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Back in Black

According to Black Issues in Higher Education, Nova Southeastern University (3301 College Ave., Fort Lauderdale) is the number-one producer of African-American doctorates – and that’s among both traditionally white and historically black colleges. Take that, Howard University! So it’s no wonder that NSU has whipped up a month-long agenda of events to celebrate the spirit of Black History Month. Today, you can check out the badassssssssss side of African-American pop culture history at the uni. At 6:30 p.m., in the Carl DeSantis Building, catch a screening of Isaac Julien's documentary BaadAsssss Cinema, which takes a look at the “blaxploitation” films from the early 1970s up through Quentin Tarantino’s homage Jackie Brown. Meanwhile, over in the Alvin Sherman Gallery, an exhibit called “Rock My Soul: The Black Legacy of Rock & Roll” hangs on the walls through March 31. It includes specially commissioned work by ten Detroit artists who took inspiration from the music of West Africa, slavery work songs and spirituals, blues, jazz, gospel, R&B, soul, and of course, hip-hop. Call 954-262-5357, or visit www.nova.edu/cwis/ur/blackhistory for a complete list of events.
Fri., Feb. 17
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