The Central Park Five: January 4 — 10
By Sara Burns, David McMahon & Ken Burns, Documentary

You have two more days to catch The Central Park Five at Mos’Art Threatre.  The documentary, produced by Sara Burns, David McMahon & Ken Burns, examines the unjust imprisonment of five teenagers for the assault and rape of the Central Park jogger, then 28-year-old Trisha Meili, on April 19, 1989. It explores corruption within the police force; how the Central Park Five, even prior to their trial, were convicted based solely on the public’s fears and prejudices.

Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Yusef Salaam, and Kharey Wise had five to thirteen years of their lives taken.  Today, even with a full confession and matching DNA sample from serial rapist Matias Reyes, a portion of the population still view them as guilty.

Jason Fleurant’s Solo Exhibit: Through February 2

"Queen - I Am Haiti" by Jason Fleurant
“Queen – I Am Haiti” by Jason Fleurant

Jason Fleurant is a young painter based in West Palm Beach, Florida but his work has the stamps of three continents: the melancholy strokes of a European painting, the bold colors of North America’s Caribbean, and the mysticism of Asian pottery. Whether done on acrylic, pastels, watercolor, each of Fleurant’s pieces are akin to narratives. —Kreyolicious.com

I’ve never been formally trained; everything I’ve learned has been by trial and error. I hope my art work always reminds people out of tragedy and darkness beauty can shine, kind of like the rose that grew from the concrete. I hope it shines as a beacon to others my age and younger. I hope it shines for those from the forgotten, abandon street corners, blocks where I’m from  that there is more to life and that art isn’t a joke. Jason Fleurant

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