Bringing Our Community Together One Film at a Time

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Ossining Library’s Budarz Theater: 53 Croton Ave, Ossining, NY 10562


View the trailer: I Am Not Your Negro 

Panelist Bios:

Sheldon Applewhite, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Borough of Manhattan Community College

Dr. Sheldon Applewhite is an Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Social Sciences Human Services Department at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. Dr. Applewhite earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from Howard University in 2006. His specializations are urban and medical sociology. Dr. Applewhite has worked as a Evaluator and Research Scientist at the New york City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene from 2005-2009 with the Healthy Start Brooklyn Program, a multi-million, federally funded program that addresses maternal health outcomes. Dr. Applewhite joined the faculty of BMCC in 2010.

A native New Yorker, who attended NYC public schools, His current work focuses on health disparities among racial and ethnic groups and health issues of the LGBTQ of color populations. His current research primarily focuses on HIV prevention strategies for same sex couples. Dr. Applewhite serves as a Board Member for the Black Gay Research Group. He is also a contributor to AMNY, A New York City- based local paper that circulates to over 300,000 readers daily in the New York City metropolitan area. Dr. Applewhite tweets at @DrSApplewhite.


Kahlil Koromantee
Author, Life Coach, and College Advisor

Kahlil Koromantee focuses his work as an author, life coach, and college advisor on
the youth of African descent who may be part of the criminal or family court system or aging out of foster care, preparing for college, or struggling with their sexual identity.
He has degrees in Secondary Education and Applied Psychology and is an
accomplished poet and essayist, and the author of nearly 30 books, including Prison Bizness-Why Are So Many Black Men in Jail? and Teaching the Young, Gifted, and Incarcerated. He was born in Brooklyn, grew up in France, and was raised in Montreal.R






Robin Malison Alpern
Director of Training

Raised in the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), Robin has had a lifelong concern for racial justice and equity. Robin’s anti-racist activism has taken a variety of forms, including study of books, films, and lectures; taking part in workshops, seminars and trainings; publishing essays, articles and reports; public speaking; facilitating community dialogue; designing and leading workshops; and community organizing. Robin has worked with several anti-racism organizations in her hometown and in the Quaker community, including mixed-race groups and two white caucus groups. She
maintains ties with anti-racist leaders, both white and of color, who have served as
long-term mentors.



Dr. Paul Devlin
Writer, Scholar, Professor
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

Dr. Paul Devlin is a scholar of American literature, with a focus on African American literature. His dissertation (2014) was on Zora Neale Hurston, Ralph Ellison, Albert Murray, and Percival Everett. He is the editor of Albert Murray’s previously uncollected and unpublished interviews and music writings. He contributed twelve articles to African American National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2008).

Dr. Devlin has been a consultant for Jazz at Lincoln Center, the National Jazz Museum in Harlem (where he was also a curator of its 2014 exhibition of Ralph Ellison’s record collection as well as the exhibition’s literary consultant), and the American Writers Museum in Chicago. Dr. Devlin is an appointee to the Modern Language Association and Committee on the Literatures of People of Color in the United States and Canada (term: July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2019) and is the Book
Review Editor of African American Review (Johns Hopkins University Press).


 “In feature films the director is God; in documentary films, God is the director.”  ~Alfred Hitchcock

It is our mission to bring our community together to watch, enjoy and engage in conversations about documentaries.

We choose documentaries we hope will open our eyes collectively to issues that are important to our lives in Ossining.

At these free screenings, we will have a panel of experts available to answer questions and facilitate our discussion.

We hope that the issues raised in the documentary will encourage the viewers to ask questions and seek out ways to make a difference in Ossining and in The World.  Please check our schedule and mark your calendars for our upcoming screenings.

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