Arts & Culture

Remembering Pioneering Black Quilt Artist Faith Ringgold

Faith Ringgold, a pioneering educator and activist, passed away at the age of 93 on Saturday, April 13th. Her lifetime was a testament to a vibrant tapestry of creativity that transcended the confines of medium, style, and cultural identity. Born on October 8, 1930, in Harlem, New York, Ringgold’s artistic journey was characterized by her […]

How Tambra Raye Stevenson Became a Champion for Food Justice and Healthier Communities through WANDA

Washington D.C.-based food advocate and driven mother Tambra Raye Stevenson has been determined to create healthier communities through her inspiring work with the Food Bill of Rights.  Fueled by Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Initiative, which aimed to improve children’s diets, Tambra founded WANDA: Women Advancing Nutrition Dietetics and Agriculture. Her late father, Calvic C. Hill, […]

“A Superlative Palette”: Exhibit In Charlotte Brings Black Women Artists To The Forefront

In Charlotte, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture is currently featuring an exciting exhibition titled “A Superlative Palette: Contemporary Black Women Artists,” which showcases the diverse works of 12 renowned artists, including Mickalene Thomas and Amy Sherald.  Despite differences in mediums and styles, the exhibition emphasizes the intersectionality of their identities […]

How Veronica N. Chapman Is Preserving The Diversity Of Children’s Literature Through The Annual Black Children’s Book Week

Throughout the country, the recent surge in bans targeting Black children’s books has raised significant concerns, but these bans cannot extinguish the resilience of communities. The approaching third annual Black Children’s Book Week, set to kick off on February 25th, represents a global movement uniting participants from Canada, Ghana, Austria, and across the United States. […]

‘Josephine Baker: Icon in Motion’: A Fusion of Artistry and Activism in New German Exhibition

In 1926, Josephine Baker, the iconic French dancer and singer, burst onto the Berlin stage, mesmerizing audiences with her exhilarating Charleston performance at the Nelson Theater on Kurfürstendamm. Nearly a century later, a groundbreaking exhibition at Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie now delves deep into Baker’s extraordinary life and lasting impact. Born in 1906 as Freda Josephine […]

Rashaad Newsome’s AI Creation ‘Being’ Is A Scholarly Educator and Poet Informed By Black Intellectuals 

In recent years, AI’s rise has been exponential. Capturing the attention of creatives, the implications on what the future of AI will mean in the spheres of art, music, film, and journalism have been disconcerting. However, depending on how the tool is used, Artificial Intelligence could also serve as a catalyst for progress and education. […]

‘In Service to Whom’: Solange Announces New Art Exhibition

Solange has announced details about her upcoming immersive art exhibition titled “In Service to Whom.” This multifaceted showcase combines sound, design, visual art, and cultural archives in a captivating four-act performance, providing an exploration of Solange’s groundbreaking artistry across various mediums. Guided by Solange, a 10-piece ensemble takes center stage, presenting orchestral compositions created between […]

New Book ‘Black Voices’ Is An Empowering Compilation Of Quotes From Thought Leaders Across The Diaspora

“Black Voices,” researched and curated by Jessica Ann Mitchell Aiwuyor, is an anthology featuring a vivid mosaic of over 60 carefully chosen quotations that amplify the voices of revered historical icons alongside the compelling narratives of contemporary and lesser-known Black voices. Diving into the diverse perspectives within the Black experience, the book is a gateway […]

At The National Black Theatre, nicHI douglas’s “(pray)” Choreopoem Celebrates The Black Divine Feminine

The National Black Theatre has unveiled its highly anticipated 2023-2024 season, called “Defiance of Our Bloom.” One of the season’s highlights is the groundbreaking world premiere of “(pray),” a co-production with Ars Nova at Greenwich House Off-Broadway.  Playwright, director, and choreographer nicHi douglas leads this impactful choreopoem of sound, motion, and human connection, with captivating […]

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