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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 ...

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 ...

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 histo...

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.

New Exhibit Captures The Styles Of Harlem-Born Artist Norman Lewis

AP | Lilly Workneh | Posted 12.28.2015 | Black Voices

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- There are two questions Ruth Fine has heard repeatedly from visitors emerging from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts' compre...

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. Addres...

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, bo...

How Walter Dean Myers Taught Me To Stop Writing White

Sofia Quintero | Posted 11.04.2015 | Black Voices
Sofia Quintero

My reading had taught me that I could render feminist characters long before I learned that there was a word to describe girls who bucked narrow gender roles. However, I also had internalized the belief that to be a legitimate author, my characters had to be white.

Captivating Black-And-White Photos Chronicle The Early Days Of R&B

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 10.19.2015 | Arts

It's not easy, as an artist, to make your primary subject a certain sound. For example, the sound of deep pain mixed with a flame of hope. Photo...

Afrofuturist Photos Transform Senegal's Trash Into Haute Couture

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 10.06.2015 | Arts

There are certain depictions of African life we in the West are all too accustomed to seeing: Images of poverty, violence and corruption conjure a on...

Art Speaks and She Listens: An Interview With Curator Lizzetta LeFalle-Collins

Sylvia Sukop | Posted 09.23.2015 | Arts
Sylvia Sukop

The verb "curate" no longer assumes an art world context because these days nearly everything we experience purports to be curated, especially online. In fact the word no longer assumes a person who curates, since algorithms make so many choices for us.

You May Not Know These Black Millennials, But They're Helping Detroit Make Its Comeback

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 01.21.2016 | Black Voices

Stories of Detroit's revival have continually left out the black residents working to improve the city they've called home for decades. Young black D...

Maya Angelou's Art Collection Will Give You The Fire To Finish The Day Right

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 09.30.2015 | Arts

"You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have," the incomparable Maya Angelou once said. The iconic American author, poet, dancer...

Priscilla Frank

Lonnie Holley Is The Most Genuine Performance Artist In The Mother Universe

HuffingtonPost.com | Priscilla Frank | Posted 06.12.2015 | Arts

"I'm gonna get your garbage, your trash, your debris," Lonnie Holley says before a crowd gathered to hear him perform at the American Folk Art...

Priscilla Frank

Painter Draws Attention To The Idea Of Race In Historical Paintings

HuffingtonPost.com | Priscilla Frank | Posted 06.09.2015 | Arts

"Any Number of Preoccupations," 2010 Artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye paints, almost exclusively, portraits of black figures. More often than not...

Priscilla Frank

Artist's Nude Self-Portraits Explore Former Sites Of Slavery Throughout New York

HuffingtonPost.com | Priscilla Frank | Posted 06.05.2015 | Arts

Warning: This article contains nudity and may not be suitable for work. "From My Body I Will Make Monuments In Your Honor", Pre-revolutionary Cem...

Artist Unravels Confederate Flag, Asking How Far We've Come Since Civil War

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 06.02.2015 | Arts

"Unravelling and Unravelled" On April 9, 1865, Robert E. Lee surrendered the last major Confederate army to Ulysses S. Grant, thus ending the...

Priscilla Frank

Profoundly Bizarre Drawings Confront The State Of Racism In America Today

HuffingtonPost.com | Priscilla Frank | Posted 04.16.2015 | Arts

"I think for Trenton, being black and being male, to be an artist is sort of an anomaly for him," explained Valerie Cassel Oliver, senior cura...

Priscilla Frank

'Black' Artist Dresses Up As Her 'White' Ancestors, Revealing The Complexity Of Multiracial Identity

HuffingtonPost.com | Priscilla Frank | Posted 04.14.2015 | Arts

"I grew up in a North American society where up until very recently there were very specific categories for where one is placed in terms of th...

Priscilla Frank

One Artist 'Erased' 100 Years Of Women In Advertising, And The Results Are Terrifying

HuffingtonPost.com | Priscilla Frank | Posted 04.14.2015 | Arts

The images above appeared as print advertisements in the 1950s and 1960s, which Hank Willis Thomas "unbranded," removing all text and logos to revea...