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    Black History Month is important for several reasons; it functions as a time to remind us of the incredible leaps, bounds, sacrifices and contributions  that Black people have made to the American canon over the past several centuries. While it's very important to take this month to brush up on your black history, it's equally important to engage and support the local artists of the present as they're in the process of creating history. As a part of our Black History feature, PFG encourages you to not only learn about blackness in the past tense, but to go out and celebrate what it means to be black right here in our present. These artists (all from Philly) are guaranteed to blow your minds, trust us.

     

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    World Culture Day Series: Celebration of African Cultures
    Penn Museum
    February 25th, 2017

    Celebration of African Cultures 

     

    Join Penn Museum for their annual celebration of African Cultures. Modern African dance classes, arts and crafts activities, and an interactive tour across the Museum's own collection of history stemming from Ancient Egypt to present, are just a few of the things on the agenda at Penn. By the way, this event is completely free!

    History of Hip Hop Performance

     

    Movemakers Philly is presenting two free shows celebrating one of Black America's most treasured art forms: hip hop music. This Sunday, teachers from Philly's top hip hop program, and some special guests, will perform. This is a free, all ages event.

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    THEATRE
    The Bodyguard
    Academy of Music
    February 21st, 2017 - February 26th, 2017

    The Bodyguard 

     

    Based off the smash movie made famous by the iconic Whitney Houston, The Bodyguard hits the Academy of Music stage for one week this month. Sing along with classics from the beloved original soundtrack, such as "I Wanna Dance With Somebody," and "I Will Always Love You," as you fall in love with this breathtaking story for the second time.

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    MUSIC
    XPN Welcomes: Noname
    World Cafe Live
    March 1st, 2017

    XPN Welcomes: Noname

     

    You may not recognize her right away, but you've definitely heard Noname (born Fatimah Warner). The Chicago native, spoken word performer, and rapper has featured on Chance the Rapper's huge debut album Coloring Book, among other things. On July 31st, the talented performer released her own debut, Telefone, garnering instant critical success from the likes of Rolling Stone and Pitchfork. End Black History Month with a bang, and check out a great up-and-coming talent!

    Make sure you check out these other performances by local black artists all across the city! 

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    THEATRE
    The Bodyguard
    Academy of Music
    February 21st, 2017 - February 26th, 2017
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    DOCUMENTARY
    Martin Scorsese's The Blues Film Series: Film Screenings+ Discussions
    Annenberg Center for the Performing...
    September 28th, 2016 - March 1st, 2017
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    MUSIC
    XPN Welcomes: Noname
    World Cafe Live
    March 1st, 2017

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