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Celebrating Black Art in Bridgeport

on view from Friday, June 15th to Sunday, June 24th
Exhibition Opening, Friday, June 15th 6PM-10PM
Performances on Sunday, June 17th and Tuesday, June 19th

A Celebration of Black Art in Bridgeport is a weeklong gathering of local black artists, performers, and community activists to celebrate the artistic diversity of Chicago, and reclaim the historically racially hostile and newly gentrifying neighborhood of Bridgeport.  
The festivities will feature a juried visual art exhibition highlighting multiple artists, performances by renowned queer rapbrarian, Roy Kinsey, and an original set by the incomparable Sam Trump, a special edition of Story Club South Side, and more to be announced.

To get involved in the planning committee, or information on how to submit your art for jury, please email 

about roy kinsey:
Chicago born and raised, roy kinsey is a bit of an anomaly when it comes to tradition in his respective industries. where being a black, queer-identified, rapper, and librarian may be an intimidating choice for some, roy kinsey’s non-conformist ideology has informed his 4th album, and self proclaimed, “best work yet,” blackie: a story by roy kinsey.

featured in and on major local, national, and  international publications like Billboard, NPRWBEZ’s Vocalo, the Chicago Tribune, WGCI and the RedEye, his “deft skill for storytelling,” is proving to have wings like the "flying africans" of old that he raps about on his latest project. kinsey’s latest video BSAYF, exploring black queer identity and spirituality, premiered at the Museum of Contemporary Art (mca), the Art Institute of Chicago, the Harold Washington Cultural Center and the Dusable Museum. he has shared his lyrics on the stages of Lincoln Hall, Logan Square Auditorium, Wild Hare, The Shrine, and Soho House, and has recently done a series of performances/exhibitions with the Chicago Public Library’s seasonal book and theme programming of race and music, One Book, One Chicago.

his professional development in librarianship has fueled his desire for self examination and then reporting his findings, in rhyme. he intends and believes the success of his present and future creative works will touch the hearts of many because it comes from the heart.

roy kinsey is a librarian in the Teen Services/Youmedia department for Chicago Public Libraries.

About Sam Trump
Sam "Trump" Harris is a multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter from Houston, TX, and has been a student of music from first picking up the trumpet at age 7. Since moving to Chicago in 2009 to obtain his fine arts degree in music, he has become heavily involved in Chicago's live music scene, and is widely known as a band leader, sideman, mentor, & curator. Wherever he is, Sam Trump is known for creating a vibe that is best described as sophisticated & soulful.

Sam Trump’s debut album, Purple Skies (2018) documents the early maturation of his solo artistry, covering topics of love & romance, family, inspiration, societal interdependence, & the Black American plight. All songs are produced by long-term collaborator & LA based producer, Calvin Valentine.

The Official Music Videos for two singles from this album have received critical global acclaim for their positive message and imagery. Watch "Brother" & "Count On Me".

Earlier Event: May 18
Broken Dreams