Schomburg at 90: Progress Makers Docu-Series Highlights Schomburg Research Center

There’s something about this institution that when you walk through these doors you stand up a little bit straighter, you know that you’ve come from something bigger than you, something that is rich and something that is regal. – Gina Nisbeth, Director of Community Capital at Citi The Schomburg Center, now in its 90th anniversary … More Schomburg at 90: Progress Makers Docu-Series Highlights Schomburg Research Center

5 African American Museums/Galleries You Should Visit in LA

“Take me into the museum, and show me myself, show me my people, show me soul America.” – June Jordan (1969) Los Angeles is a known for many things: Hollywood, celebrities, fashion, beaches and palm trees, five-star restaurants as well as its reputation as the “Creative Capital of the World,” but it is also a city that is … More 5 African American Museums/Galleries You Should Visit in LA

Hip Hop Literati: Talib Kweli Relaunches Nkiru Books Online

In case you haven’t heard, Hip Hop artist and social justice activist Talib Kweli has started an online book club via his kweliclub.com site. I learned about this while scrolling through my instagram timeline and coming across an image of Kweli holding two books by bell hooks–one of my favorite writers/intellectual sheroes–with the hashtag #KweliBookClub. For longtime Kweli fans, however, this shouldn’t come as much of a … More Hip Hop Literati: Talib Kweli Relaunches Nkiru Books Online

Eric Edwards: The Man and His Art

This evening I came across an article by Gothamist highlighting New York-based filmmaker Mark Zemel’s documentary short, The Collector, which profiles Eric Edwards, a former AT&T executive and avid collector of African art. More notably, Edwards has amassed (over the span of 44 years) an attractive 1,600 piece collection of African Art, representing all 54 countries in Africa and, according to Edwards, … More Eric Edwards: The Man and His Art

The Ghetto Tarot

“The Ghetto Tarot” is a project headed by Belgian photographer Alice Smeets in collaboration with the Atiz Rezistans (Resistant Artists), a collective of Haitian sculpture artists based in Grand Rue, Port-au-Prince, one of Haiti’s most impoverished districts. Elsewhere around the web I have previously voiced my reservations about the project, which I’ll reserve for a separate post. Here, I would like … More The Ghetto Tarot

D’Angelo and the Return of the Black Messiah

Tonight D’Angelo and The Vanguard’s newest album, Black Messiah, was released through iTunes. If you ever needed proof of Divine timing, this is it. Black Messiah is the first album in fourteen years to be released by the R&B and soul singer. Judging by the wide ranging posts on twitter and Instagram under the hashtag … More D’Angelo and the Return of the Black Messiah