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Photographer Chronicles The New African Diaspora In Vibrant Portraits

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 08.05.2016 | Arts

Atong Atem was 6 years old when her family left her native South Sudan, migrating through Ethiopia to a refugee camp in Kenya. Soon after, they migrat...

Investing in Black Art: Debra Cartwright & Raub Welch

Ronda Lee | Posted 07.27.2016 | Black Voices
Ronda Lee

The arts enrich our lives so much. When tyrants and dictators want to control a society they begin by censoring the press, banning books, and raiding ...

Should We Stop Using The Term 'Outsider Art'?

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 07.25.2016 | Arts

“I am not an outsider artist,” Kevin Sampson said. He was speaking on a panel at the American Folk Art Museum in New York last week about sculptor...

Flag Reading 'A Man Was Lynched By Police Yesterday' Rises In New York

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 07.08.2016 | Arts

Following the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two black men tragically shot and killed by police this week, an iconic flag has reappear...

How Artists Are Supporting #BlackLivesMatter In The Wake Of Brutality

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 07.08.2016 | Arts

In the moments just after tragedy, words can seem insufficient in expressing the shock, anger, and despair a person might feel. Following the brutal ...

'Fairytale' Paintings Show A Side Of Black Lives History Overlooks

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 07.07.2016 | Arts

The subjects of Amy Sherald’s paintings have skin the color of charcoal ― an overcast hue that exists outside the spectrum of race as we often cat...

Artist Explores The Vibrant, Complex History Of Blackness On Television

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 06.17.2016 | Arts

Artist Derrick Adams is a bit freaked out about how so many homes are physically structured around a television set. "TV has become like an extra pers...

Woodcut Prints Communicate Mythical Tales Of Black Womanhood

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 05.12.2016 | Arts

In the woodcut prints of artist Alison Saar, memories turn into mythologies, personal anecdotes become political truths, and fabled stories slip into ...

Your Brief And Far-Out Guide To Afrofuturism

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 04.25.2016 | Arts


How Photography Helps Black Girls Define Their Own Voice

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 04.15.2016 | Arts

Photographer and youth organizer Scheherazade Tillet first had the idea for "Picturing Black Girlhood" about seven years ago, when she was visiting th...

The Story of an Accidental Filmmaker

Harleen Singh | Posted 04.05.2016 | Media
Harleen Singh

I suppose, I am an accidental filmmaker. For it was by sheer accident that bored of making sales calls in New Delhi, I called up the offices of National Geographic, asking for a job on a Friday and started working with them a week later.

Meet SassyBlack, The Queer Soul Singer Who Has No Time For Lame Dates

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 03.11.2016 | Arts

Along with more recognizable genres such as soul, R&B and psychedelia, SassyBlack describes her sound as hologram funk. "It's something that is so pre...

Don't Wait Until the Holiday Season To Support Black Businesses

Erika Hardison | Posted 03.08.2016 | Black Voices
Erika Hardison

Black History Month may be over but don't let that deter you from supporting black businesses.

Poet, activist, icon Sonia Sanchez: still "BaddDDD" As Ever

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 03.01.2016 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

"Someone asked me, "'Why do you write?' And I said, 'Because I wanted to tell people how I became this woman with razor blades between her teeth.'"

Every Day For 20 Years, Willard Hill Made A Sculpture From Trash

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 02.08.2016 | Arts

"He just kept saying, 'I didn’t think anybody would care, I didn’t think anybody would care,'" Paige Wery explained in an interview with The Huffi...

20 Young Writers Of Color Share Their Favorite Poems

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 02.08.2016 | Arts

In December, The New York Times invited noted writers, actors and public figures to share their favorite poems, reaching out to people like Ta-Nehisi ...

Diversity in Comics: Defining Afrofuturism, Afro-Blackness and The Black Fantastic

Erika Hardison | Posted 01.27.2016 | Black Voices
Erika Hardison

The 4th Annual Black Comic Book Festival at the Schomburg Center of Black Research in Harlem had an overwhelming amount of attendees and comic books enthusiasts come out to support black comic book publishers, writers and illustrators.

Stop Giving New Yorkers All The Credit For Detroit’s Art Scene

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 01.19.2016 | Arts

While a former New York arts venue heralded for moving to Detroit could now clear a few million dollars by selling one of its recently acquired buildi...

When A Character Actor Takes On The Role Of Outsider Artist

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 01.18.2016 | Arts

The designation "outsider art" immediately implies a binary structure for the art world -- an inside and an outside. Many contemporary and historical ...

Black Art: Why The Artistic Commentary of John Jennings Is So Important

Sheena C. Howard | Posted 12.30.2015 | Black Voices
Sheena C. Howard

There is one artistic voice that stands out above the rest as pivotal to the national conversation around race, identity and social justice. That is the voice of John Jennings, visual artist pioneer and author.

Why 2015 was One of the Most Outstanding Years of Anticipated, Appreciated and Awarded African-American Artistic Achievement in the History of the United States

Mark Batson | Posted 12.19.2015 | Black Voices
Mark Batson

An African-American woman releases a #1 rock album, Queen Latifah totally dominates the screen with her performance as the great blues singer Bessie Smith, and Alicia Keys raises $25,000,000 at her annual Black Ball for AIDS research. Who does that???

Spectacular Holiday Decor in Los Angeles Townhouse

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 12.16.2015 | Style
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

The collection on display represented all manner of iconic holiday images -- most with an African-American theme with American patriotic accents -- punctuating spaces around the room. President Obama was even represented on a glass tree ornament on a small tree.

Art Review: "Kenya Eats a (Big) Cracker"

Illya Szilak | Posted 12.15.2015 | Arts
Illya Szilak

Installed in a partially finished white box room with one wall of exposed and distressed brick, the sculptures did indeed invoke the simplicity, seriality and materiality of conventional minimalist art. Then, Kenya arrived.

Collages Explore What It Means To Be A Black Man In America

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 12.07.2015 | Arts

Contemporary artist Michael Paul Britto works in a variety of powerful media, including sculpture and video, but his collages cut the deepest. Address...

Jamaican Artist Explores How Fashion Can Become A Matter Of Survival

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 11.12.2015 | Arts

Step into a Jamaican dancehall and prepare to encounter peacocking. That is, men, expressing machismo through flamboyance, be it in bright colors, bol...