Celebrate Black History Month 2021 in Flint with art exhibits, movies and virtual events

FLINT, MI — Celebrating Black History Month may look and feel a lot different this year amid the coronavirus pandemic.

But there are still ways you can celebrate the culture in Flint.

Here are the events planned throughout February to honor and celebrate Black history:

-Genesee District Library

20th Anniversary Black History Celebration

The Genesee District Library and ABC12 have partnered for a virtual 20th Anniversary Black History Celebration set to air 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11.

The 60-minute segment can be watched here.

The show will include music from the a cappella group, Linkin’ Bridge, who performed at the brunch in 2018 and were finalists in season 11 of the NBC reality competition show “America’s Got Talent.”

Voices of Service, finalists in season 14 of “America’s Got Talent” will also perform, and Dr. Traci Currie, who presented at the 2016 Brunch, will share a powerful poem.

For more information, visit here.

-Flint Institute of Arts

Posing Beauty in African American Culture exhibit

The exhibit at FIA, 1120 E. Kearsley St., explores the contested ways in which African and African American beauty have been represented in historical and contemporary contexts through a diverse range of media including photography, film, video, fashion, advertising, and other forms of popular culture such as music and the internet.

Curated by Deborah Willis and organized by Curatorial Assistance Traveling Exhibitions, the exhibit will be on display until April 18.

Here’s more information about the exhibit.

-Communities First’s 6th Annual African American Film Series

Communities First has partnered with the Flint Institute of Arts to host a virtual film series. The selections are designed to inspire, inform, empower and entertain the participants near and far.

The film for Black History Month is called “Fast Color.”

Movie synopsis: Hunted by mysterious forces, a young woman who has supernatural abilities must go on the run when her powers are discovered. With nowhere else to go, she flees back to her family and the farmhouse she abandoned long ago. There, while being pursued by the local sheriff, she begins to mend the broken relationships with her mother and daughter and learns that the power she needed was inside her all along.

The film will be available to stream from Feb. 18-21 here.

-MW Gallery

Examining Identity Construction: Selections from the Mott-Warsh Collection

The downtown Flint gallery, 815 S. Saginaw St., holds a collection of portraiture, scenes from everyday life, and artworks that confront racial myths and stereotypes are featured in this exhibit that explores the dynamics of identity and the visual representation of African Americans.

Artists include Robert Arneson, Camille Billops, Sanford Biggers, Mark Steven Greenfield, Ayana Jackson, Whitfield Lovell, Kehinde Wiley, Pat Ward Williams, and many others.

Throughout the month of February, the gallery is offering 30-minute guided tours of the current exhibit. Reservations are required and groups are limited to a maximum 10 people per group. Masks and social distancing are also required.

The exhibit will be on display until Feb. 27.

For more information and to make a reservation, click here.

Do you know of an event that we missed? Send an email with the details to MLive Reporter Isis Simpson-Mersha at [email protected]

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