Aug
22
7:00 PM19:00

Artist Spotlight: Hab Oh

Grandchamps Artist Spotlight gives artists a space to display their creations as well as a platform to tell their stories. We seek artists of the community in order to support and showcase local talent.

Hab Oh is an illustrator and teaching artist from Brooklyn, NY. His passion for visual art was nurtured at a young age, leading this hobby to become a professional career and the founding of the "Habtoons" brand in 2009. Hab's work centers around themes of race, identity, surrealism, and horror crafting a unique visual experience that challenges the perspective of what "black art" can be. The Afroterrestrials (2017-Present) is a collection of illustrations highlighting extraterrestrial Black women in their every-day lives, each piece a vignette into deeper narratives subverting the stereotypical and often common imagery seen in current day cartoons and comic books.

Join us for the opening of the exhibit which will include an exclusive Q+A with the artist.

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Jun
22
to Jun 23

Grandchamps Anniversaire #GCFete2018

Grandchamps Anniversaire is a celebration of our third year of success with a weekend of events including: pop-up shops, art vendors, and live music. The fete will be held June 22-23, 2018 at Grandchamps: 197 Patchen Ave.

Friday, June 22nd, is the kick-off with live performance by Alegba & Friends for a special Fritai Friday (7-10pm) event that indulges in the delights of Haitian street food like banan peze, griot, and akra while dancing to feel-good, vibrational sounds.

Saturday, June 23rd, we’ve got DJ Sabine Blaizin and DJ Serge Negri providing the party tunes all day (12-6pm). Saturday will also feature an outdoor flea market of vendors (12-5pm) including Cremas AbsalonAskanya Chocolate, Brooklyn Loves Haiti, Dorpare TeaHaitians Rock, Love Nyri, Lupieaccessory, and more. Art vendors include Eddy Albertini, Marlie Decopain, Terenia Thomas, and Zarita Zevallos. We'll have a photobooth by Haitian photographer, Richard Louissaint plus kids face painting by Fruiggie! Haitian fare along with wine and beer will be available for purchase to enjoy alongside the festivities.

See you there!

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Apr
19
7:00 PM19:00

Artist Spotlight: Kay Hickman

Grandchamps Artist Spotlight gives artists a space to display their creations as well as a platform to tell their stories. We seek artists of the community in order to support and showcase local talent.

Documentary Photographer Karisha (Kay) Hickman is based in New York. She takes pride in contributing work that will expand the narrative of the African Diaspora while challenging monolithic representation. Hickman has been a resident photographer at Black Gotham Experience, which is an immersive visual storytelling project that notes and celebrates the contribution the African Diaspora made in developing New York City. She has also documented community organizations in Brooklyn such as Arts East New York. Her work has been featured in publications like Time Inc., OkayPlayer, Coeval, Jazz Halo and Photographic journal: MFON Women Photographers of the African Diaspora.

Join us for the opening of the Style of Expression exhibit which will include an exclusive Q+A with the artist.

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Apr
16
7:00 PM19:00

Film Screening: Dear Father

"'Dear Father,' an honest and intimate conversation analyzing fatherhood, legacy, and forgiveness, is a short documentary filmed in Brooklyn, directed by Richard Louissaint and produced by Harry 'DJ Hard Hittin Harry' D’Janite and Jimmy “DJ Super JB” Brea.

Inspired by the passing of D’Janite’s father, Joseph D. Djanite aka 'Papido,' the film features commentary from actor Malik Yoba, Brooklyn Councilmember Robert E. Cornegy Jr., scientist and author Tamykah Anthony-Marston, as well as various perspectives from D’Janite’s children."

- Andrea Leonhardt via BK Reader

Join us as we honor the late Joseph 'Papido' D. Djanite.

Q&A with DJ Hard Hittin Harry to follow the screening.

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Mar
24
7:00 PM19:00

Author Spotlight: Castro Desroches

Grandchamps Author Spotlight is an open discussion of literary works where writers, scholars, and folks of the community gather for a conversation over Haitian fare.

Program

7pm: Book signing
8-9pm: Q&A with book discussion

Author

Castro Desroches was born in Haiti during a night of curfew under the totalitarian regime of François Duvalier. He has taught social studies for several years in his native country before relocating to the United States. He studied at Brooklyn College and at the Graduate Center and has been teaching French at the State University of New York for the past 13 years. He is the author of 4 books: Les Enfants Malades de Papa Doc (2015), Chronique de la Décadanse du Chef Suprême (2016), L’Avènement au Pouvoir du Professeur Leslie Manigat (2017), Caricatures de République Bananière (2018).

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Mar
8
7:00 PM19:00

Author Spotlight: Laura Eustache Zamor

Grandchamps Author Spotlight is an open discussion of literary works where writers, scholars, and folks of the community gather for a conversation over Haitian fare.

Program

7pm: Book signing
8-9pm: Q&A with book discussion
Hosted by Rutherford of @LeSocialNomad, @PrjctAugust, and senior editor @BlackGirlFlyMag.

Author

Laura Eustache Zamor is a school counselor, writer, and educator. She is the founder and director of LaurasLetters INC., a grassroots counseling initiative for Haiti, where she focuses on the personal-social-emotional development of students. She lives in NYC with her husband and two children. Visit her at www.LaurasLettersINC.com.

About The Audacity to Finish

At the peak of her academic career on the Binghamton University campus, Laura Eustache was a second-year resident assistant, university newspaper writer, student association leader, and 3.9 GPA rising senior. But her world would soon come to a screeching halt when she returned to finish in the fall of 2007. Suffering from intense dizzy spells, disorientation, and feelings of suicide ideation, Laura would be forced to withdraw and spend the next four years of her life recovering. The Audacity to Finish is the recanting of one millennial woman’s journey from the depth of a spiritual attack and depression to the height of returning to finish her degree, discovering her purpose, and starting a family.

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Feb
16
7:00 PM19:00

Artist Spotlight: John Steptoe

Grandchamps Artist Spotlight gives artists a space to display their creations as well as a platform to tell their stories. We seek artists of the community in order to support and showcase local talent.

John Lewis Steptoe was born on September 14, 1950, in Brooklyn, NY and was raised on Monroe Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant. John Steptoe began drawing as a young child and received his formal art training at the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan. In 1969, at the age of 19, his first book ‘Stevie’, a story based on his experiences growing up, received national attention when it was published in its entirety in Life magazine. It was hailed as "new kind of book for black children." John Steptoe began work on Stevie at the age of 16. Stevie was published by Harper Collins in 1969 at the age of nineteen, launching his career.

During his twenty-two year career, he published 17 books, 11 of which he wrote and illustrated, 5 that he illustrated and a final one published after his death in 1989. "Growing up, the only photos I ever saw of Haiti were very somber, dark, and gray. The media always seemed to portray a very negative view of the physiology of Haiti, showing the gray slums or the rubble after the earthquake. It was all so dark and that scarred me as a child. I've taken that visual trauma and turned it into a world of color, safety, warmth, and comfort."

Join us for the opening of the exhibit which will include an exclusive Q+A with daughter and muse, Bweela Steptoe. Bweela Steptoe is a literacy advocate and workshop presenter. Her mission is to educate and share the legacy of her father, John Lewis Steptoe.

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Nov
20
6:00 PM18:00

Author Spotlight: Deirdre Cooper Owens

Grandchamps Author Spotlight is an open discussion of literary works where writers, scholars, and folks of the community gather for a conversation over Haitian fare.

Program
7pm: Book signing
8-9pm: Q&A with book discussion

Join us as we unpack some of the injustices of medical history and how they've shaped our world today.

Hosted by Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Eta Nu Sigma Chapter

Author
Deirdre Cooper Owens is an Assistant Professor of History at Queens College, CUNY. She has won a number of prestigious honors that range from the University of Virginia’s Carter G. Woodson Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies to serving as an American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology Fellow in Washington, D.C. She received her Ph.D. in History from the UCLA. Dr. Cooper Owens has published essays, book chapters, and popular blog pieces on a number of issues that concern African American experiences. She has also made a number of appearances on national media outlets like NPR, PBS, Slate, and Al Jazeera America as an expert on issues of race, racism, and U.S. slavery and continues to lecture widely across the country. Currently, she works on issues related to reproductive justice and anti-racism and is currently working with Teaching Tolerance and the Southern Poverty Law Center on a podcast series about how to teach U.S. slavery. Cooper Owens’ book, Medical Bondage: Race, Gender and the Origins of American Gynecology, is a recent release from the University of Georgia Press’ Race in the Atlantic World Series. It traces the relationship between slavery and women’s professional medicine in early America.

About Medical Bondage
The accomplishments of pioneering doctors such as John Peter Mettauer, James Marion Sims, and Nathan Bozeman are well documented. It is also no secret that these nineteenth-century gynecologists performed experimental cesarean sections, ovariotomies, and obstetric fistulae repairs primarily on poor and powerless women. Medical Bondage breaks new ground by exploring how and why physicians denied these women their full humanity yet valued them as “medical superbodies” highly suited for medical experimentation.

In Medical Bondage, Cooper Owens examines a wide range of scientific literature and less formal communications in which gynecologists created and disseminated medical fictions about their patients, such as their belief that black enslaved women could withstand pain better than white “ladies.” Even as they were advancing medicine, these doctors were legitimizing, for decades to come, groundless theories related to whiteness and blackness, men and women, and the inferiority of other races or nationalities.

Medical Bondage moves between southern plantations and northern urban centers to reveal how nineteenth-century American ideas about race, health, and status influenced doctor-patient relationships in sites of healing like slave cabins, medical colleges, and hospitals. It also retells the story of black enslaved women and of Irish immigrant women from the perspective of these exploited groups and thus restores for us a picture of their lives.

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Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

Artist Spotlight: Steven Baboun

Grandchamps Artist Spotlight gives artists a space to display their creations as well as a platform to tell their stories. We seek artists of the community in order to support and showcase local talent. 

Steven Baboun is a 21-year-old photographer, visual artist, and creative director from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He is a graduate from American University where he received a Bachelor's degree in Film and Media Arts and Education Studies. Steven believes in creating work that celebrates people, color, and experiences. His work is characterized by bright palettes and thought-provoking stories. Baboun's art is aimed at uncovering and exploring "the other Haitian narrative," a narrative that celebrates the diverse nature of Haitian society. 

"Growing up, the only photos I ever saw of Haiti were very somber, dark, and gray. The media always seemed to portray a very negative view of the physiology of Haiti, showing the gray slums or the rubble after the earthquake. It was all so dark and that scarred me as a child. I've taken that visual trauma and turned it into a world of color, safety, warmth, and comfort."

Join us for the opening of the exhibit which will include an exclusive Q+A with the artist.

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Oct
6
7:00 PM19:00

Fritai Friday: Alegba + Friends

We're bringing the island to you. This Fritai Friday features Caribbean fusion band, Alegba and Friends. Afro beats meet strings layered with folkloric voices to bring you the island sounds we all love so much.

Grandchamps Fritai Friday provides local musicians with a space to showcase their talent as well as a platform to tell their stories. It is an open invitation to the community to party with us: dance, laugh, and eat that close-to-home Haitian fare.

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Sep
20
7:00 PM19:00

Artist Spotlight: Data Oruwari

Grandchamps Artist Spotlight gives artists a space to display their creations as well as a platform to tell their stories. We seek artists of the community in order to support and showcase local talent. 

Data Oruwari is a self-taught artist/creative strategy professional born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria. Creativity is her religion, so she's always finding new ways to bring things to life; and art is just one of the ways she manifests ideas. Though she holds no formal art training, her interest comes from her father who was an artist himself. Her works have been featured in several joint exhibitions in the United States and in Nigeria and she has been recognized by Design Indaba as "Master of the Micropen".

"I was inspired to bridge the gap between spirituality and the modern day African Woman in whatever landscape she finds herself, while also touching on issues of identity and diversity. The vision was to capture "Spiritual Portraits" of African Women which brings to surface the higher consciousness of the feminine energy. The God factor in her. The Goddess. I was inspired to awaken the spirit in whoever approaches my subject. The viewer is reminded that beneath the objectified appearance of us women lies a powerful and audacious spirit worth listening to."

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Sep
8
7:00 PM19:00

Fritai Friday: Mozayik

As summer is winding down we've got some chill sounds with plenty of Caribbean flavor. This Fritai Friday features Afro-Haitian jazz band, Mozayik. "Mozayik’s musical concept draws upon a rich legacy of traditional Afro-Haitian rhythms and melodies, and blends them with the instrumentation, melodic/harmonic sensibilities and improvisation of modern jazz."

Grandchamps Fritai Friday provides local musicians with a space to showcase their talent as well as a platform to tell their stories. It is an open invitation to the community to party with us: dance, laugh, and eat that close-to-home Haitian fare.

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Aug
10
7:00 PM19:00

Artist Spotlight: Eddy Albertini

Grandchamps Artist Spotlight gives artists a space to display their creations as well as a platform to tell their stories. We seek artists of the community in order to support and showcase local talent.

Eddy Albertini is an award-winning Retail Design Executive with a distinguished career of creating visionary retail design concepts that strengthen brand positioning for PVH, a Fortune 500 company. He has designed high-end full line department stores in the United States and completed projects from London, Japan, China, Australia and Costa Rica. He has completed numerous design projects ranging from a single fixture design to entire new store concepts across multiple brands. Calvin Klein, Van Heusen, IZOD, Arrow & Speedo are brands that his design leadership contributed to increased sales. In addition to his design career, Eddy is also heavily involved in a few non-for-profit organizations, in the US and in Haiti. He is also a board member of Fleur De Vie. Eddy’s long standing interest in photography, music and art continues to be a strong passion.

This exhibit will feature sketches of nostalgic scenes in Haiti that make up his multifunctional design collection "Deux:Noirs".

Join us for the opening of the exhibit which will include an exclusive Q+A with the artist.

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Aug
4
7:00 PM19:00

Fritai Friday: Kings Guard + Challenger

It's summertime in Brooklyn and we're bringing the Caribbean to Grandchamps. This Fritai Friday features Kings Guard + Challenger with the zouk and reggae vibes. Let loose and feel good with sounds that take us home to the motherland.

Grandchamps Fritai Friday provides local musicians with a space to showcase their talent as well as a platform to tell their stories. It is an open invitation to the community to party with us: dance, laugh, and eat that close-to-home Haitian fare.

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