Please join us for The Fall 2014 Diaspora Lecture on Thursday November 6!

New York Times best-selling author and award-winning columnist Bill Rhoden to deliver Fall 2014 Diaspora Lecture

On Thursday, November 6, at 7 p.m., Emmy and Peabody award-winning journalist William Rhoden will deliver the Fall 2014 Diaspora Lecture at the Stone Center.

William C. Rhoden is recognized as one of the most influential thought leaders in the realm of race, sports and American culture.
In a career that spans four decades, Rhoden has covered the Olympics, driven across Fidel Castro’s Cuba, accompanied federal agents on an interdiction mission and toured Europe with the road manager of the Billy Harper jazz Quintet.

For the last 25 years, Rhoden has used his Sports of The Times column in The New York Times as a window into an increasingly complex society.
His New York Times best seller, “Forty Million Dollar Slaves,” is considered one of the most important books about the African-American presence in sports. His second book, “Third And A Mile,” chronicles the trials and triumphs of African-American quarterbacks. His new book, “The Ethical Fan,” examines the fragile relationship between the sports industry and its supporters.

Prior to working with The New York Times, Rhoden was a columnist and jazz critic for the Baltimore Sun and an editor at Ebony magazine. He began his career at the Baltimore Afro-American newspaper where he was mentored by the Hall of Fame sportswriter Sam Lacy. He is currently the host of “Personal, with Bill Rhoden,” an innovative interview show created by Epix. Rhoden is a frequent guest lecturer and makes regular appearances on ESPN’S “The Sports Reporters.”

This event is co-hosted by the Carolina Association of Black Journalist, Omega Iota chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc and Xi Gamma chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. For information contact the Stone Center Office at 919-962-9001 or email stonecenter@unc.edu. RSVP HERE.

Fall 2014 Diaspora Film Festival Upcoming Screenings

On Tuesday, October 21 at 7 pm, the Stone Center is proud to present “Black and Cuba” as a part of the Fall 2014 Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film. CLICK HERE to RSVP.

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[Dir: Robin Hayes / Documentary / USA / English / 82 min. / 2013]

A diverse group of street-smart students, outcast at an elite Ivy League university, band together and adventure to Cuba to see if revolution is truly possible. While filming their poignant encounters with Afro-Cuban youth, the American travelers question if either Cuba or the U.S. is post-racial or color blind. This documentary combines edgy archival footage, hip hop styled narration with exuberant scenes of island life to uncover renewed hope for equality and human rights.

On Thursday, October 23 at 7 pm, the Stone Center is proud to present “Reembarque/Reshipment” as a part of the Fall 2014 Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film. The film’s director, Gloria Rolando will be present to discuss her film.  CLICK HERE to RSVP.

[Dir: Gloria Rolando/ Documentary/Cuba /Spanish with French and English subtitles /59 min./2014]

The voices of prominent historians join the memories of Haitians and their descendants in Cuba to events_reembarque-300x225understand a chapter of the complex economic and social history of the Caribbean: the presence in the Island of Cuba of thousands of West Indian laborers, especially from Haiti, who fertilized the fields of Cuba with their sweat from the beginning of the twentieth century. This film is a tribute to the unsung, anonymous heroes who were a bridge between two peoples in the Caribbean: Cubans and Haitians.

A discussion with the film’s director, Gloria Rolando, will immediately follow the screening.

“Remembering the Beginning…”Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Stone Center Building

STONE CTR ARCH 2Check out the story on the UNC Homepage about the opening of the Stone Center building in August of 2014. Long before a center for black culture, arts and history existed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Precious Stone remembers hearing her mother, Sonja Haynes Stone, talk frequently about the need for one.


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The Robert and Sallie Brown Gallery and Museum features “La Sombra y el Espíritu III/Bodies of Resistance, Roots of Remembrance”.

La Sombra y el Espíritu III/Bodies of Resistance, Roots of Remembrance: The Work of Stephen Hayes, Louis Luma and Lucía Méndez Rivas  opened Thursday, September 18.

This exhibition brings together three talented artists from North Carolina (USA), Haiti, and the Dominican Republic to help set the stage for a project in historical memory-making. In effect, this exhibition reunites pieces of Africa that became diaspora but persisted and survived through active resistance and spiritual remembrances.

La Sombra y el Espíritu III/Bodies of Resistance, Roots of Remembrance: The Work of Stephen Hayes, Louis Luma and Lucía Méndez Rivas is on display at the Stone Center’s Robert and Sallie Brown Gallery and Museum through November 28, 2014.



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