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Past Event No Half Steppin’: Paradise Gray reading and book signing

African American man leaning against a fence, looking directly at the viewer, arms folder across his chest. He has a long white beard in a braid and is wearing a black hat and black t-shirt.

Photo by Ya Momz House

The Warhol welcomes Pittsburgh-based author, artist, producer, and activist Claude “Paradise” Gray for a reading and Q&A, directly followed by a book signing. The event celebrates his new book No Half Steppin’An Oral and Pictorial History of New York City Club the Latin Quarter and the Birth of Hip-Hop’s Golden Era, co-authored by Giuseppe “u.net” Pipitone. Gray is one of the artists included in the museum’s Activist Print project. Activist Print is a collaboration between The Warhol, BOOM Concepts (a creative hub for artists to incubate ideas), and the North Side printmaking studio Artists Image Resource (AIR).

The evening also features a special guest DJ spinning classic hits from Hip Hop’s Golden Era. The Factory studio is open late featuring screenprinting and other hands-on projects inspired by Gray's work.

This event is co-presented by 1Hood Media and AIR.

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