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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 09.08.2015 | 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 | 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...

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Painter Draws Attention To The Idea Of Race In Historical Paintings | 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...

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

How An Alabama Handyman Became One Of America's Most Beloved Outsider Artists

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 04.10.2015 | Arts

Images via Marcia Weber Art Objects It's not hard to recognize a Mose Tolliver painting. He communicates in a visual language all his own. The...

Why One Artist Is Carrying A 'White Man' In Her Pocket

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 04.03.2015 | Arts

"Privilege is plastic," artist Kenya (Robinson) explained in an interview. "Just like 'race' is a plastic material. It's totally made up. It's...

Where High Concept Performance Art Meets The Trashy Soap Opera

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 04.03.2015 | Arts

Many an art lover, no matter how classy her tastes may be, gets a certain buzz from vegging out in front of a trashy soap opera or a bawdy reality sho...

Powerful Short Film Challenges Beauty Ideals That Govern Skin Color

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 03.27.2015 | Arts

In discussions of mainstream beauty ideals, it's not uncommon to hear media outlets discuss the prominence of certain body types, addressing d...

How One Artist Is Working To Build A 'Mini-Versailles' On Chicago's South Side

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 03.26.2015 | Arts

For acclaimed Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates, community revival all comes back to his training as a potter -- a practice in which “you very qui...

'Jerome Project' Investigates The Racial Bias Of The Prison Industrial Complex

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 03.11.2015 | Arts

"The Jerome Project" began in 2011, when artist Titus Kaphar was researching his father Jerome's prison records. Kaphar, who was born in Kalamazoo, Mi...

6 Feminist African Artists Changing The Body Of Contemporary Art

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 02.20.2015 | Arts

In 1929, a group of Igbo women gathered in the Nigerian city of Aba to protest the tax policies of the British colonial administration. As their weapo...

A Salute to the African American Playwright August Wilson

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 04.21.2015 | Black Voices
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

This film is a beautiful legacy. It sheds light on a very gifted man who, like many creative people, was raised under difficult circumstances in an underserved area of Pittsburgh. All of his plays were "doors" into the black experience, and from many eras of the American story.

America's "Prince" Problem: How Black People -- And Art -- Became 'Devalued'

Salon | Brittney Cooper | Posted 02.12.2015 | Black Voices

Near the end of the 2015 Grammy Awards, which aired on Sunday, musical icon Prince presented the Grammy for Best Album, with this preamble: “Albums ...

Artist Addresses Racial Injustice, From 1700s Europe To Present Day America

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 01.21.2015 | Arts

Titus Kaphar doesn't quite turn absences into presences, but rather into something in between. His artwork conjures a space somewhere between here and...

Gordon Parks' Never-Before-Seen Photos Of 1950s Segregation

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 01.20.2015 | Arts

Gordon Parks was only a teenager when he left his hometown of Fort Scott, Kansas. The youngest of 15, Parks chose to make a living for himself after h...