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Last month, “The Fox News Specialists,” co-host and radio personality, Eboni K. Williams received an incredible mix of backlash and support after berating President Donald Trump for not calling out White nationalist groups for their violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. The act was a rare and bold move on a network not particularly known for heavily…

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The former chef and proprietor of Amy Ruth’s, Carl Redding, has experienced the heights of success and depths of challenges. But while most of those ebbs and flows pertained to business matters, he now faces one of his greatest personal trials after a diabetes-related medical emergency led to the amputation of his leg and the possibility…

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After nearly seven years of struggling with hair loss, Donna Washington can finally look in the mirror and recognize her beauty. According to Washington, she owes it all to a 3-D printing hair loss solution provided by Cesare Ragazzi Laboratories. Washington began to lose her hair in 2010 after a malignant brain tumor was removed.…

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During a nerve-racking political climate there are plenty of artworks to distract your mind’s eye. But there are also pieces that can soothe your consciousness by artistically exploring the complexities of social and personal issues. That’s why we asked Jessica Stafford Davis, founder of The Agora Culture, to select three contemporary artworks that can help…

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In today’s tense climate following the U.S. presidential election, virtually everything has taken on an extra layer of political nuance. Take, for example, a seemingly apolitical project by cognac brand, Hennessy to commission artists to create original work inspired by the brand’s Wild Rabbit campaign (defined as “the ever-evolving pursuit to push past the limits…

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Earlier this year, Dannis Winston, a bandleader, singer/songwriter, and President/CEO of Winston’s Crew Collective took the first step on his journey of parlaying his successful wedding band career into solo mainstream music success with the release of his debut single “Let Me Go.” Now 10 months later he is embarking on the next chapter with his…

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For the last 20 years of his life, the celebrated writer Langston Hughes lived at 20 E. 127th St. in Harlem. Now nearly 50 years later, his legacy has inspired award-winning author Renée Watson to launch a crowdfunding campaign to rent the brownstone and repurpose it as a cultural center. The project is the first initiative under…

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Twins are known to share many things. For identical twin sisters, Karen and Sharon Mackey, one of those mutual passions is visual art. In 2004 they founded the Mackey Twins Art Gallery in Mt. Vernon, New York. Since then, the gallery has come to house over 80 works of art by esteemed talents such as…

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When most travelers go on vacation it is to relax and unwind. However for Chetachi Ecton traveling to resorts throughout the world proved more taxing than relaxing. It was during a trip almost three years ago when she stepped foot off of a resort that her life changed forever. After witnessing extreme hunger and poverty…

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The history, pulse, rhythm and energy of Africa spiral into motion in a new series by visual artist Danny Simmons. Noted for his abstract-expressionist paintings, Simmons is now merging oil paints with African and abstract print fabrics. On the surface, the works call to mind a kaleidoscope with its fusion of psychedelic imagery, juxtaposed patterns and…

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Will Downing

For his latest album, R&B veteran Will Downing decided to flip the lyric. On Black Pearls, listeners will find the crooner covering a staple of songs made famous by Chaka Khan, Deniece Williams, Cherrelle, Jean Carne and Phyllis Hyman, among others. We spoke with Downing to get his thoughts on breaking gender stereotypes, the mental challenge…

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In They Still Live, Denver-based artists Thomas “Detour” Evans and Tya Alisa Anthony present a series combining DNA, African relics and African Americans in Denver. For the project, Evans and Anthony had each model conduct DNA testing provided by Ancestry.com. Based on the results,  models were then photographed with pieces from the Paul Hamilton collection of African art…

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Legendary Philadelphia radio personality Patty Jackson was just a teenager when the African American Museum in Philadelphia opened in 1976. On Friday, April 8, she returned to the museum to host its 40th anniversary celebration. “Forty years later and this museum is still such an important part of the history of our city,” she said.…

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Kasseem Dean, aka Swizz Beatz, became a member of the Brooklyn Museum’s board of trustees this past October, and in a show of his dedication he brought along wife, Alicia Keys, to the museum’s recent Fund for African American Art gala. Beatz is a noted collector of contemporary art but many of today’s artists are…

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  Since one of the earliest known buttons was found at Mohenjo Daro in the Indus Valley (now Pakistan) nearly 5,000 years ago, buttons have gone from being ornaments to indicators of economic and social status to commonplace mass-produced objects. Now they are being presented as visual art in the new exhibition, “The Button Show,” which…

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The backlash against the Academy Awards for once again nominating only White actors has intensified. Oscar boycott parties are being hosted across the nation this Sunday, and  directors Ava DuVernay and Ryan Coogler recently announced a fundraiser for Flint, Michigan, in response to the area’s lead-poisoned water. The fact that the fundraiser takes place on the…

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When photographer Joe Conzo reflects on hip-hop’s early days one word comes to mind: innocence. During the late 1970s he began to document the birth of hip-hop in New York City prior to the culture becoming a global commercial force that would be celebrated for its innovations in music, dance and fashion, while simultaneously criticized…

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Most visual artists prefer that viewers do not touch their completed works whether on display at a museum, gallery, or studio. Thomas “Detour” Evans, is not of that mindset. The 30-year-old emerging artist creates interactive paintings that are meant to be tapped at designated points to emit music in a series dubbed, Art and Decibels.…

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