For black women interested in art, the opportunity to speak with like-minded peers can be few and far between. The lack of space for black women in the art world compelled Jovonna Jones and Samantha Scott to create BlacQurl, an online magazine and platform for black women and femme writers, creatives, and critics.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is arguably the most competitive showcase of art in the world. Now, a young Black woman who goes by “Cliff” on social media knows what it means to be a part of the iconic Met community.
While Lauryn Hill was the only non-Haitian member of the Fugees, Pras and Wyclef Jean considered her “Haitian by association.” To show her appreciation of the culture – as well as the Caribbean and African Diaspora as a whole – she’s opened up an art exhibit to coincide with her performance at Kings Theatre this Friday.
Back in February, Akilah Johnson was ”surprised and overwhelmed” when she found out that she was a national finalist in the “Doodle 4 Google” contest for elementary through high school students. Could you imagine how she feels now that she’s won?
Johnson, a sophomore at Eastern Senior High School in the Northeast quadrant of Washington DC, was named the big winner in the national contest which accepts entries from the 53 states and territories, pulling in approximately 100,000 student doodles.
A set of statues meant to pay homage to the Tuskegee Airmen were vandalized in Chicago over the weekend.
Sunday morning, Chicago Park District employees were seen re-positioning the sculptures, which had been tipped over and broken sometime overnight.
You know, I tried VERY hard to ignore the blatant ignorance that has been making its rounds around the interwebs regarding the legendary Kara Walker’s, “A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby.” The exhibit takes an in-depth look at modern-day slavery in the early 20th century, particularly child labor and the affects of it on the black family.
Currently housed in a former Domino Sugar Refinery plant based in Brooklyn, I had the privilege of seeing A Subtlety first-hand while in New York a couple of weeks ago. It was absolutely AMAZING. But the experience did not come without its bulls***.
Grammy award-winning rapper Rhymefest has teamed up with Pledge Music to raise awareness and funds about violence in the community.
The Chicago-based rapper and activist is releasing his album, “Violence is Sexy” via the platform, which allows users to purchase music via a pledge or donation.
Marcus Gardley is taking his healing to the stage. In a series of plays, the 36-year-old playwright is exercising his freedom of expression by creating satirical works about black men and prisons.
In honor of National Poetry Month, here’s a list a few great poets of our generation.