Videotaping the Official Oral History of St. Nick’s Pub

Featuring the Sugar Hill Quartet and a Jam Session

(While We Are Still Here received the support of NYS Humanities)

On March 22, 2018, the famed Harlem nightspot, St. Nick’s Pub, burned down.

For decades the Sugar Hill Quartet was the house band for the Monday night jam sessions.

While We Are Still Here will be taping the oral histories of the members of SHQ—Patience Higgins, Marcus Persiani, and David F. Gibson—as well as Bill Saxton, who was also a Pub presence, and other musicians, patrons, and some of the proprietors, for a film.

Bill’s Place is a former speakeasy, where Billie Holiday had her first gig in New York City.

If you would like to share you oral history of St. Nick’s Pub, call 929-266-3952.

Interviews followed by music​

​​While We Are Still Here & Reel Sisters 

Reel Sisters Honors

JT Takago (TWN) & Terence Nance (Random Acts of Kindness)

on Friday, Oct 12!

On Friday, Oct. 12, 6:30 pm, Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series will honor award-winning filmmakers JT Takagi, the Executive Director of Third World Newsreel, and Terence Nance, creator of HBO's Random Acts of Flyness, with the Reel Sisters Trailblazer award for their outstanding contributions to the film industry.

 Jules And The Jinks, a winner of AfroPunk's 2018 battle of the bands competition, and highly acclaimed Broadway triple threat actress Shahadi Wright Joseph (Disney’s The Lion King and Hairspray Live) will pay tribute to our honorees.

 Jericka Duncan, a correspondent for CBS News, will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies. 

The awards ceremony will be held at SVA Theater, 333 West 23 St., in historic Chelsea.  

Join us for another fun and inspiring evening.  

Tickets: $45 ($35 Code: ReelPals2018).

Here's a direct link where your friends, family and audience members can get discount tickets:


Friday, October 12, 2018
6:30PM EDT

333 W 23rd St,

New York, NY 10011

What's Happening


Thursday, November 1, 2018
Thursday, November 8, 2018
3:00pm - 9:00pm ET

Bill’s Place 
148 West 133rd Street 
Harlem, NY 10030

Tickets are FREE:

CALL US  (929) 266-3952