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Nana Camille Yarbrough “No Matter What”

Nana Camille Yarbrough “No Matter What” – Celebration of Family Proclamation presentation- February 14, 2019 “Nana Camille Yarbrough Appreciation Day” by Manhattan Borough President Gail Brewer – presented by Athena Moore, DIrector Northern Manhattan Office

Nana Camille Yarbrough’s Ancestor House, in collaboration with The Board for the Education of People of African Ancestry, presented a special performance of Nana Camille Yarbrough’s poetic and musical works entitled No Matter What: Nana Camille Yarbrough at The Schomburg Center. The one-night-only production took place on Thursday, February 14, 2019,at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture(515 Malcolm X Boulevard in Harlem, New York, NY).

Centered around Yarbrough’s classic and popular songs and poems from the seminal album “Iron Pot Cooker,” the live show featured Nana Camille performing some of her work, plus performances from actresses Althea Vyfhuis and Gha’il Rhodes Benjamin, and vocalist Tulivu Donna Cumberbatch. Special guest speakers included Pam Africa,Imhotep Gary ByrdBob Law, and Chief Baba Neil Clarke. Live music from the Ancestor House Band was intertwined throughout the program. Also, there was a screening of video clips on Yarbrough’s life, as directed by filmmaker Nahdege Ptah of MAAT Films (who doubles as the “No Matter What” artistic director).

Nana Camille Yarbrough explains the essence of the program:

Now more than ever, the Black/African family is in need of love, compassion, and healing. The only way for that to truly come about is for us to look deeply at ourselves, our cultural expressions, and our traditions and values. When we look inside, we will love much of what we see and see other things that will be disturbing and challenging. We must handle what we have been given as a people and not be handled by it. So we have to love our past, our present, our future, generation after generation. My job as a griot is to help in doing that. This is why I am doing this work!”

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