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This Week in Pittsburgh: Black Liberation, Strayhorn Tribute, Oral Storytelling, and a Birthday Bike Ride

Around the city this week, we’re honoring heroes from the world and national stages...and right in our own backyard.

Jasiri X: Black Liberation Theology Listening Session

1Hood Media invites you to Alloy Studios for Jasiri X’s new release, Black Liberation Theology on Tuesday, November 24 at 7 pm at the Alloy Studios. With theology defined as the study of a belief system, the album explores the idea of Black Liberation and asks what belief system will lead to Black Liberation. This long-awaited release features David Banner, Rhymefest, Tef Poe, Jacquea Mae, and 1Hood, with production by Akil Esoon, Idasa Tariq, Black Czer, Twilight Tone and RLGN.

Nov 24 ~ 7pm @ Alloy Studios

The Major Taylor Birthday Ride

Join the Pittsburgh Major Taylor Cycling Club’s commemorative ride in honor of the club’s namesake Marshall Walter “Major” Taylor, who became the first African American world champion cyclist in 1899.

Nov 28 ~ 11am – 12:30 pm @ Performance Bicycle, 6375 Penn Ave

Suite Life Tribute Concert Celebrating Billy Strayhorn’s 100th Birthday

Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Sean Jones performs with the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra in celebration of Billy Strayhorn’s 100th birthday at the eighth annual Suite Life concert. Come hear extraordinary renditions of classic Strayhorn compositions like Take the ‘A’ Train, Chelsea Bridge and Lush Life and other works that reflect Strayhorn’s profound influence. And to top it off, this benefit event always ends sweetly, with a birthday cake for all.

Nov. 28~ 8 pm @ Kelly-Strayhorn Theater

Crossing Fences Teen Oral History Program Citywide Celebrations

In summer 2015, thirty-three male students (ages 11-18) and thirty men (ages 26-80) participated in Crossing Fences, a Saturday Light Brigade (SLB) program that brings neighborhood men and boys together through the oral tradition. Activities were conducted in collaboration with Braddock Youth Project (Braddock), H.O.P.E. For Tomorrow/Trinity AME Zion Church (Sheraden), and Homestead Youth Project/Best of the Batch (Homestead).

The resulting interviews and youth reflections are published in multimedia booklets that will be released and distributed at no charge during neighborhood and citywide celebrations and featured at:  These new booklets — Braddock Voices, Sheraden Voices and Homestead Voices — join Wilkinsburg Voices, Sto-Rox Voices, East Liberty Voices, Hazelwood Voices, Hill District Voices, Homewood Voices, Northside Voices, Hilltop Voices and McKeesport Voices as part of what is now a 12-volume series in which boys and young men have authentically portrayed the lives of exemplary men in their community.

The celebrations kicked off recently at the August Wilson Center and continue next month in Homestead, Braddock, and Sheraden. RSVP is encouraged but not required.

Dec. 1 ~ 4 – 6 pm @ Carnegie Library of Homestead
Dec. 2 ~ 5 – 7 pm @ Nyia Page Community Center in Braddock
Dec. 3 ~ 5 – 7 pm @ Trinity AME Zion Church in Sheraden

Penn Ave Small Biz Saturday & Holiday “Crafter” Market

On Small Business Saturday, take a stroll down Penn Ave to see what the area’s shops, galleries, and restaurants have to offer! Participating businesses from the Penn Avenue Arts & Commercial District  include: Mixtape, Bantha Tea Bar, Most Wanted Fine Art, Mostly Mod/ARTica, Prairie, Robin’s Nest, Timebomb Shop, Refresh, Pho Minh, Spak Brothers, Artisan, People’s Indian Restaurant, LOCAL 412, Los Sabrosos Dance Co, BFG Cafe, Diva Den, Aahmani Afrikan Braids, East End Community Thrift Shop, Commonplace Voluto and more!

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