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Happy Black History Month ~ Lift Every Voice and Sing

This being the first day of Black History Month, I thought I would reblog a post from 2011 about “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” written brothers, James Weldon and J. Rosamond Johnson. On February 12, 1900, “Lift Every Voice and … Continue reading

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ~ He was a Poem

As I was reflecting on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy this morning, it occurred to me that this week is the 10th anniversary of a program I started at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill … Continue reading

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Colour of Music – Black Classical Musicians Festival

I just heard about this amazing festival that takes place next week in Charleston, South Carolina (with a prelude this Friday, October 17th).  I’m so bummed that I won’t be able to attend, but it’s just the sort of thing … Continue reading

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Regina Anderson Andrews: Harlem Renaissance Librarian

In 2011 I wrote about a friend who was working on the first book length biography of Regina Anderson Andrews. I am pleased to announce Regina Anderson Andrews: Harlem Renaissance Librarian by Dr. Ethelene Whitmire has just been published by … Continue reading

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Kara Walker

Kara Walker. You either love her work. Hate her work. Or, love to hate her work.  Known for her large-scale silhouettes, that quite literally fill a room, Ms. Walker was named a MacArthur Fellow in 1997 when she was 28 … Continue reading

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10 Black Directors to Watch in 2014

 ICYMI, check out Paste Magazine’s 10 Black Directors to Watch in 2014. Number 1 on the list is Ryan Coogler of Fruitvale Station fame. Definitely a must see film.  Don’t want to spoil the surprise, so I won’t reveal any … Continue reading

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Carrie Mae Weems LIVE: Past Tense/Future Perfect – April 25-27, 2014

This weekend at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, photographer, Carrie Mae Weems “hosts an all-star cast for a weekend of programs focusing on contemporary cultural production in the areas of dance, film, literature, music, theater, and visual art. … Continue reading

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