Free ‘Black, Queer and Here’ town hall to be held at Apollo Theater on Aug. 11

A different kind of showtime is heading to the Apollo this week.

A free town hall focusing on the intersectionality of the Black and LGBTQ+ communities of New York City will converge at the world-famous Harlem venue on Thursday.

Entitled ‘Black, Queer and Here,’ the event organized and moderated by Native Son founder Emil Wilbekin is a two-hour symposium consisting of three sections. They are a conversation about mental health in America with Nancy Santiago of the U.S. Surgeon General’s Office, a one-on-one sit down with LGBTQ+ event organizer Lee Soulja that will examine the origins of Black Pride and a panel discussion exploring the duality of Blackness and queerness.

Neighborhood Notes: Sunflower exhibit, screen readings, and more

Artist in Education debuts its summer exhibition ‘Half Light’ today at Southern Exposure.  This one-on-one mentorship art program will display the work of youth artists and teaching artists who used various mediums to tap into the theme of identity, evolving histories, and personal growth.  Come celebrate their artwork for free at the opening exhibition from 5 p.m to 7 p.m at Southern Exposure at 330 20th Street.
 Learn more details about the exhibition here. Bissap Baobab Need plans for Friday night? Dance the night away at Little Boabab at 3388 19th St.

Home School: TikTok celebrity Charli D’Amelio to star in F. Javier Gutierrez supernatural thriller

Years ago, director F. Javier Gutiérrez (Rings) and producer Ryan Kavanaugh were developing a reboot of The Crow that would have starred Luke Evans. That project didn’t get off the ground, but Gutiérrez and Kavanaugh have teamed up again for a supernatural thriller called Home School – and TikTok celebrity Charli D’Amelio has signed on to star in the film!
Home School will mark D’Amelio’s live-action feature film debut, but the hope is that it will be the start of an eight-film franchise of thrillers that she’ll be starring in.