This month at The Lighthouse in Chelsea Piers, The Romare Bearden Foundation held its annual fundraiser for
the ongoing support of its arts programs in schools and throughout the
city, one of which is an educational fund for art teachers to teach in
New York City schools.
Regarding the installation of the “Black Dress: Ten Contemporary Fashion
Designers” exhibit currently on display at Pratt Manhattan Gallery in NYC,
curator and professor Adrienne Jones says the key issues Black designers
face today are funding and marketing.
On Friday afternoon, March 7, 2014, a group of enthusiastic, bright-eyed young
ladies were treated to a panel discussion, a spirited performance by a
member of musical group Audible Chocolate and a cocktail reception at
Time Warner Inc. on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The occasion was to
mark the New York Urban League’s 5th Annual Girls Empowerment Day.
During his sizzling odyssey across the global firmament, Stokely
Carmichael changed his name to Kwame Ture, combining vestiges of two of
his heroes, toyed with his ideological perspective, altered his dress
style, and had a number of consorts, but his revolutionary zeal was
immutable. Peniel Joseph has resurrected that “well-lived life,” as he has stated
on several media appearances as he promotes Stokely: A Life (Basic
Civitas, 2014), a thought-provoking biography in which the eminent
historian invested ten years of his own life.
Last week at its 2014 Vision Gala held at Cipriani 42nd Street in New
York City, the Dance Theater of Harlem (DTH) celebrated its 45th
anniversary. By the end of the evening, $700,000 was raised to benefit Dance Theater’s Next Generation and Community Engagement funds.
The film "12 Years a Slave" won in major categories last night at the
Oscars, namely for its Best Picture award. The film also won for Best
Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong'o) and Best Adapted Screenplay (John
Hiring on the basis of race or gender is supposedly illegal… but it
happens. And in the new book, “For Discrimination” by Randall Kennedy, we
read why the author believes that affirmative action is an idea that
needs to stay.