Portsmouth, VA (January 22, 2024) – Grammy-winning Home Studios, in collaboration with the City of Portsmouth and Portsmouth Museums, proudly present the Black History Now! Art is Revolutionary series. This multi-week series celebrating black excellence will cast a luminous glow across various locations throughout February, offering a kaleidoscope of carefully selected experiences for the public.
"Black History Now! is more than just a series of events; it's a vivid canvas spotlighting the power, passion, and creativity of Black artists, filmmakers, musicians, and changemakers," expresses Mark Mims, Co-founder of Home Studios. "We're thrilled to collaborate with Portsmouth Museums and bring this transformative experience to the city of Portsmouth, igniting dialogue and celebration across the community."
Dr. Alexander Benitez, Director of the Department of Museums and Tourism for the City of Portsmouth, echoes this sentiment: "The Black History Now! series offers a dynamic and engaging platform for our community to embrace the multifaceted richness of Black culture. As we delve into the artistry, achievements, and struggles depicted in these events, we can foster understanding, empathy, and ultimately, progress toward a more inclusive and equitable future."
Noelle Torian, with Portsmouth Museums, adds, "By engaging in meaningful conversations and celebrating the power of Black art, we can ensure that Black History Month becomes not just a commemoration of the past but a catalyst for a brighter future."
Be prepared to be swept away by a vibrant series of events at various downtown hotspots and local schools:
Portsmouth Interim City Manager Mimi Terry emphasizes, "Black history is American history. This series not only celebrates remarkable individuals and their artistry but also serves as a vital platform for amplifying ongoing conversations about equality, justice, and progress. We, as a city, are proud to invest in and champion initiatives that foster inclusivity and empower all members of our community."
Sponsored by the City of Portsmouth, the Black History Now! Series underscores its unwavering commitment to diversity and artistic expression. Tickets for this invigorating series, including the opening celebration at The Famous, Nikkolas Smith's school events, and the "Bad Things Happen in Philadelphia" screening, will be available to the public at www.blkhistorynow.com.
Stay tuned for the full schedule of events and follow Home Studios and Portsmouth Museums on social media for updates!
About Home Studios:
Home Studios isn't just an award-winning independent film studio, it's a powerhouse amplifying underrepresented voices across music and film. With a commitment to stories that move, inspire, and elevate, we've nurtured some of the industry's brightest talents. Our strategy is simple: We've harnessed the power of the internet to build bridges, forging partnerships with industry giants like Netflix, Amazon, Fox, REVOLT, Capitol Records, and Sony Music.
Our artists & alumni stand as living proof of our impact. They've snagged multiple Grammys, shared their narratives on global stages, and dominated Billboard charts with genre-bending projects.
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