Black Gotham Experience

Black Gotham Experience


🚨Ending March 9th! 🚨Land of the Blacks’ is a digital exhibition of graphics, maps, and photography illustrating 28 different land grants by Black people in the New Netherlands. This digital exhibition would be the largest acknowledgment of these locations and a resource to the growing interest to understand where these sites are located.

Find the Black Gotham Experience exhibit around at the #ShopsAtTheOculus!
Thank you to Kamau Ware, artist, historian, and founder of kamau studios and the Black Gotham Experience, for speaking with our community today and several times during Black History Month. Mr. Ware and the Black Gotham Experience have established a space to revisit untold and suppressed stories through a practice that invites people to walk, talk, and reimagine the past to expand public consciousness. #blackhistorymonth #blackhistorymatters #dwightschoolcommunity #blackgotham #gallerywalknyc #dwightschool
In honor of #BlackHistoryMonth, come check out the returning Oculus digital exhibition: Black Gotham Experience’s "The Land of the Blacks," commemorating Black landowners of New Netherland circa 1643. Artists Adrian Franks, Kamau Ware, and Pope Phoenix Illustration use digital artwork to celebrate and share the stories of Black lives in New York City’s early history. This exhibit will be on display on digital screens throughout the Oculus until Monday, March 7.

On Thursday, February 24 at 6pm, Westfield World Trade Center and Black Gotham Experience present “Fighting Dark,” a virtual event covering the full background of this exhibit. More info here:
By the 1640s, the “Land of the Blacks” encompassed over 130 acres of Manhattan in the neighborhoods now known as Chinatown, Little Italy, SoHo, NoHo, and Greenwich Village. Twenty-eight parcels were owned by free Black men and women and passed down through generations. This strong Black community petitioned for their rights, married, and baptized their children through the creation of New York City.

This Wednesday, Feb. 16 @ 6:30PM, join Black Gotham Experience & @ Community Board No. 2, Manhattan for a virtual journey through this buried, forgotten and ignored history. RSVP @
THURSDAY: Join Henry Street for the last installment of Justice Matters to US. This series of curated events discusses the practice of social justice within our communities, as experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic and George Floyd uprisings. Thursday's topic "Engagement" will include a film screening of Kamau Ware's "Fighting Dark" hosted by Kei Williams of Black Gotham Experience, with a presentation to follow.

February 10 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Zoom. RSVP now:
TONIGHT, 6:30pm, tune in to listen to AALDEF’s Stanley Mark and #WeCantBreathe's Emerald Snipes-Garner (daughter of Eric Garner) for a critical talk about solidarity and human rights. This is the latest installment of the “Justice Matters To Us” series on social justice by Henry Street Settlement and Black Gotham Experience. RSVP now:
TONIGHT: This evening marks the launch of Justice Matters to US, a series of monthly events presented by the LES Social Justice Working Group. Join a discussion on the practice of social justice within our communities. Tonight’s topic is ACCESS, with speakers Ramapo Munsee Lenape Chief Dewaine Perry and Rhode Island Indian Council, Inc. Executive Director Darrell Waldron.

The online event, curated by the Black Gotham Experience, starts at 6:30; free tickets at the link below. The series continues on 12/16, 1/13, and 2/10.

This series is presented with support from Henry Street’s participatory budgeting process.
"What happened in New York City [was] the blueprint for how you foment, through politicians, white mob violence against Black bodies, to political effect," - Kamau Ware (Fighting Dark, The Shed), Black Gotham Experience, from Gothamist
Untold stories. New York history.
New gallery walk from Black Gotham Experience coming soon.
Next time you are near Van Cortlandt House Museum make sure you take a few moments to enjoy the beauty of Black Gotham Experience’s Kamau Ware’s Stealing Joy flag in the wind.

Artist Statement:
The sugar industry was fundamental to the creation of New York and as a consequence, baked into the commerce that took root in this region in 1664. The Black bodies that were here prior to the creation of New York and those that will come for generations after, both free and enslaved, were inextricable to the economies of the region and a global system that reached the West Indies, the Atlantic Ocean, Europe, and the continent Africa. Families such as the Van Cortlandts, Phillipses, and Delanceys whose names mark places, enslaved people who were more than mere tools. The abolition of slavery is not only an action of the past but continues by liberating the elements of the souls of Black folk the archives kept hidden - their spark, their heart, their connection to the divine.

In Stealing Joy, a part of the Sugar Shadow series, I look at how Hester and Piero would have likely held each other in their gaze, fully aware of their shared humanity and love.
JUST ANNOUNCED: Due to impending weather, tonight's event, the Black Gotham Experience with Kamau Ware, has been CANCELLED.

Be sure to check out our website for more information on our upcoming events with Wawa Welcome America.
*Event cancelled due to weather*

Tomorrow at 6 pm -- don’t miss the Black Gotham Experience with Kamau Ware tomorrow night! Hear from our panel of talented Black creatives: first-generation Nigerian American writer and dancer Candice Iloh; Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse owner Ariell R. Johnson; and rapper, songwriter, poet, and multi-instrumentalist Khemist . This outdoor mixer also includes music and visuals courtesy of event co-host DJ Rashid Zakat . You'll also enjoy a pop-up shop by Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, and complimentary access to the Museum’s exhibition galleries!

Register at:

Presented in partnership with Wawa Welcome America and Visit Philly

Black Gotham is a visual storytelling project that celebrates the impact of the African Diaspora on NYC during the 1600s-1800s. Graphic Novel | Walking Tours | Web Series | WORK/SPACE

Black Gotham Experience is an immersive visual storytelling project that celebrates the impact of the African Diaspora on New York City since 1625 through walking tours, graphic novels, and our space in the Seaport District.

Operating as usual

Timeline photos 09/30/2021

the Magic HOUR sets -

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the Magic HOUR approaches -

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Black Vision Day -

Timeline photos 12/17/2020

A Talk w/ Evan Narcisse -

Photos from Black Gotham Experience's post 11/26/2020

Enjoy your blessings today 🙏🏽 ... and everyday.

Repost from @eli_joshua

#familyportraits because I miss my #lovecraftcountry #family both in front and behind the #camera. Feeling #nostalgic I guess because the #holidays are coming. #seeourhappiness #unitstillphotographer #unitstillsphotography #unitstills @sonyalpha 📸: @eli_joshua

Timeline photos 11/06/2020

Howardena Pindell - New work commissioned by The Shed.

Timeline photos 10/29/2020

As Above So Below - Exciting new project launch tonight at 6pm.



Repost from @seaportmuseum

We were thrilled to host the kick-off event for the @waterfrontalliance’s annual #CityofWaterDay festival last Saturday aboard Wavertree! Remarks by Capt. Jonathan Boulware and Waterfront Alliance President Cortney Worall and many local officials centered on the risks of #climatechange and of the effects of rising sea levels on urban shorelines.

Visit the Waterfront Alliance site to learn more about the award-winning artists and actions that are part of this year's City of Water Day, and stop by to check out three art installations throughout the South Street Seaport Historic District!

Environmental multimedia artist Sarah Cameron Sunde's video work, will continue to be projected on the side of Wavertree from 7pm-10:30pm this evening and on September 25 and 26 for free to the public.

Kamau Ware’s “Waves” composition of four flags are on display on Front Street, symbolizing the connection between the Indigenous people of New York and the Africans from the Congo and Angola in the 17th century on the island of Manhattan.

Justin Brice Guariglia’s solar-powered LED warnings will be flashing every day at the corner of Front Street and Fulton Street.

Photos by Ian Douglas

#publicart #southstreetseaport #climatecrisis #environmentalart


“For all those who were lost
For all those who were stolen
For all those who were left behind
For all those who were not forgotten”

Architect = Artist


builders building ...


Okay, Google. This Doodle picked up our spirits. #jackieormes #pittsburgh

Timeline photos 08/28/2020

📷 @by_kza

We turn 10 today.
As we look forward to our next decade, more attention will be placed on how we collect. Below is an email the day before the first Black Gotham walking tour sent to family and friends.


Subject: Re: Black Gotham Tour (first!)
To: redacted 🤷🏽‍♂️
Date: Friday, August 27, 2010, 4:31 PM

Okay, my friends. I'm checking in to confirm my and your attendance for tomorrow's Black Gotham Tour The Other Side of Wall Street: 1623 to 1776. I'll be on the steps of the Federal Hall to the right of George Washington awaiting you. Some of you said you may be bringing an other half or offspring. If you could confirm for a final headcount, that would be foxy fresh.

Meeting location: Federal Hall on Wall Street
Train: 2 or 3 to Wall Street
Price: Free :-)
Tour: "The Other Side of Wall Street: 1623 to 1776"



Timeline photos 08/27/2020

Black Prints Brazil -

Timeline photos 08/27/2020

#notplaying salute to the Bucks, Lakers, Clippers, and the list keeps growing #goodtrouble

Photos from Black Gotham Experience's post 08/19/2020

joining the Apollo - tonight on

Timeline photos 08/09/2020


August 10th 6-6:30pm EST
BGX Membership Monday
IG Live 📲

Hosted by Lauren Stockmon Brown @lsbco

Meet Kamau Akabueze. Strategist, Creative and Mentor. Throughout the course of his diverse career in brand marketing, Kamau has led strategy, creative and campaign development as an agent for or employee of American Express, Jeep, AND1, Nike/Brand Jordan, Verizon, Microsoft, General Mills, P&G, Coca-Cola, Toyota, Diageo, SPI Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Edelman PR Worldwide, Burrell Communications, Momentum Worldwide, Relevant, MKTG and more.

His dynamic breadth of agency and corporate experience have helped shape him into an innovative problem solver, concept catalyst, and staunch advocate for collaborative communication design. Kamau’s belief in the kinetic and connective value of experiential marketing has been the hallmark of his leadership roles and innovations in the industry over the past decade.



PS: In case you are wondering, this is soul brother & best friend of @kamauware but not the same person 👨🏽‍💻👨🏽‍🏫

Photos from Black Gotham Experience's post 08/04/2020

There’s layers & levels to define privilege yet somehow it can simplified as a tool of monarchy.

#prerogative @ United States of America

Timeline photos 08/02/2020

Hello, Black August.
Happy Birthday, Jimmy.

Photos from Black Gotham Experience's post 07/31/2020

In his own words, John Lewis penned his final opinion to publish on the day of his home going ceremony. He was inspired to see the recent shift in American consciousness. Let’s keep it moving 🙏🏾 #johnlewis #goodtrouble @ United States of America

Photos from Black Gotham Experience's post 07/30/2020

Art is Life 🙏🏾 Thank you. @ United States of America

Photos from Black Gotham Experience's post 07/30/2020

Repost from @kamauware

Quoted in The New York Times 📝 for my takeover with @works_on_water

“They often ask questions: ‘Where do we begin and where do we end?’ wrote Kamau Ware, inviting us to consider how much of our bodies are composed of water.”

(repost from collab below)

“The Edge Within" is an Instagram collaboration with Works on Water and Black Gotham Experience for the Walking the Edge project. The prompts will be created by Kamau Ware.

The Edge Within will be a series of prompts that asks people to get in tune with the water we have in our bodies and how it carries memories of our ancestors.

In creating Black Gotham Experience, it has been necessary to get in tune with redacted narratives in urban spaces. I often go on walks where the history happened and dial up my empathy and imagination to feel stories. It is not a scientific way of researching but it does complement what is discoverable in the archives and secondary sources to engage through meditation and kinesthetics.

Stay tuned ...

Walking the Edge
a project of Works on Water, Culture Push, and the NYC Department of City Planning

@works_on_water @nycwaterfront @culturepusher @nycplanning

@adniralc1 @artschoolscammer @evemosher @gatablanco @scsunde @stoishere @nancy9000 @emilyblumenfeld @nickipombier @__sunandsky @_sunandmoon @prof.0und @bp_oddisee @underwaternewyork

#WalkingtheEdgeNYC #nyc520 #nycwaterfront
@ New York, New York

Photos from Black Gotham Experience's post 07/24/2020

Thanks to everyone who logged in to Black Prints on June 4th, our first virtual event. Link in bio.

Stay tuned for the follow up when we visit Brazil.

Shout out to the global fam:

Jennifer Tosch
Kevi Donat
Malik Bartholomew
Naky Gaglo
Tony Warner
@ Planet Earth

Timeline photos 07/23/2020

Membership Mondays - IG Live July 27th from 6-6:30pm + Black Prints video recap is now available.

Photos from Black Gotham Experience's post 07/22/2020

July 27th | 6-6:30pm
Our first BGX Membership Monday | IG Live 📲

Meet Kadiatou Coulibaly AKA Nerdy Bae. Hosted by Lauren Stockmon Brown.

Discover how nerdiness intersects with the African Diaspora and what it’s like to be a Black cosplayer in the United States.

Also check out @lanerdybae x @sailorxtasy via zoom on Friday the 24th for a deep dive on cosplaying while Black. 🦸🏽‍♀️


#BGXmembershipmonday @ United States of America


Congratulations to the architects, artists, activists, and city officials for today's unveiling of Black Lives Matter Boulevard in Lower Manhattan. This is sacred ground featuring the Triumph of the Human Spirit Monument and African Burial Ground plus the Thurgood Marshall Courthouse. We tip our proverbial hats to those who made this happen. #BlackLivesMatter

@tatscru @artofijay @iamwetpaint
@wxystudio @blmgreaterny @nycthrive @amina.acid @yung_narwhal @nyc_dot @galebrewer

Timeline photos 06/04/2020

historic moments - Black Prints today at 5pm. RSVP by 4pm EST.

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We hear you @killermike “... take your butt to the computer and fill out your census ...” | | “and exercise your political bully power...”

Timeline photos 03/13/2020

Staying connected - Stay Safe, Friends.

Photos from Black Gotham Experience's post 03/03/2020

Our team is grateful to accept the GANCY Apple Award for Outstanding Achievement in Support of NYC Culture. It was a lovely evening with brilliant people that love our City. Just think that one question 12 years ago started our award winning work. Our public tour schedule will be announced soon! Stay tuned. 🥳 #insideblackgotham

Timeline photos 11/30/2019

Black Friday Ampersand... - See you this weekend.

Timeline photos 11/19/2019

Black Wall Street - This week at the New-York Historical Society #bgxnerdythursdays

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BGX Talks - #bgxnerdythursdays

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Congratulations on tonight’s win @officialkinghavoc | We see you ... #brooklyn #Dance #houseofexile
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A 1643 community of Black landowners. Rebellions that shook New York in the 1700s. Catalina. Kwaku. Caesar. Which hidden...
@kamauware geeking out w/ British actor Paterson Joseph from the HBO show #theleftovers in #London about the #blackdiasp...
@akomanet just stopped by for an interview on the Black Gotham Experience. These are an amazing group telling stories of...
About to debut work from Chapter One of our Other Side of Wall Street graphic novel. We've come a long way since our 201...
Vibing.... Fashion Presentation. #r2rfestival #insideblackgotham





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