3rd Annual New Orleans Loving Festival | Loving Day

3rd Annual New Orleans Loving Festival

When and Where is the Celebration?

Date and Time: 
06/06/2013 - 6:00pm to 06/12/2013 - 10:00pm
Various Locations
New Orleans
State (if you are in the U.S.A): 
United States

Celebration Details

On campus (or hosted by a campus organization)?: 
Hosted By: 
Ticket or RSVP Requirements: 
None required


Thursday, June 6th from 6:00-9:00pm - GALLERY OPENING & RECEPTION
GREY VILLET: Loving Family Portraits
Stella Jones Gallery, 201 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70170

21 Photographs of Richard and Mildred Loving, the interracial couple who fought marriage discrimination in the American south. The exhibit includes photographs that have never been available for public viewing. Photographs by award winning, LIFE Magazine photographer GREY VILLET. Barbara Villet will be in attendance. Admission Free.

GALLERY HOURS: Monday through Friday, from 11:00am to 6:00pm, and Saturday, from 12:00pm to 5:00pm. On view June 6th to 30th.

Friday, June 7th at 7:00pm - FILM SCREENING & DISCUSSION
HAFU: The Mixed-Race Experience in Japan by Megumi Nishikura & Lara Perez Takagi (6:30pm Reception)
Press Street’s Antenna Gallery, 3718 St. Claude Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70117

The film follows the lives of five “hafus”– the Japanese term for people who are half-Japanese–as they explore what it means to be multiracial and multicultural in a nation that once proudly proclaimed itself as the mono-ethnic nation. For some of these hafus Japan is the only home they know, for some living in Japan is an entirely new experience, and others are caught somewhere between two different worlds. The film explores race, diversity, multiculturalism, nationality, and identity within the mixed-race community of Japan. And through this exploration, it seeks to answer the following questions: What does it mean to be hafu?; What does it mean to be Japanese?; and ultimately, What does all of this mean for Japan? (2013, 90 minutes) Japanese and English languageand subtitles. Admission Free. Following the screening, there will be a Skype discussion with Director/Producer MEGUMI NISHIKURA, and a conversation with the New Orleans Hapa community about the collaborative effort to create a “Hapa Photo Scroll.”

Saturday, June 8th from 4:00-5:00pm - COMMUNITY DISCUSSION
Multiracial Perspectives
Press Street’s Antenna Gallery, 3718 St. Claude Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70117

Please join us for a dialog on the Multiracial Experience through two lectures by local academics Dr. Mora Beauchamp-Byrd, Asst. Professor of Art History/Curator of Univ. Art Collections at Xavier University will open with a lecture on a local historic figure from the Creole Community. Dr. Jean Belkhir, Associate Professor Southern University at New Orleans; Assistant Professor University at New Orleans, will close by relating his personal Multiracial experiences and summarizing where we are as a country with race, class and gender today. Admission Free.

MIXED MESSAGES.3 Multiracial Identity, Past & Present
Press Street’s Antenna Gallery, 3718 St. Claude Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70117

Group Art Exhibition featuring artwork concerning race, racism and the multiracial experience. Featured artists include: Barbara Duplantier, Beatriz "Soco" OCampo, Beryl Johns, Bottletree, Brian Cirmo, Carl Joe Williams, Donte K. Hayes, Ernest Littles, Haylee Anne, Heather Muntzer, Jenna Knoblach, Jesse Guillory, Jamie "Muffin" Bernstein, Joseph Anthony Pearson, Marlena Smith, Soraya Jean-Louis McElroy, and Tasleem Khan. Admission Free.

GALLERY HOURS: Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00pm to 5:00pm, and by appointment. On view June 8th to June 30th.

Lost Love Lounge , 2935 Dauphine Street, New Orleans, LA 70117 - Admission Free. Drink Specials.

Sunday, June 9th - 2:00--5:00pm - COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
The New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70117

ICE CREAM SOCIAL (Healing Center Common Area, 2:00-4:00pm)
Family fun, ice cream from The Creole Creamery, and other treats! We'll have activities for kids - including face painting, storytelling, art projects, and more! Admission Free.

SHADES OF PRAISE (Inside Café Istanbul, 4:00-5:00pm)
Shades of Praise: New Orleans Interracial Gospel Choir will perform contemporary gospel music in the African-American style, introduces gospel to wider audiences across racial and denominational boundaries, and forges relationships that dispel stereotypes and create racial harmony. Admission Free.

6:30pm / FILM SCREENING & DISCUSSION (6:00pm Reception)
INDOCHINA,Traces of a Mother by Idrissou Mora-Kpaï
Ashe Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70113

Through the story of Christophe, a 58-year-old Afro-Viet­namese man, the film re­veals the lit­tle known his­to­ry of African colo­nial sol­diers en­list­ed to fight for the French in In­dochi­na. Christophe was one of seven Afro-Viet­namese or­phans adopt­ed by one of those sol­diers when he re­turned to Benin after the war. The film ex­plores the long last­ing im­pact of bring­ing to­geth­er two pop­u­la­tions who pre­vi­ous­ly had no ties and sheds light on a fre­quent prac­tice with­in colo­nial his­to­ry, that of using one col­o­nized peo­ple to re­press the in­de­pen­dence claims of an­oth­er col­o­nized peo­ple. (71 minutes, 2011) Following the screening, there will be a short discussion with Director/Producer IDISSOU MORA KAPI.

Monday, June 10th- 6:30pm - FILM SCREENING & DISCUSSION
A LOT LIKE YOU by Eliaichi Kimaro (6:00pm Reception)
Ashe Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70113

Eliaichi Kimaro is a mixed-race, first-generation American with a Tanzanian father and Korean mother. When her retired father moves back to Tanzania, Eliaichi begins a project that evocatively examines the intricate fabric of multiracial identity, and grapples with the complex ties that children have to the cultures of their parents. Kimaro decides to document her father's path back to his family and Chagga culture. In the process, she struggles with her own relationship to Tanzania, and learns more about the heritage that she took for granted as a child. Yet as she talks to more family members, especially her aunts, she uncovers a cycle of violence that resonates with her work and life in the United States. When Kimaro speaks with her parents about the oppression her aunts face, she faces a jarring disconnect between immigrant generations on questions of patriarchy and violence. (80 minutes, 2012) Following the screening, there will be a short discussion with Director/Producer ELIACHI KIMARO, and Community Advocate, GWEN RICHARDSON. Admission Free.

June 11th at 9:00pm - COMEDY NIGHT
Press Street’s Antenna Gallery, 3718 St. Claude Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70117

Please join us for a few laughs! Films, fun, food and more. Stay tuned... Additional details to be announced. Admission Free. Limited Seating.

Press Street’s Antenna Gallery, 3718 St. Claude Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70117

BLACK RABBITS & WHITE INDIANS: ROOM 220 Presents Controversial Children's Books (6:00-7:00pm)
Carlus Henderson, will present The Rabbits' Wedding. Kristina Robinson will present Brother Eagle, Sister Sky. Both of the writers are going to read books along with a slideshow of images and then give short talks on their related controversies. Additional writers and books to be announced. Admission Free.

The victory of Mildred Jeter and Richard Loving - in the court case of Loving vs. Virginia - not only won them their freedom to love, but it also granted the same freedom to every interracial couple in every state in America. Readings by local poets Travis Duc Tran, Rosana Cruz, Geryll Robinson and Delia Tomino Nakayama; and music performances by Miguel Alvarado, Kiyoko McCrae, Zuri McCormick, Abbey Justo, Peter Nu, Delia Tomino Nakayama, Rosana Cruz, Jamal Givens, Mayumi Shara and El Tahra. This event was funded in part by Poets & Writer, Inc. through a grant it has received from Poets & Writers, Inc. New Orleans. Admission Free.

Lost Love Lounge , 2935 Dauphine Street, New Orleans, LA 70117 Admission Free. Drink Specials.

Additional events to be announced.

American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana - www.laaclu.org
Art from the Heart - www.artfromtheheartevents.com
Ashé Cultural Arts Center / New Orleans Community Cinema - www.ashecac.org
Big Class - www.bigclass.org
Bissap Breeze - www.bissapbreeze.com
Cafe Istanbul - www.cafeistanbulnola.com
Cox 4 - www.neworleans.cox4.tv
The Creole Creamery - www.creolecreamery.com
Cupcake Fairies - www.cupcakefairies.com
Defend New Orleans - www.defendneworleans.com
Grey Villet Photography - www.greyvillet.com
Lost Love Lounge - www.lostlovelounge.com
New Orleans Afrikan Film & Arts Festival - www.neworleansafrikanfilmfest.org
New Orleans Film Society - www.neworleansfilmsociety.org
The New Orleans Healing Center - www.neworleanshealingcenter.org
Saint Anna's Episcopal Church - www.stannanola.org
Shades of Praise New Orleans Interracial Gospel Choir - www.shadesofpraise.org
Southern Eagle - www.southerneagle.com
Stella Jones Gallery - www.stellajonesgallery.com
Students at the Center - www.sacnola.com
Poets & Writers - www.pw.org
Press Street's Antenna Gallery & Room 220 - www.press-street.com

Special Thanks to LovingDay.Org our Volunteers!
Michele Burton-Oatis
Gretchen Faust
Ben Fox-McCord
Wendy Gaudin
Beryl Johns
Doug Keller
Delia Nakayama
Donnie Sampson
Ernest Littles
Nate Martin
Jennifer Pagan
Yuka Petz
Gwen Richardson
Bob Snead
Tammy Terrell
Melissa Woods
Jerald L. White

The New Orleans Loving Festival is an initiative of Charitable Film Network - www.charitablefilmnetwork.org