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.
Wed December 11, 2013Although most of us city-dwellers are oblivious to it, we are right in the middle of hunting season. Maybe we don’t have to wear orange every time we go out to avoid being hit, but it doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the spoils of New York State’s woods and fields. To that […]
Sat December 14, 2013 – Sun December 15, 2013It’s the holiday season, and though we all love the idea of mingling with friends and family, drinking eggnog and exchanging presents, that sense of merriment doesn’t always extend to the shopping part that goes with it. This weekend Word is easing the process by inviting you to its […]
Looking to while away a few hours this weekend? Sycamore Bar & Flowershop, which is in my opinion one of the best watering holes in Brooklyn, has been inviting different food vendors to set up camp in its backyard on Sunday afternoons as part of its new Flatbush Food Court series. This week, Palenque will […]
Dear Holly, I started my small business for a reason–I wanted to be in control and create a unique atmosphere. I own a coffee shop and have seen a lot of success; but now I’m feeling conflicted about the future. I’ve read that you encourage people to grow, but what about all of us who […]
Fri December 13, 2013Mike Tyson’s affirmation: “My style is impetuous; my defense is impregnable; and I’m just ferocious. I want your heart! I want to eat his children!” may not be as poetic as Muhammad Ali’s: “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee,” but Tyson was known more for ear eating than eloquence anyways. Tyson grew up breaking […]