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From Classical Paintings To Mugshots: The History Of Documenting Women Of Color

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 12.22.2016 | Arts

For centuries, painting was one of the primary methods for visually documenting people and events. Of course, these paintings were nearly always execu...

Photographer Uses Her Naked Body To Address America's Forgotten History

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 12.13.2016 | Arts

Warning: This article contains nudity and may not be appropriate for work. Photographer Nona Faustine was riding the Staten Island Ferry in April of ...

Kerry James Marshall Brings The Story Of Black America To The Halls Of The Met

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 12.02.2016 | Arts

In his expansive retrospective spanning 35 years of work, Kerry James Marshall’s paintings range from urban pastorals to Renaissance-inspired portra...

Dreamlike Photos Capture The 'Vanishing Landscape' Of Black Life In America

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 10.25.2016 | Arts

Street photographer Shawn Theodore primarily captures, as he defines it, the “vanishing landscape of black life in America.” The Philadelphia-bas...

Artist Explodes Racial Stereotypes In Shape-Shifting Photographs

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 10.21.2016 | Arts

Artist Genevieve Gaignard grew up in the town of Orange, Massachusetts. Her mother was white, her father black ― one of the first black men to live ...

Lorna Simpson Creates Haunting Meditations On State Of Blackness In America

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 10.06.2016 | Arts

In 2016, it’s not unusual to open a newspaper and fall into an uneasy trance reading the horrors that have transpired around the world. A grim headl...

Meet The Historian Fighting To Bring Overlooked Black Artists Into The Canon

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 10.04.2016 | Arts

When we heard word of this year’s MacArthur Fellows this week, we were particularly thrilled to see the name of curator, art historian and professor...

These Are The Young Black Women Making Art About Mental Health

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 09.04.2016 | Arts

It’s OK not to be OK. This is the mantra behind “Unmasked Women,” an art exhibition exploring the current state of black mental health for young...

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

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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 01.27.2017 | 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.