Citiparks Celebrates Black History Month With Film Exhibit

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In celebration of Black History Month, Citiparks will present A History on Film: A Tribute to African American Contribution to Film, a collection of photographs honoring 20 influential actors and actresses, writers, producers and directors with Pittsburgh roots. On February 1st, Citiparks will kick off the exhibit, which will reside in the lobby of the City-County Building, with an opening reception.

The event will include remarks by Mayor William Peduto, as well as appearances by two subjects featured in the exhibit, actress-turned-skin care entrepreneur Kimmarie Johnson and Najaa Young, writer-director of Blood First, a locally-produced film about two half-brothers whose love and loyalty to each another is tested by the code of the streets.

The opening reception for A History on Film: A Tribute to African American Contribution to Film will take place at 6 p.m. in the City-County Building lobby. In addition to the guest speakers, attendees can also enjoy refreshments and a performance by Bobby Short. The event is free and open to the public.

The exhibit will then be on view through February 29th, and will showcase subjects such as bandleader and actor Billy Eckstine, actor Bill Nunn, actress and writer Cherie Johnson, award-winning multi-hyphenate Billy Porter, and Pop Up Premieres founder Njaimeh Njie.

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