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The Black Comic Book Festival is Returning to New York

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture announces the 2017 Black Comic Book Festival in New York City.

The Black Comic Book Festival may very well be the coolest day of the year. If you don’t take my word for it, just ask the 7,000-or-so people who attended the 2016 one.


Today, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture announced the festival is to officially return to New York City in January 2017. And, for the first time, it’ll take place over the course of two days.

The annual event at the Schomburg Center in Harlem celebrates the past, present and future of black comics through panel discussions, film screenings, cosplay and exhibit tables with the top black comic creators from across the country.

“We decided to build the Black Comic Book Festival focusing on amplifying the voices of independent creators to convene the community around their art and efforts, and to feed an alternative market for culture and literacy,” Deirdre Hollman, Director of Education and Exhibitions at the Schomburg Center, said in a press statement.

“I believe the biggest influence has been fostering a space for creative community exchange by connecting a plethora of creators, storytellers, artists, and bookmakers with an intergenerational audience of readers. Creating this space at the Schomburg, in the heart of Harlem, where the community trusts the mission of promoting black history and culture, adds to the uniqueness of this event - it is by, of and for the people.”

The Black Comic Book Festival goes down January 13-14, 2017 at the Schomburg Center in Harlem, New York. Admission is free. Festival registration opens in mid-December.

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The Fugees Will Be Playing Live Concerts In Ghana & Nigeria

Ready or not.

The legendary Fugees have announced that they will be reuniting for their first shows in 15 years for a string of concerts across North America, Europe and West Africa.

The reunion tour will be celebrating the anniversary of their classic 1996 album, The Score.

Ms. Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel will be embarking on a 12-city global tour, which will have them landing in Nigeria and Ghana for a pair of December show dates — we'll have more details on those to come.

The tour starts this week with a 'secret' pop-up show at an undisclosed location in New York City on Wednesday (9/22) in support of Global Citizen Live. The rest of the dates will kick-off in November and see The Fugees playing concerts across Chicago Los Angeles, Atlanta, Oakland, Miami, Newark, Paris, London, and Washington DC, before finishing off in Nigeria and Ghana.

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