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Africana Lecture and
Film Series
Art Exhibit Sankofa Programming
Collaborations Signature Programs Chop It UPP
Black Fridays Special Events
UPPgrades
Ratchet Intellectual Anti-Racsim Trainings Black Table Talk

August 2020

16 | It Was All A Dream: Road To Sankofa
6:00 p.m-7:30 p.m., Zoom

"AS WE PROCEED...TO GIVE YOU WHAT YOU NEED..." The Road to Sankofa program welcomes you and your family to the UNCW family. This program introduces you to the Upperman African American Cultural Center and the great legacy of the African American presence at UNCW. Join members of the UNCW faculty and administration, student leaders and other distinguished guests for this important UNCW tradition.

 

25 | Chop It Upp: Headed B(l)ack To School (and Tired)
Apple Podcasts, Spotify, More

In celebration of Upperman's 25th Anniversary, we're dropping the dopest Black cultual center podcast in the game: Chop It UPP! A podcast all about what it's like working in a Black cultural center and how it informs our lives outside of it. This week's episode: How we are all, students, staff, and faculty, feeling after a long, hot summer...spoiler alert....we're tired.

 

27 | Black Table Talk: Open Forum
12:00 p.m-1:30 p.m., Zoom

Between the world around us, school, and our personal lives, things can get exuasting and it's important to check up(p) and check in. As such, Upperman is introducing Black Table Talk: A mental health series with open forums and selected topics to help us along this journey called Life. This week we kick things off with an Open Forum. This open forum serves a space for students to come and engage in various topics that they themselves may be experiencing, have questions about, or would like to educate others on. These topics can range from mental health specific to anything adversely that impacts one’s mental health. All are welcomed to come and encourage to participate.  A ongoing collaboration with the Counseling Center.

 

28 | Cool Like Dat: Open House 
Virtual
Join us for our annual Open House which invites all constituents into the center for an afternoon of fun, fellowship, and culture! Come meet the staff of our center as well as our organizations' student leaders to find out how you can get involved and make the most of your UNCW experience.

September 2020

2 | Keep from Going Under: A Holistic UPPgrade
12:00 p.m., Zoom

"Let us UPPgrade you!" Our cultural pre-professional development series kicks off with a look on how to make the most out of your experience academically and socially as a Black student at UNCW.

3 | Strange Times: A Black Table Talk on Covid-19
12:00 p.m-1:30 p.m., Zoom

BTT is black, this week with a dialogue about the current state of COVID, how it has impacted our community, and how we can move forward strategically. We will receive professional insight on the implications of coronavirus to contextualize our conversation and inform action steps for health and safety.  

 

 

9 | Ratchet Intellectuals: Trap Theology with Dominique Lesterr and Steve Nunez
6:30 p.m., Zoom 

Trap music and theology are clear opposites and couldn't possibly go together, right? Not so fast! Join us as distingushed theologians Dominique Lester and Steve Nunez (himself a UNCW grad and Sankofa bird!) educate us on we can view trap music through the lens of a theologocial framework.

   
10 | Black Table Talk #3
12:00 p.m-1:30p.m., Zoom
One month in, how we doing? Come join BTT's Open Forum to check in and see where we're at in the world.

17 | Black Table Talk #4
12:00 p.m-1:30 p.m., Zoom

Guest Speaker Gene Edwards will lead a dialogue on Suicide Prevention Month, racial trauma, and other various topics related to race and mental health. This is a good time to learn about how to notice the various signs that you or someone you may know exhibit related to stress or anxiety and how to navigate those situations successfully.  

24 | Black Table Talk #5
12:00 p.m-1:30 p.m., Zoom
Time to close things out with our final BTT of September and reflect on the past month and what we're anticipating and feeling, heading into the future. 
25 | All Eyez On Me: 25 for 25 Art Exhibit Opening
Virtual
The Cultural Center is celebrating 25 years! Check out our virtual art gallery celebrating some of the people, programs and moments that have made Upperman what it is today and get a sense of where we've been the past 25 years and where we're going in the next 25!

 

25 | Raise Upp: A N.C. Hip Hop Celebration
12:00p.m-
3:00p.m., Instagram

To paraphrase Fayetteville’s own Jermaine Cole, ‘We’re giving y'all that Carolina feel’ for our first Black Friday of the year!  Get ready for tunes and vibes inspired by Rapsody, J. Cole, DaBaby, Little Brother, and all your North Cackalacky faves!

25 | Chop It Upp: Black with The Greeks
Apple Podcasts, Spotify, More

Your favorite Black cultural center is back, and this week we're speaking Greek....Black Greek that is! Join us as we talk all things NPHC and invite some of our favorite NPHC students in to discuss their experiences in the wonderful (and at times wild) world of Black greek life

October 2020

1 | Black Table Talk Open Forum
12:00 p.m-1:30p.m., Zoom
New month, new experiences, new Black Table Talks! Join us for our first open forum of October.
7 | Hustle and Flow: A Side-Hustle UPPgrade
12 p.m., Upperman
Time for your second UPPgrade mayne'! This week we're gonna teach you how to take your skills that may not be being used in your main job and how to utilize them make that side money for all your wants and needs!

 

8 | Prayer (+): A Black Table Talk on Mental Health and our Community
12:00 p.m-1:30 p.m., Zoom

BTT is going in on race and mental health this week. This dialogue will explore the different stigmas related to mental health in the Black community. We will discuss the various causes of stress/anxiety, how to identify when stress/anxiety is occurring, and healthy ways to manage it.   

 

13 | The Sit-In: A Black Cultural Competency Module
9:00 p.m-1:00 p.m., Zoom.        

1:00 p.m-4:00 p.m., Zoom

In accordance with it's goal to maintain a level of expertise about the Black student experience that affirmatively informs the policies, practices and programs of UNCW administration, Academic Affairs and Student Affairs, Upperman invites you into the world of the black student life with The Sit-In: A Black Cultural Competency Module! Sign up now!

There are two sessions offered

Faculty, Staff and Graduate Students:9:00 p.m-12:00 p.m.

Faculty and Staff only: 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

 

15 | Black Table Talk #7
12:00 p.m-1:30 p.m., Zoom

This open forum serves a space for students to come and engage in various topics that they themselves may be experiencing, have questions about, or would like to educate others on. These topics can range from mental health specific to anything adversely that impacts one’s mental health. All are welcomed to come and encourage to participate.  
22 | Black Table Talk #8
12:00 p.m-1:30 p.m., Zoom
This open forum serves a space for students to come and engage in various topics that they themselves may be experiencing, have questions about, or would like to educate others on. These topics can range from mental health specific to anything adversely that impacts one’s mental health. All are welcomed to come and encourage to participate.  

 

 

23 | Bounce Aerobics: A Bouncing Black Friday
12-3pm, Instagram

‘Release ya wiggle’ as Big Freedia would say and get ready to move as we have a high-octane aerobics session set to the music of New Orleans premiere rap style: Bounce!

 

25 | Chop It UPP: Creating a Black Cultural Center Conference and Costume (At The Same Time)
Apple Podcasts, Spotify, More

The razor-blade sharp podcast is back! This week's episode of Chop It UPP delves into what it takes to put together a black cultural center conference and what it's like running a black cultural center!

 

 

29-31 | Virtually Black: 29th Annual Association for Black Cultural Centers Conference

In celebration of our 25th Anniversary, Upperman is honored to be the host for the 29th Annual Association for Black Culture Centers (ABCC) Conference entitled "Virtually Black: Cultural Centers Advancing Afrofutures". Seeking to bring cultural center staffs and students together in a myriad of virtual & digital formats, "Virtually Black" will discuss challenges to, solutions for, & impacts of the current lived environment through themes that consider ownership, Afro-futurism, creative aesthetics & more! Click here for more information!

November 2020

4 | C.R.E.A.M: A Money Management UPPgrade
12 p.m., Upperman Center

Wu-Tang said it best: 'Cash Rules Everything Around Me': This month's UPPgrade is a financial literacy workshop all about helping you keep and sustain those streams of income from your job, your side-hustle, and everything in between!

 

5 | Black Table Talk #9
12:00 p.m-1:30 p.m., Zoom

This open forum serves a space for students to come and engage in various topics that they themselves may be experiencing, have questions about, or would like to educate others on. These topics can range from mental health specific to anything adversely that impacts one’s mental health. All are welcomed to come and encourage to participate.  

 
11 | The Language Is Political with Lakeyta M. Bonnette-Bailey
6:30 p.m., Zoom

In addition to being the popular musical form of the day, Hip-Hop, as described by scholar Todd Boyd "...is inherently political, the language is political." Join us for our Africana Studies lecture as we bring in renowed scholar Dr. Lakeyta M. Bonnette-Bailey as she discusses the relationship and inextricable ties between politics and Hip-Hop!

12 | Black Table Talk #10
12:00 p.m-1:30 p.m., Zoom

This open forum serves a space for students to come and engage in various topics that they themselves may be experiencing, have questions about, or would like to educate others on. These topics can range from mental health specific to anything adversely that impacts one’s mental health. All are welcomed to come and encourage to participate.  

 

19 | Black Table Talk #11
12:00 p.m-1:30 p.m., Zoom
This open forum serves a space for students to come and engage in various topics that they themselves may be experiencing, have questions about, or would like to educate others on. These topics can range from mental health specific to anything adversely that impacts one’s mental health. All are welcomed to come and encourage to participate.  
20 | We Got The Jazz: A Jazzy Black Friday
12:00 p.m.., Upperman
“You could find the Abstract listening to hip hop. My pops used to say, it reminded him of be-bop” This line from Q-Tip, leader of the iconic rap group A Tribe Called Quest, is an apt description of the influence jazz has had on Hip-Hop. Join us for our final Black Friday of the year as we explore the ways jazz, whether in it’s styles of Bebop and jazz poetry, as well as it's figures such as Cab Calloway and Louis Jordan, have been crucial in the development of hip-hop as we know it today.
25 | Chop It UPP: Black Food Culture and The Power of Family
Apple Podcasts, Spotify, More
While your prepping, or possibly even Chopping up(p) your food for that Thanksgiving meal, put on your favorite black cultural center podcast! Food is culture and a way to bring families, blood and chosen, together. This week, Chop it UPP is delving into Black food culture and all of the beautiful Black families out there!

December 2020

2 | Pre-Kwanzaa and Senior Sankofa
Instagram
Senior Sankofa was established in 1999 by the African American Graduate Association (AAGA) and the Upperman African American Cultural Center. Sankofa is a West African word in the Akan language meaning “wisdom in learning from the past to build for the future” and symbolizes an African rite of passage. The Sankofa Graduation Ceremony is a reception celebrating the success of students within the African diaspora at UNCW.
15 | Chop It UPP: Between Black Stress & Black Christmas Your holiday gift: You get Chop It UPP a week early! We're looking at all the Soul Holidays and the joy (and sometimes stress) that they bring! 

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