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SAVE THE DATE!
Despite the trying times we are facing, STooPS is still committed to uniting our community both locally and virtually through art. Since you all can't come to us, this year we will come to you...
Join us on July 18 for socially distanced performances that will be streamed on IG Live!!
From 1-3PM at 398 Hancock St. we invite our neighbors and audiences to enjoy performances of dance, music, comedy and more while staying at a safe distance. Can't make it BedStuy? No worries! Check out the show on our IG Live page @STooPSBedStuy or REGISTER HERE to get Zoom information.
STooPS 2020 Artists
Awwww, suckie now! You don't want to miss this amazing line up!!
Sway to the melodic tunes of soulful songbird Amma Whatt whose music is a modern-pop fusion of Soul, Afro-Caribbean styles, House and Jazz.
Get caught in the rapture of the afro-futurist immersive performance experience of Bridges: A Pan-Afrikan ARTS Movement with poetry by Wéma Ragophala, vocals by PitsiRa Ragophala, and music by Malcolm Melendez.
Dance to the hot jamz by DJ Sabine Blaizin whose work focuses on the exposure and pleasures of African diasporic music.
Enjoy the amazingly colorful visuals of Mut'Sun, the dynamic mother and son duo formed by Ovila Lemon and her 9 year old son, Cleson.
Get a gut busting laugh from Dave Lester who isn't even a comic- he's a Brooklyn bred social scientist whose grown up and took hilarious notes!
Enjoy the smooth dance moves by Mikaila Ware, member of the infamous dance company Urban Bush Women.
STooPS stands in solidarity with #BLACKLIVESMATTER
STooPS is born in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, NY-a historically black neighborhood- and conceived by our Founder, Kendra J. Ross -a black woman. While we are committed to unifying everyone in our neighborhood, we are also intentional about lifting the voices of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. This means featuring BIPOC artists, supporting small, local black owned businesses, and creating alliances with organizations that similarly are led by and service BIPOC folks. We do this as a means to do our part in undoing the systemic racism that has been perpetuated in all the threads of our society. We encourage our white neighbors, businesses, attendees, and leaders to be intentional in doing work within their own communities to raise up and honestly support BIPOC people. We all should make shifts in how we work to recognize and take steps to undo the racism that has affected all our humanity.
Pictured above is STooPS alumni artist Taja Lindley performing excerpts of her work “This Ain’t A Eulogy.” where she created a tapestry of 86 trash bags that names each of the 86 unarmed Black people killed by the police since Amadou Diallo in 1999. She performed this in 2015; we are saddened that this year her tapestry would need to lengthen. However, we are honored to feature artists whose work speak to the activism we support and practices we embody inside our organization.
It's been a long time, we shouldn't have left you...
The STooPS Team sends everyone wishes of health and happiness during these tumultuous times.
Outside of the mandated pause we have all experienced, the STooPS Team took a moment after our 2018 event to turn inward to strategize and plan so we could come back stronger and more sustainable (#selfcare). 2020 has thrown us for a loop as well, but we wanted to let our community know that we are still here and committed to uniting the Bed-Stuy community through art!
Join us on July 18 for STooPS 2020!
We would like to shout out BEDSTUY STRONG who is working to support the community with those in need of help as a result of COVID-19.