Arts

Tavis Smiley ordered to pay PBS $1.5 million

A jury ordered former Public Broadcasting System talk show host Tavis Smiley to pay the network $1.5 million after determining that he violated the company’s moral’s clause by sexually harassing female coworkers. Smiley, host of The Tavis Smiley Show, on late night television from 2005 to 2017, was suspended and later fired. PBS said it took the action after it[Read More…]

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Flavor Flav is out of favor with Public Enemy

Flavor Flav always wore a big clock hanging from his neck when he performed with Public Enemy, but time has run out on that relationship because Flavor Fav is no longer in favor. Public Enemy fired Flavor Flav after he slammed Public Enemy’s agreement with Senator Bernie Sanders’ campaign. The agreement called for the rap group to perform at Sanders’[Read More…]

Library of Congress buys the collection of Shawn Walker and the Kamoinge Workshop

The Library of Congress has purchased the archives of Shawn Walker, including his collection of photos, ephemera, and audio recordings, representing the influential Kamoinge Workshop based in Harlem. The materials will join the Library’s other important collections of photography by African Americans, including Gordon Parks, Robert McNeill, Roland Freeman, Dawoud Bey, and Roy DeCarava, Walker’s mentor. The Kamoinge Workshop, which[Read More…]

Art that once graced Johnson Publishing Co. sold for $2.7 million at auction

  Beautiful paintings by black artists that one graced the walls of Johnson Publishing Co., former owner of Ebony and Jet magazines, were sold at auction Friday by Swann Galleries, fetching higher prices than expected. Many of the artists’ works had been undervalued for the decades and systematically overlooked because black artists had been pushed to the margins of the[Read More…]

Portraits of President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will begin 5-city tour in Chicago

Portraits of former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama will go on display at the Art Institute of Chicago as the first stop in a five-city tour beginning in the summer of 2021. Chicago is where the Obamas began their historical ascension to the White House. The paintings, on loan from the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, are[Read More…]

Biggie Smalls and Whitney Houston will be inducted into the Rock&Roll Hall of Fame

  “The Notorious B.I.G.” and Whitney Houston will be posthumously inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as members of the Class of 2020. The other inductees, who are still very much alive, include Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, T.Rex and The Doobie Brothers. The induction ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, May 2, in Cleveland, where the Hall[Read More…]

Kerry James Marshall painting sells for more than $18 million

      By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Sotheby’s Auctions has sold Kerry James Marshall’s painting “An Image of Black Love” for more than $18 million, the second highest price at auction for a living African American artist and three times more than it was expected to fetch. The nearly six-foot tall painting shows three couples in a park-like vignette[Read More…]

Soul of a Nation, America’s Art Dialogue with Race and Civil Rights

  By Rosemary Eng correspondent and photographer BlackmansStreet.Today   SAN FRANCISCO — After the shocking attack in Birmingham, Alabama, using fire hoses and police dogs on civil rights demonstrators in 1963, followed not long afterwards by the call for civil rights by the March on Washington for jobs and freedom, 15 New York African American artists debated whether they could[Read More…]

Blacks changed country music

Ken Burns’ PBS documentary “Country Music,” which first aired this week and continues next week, spotlights DeFord Bailey, a black man, who was the first star of the Grand Ole Opry.  The documentary also explores the role African Americans played in the development of the county music, which is usually associated with whites, many of them racist as hell. Much[Read More…]