Two educators have turned their deep admiration for Black art into a thriving business that promotes and popularizes the work of Black artists, who are long overdue for the kind of prosperity that their non-Black counterparts have enjoyed for decades.
Into the daunting environment of downtown Manhattan stepped Senegalese cousins A. Cissé and Chekh Cissé. They thought they had a winning formula for locals and visitors when they opened Ponty Bistro restaurant in tony Gramercy Park in 2008: a blend of West African and Mediterranean exotica and French cachet.
Special diets don’t have to be budget-busters.
That journey, which Copeland candidly describes in her New York Times best-selling memoir, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, recently culminated in Copeland’s promotion in June to the globally coveted position of principal dancer at the prestigious American Ballet Theatre. The promotion makes her the first African-American woman to hold the title in the company’s 75-year history.
Charm is defined as the power of pleasing or attracting through one’s personality or beauty.
Last November, I returned to Uganda for the first time in 40 years, this time for the Africa Travel Association’s 39th Annual Congress, themed “Tourism Is Everybody’s Business.”
In the book Half Past Autumn, a 1997 retrospective of the photography of Gordon Parks, the renowned photographer, writer and filmmaker wrote: “Finally, after a long search for weapons to fight off the oppressions of my adolescence, I found two powerful ones — the camera and the pen.”
In many ways, Columbia University, located just steps away on the Upper West Side and known for its Ivy League culture, prestige and selectivity, could not have been more different from its Harlem neighbors.
Films year round from Africa and the African Diaspora
Good makeup artists, especially Black ones, often are hard to find, unless you’re “in the know,” as they say in fashion. But they’re out there.