CAUGHT ON THE 7: John Crow

Caribbean Folk Music (Quake USA), meets American doo wop & A Cappella harmonies (Men of Distinction), at the courtyard of Langston Hughes Community Library & Cultural Center this Saturday, June 13th, 2-5pm. Assistant to the Executive Director of Langston Hughes, John Crow, took time out from his loaded schedule as a doting father, community leader and television talk-show host to chat with the Queens Art Express crew.

John Crow with his son Anthony John Crow, what is your subway stop?
Depends on where I’m going to or coming from. From home to work, it’s the 103rd Street Corona Plaza stop, transfer to the 23 bus to Northern Boulevard, walk 2 blocks. Or weekends, sometimes it’s the last stop on Main Street. At the end of the day, the commute is the # 7 to Time Square or Grand Central and transfer to the Flatbush IRT 2 or 5 trains heading to Brooklyn.

What is the best musician or artist you saw performing on a subway platform?
I enjoy all of the performers and performances on the subway. They are all darn good-legit or without credentials. They are all remarkable. At one time I was one of them. There seems to be lots of Andian music.

You do a wide array of work at Langston Hughes Library-what is your title?
I’m a Community Outreach, Community Resource, Information and Referral Specialist; an events planner, calendar coordinator an assistant program Manager and an assistant to the Executive Director with Langston Hughes Community Library & Cultural Center of Queens Library. Anything one wants to know about anything they ask me. 311 calls me to verify some of their information…

What do you do for fun in Queens or the metropolitan area?

Take care of my young family. My son Sebastian is 4 years old and growing fast. His speech, word choice, and his overall intelligence fascinate me every day. My wife Debra gets all the credits.

This is the first year of Queens Art Express so we need all the help we can get–do you have questions for us at Queens Art Express (QAE)?
Can this QAExpress become one of those annual events?

What was your first art/performance experience like? Where was it?
First in this Country, back of the Brooklyn Museum, as part of the Caribbean Carnival Celebrations-We were a hit.

Tell me about some about the television program Caribbean Classroom or some of the other programming you are working on now?
I provide accurate information to visitors to the Langston Hughes Library and to the larger Queens Community, through Caribbean Classroom via the public access center on the 4 channels of Queens Public Television. I also teach video production to grown men and women-camera/field & studio production and video editing–lots of fun doing that. Visits to the Queens Hall of Science, Queens Museum, Flushing Meadow Park and most of the cultural institutions scattered throughout the Borough of Queens.

This month’s LIVE episode of Caribbean Classroom and the musical concert for Queens Art Express on June 13, which features Quake USA-A Caribbean Folk Choir and Men of Distinction-A 5 Man a cappella group that sings in sweet harmonies. Caribbean Folk Music meets US A cappella harmonies-exhilarating!!!

I’m also working on a presentation on “Single Mothers Raising Black Boys Alone” by Cathleen E. Williams, who is an RN and an attorney and a single mother whose son, Sean, recently graduated from Carnegie Mellon University.

What’s in the future for John Crow and Langston Hughes Library?
There is always one in the pipe line. There is an author talk that takes place towards the end of the month.

Quake USA

Quake USA

Langston Hughes Community Library & Cultural Center
Men of Distinction & Quake USA: Caribbean Folk Music meets American A Cappella Harmony
Plus A Surprise or 2
Saturday June 13, 2:00 PM
Court Yard Performance (weather permitting)
An afternoon of sweet voices & Spicy Musical Sounds
Free admission
Langston Hughes
100-01 Northern Boulevard, Corona.

Funding for this and most programs at Langston Hughes is provided through grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, New York State Education Department, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The Office of The Borough President of Queens, Queens Borough Public Library, and The Library Action Committee of Corona/East Elmhurst, Inc.. Please visit the Langston Hughes Library and take out a book. See you at the library. Queens library is an independent not-for-profit corporation and is not affiliated with any other library system

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