RhapsoDee Entertainment Group has a very full and resourceful calendar for 2011, packed with awesome experiences in the arts and cultural community of Aurora, Colorado and across the Denver Metro Area.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Honoring Black History: Open Mic & Poetry Jam

Prior to contemporary matters of culture and equality, art was used in many of the same ways that it is used today in expression, storytelling and representation of everyday life. However, in honor of Black History Month we would like to acknowledge the contributions of African Americans to art from ancient to modern day.

Duke Ellington

Progressive works by writers and poets such as Paul Laurence Dunbar, Maya Angelou, Thomas Sayers Ellis and Gil Scott Heron have sparked revolutions, moments of self-actualization and enlightenment for all. While artists like Lena Horne, Edmond Dede, Mahlia Jackson and Duke Ellington set the tone for their eras in a way that has forever left a mark in not only Black History, but Music History overall. These and thousands of others have contributed tremendously to  American history and the arts along with visual artists like Mildred Thompson and Billy Graham, artists of movement such as Gregory Hines and Lauren Anderson and those of the theatrical art including August Wilson and  Hattie McDaniel.

Lauren Anderson, Ballerina

So many people have more than stood for change by stimulating it through the arts and this month, just as we all should every day, RhapsoDee Entertainment Group would like to invite you to join us in Honoring Black History with Food, Arts and Fellowship.

We will be Honoring Black History Month with an Open Mic & Poetry Jam on Saturday, February 26, 2011 from 8pm – 10:30pm at Hessini Roots International CafĂ© (2044 Clinton St, Aurora, CO 80010). Sign-up will begin at 7:30pm and ALL arts are welcomed. Come wearing all black to get in free all night ($2 admission without black clothing).

Not an artist or performer? Bring works by your favorite artist and jam out with us on Saturday, February 26, 2011 in honor of Black History.