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

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 08.24.2015 | 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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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'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...

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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...

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...

Artist Transforms Gallery Into A Basketball Court, All In The Name Of 'Space Jam'

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 01.09.2015 | Arts

Note: The following interview contains explicit language that some readers might find offensive. If you're not a big sports fan, or consider art mo...

What Does Protest Art Look Like After Ferguson?

artnet | artnet News | Posted 12.18.2014 | Arts

This article originally appeared on artnet News. By Ben Davis Damon Davis Photo: Sebastiano Tomada via Mic Walter Benjamin has a line abou...

When the Daily News Weighs My Spirit Down, I Turn to Art

Lisa B. Thompson | Posted 02.16.2015 | Black Voices
Lisa B. Thompson

While taking it to the streets-style activism is certainly viable, I want to make a case for another form: Art.

Artists Explore The Many Influences Of Ebony And Jet Magazines

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 12.16.2014 | Arts

"Think about the fact that since the 1940s, Ebony has been published, every month, and continues to be," explained Lauren Haynes, curator at the Studi...

Beyoncé Still A Second-Class Citizen At The Grammys

The Daily Dot | Nico Lang | Posted 12.11.2014 | Black Voices

According to the Internet, Beyoncé is now the Grammys’ most-nominated woman in history, with outlets like Time, BuzzFeed, and Forbes lauding the si...

This Powerful 'Black Odyssey' Blends Greek Myth And Modern Harlem

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 11.14.2014 | Arts

If you happen to be studying at New York's Columbia University this fall you, like many other students around the world, will be assigned to read Home...