Arts

The film “Green Book” keeps winning awards

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today It’s not a sure bet, but it looks like “Green Book” could be booked for an Oscar. The National Board of Review recently named “Green Book,” a film starring 2017 Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali, as 2018’s best picture. In the film, Ali, who won Best-Supporting Actor for “Moonlight,” 2017’s Oscar winner for Best Picture,[Read More…]

First African-American president of ABC resigns

  Channing Dungey, the first African American to lead a major television network, has resigned as president of ABC Entertainment amid changes by owner Disney. In a statement, Dungey said she was “incredibly proud of what the team and I have accomplished over the years, and all the meaningful and impactful programming we’ve developed. This job has been the highlight[Read More…]

Delta Blues Museum is turning 40 and it’s still happily singing the Blues

The Delta Blues Museum, in Clarksdale, Mississippi, will celebrate it s 40th anniversary in January. The museum was founded on January 31, 1979, by Sid Graves, a poet and musician and the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Public Library. The museum is dedicated to exploring the history and heritage of the Blues, a unique American art form. The museum[Read More…]

George Theophilus Walker, the first black man to win the Pulitzer Prize for music

George Theophilus Walker has died not having the achieved the success he hoped for by being the first African-American composer to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music. “I probably got more publicity nationwide than perhaps any other Pulitzer Prize winner,” he told the Washington Post in 2015. “But not a single orchestra approached me about doing the piece or any[Read More…]

Martin Puryear selected to exhibit at the Venice Biennale

  By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today You can stop holding your breath or biting your nails because the U.S. State Department has finally chosen an American artist to exhibit at next year’s 58th Venice Biennale. The State Department on August 19th —- more than three months late —- selected Martin Puryear, a 77- year-old African-American artist, known for minimalist, abstract[Read More…]

Smokey Robinson testifies before Congress amid a love fest

By Frederick H. Lowe William “Smokey” Robinson recently testified before Congress about giving musicians greater copyright protection amid  a love fest for him. Women embraced and kissed Robinson, who is now 78. Men stood in line to enthusiastically shake his hand and hug him. Even Chuck Grassley, the Republican chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which held the hearing, called[Read More…]

Delta Blues Museum is awarded a $10,000 grant

By Frederick H. Lowe The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded the Delta Blues Museum, the world’s first museum dedicated to the blues, a $10,000 Art Works grant for recording a new music CD that will showcase the organization’s student band. The grant will fund production of a new recording of the band performing eight to 10 blues songs.[Read More…]

Kanye West’s comments are a painful reminder of a racist politican’s long-ago comments

  Rapper Kanye West’s comments that ‘slavery was a choice’ are very similar to ones made by “Pitchfork” Ben Tillman, the racist governor South Carolina from 1890 to 1894 and later a U.S. Senator from 1895-1918. West tweeted to TMZ, “When you hear about slavery for 400 years, for 400 years, that sounds like choice.” Tillman, also a leader of[Read More…]

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