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A New Movie Revives A Surprisingly Old Genre: Black Westerns

Just as there really were African-Americans in the Old West, Westerns with Black casts (first shown to segregated audiences) were made from the 1930s through the Blaxploitation ’70s and beyond. The latest example, The Harder They Fall, is fiction but depicts real historical figures. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Media, Black, Old West Westerns


‘Negotiated Authenticity’ — What Black Scriptwriters In Hollywood Have Always Been Expected To Provide

That’s how one screenwriter describes the unspoken task she and her Black colleagues usually face: “it’s still white people determining what the Black experience is and then hiring Black writers to ‘authenticate’ it.” Hannah Giorgis looks at those expectations and how Black writers handle them. – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Black, Hannah Giorgis


New environmental racism scorecard calls out ExxonMobil

The grading period has ended, and it’s time to find out who got the high scores and who’s failing the class. According to a new environmental racism scorecard released by shareholder advocacy group As You Sow, ExxonMobil came in last. In other words, an F minus. The group’s recent evaluation of the 500 largest publicly traded companies is an updated version of its March scorecard. The earlier version looked at 26 indicators of racial justice, such as workplace diversity and how often employees o...
Tags: Design, Microsoft, ExxonMobil, Pollution, Detroit, Emissions, Cvs, Exxon, Black, Fossil Fuel, Knight, Beaumont Texas, Valero Energy, Environmental Racism, Problematic Practices, Olivia Knight


Vegan, natural soaps include limited-edition art prints by female artists

Art Bar founder Jen Black has been a creative director and designer for international brands since 1996. Her idea for the Berlin-based company came to life in 2018, after she made the concrete decision to live and create in alignment with her values. The main mission of the Art Bar is to encourage self care and body positivity by providing organic soaps with natural ingredients, like plant-derived base oils, glycerin and essential oils. There are no chemicals, preservatives or toxins, and all so...
Tags: Europe, Design, Berlin, Black, Art Bar, Jen Black, Jen Black Images


Art Tatum and the “Black Virtuoso Tradition”

On the heels of his film with Alexander Toradze (my previous blog), Behrouz Jamali has released another remarkable film essay dealing with the art of the piano: The Black Virtuoso Tradition. It features what the New York Times once called “piano playing at its most awesome”: Steven Mayer playing Art Tatum. The Black Virtuoso Tradition is an American musical phenomenon that I framed decades ago, inspired by Mayer’s eloquent advocacy of Black pianists who never wrote their compositions ...
Tags: Art, America, New York Times, Italy, Black, Steve, Naxos, Dvorak, Ajblogs, Norton, Joplin, Mayer, Domenico Scarlatti, Antonin Dvorak, Tatum, James P Johnson


Food Travel Shows Desperately Need New Gatekeepers

Take Netflix’s new High on the Hog as an example: “The narrative about Black food is often one of resilience—a history of dishes and cooking passed down from one generation to the next as Black people survived subpar and inhumane conditions. While part of that is true, High on the Hog is not afraid to complicate that narrative by reconsidering Black cooking through a lens of abundance, and even luxury: It provides context around the lives that were lived before enslavement.” – Vice
Tags: Art, Media, Netflix, Black, 06.11.21


Inside TikTok’s New Incubator For Black Creators

The app – long derided both for squelching LGBTQIA voices and exploiting Black creators – reacted to the George Floyd protests by starting an incubator for Black voices. How’s it working now? “Program members bonded. … They shared legal advice, sample media kits, tips on talking to potential agents or collaboration partners and the stresses of turning a hobby into a career.” And, TikTok says, the program will likely be expanded. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Media, Black, Tiktok, George Floyd, 05.27.21, New Incubator For Black Creators


Reimagining Black Life And Death Onscreen

The Oscar-nominated short film A Love Song for Latasha, says filmmaker Sophia Nahli Allison, was one way of figuring how to deal with the aftermath of a violent death, from the people who best knew the murdered teen. “So often we hear from elders, adults, or community activists, and I’m always really curious as to how our children process this moment. How did the young Black girls, the young boys that knew Latasha—how were they affected by this? And I really believe in collaboration to inform t...
Tags: Art, Ideas, Black, Latasha, Sophia Nahli Allison, 05.01.21


The MTV Show ‘The Real World’ Jump-Started Reality TV As We Know It, But At A Huge Cost

In 1992, television wasn’t all about the latest competition or race or humiliation reported to the camera. So when The Real World started, it was a shock. Perhaps not as much of a shock – but a choice that has echoed for nearly three decades – is the way the show framed Black cast members. “The show often sacrificed nuance in favor of drama when framing the Black castmates for the network’s predominantly white audience.” – BuzzFeed
Tags: Art, Media, Mtv, Black, 04.08.21


Hollywood’s Deliberate Refusal To Center Black Stories And Actors Costs It Billions Of Dollars

Every time a Black-led film makes tons of money – say Girls Trip or heck, even Black Panther – the same stories pop up. Black-led films can make money! There will soon be more! But, a new report says, if Hollywood chose to address racial inequities, “the industry could generate an added $10 billion in revenues a year.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Los Angeles, Black, 03.11.21, Deliberate Refusal To Center Black Stories


Celebrate Black creative visions with Chrome

This Black History Month, the Chrome team is showcasing exciting new work by Black artists in a collection of themes that let you customize the look of your browser.We commissioned six contemporary artists and invited them to turn Chrome into their canvas. Working in different mediums and bringing different points of view, each artist has presented their interpretation of the ways people use Chrome: finding new knowledge, connecting with each other, exploring our world and taking action towards ...
Tags: Chrome, Design, Africa, Los Angeles, Brooklyn, Born, Black, Arts And Culture, San Francisco Bay Area, Barbados, Brooklyn New York, Prince George 's County Maryland, Sabrena Khadija, RK Popkin, This Black History Month the Chrome, Abelle Hayford


Finally: More Money, Resources For Black Theatre?

In the last seven months, there has been a groundswell of support for Black-owned businesses and nonprofits that are focused on specifically and directly helping the Black community. People have recognized that to dismantle a flawed system, we need to invest in a new one. After decades of talk about funding theatres and artists of color, some are finally stepping up with the money. – American Theatre
Tags: Art, Theatre, Black, 02.15.21


The Future of Music Faculty Fellowship – Apply by May 1

CIM’s Future of Music Faculty Fellowship is a first-of-its-kind career development initiative for Black and Latinx music professionals considering and/or pursuing an academic career. By spotlighting and preparing exceptional future faculty leaders, the competitive fellowship takes aim at the representation gap on music faculties nationwide. The Future of Music Faculty Fellowship is a first-of-its-kind career development initiative for Black and Latinx music professionals considering and/or c...
Tags: Art, Education, Black, Simon Sinek, Juilliard School, CIM, Angela Duckworth, University of Richmond, Sphinx Venture Fund, Paul W Hogle, Heifetz Institute


Leslie Odom Jr Almost Passed On Playing Sam Cooke

Those who have seen One Night in Miami will appreciate that the actor, singer, and star of Hamilton made a different choice, especially with his movie-closing performance of “A Change Is Gonna Come,” Cooke’s big civil rights song. The actor says, “There’s a part of me that feels like these projects I take on — and I could be kidding myself — could have a larger significance. Maybe they’ll add up to say something about my life and, in turn, Black life. Maybe when you add it all up can say someth...
Tags: Art, Uncategorized, Miami, Black, Hamilton, Sam Cooke, Cooke, Leslie Odom Jr, 01.25.21


The Creativity, Therapy, And Writing Skill It Takes To Co-Create Celebrity Memoirs

Michelle Burford has co-written, or really, written after many hours of absorbing interviews, quite a few celebrity memoirs. She calls herself a “story architect,” and her name appears on the covers of the memoirs alongside the famous counterparts. But as a Black woman, she has to tell publishers not only to think of her for Black women’s memoirs: “I’ve learned to not just hint at that but to say it outright, to say, you know, consider me for, Adele and Taylor Swift as much as you would, say, B...
Tags: Art, Taylor Swift, Adele, Words, Black, 01.24.21, Michelle Burford


White Remains Top Vehicle Color Globally According to Axalta

  Axalta released its 68th Global Automotive Color Popularity Report today, and it said 81 percent of vehicles are white, black, gray or silver. White at 38 percent is the most frequently purchased automotive color worldwide and has been for 10 years consecutively. Black remains at 19 percent year-over-year and is a luxury vehicle favorite. Gray, […] The post White Remains Top Vehicle Color Globally According to Axalta appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Marketing, Global, Color, Trends, Paint, Autos, Sales And Marketing, Black, Cosmetics, News Blog, Axalta, Consumer Preferences, Vehicle Colors


Carol Sutton Of Steel Magnolias, Queen Sugar, And Hundreds Of Other Projects, 76

Sutton died of complications from Covid-19. The New Orleans native – who never relocated from her home city – acted in her first movie with The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman in 1974, but she had “honed her acting abilities beginning in 1968, when she joined one of the rare African-American theatrical troupes in the Deep South. The Dashiki Project Theatre, founded by students at Dillard University and other historically black colleges and universities in Louisiana, was based in New Orleans ...
Tags: Art, People, New Orleans, Louisiana, Black, Sutton, Dillard University, Jane Pittman, 12.12.20, Carol Sutton Of Steel Magnolias Queen Sugar


Black Booksellers Question Tattered Cover’s Self-Anointing Media Coverage

Having a Black venture capitalist in your ownership group isn’t exactly the win Tattered Cover’s PR claimed. Danielle Mullen of Semicolon Bookstore in Chicago: “It’s hurtful to Black booksellers who have been doing the hard work—and then they take the same credit without real Black representation. It’s disappointing and almost unbelievable. Especially with the history they have around the BLM protests and why they lost so many customers. It’s ridiculous. … It’s like if Jeff Bezos partnered with...
Tags: Amazon, Art, Chicago, Words, Jeff Bezos, BLM, Black, 12.11.20, Danielle Mullen


The racial wealth gap in real estate is growing. Here are 3 ways housing has been harder for Black Americans in 2020.

Black Americans pay higher mortgage interest rates on lower-value homes than white Americans, new studies find. Prostock-Studio/Getty Images The racial wealth gap in real estate between Black and white Americans seems to be worsening, according to two new studies and a recently filed lawsuit. On average, Black families pay over $60,000 more in lifetime homeownership costs than white families, according to MIT researchers. Meanwhile, their homes don't receive valuations as high as white hom...
Tags: Real Estate, Design, News, Washington Post, Housing, US, Trends, Wealth, Economy, Mit, Green, Chicago, Hud, Newark, Cnbc, Black


Peter Schjeldahl On The Guston Controversy

“In a small way, the controversy exemplifies divisions that are splintering the United States: votes of no confidence in the good will of contending interests. (Signatories to the letter include Black artists and intellectuals, as the conflict is widely cultural, not narrowly demographic.) Any difference may breed enmity. In our Partisan States of America, we watch our words—or, perversely, don’t—for fear of, or with ardent intent of, offending. Offense doesn’t spur debate; it replaces it.” – T...
Tags: Art, United States, Black, Visual, Peter Schjeldahl, Guston, Partisan States of America, 1012.20


In financial stress from the pandemic, "Museums Sell Picasso and Warhol, Embrace Diversity to Survive."

Bloomberg reports.Museums are not only selling works long off the market but acquiring pieces by female, Black and Latino artists, and -- they hope -- gaining new visitors who will see themselves reflected in the hushed halls.... This week at Christie’s, Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York, sold its sole Jackson Pollock painting for $13 million and Springfield Museums in Massachusetts offloaded a Picasso for $4.4 million.... “Museums have amazing power,” [said Adam Levine, the new leader...
Tags: Art, Maryland, Law, Massachusetts, Bloomberg, Museums, Commerce, Warhol, Baltimore, Adam Levine, Black, Jackson Pollock, Andy, Toledo Museum Of Art, Brice Marden, Levine


Preserving The Black Culture That Has Flourished Online

Jenna Wortham and Kimberly Drew: “With social platforms, there is newly shared culture, and in effect, shared history, but it is one that is vulnerable to a loss as arbitrary as a server migration or company sale. … In 2015, we set out to create our own analog archive of contemporary Black life by Black people and for Black people. … The ephemerality of social media terrified us, and as such, inspired us.” – The New York Times Magazine
Tags: Art, Black, Issues, Jenna Wortham, Kimberly Drew, 10.07.20


Seeking nominations for the top people of color making an impact in the sneaker industry, from designers to activists

Shoe designer D'Wayne Edwards is one of the few Black designers to make it to the top of the sneaker industry. Pensole Business Insider is putting together a power list that will highlight the most outstanding people of color that have made an impact in the sneaker and sportswear industries. Please submit your nominations through this form by September 14. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The sneaker community is intrinsically bound to Black culture. But a frequent c...
Tags: Design, Trends, Nike, Adidas, New York Times, Retail, Apparel, Portland Oregon, Nominations, Footwear, Black, Wayne Edwards, Sneaker, Beyonce Kanye West, LeBron James But, Shoshy Ciment


Seeking nominations for the top people of color making an impact in the sneaker industry, from designers to activists

Shoe designer D'Wayne Edwards is one of the few Black designers to make it to the top of the sneaker industry. Pensole Business Insider is putting together a power list that will highlight the most outstanding people of color that have made an impact in the sneaker and sportswear industries. Please submit your nominations through this form by September 14. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The sneaker community is intrinsically bound to Black culture. But a frequent c...
Tags: Design, Trends, Nike, Adidas, New York Times, Retail, Apparel, Portland Oregon, Nominations, Footwear, Black, Wayne Edwards, Sneaker, Beyonce Kanye West, LeBron James But, Shoshy Ciment


Tracee Ellis Ross On Finding Her Way In Hollywood

To be fair, she wasn’t lost. The system was. “Representation isn’t the same as legitimization. When Girlfriends aired, shows featuring Black casts were categorized as ‘Black,’ a label that was perceived as less serious, less substantive. (The show was often called the ‘‘urban’ version of Sex and the City‘—a descriptor that, when I reminded Ross of it, made her put her head in her hands.) By the time Black-ish arrived in 2014, a new vocabulary for talking about representation had, too.” – The At...
Tags: Art, Hollywood, People, Tracee Ellis Ross, Ross, Black, 08.30.20


The Ongoing Reckoning In The Publishing World

Publishing has rather a lot to do to catch up in the diversity, equity, and inclusion fronts. Lisa Lucas, the outgoing director of the National Book Foundation, who is Black, says, “What do you do with data that tells us we’re not diverse enough for the year 2020? We make the culture — we make books. If we are serving a whole country, then we need people within our publishing houses who reflect what our country looks like.” – GEN
Tags: Art, Words, Black, National Book Foundation, Lisa Lucas, Publishing World, 08.20.20


The Studio Behind This Year’s Oscar-Winning Animated Short Are Trying To School Hollywood

Lion Forge is a Black-owned animation studio, the only Black-owned animation studio. For founders and staff, that makes its mission different. “It’s representation on the screen. It’s representation on the producing side of things. But then also, and I think what’s always missed, is, there needs to be representation in the executive teams that have the power to be able to push the content through.” – FastCompany
Tags: Art, Media, Black, 08.15.20, Lion Forge is a Black


VIDEO: Mykal Kilgore, Aisha Jackson, Antoine L. Smith And More Sing 'Everybody Rejoice (Brand New Day)'

Darkness RISING Project is a 501 c3 composed of singers and musicians from the Black Broadway community whose purpose is to help those in the Black community begin conversations about mental health, provide access to resources, and erase the negative stigma of mental health issues. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Black, BWW News Desk, Black Broadway, Mykal Kilgore Aisha Jackson Antoine L Smith


Stop Blind Auditions For Orchestras? No — Auditions Should Become Even More Blind

Jeremy Reynolds, responding to New York Times chief critic Anthony Tommasini’s argument that U.S. orchestras will never become more racially balanced without affirmative action, points out that “blind auditions aren’t really blind.” What’s more, as Pittsburgh Symphony bassist Jeffrey Grubbs (who is Black) tells Reynolds, the real problem is the makeup of the student body at music schools: “I don’t know that diversity hiring would change things much, as my impression is the highest caliber Black...
Tags: Art, Music, New York Times, Black, Reynolds, Pittsburgh Symphony, Anthony Tommasini, Jeffrey Grubbs, Jeremy Reynolds, 07.26.20


Don Black Reveals He's Working on a Gay, Male Production of TELL ME ON A SUNDAY

In a recent interview with BBC, lyricist Don Black revealed some projects that he had been working on prior to the health crisis. Black said that he was working on a new version of Tell Me On A Sunday, with a gender-swapped lead. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Bbc, Black, Don Black, BWW News Desk



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