Whenever Gordon Parks and Moneta Sleet were at an event you know it was
special—and with their cameras in tow, they made it even more eventful. They were superb craftsmen and if you’re in the New York area you can
see portions of their extensive collections at the Schomburg Center in
Fashion Week isn't just in New York and Paris anymore. The week where
designers show off their newest wares for the season, has reached
Soweto, South Africa. The late May event was actually only three days and it showcased 16
local designers. Thanks to Soweto Fashion Week organizer Stephen Manzini, designers had their chance in the spotlight. And Manzini promised the eager crowd the event will
continue to grow over the coming years.
In 1920, Oscar Micheaux became the first African-American to produce a
feature-length film (The Homesteader). In 1931, he made the sound
feature-length film (The Exile), the first such by an African American.
Black filmmakers have since been following suit.
In the new book American Tapestry: The Story of
the Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama, Rachel L. Swarns uncovers
the family history of the first African-American first lady of the
US, the first in that role to be the descendant of slaves. At
the same time, she reveals the complexities of Black life in America.
For American Tapestry not only reflects the lives of four generations of
a Black family, it also reflects the cultural and political history of
This year has been an exciting one for Black actors, directors,
producers and playwrights to showcase their talents and broaden their
expertise on The Great White Way. The 2011 – 2012 season was also
especially pleasing for theatergoers, who were offered a range of
narratives in regard to Black life.