Of the movies I’ve seen lately, few are as gripping as The Central Park Five, Ken Burns’ documentary about the incarceration of five innocent teenagers wrongfully convicted of the rape in the late 80s. The film’s Brooklyn premiere is this Sunday at BAM, part of the third annual New Voices in Black Cinema Festival, and three of the unjustly accused victims, now free, will be in attendance for a Q&A. Burns skillfully recreates the city’s fascination with the crime and the trial at the time, which I remember well from my tween years, and the zeal for “justice” that obscured reason and decency and eventually led to the senseless destruction of five young lives. The portrayal of the city itself–so hardened and beleaguered by crime, violence, and economic woes that you won’t believe it was only twenty-odd years ago–is eye-opening for both newcomers and those who lived through the Dinkins era alike. The festival also highlights 15 other films, including Four, starring Wendell Holmes, who will always be Bunk from The Wire to me, Big Words, a hit from Sundance, and Tey (Aujourd’hui), set in Senegal. Many of the screenings are New York premieres and will include audience Q&As with directors and cast members. A full schedule and tickets for all screenings can be found here. –K.H.
Sometimes you’re in the mood for a drink, but not in the mood for a bar. Bar Velo is a vegetarian restaurant where you can cozy up to an excellent cocktail.
Someone once told me that if I were to look skyward more often, into the haze above Manhattan, I would come to see more, feel more grounded.
It’s awfully warm for the last week of February, so get outside and soak up some Vitamin D and then make your Oscars watching plans for Sunday.
Meet the 5th Brooklyn Scouts, a group of children and parents who love the outdoors and whose motto is “traditional scouting for everyone.”
A clear picture of the Trump administration’s stance toward immigration of all kinds is beginning to emerge and it’s not pretty.