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Lauri Lyons is a renowned photographer and journalist. Her photographs and essays have appeared in such publications as Stern, The London Observer and Art Forum. She is the first Black woman to shoot the cover of Fortune magazine.

Lauri Lyons is the author to two acclaimed books Flag: An American Story (2001) and Flag International (2008). She was the exclusively commissioned photographer for the book Inspiration: Portraits of Black Women Changing Our World (2012). She is also the Publisher / Editor in Chief of Nomads Magazine. In the Frame is an award winning documentary film about her life and work. www.laurilyons.com

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Tupac Takes on Broadway

(1) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 5:12 AM

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In the early 1990's the very idea of a Broadway musical being focused on the work of rapper Tupac Shakur, would have been unimaginable to most Americans. At that time rap music, especially gangsta rap, was widely considered to be a moral and...

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Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Dream in Progress

(2) Comments | Posted August 27, 2013 | 8:18 PM

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As a person born after the signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, I was not a witness to the loud calls for justice that took place in the United States during the 1950s and 1960s. Like many...

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South Africa's Five-Star Adventures

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2011 | 10:38 AM

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Since the success of the 2010 World Cup, tourism to South Africa has dramatically increased and for the first time, Americans are leading the pack with reservations for South African adventure packages.

If you feel that you are past the stage of...

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Go Wild and Green in Costa Rica!

(1) Comments | Posted October 11, 2010 | 12:39 PM

For many years I have been hearing that Costa Rica is a great place to go on vacation. I also heard that the country was the leader in eco-tourism. All of that sounded great, but I have to admit that in my urban mind, I expected Costa Rica to be...

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Brazilian Filmmakers Show Us the Future

(26) Comments | Posted July 26, 2010 | 7:16 PM

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The Premiere Brazil! 2010 film festival, hosted by the Museum of Modern Art (NY) and the Rio Film Festival, produced a line up of films that can best be described as the art of social activism. Beyond the sensuality that Brazil is famous for,...

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Toronto Rises as the New Capital of Cool

(167) Comments | Posted July 20, 2010 | 12:13 PM

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If your idea of Canada is dominated by maple syrup, hockey, flannel shirts or the G-20 Summit, it's time to discover Toronto as the new capital of Cool.

Toronto boasts a population of five million people, 200 ethnic groups and 130 languages. Each year...

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The Armory Show; Contemporary Art in New York

(1) Comments | Posted March 9, 2010 | 1:33 AM

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Since 1913, The Armory Show Art Fair has been the preeminent international exhibition of modern art in the United States. Every March, galleries, private dealers, and artists descend upon New York to review, sell and purchase the latest work by contemporary artist working in...

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Afro-Brazilian History, Beats and Culture

(4) Comments | Posted February 10, 2010 | 10:18 AM

The Spirits of Itaparica from Lauri Lyons on Vimeo.

For most people the idea of Black History month is relegated to the African-American experience in the United States. While Africa...

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Art & Activism by Homeless Teen Youth

(1) Comments | Posted October 8, 2009 | 3:07 PM

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An estimated 22,000 youth are runaway or homeless each year in Minnesota. The most common reason for homeless youth, cited by the MN Department of Human Services, is a background of poverty, family conflict, abuse, mental illness or chemical dependency.

The Kulture Klub...

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Women in Hip-Hop: The B-girl Be Festival

(1) Comments | Posted September 18, 2009 | 4:46 PM

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In the context of popular culture the history of Hip-Hop has been recited and mythologized many times over. Born in the 1970's South Bronx, from a foundation of Jamaican DJ techniques and verbal delivery, African-American soul music, Brazilian capoeira inspired breakdance moves,...

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Harlem Memorializes Michael Jackson at Apollo Theater

(5) Comments | Posted July 7, 2009 | 12:35 AM

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The Apollo Theater's memorial tribute to Michael Jackson might as well have been Mardi Gras in Harlem. Thousands of fans surrounded the Apollo Theater with a line that wrapped around three city blocks. People from all over the world paid...

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Barack Obama and the American Dream

(3) Comments | Posted January 29, 2009 | 2:47 PM


Barack Obama and the American Dream from Lauri Lyons on Vimeo.


The 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama was not only a bold step forward for the...

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Flag International: Global Perspectives On The American Flag

(10) Comments | Posted December 10, 2008 | 2:37 PM

What is America?

It is a challenge to singularly define America because the country reinvents itself on a daily basis. Growing up I have been able to view America from several perspectives: Black, female, first-generation American, and a former military child. Always being on the move has made me...

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