“The Cool Factor: Defining What is Hip” – A Discussion and Reception at PAFA on Sunday, Dec.13, 2009

Please join The Brothers Network this Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, at 2 p.m. as we co- host a panel discussion inspired by the work of African-American artist Barkley Hendricks and a reception to celebrate community elder Tyrone Smith, who is also featured as the model for one of Hendricks’ works, “Misc. Tyrone”

About the Panel Discussion
From John Henry’s cool under pressure through the smooth jazzy beats of A Tribe Called Quest, Black culture has always been associated with all things cool in American culture. In particular through its music, Colored America has had a long history now of being perpetually underground, dangerously detached, just above normal, and just below accepted.

What is the role of the definition of hipness in shaping the African American community today? Are blacks still cool?

Four experts in the field of hipness come together to celebrate and discuss the distinctive look, feel and sound of what it means to be cool.

Panelists include: Aqueelah Jamal, host of WURD’s “Jazz and Conversation”; Stanley Straughter, Chair of the Mayor’s Commission on African and Caribbean Immigrant Affairs; and Antionette Dendtler, Founder and Head of ECO Charter School. The session will be moderated by Shuna Ali Miah, Jr., Director of the Philadelphia Clef Club.

The Brothers Network is proud to host a reception following the panel discuusion. Please feel free to arrive before the discussion  to view the Barkley Hendricks exhibit, “The Birth of the Cool.”