Celebrating Black Visual Artists: Gordon Parks

Some of the biggest issues  in America stem from the tendency to see things from a single perspective, an un-inclusive perspective, a white male perspective. Thanks to Gordon Parks--a great photographer, musician, writer and filmmaker--we can all benefit from a broader scope of American life during some of the most pivotal movements in history (1940s-2000s) … Continue reading Celebrating Black Visual Artists: Gordon Parks

Celebrating Black Visual Artists: Nina Chanel Abney

I think Nina Chanel Abney may be my new artist obsession. Her bold stream of consciousness paintings magnify current events to reveal the absurdity of here and now as it relates to race, gender, politics and our ridiculous obsession with celebrity/pop culture. Born in 1982, the Chicago native once described herself in an interview as … Continue reading Celebrating Black Visual Artists: Nina Chanel Abney

Celebrating Black Visual Artists: Geoffrey Holder

  Many Americans only remember Geoffrey Holder as 7up's "Un Cola Guy," but the Trinidadian-American actor was so much more. He portrayed characters in an array of films and plays including Annie, Boomerang and Live and Let Die. He was a dancer and a choreographer whose choreography was showcased in the repertory of Alvin Ailey … Continue reading Celebrating Black Visual Artists: Geoffrey Holder