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Ron T. Young is a conceptual photographer with over 12 years of experience behind the lens. Young has photographed a host of notable subjects including Anita Baker, Ledisi, Robert Glasper, and Kirk Franklin. Young’s creative lens is best captured in relaxed environments, allowing the subject to embrace the camera to deliver the best photo. What…

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In celebration of Black History Month, rolling out is highlighting important figures in Black culture. Today, we examine the accomplishments of Gordon Parks. Parks was the modern-day renaissance man of the 20th century. Parks was a versatile artist who was accomplished in photojournalism, film, writing, and music. The artist is most known for his ability…

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This writer’s first introduction to Gordon Parks was actually a verse in hip-hop artist Common’s song “Dooinit” on his classic 2000 Like Water For Chocolate album, where he raps, “I’m focused like Gordon Parks, when it’s sorta dark.” It wasn’t until a recent visit to the Rhona Hoffman Gallery in Chicago’s west loop that I came…

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To many working-class blacks, the Pullman Porter had it made. He traveled around the country, had firsthand encounters with politicians and celebrities, and, more importantly, a steady job. Plus the tips were an added bonus. It’s no doubt, Pullman Porters made up an integral part of the emerging middle class fabric. These professionals were to…

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Eriq La Salle and Macy’s celebrated Black History Month and the life of Gordon Parks with a panel discussion in Atlanta. La Salle hosted the discussion panel and spoke about Parks’ many achievements, and also signed copies of his own new book, Laws of Depravity. Here are a few pictures from the event below. –necorey johnson

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