The Brotherhood/Sister Sol (Bro/Sis) held its VOICES annual benefit on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at Gotham Hall at 1356 Broadway at 36th Street. To see images from the event click here.
VOICES is our signature annual benefit highlighting our youth, their commentary on the world and our life changing programming. The event provided an opportunity for our supporters to celebrate Bro/Sis’ commitment to guiding our members to develop into critical thinkers and community leaders.
This special evening featured an awards reception, a silent auction, and words & performances by our youth members and alumni.
To view photos of Voices 12 Gala event click here
Carrie Mae WeemsCelebrated Visual Artist
MacArthur “Genius” Award Recipient
Jeffrey WrightTony, Emmy and Golden Globe Award Winning Actor
Rahsan-Rahsan LindsayCo-Chair, Board of Directors, Bro/Sis
Clara MarkowiczCo-Chair, Board of Directors, Bro/Sis
Michael J. O’Brien*
Charles N. Schorin
Fundraising Vice Chair
Tiffany R. Warren*
Paul E. Butler*
Rabbi Rachel Cowan*
Stephen C. Graham*
B. Alan Echtenkamp*
Carol M. Joseph
James A. Krauskopf*
Rashida K. La Lande*
Pedro A. Noguera*
Catherine Lieber Shimony*
Susan L. Taylor
Nicole G. Valentine*
Reverend John Vaughn*
Nina M. Wells
Theodore V. Wells
Douglas H. White*
Carrie Mae Weems
Considered one of the most influential contemporary American artists, Carrie Mae Weems has investigated family relationships, cultural identity, sexism, class, political systems and the consequences of power. Determined as ever to enter the picture— both literally and metaphorically—Weems has sustained an on-going dialogue within contemporary discourse for over thirty years. During this time Carrie Mae Weems has developed a complex body of art employing photographs, text, fabric, audio, digital images, installation, and video.
In a recent review of her retrospective in the New York Times, Holland Cotter wrote, “Ms. Weems is what she has always been, a superb image maker and a moral force, focused and irrepressible.” Weems has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions at major national and international museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Frist Center for Visual Art, Solomon Guggenheim Museum in New York, and the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo in Seville, Spain.
Weems has received numerous awards, grants and fellowships including the prestigious Prix de Roma, The National Endowment of the Arts, the Alpert, the Anonymous was a Woman and the Tiffany Awards. In 2012, Weems was presented with one of the first US Department of State’s Medals of Arts in recognition for her commitment to the State Department’s Art in Embassies program.
In 2013 Weems received the MacArthur “Genius” grant as well as the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Since she has also received the BET Honors Visual Artist award, the Lucie Award for Fine Art photography, the ICP Spotlights Award from the International Center of Photography, the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal from Harvard University, the Distinguished Feminist Award from the College Arts Association, and the National Artist Award from Anderson Ranch.
Ever invested in social causes, Weems also serves on the board of several institutions including People for the American Way, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Art21, the Everson Museum of Art, and the Gifford Foundation.
She is represented in public and private collections around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Museum of Modern Art, NY and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
Weems has been represented by Jack Shainman Gallery since 2008.
Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe Award Winning Actor
Jeffrey Wright is actor who has received a Tony, Emmy and Golden Glove Award for his portrayal of the witty and flamboyant Belize in the stage production and then later the HBO miniseries, Angels in America. His credits also include iconic blockbusters such as the James Bond movies Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, the George Clooney produced Syriana, The Hunger Games, Jonathan Demme’s The Manchurian Candidate, Shaft, and as a lead regular on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and most recently in the HBO series Westworld.
His first major on-screen performance came in 1996 in the Julian Schnabel directed film Basquiat. Wright’s profound performance as the late painter Jean Michele Basquiat was critically acclaimed for its haunting accuracy and raw emotion. His won an Obie Award in 2002 for his performance (opposite Don Cheadle) in Suzan-Lori Parks’ play Topdog/Underdog. He continued to play leading historical figures such as Colin Powell in Oliver Stone’s W., Muddy Waters in Cadillac Records across from Beyonce, Adrien Brody and Mos Def and he received an AFI Award for his portrayal of Martin Luther King, Jr. in Boycott.
Born and raised in Washington DC, Wright attended Amherst College. He has been a longtime activist working to end resource-related conflicts. In 2011, Wright established Taia Lion Resources, a mineral exploration company focused on ethical and sustainable mining in Sierra Leone. In August 2012, Wright’s conflict-free mining philosophy was highlighted in a video released by the Enough Project and in a profile in The New York Times.