“Shape Up” Screening Friday, February 21 Aaron Davis Hall



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CITY COLLEGE CENTER FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS

THE GROUNDBREAKING DOCUMENTARY

SHAPE UP: GAY IN THE BLACK BARBERSHOP

 

NEW YORK (January 17, 2020) –  The groundbreaking document Shape Up: Gay in the Black Barbershop, Directed by Derrick L. Middleton, will be screened free of charge in Aaron Davis Hall on Friday, February 21, 2020 at 7pm.  The screening will be followed by a thought provoking live panel discussion hosted by the podcast “No Daze Off.”

“Shape Up: Gay in the Black Barbershop is the first film ever made about the experience of being a gay male in the hetero-dominant spaces that are the barbershops in black communities.  In the film Mr. Middleton employs a journalistic and anthropological approach to research and share the rich role that barbershops have historically played in the black community.  He interviewed a number of notable men like Rashad Robinson (President of Color of Change), Darnell Moore (author & activist), Wade Davis (former NFL player & activist) and Clay Cane (journalist/ tv commentator) to better understand and find solutions to these issues of Human Rights that have made the discrimination of LGBTQ people and women a norm in traditional barbershop culture.  “Shape Up” world premiered in 2016 at The White House under President Obama where it was awarded Best Emerging Documentary from the March on Washington Film Festival.   It went on to screen and win a number of awards at film festivals across the country.

RSVP at www.citycollegecenterforthearts.org or at the Aaron Davis Hall Box Office located on the campus of The City College of New York at 129 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street.  For more information call the Box Office at 212-650-6900.

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