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Arts & Culture

Ensures that black creative expression is recognized and encouraged by the Coalition and the community at large, by sponsoring theater parties, promoting museum attendance, producing the exhibits of creative artists and developing an audience for the arts.   

Activities & Accomplishments:

November 2016
The Teaneck International Film Festival and NCBW Bergen/Passaic Chapter presented the documentary, “Pray the Devil Back to Hell”.

  • The film chronicles social unrest in the West African Republic of Liberia, where civil war has torn the nation apart and left hundreds of thousands dead or displaced. The film reconstructs the way this tragedy galvanized a coalition of Christian and Muslim women to rise up and, through nonviolent tactics, put pressure on their government to pursue peace talks.
  • A panel discussion followed with Christina Tah, Former Minister of Justice, Liberia, Macsu Hill and Khuraira Musa

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May 2016
The Arts and Culture Committee hosted a book signing and discussion by New York Times best-selling author Benilde Little.  Her latest book, “Welcome to My Breakdown”,was featured.

  • This goal of this program, held during “National Mental Health Month”, was to bring awareness to the community about mental illness and related issues in the United States.  Among the topics discussed were depression and loss.
  • Ms. Little shared her personal story.  Validation was given to the strength of the African-American woman who often rises up to overcome difficulties and pain while pursuing a life of hope and fulfillment.

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Pictured Top L to R:  Historian - Jennifer Collins, Arts & Culture Chair - Sonia Tracey, Role Model Chair - Jeannette Curtis-Rideau, Nominations Chair - Gemma Figaro.
Pictured Bottom L to R:  Retired Professional tennis player - Leslie Allen, Author Benilde Little, Chapter President - Yvonne L. Witter


November 2015
NCBW Bergen/Passaic and the Bergen County NJ Chapter of the Links hosted the opening night of the Teaneck International Film Festival to a sold out crowd.   

  • The featured film was “Althea”, a documentary on groundbreaking tennis star Althea Gibson.

  • A talkback session followed.  The panelists included Director Rex Miller, NAACP of Bergen County President Anthony Cureton, and retired professional tennis player Leslie Allen.
  • NCBW Role Model mentees were ushers and received community service for their volunteerism.


Pictured L to R:  TIFF Executive Director Jeremy Lentz, Leslie Allen,
President Yvonne L. Witter, and documentary director Rex Miller.


September 2015 -  Arts & Culture Committee Presents Their “A” Game – Arts, Advocacy, and Abundance
An evening of Live Jazz, with

  • Art Gallery – By the talented Bandji Fall
  • Advocacy – Support for Rose Marie McCoy into the songwriter’s Hall of Fame
  • Abundance – By Morgan Stanley Financial Services

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