-second sound bytes we normally see on the news.