Join 2019 QAF grantee, Caribbean Equality Project at “Love is L.O.V.E: Living Our Values Equally”

Saturday, February 23, 2019 | 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning 161-04 Jamaica Ave, Jamaica, NY 11432

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The 4th annual Love is L.O.V.E.: Living Our Values Equally benefit, a celebration of Queer Caribbean love and liberations showcase the intersections of LGBTQ identities, culture and Caribbeaness through migrant storytelling, poetry, film, trans activism, HIV and immigrant education, and performing arts. The evening will feature a reading from I Even Regret Night: Holi Songs of Demerara by award-winning Indo-Caribbean poet Rajiv Mohabir and accompanied by Pratima Doobay for a historic musical collaboration. His groundbreaking translation of Lalbihari Sharma’s Holi Songs of Demerara was originally published in India in 1916--the only known literary work written by an indentured servant in the Anglophone Caribbean. Filmed in Barbados and screening for the first time in Queens, NY, our multidisciplinary program also includes a showing of The Book of Jasmine, written and directed by Melanie Grant and curated by Caribbean film enthusiast, Romola Lucas. The short drama follows Jasmine over the course of a day as she prepares to undergo a spiritual mourning ritual. Believing that she must choose between her spirituality and her sexuality, she attempts to suppress her desires by rejecting the woman she loves.

Our 4th installment of L.O.V.E. also includes a ballet performance by the Bloodline Dance Theatre titled “Donnys Love.” The ballet features the music of the late great Donny Hathaway and illustrates the freedom of loving without the notion of sexual identity. The piece is choreographed by Lamont Joseph and director, Melvin blak. We will be joined by representatives from the NYC Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs and the NYC Commission on Human Rights, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with our esteemed speakers’ and a closing cultural performance by the Taranng Dance Troupe.

FEATURING: Rajiv Mohabir | Twinkle Paul | Romola Lucas | Dexter McLennon Pratima Doobay & Karen Sonilal | Bloodline Dance Theater | Taranng Dance Troupe | Raj Persaud

$20 suggested donation. Purchase Tickets + Information: https://CEPlove2019.eventbrite.com