Downton gets a 5th season

FIFTH SEASON OF “DOWNTON ABBEY” TO AIR ON “MASTERPIECE” on PBS Production to begin in 2014 Boston, MA – November 10, 2013 – DOWNTON ABBEY, the Emmy(R) and Golden Globe(R) award-winning drama hailed by The Hollywood Reporter as “an absolute pleasure to watch,” will return to MASTERPIECE on PBS for a fifth season. “As American … Continue reading

Enter the Wu-Tang, 20 Years Later: Who Ya Got?

Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of one of the most important cultural documents of a generation: the Wu-Tang Clan’s Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). The album was crafted in a dojo in Staten Island, New York — better known as Shaolin — by a nine-man collective (sorry, Cappadonna) with a staggering amount of talent, and it … Continue reading

Where Are the Serious Movies About Non-Suffering Black People?

Hattie McDaniel, the first black person to win an Oscar, did so for her role inGone With the Wind as Mammy in 1939. McDaniel was a formidable actress but, for better or worse, roles that found her playing a maid dominate her résumé because, in her time, domestic servitude was the primary way popular culture could … Continue reading

Young, Gay, and Black in a Southern Town

In 2012, Preston Gannaway was living in Norfolk, Va., looking for a coming-out story to cover for the Virginian-Pilot, where she was a staff photographer. Gannaway met Tavaris “Teddy Ebony” Edwards, a 21-year-old gay man living in public housing in Chesapeake, Va., who came out when he was 16. Because Edwards represented several demographics rarely covered in the … Continue reading

Nap Time Turns Into Dream Adventures

Do babies dream when they sleep, or they simply rest peacefully? Queenie Liao, a free-lance artist and mother of three boys living in California, has tried to answer this question by sharing the adventurous dramas that her child Wengenn dreams of during his sleep. Combining artistry and imagination with photography, Queenie has created captivating photos … Continue reading

Jay Z makes himself an exhibit

  This is what happens when you put artists from different cultures into a big white room and enter an A-list hip-hop artist to perform to them. Not only perform, but connect with each one of them, breaking the boundaries and exploring a whole new territory! “The Artist Is Present”, Jay-Z you are a genius! … Continue reading

Nas Introduces Harvard Fellowship

By James Sullivan October 31, 2013 4:40 PM ET When Henry Louis Gates emailed Nas to ask him to lend his name to a new fellowship at Harvard’s Hiphop Archive, the rapper replied yes “in a nanosecond,” said the professor. A decade ago, he might have had a different answer.  “I said no to a lot of things in … Continue reading

Invisible Animals

I can honestly say I’m an animal lover…when that animal is a Koala.  As a child I was always afraid of dogs yet I always wanted one.  Mostly it was because I thought that any dog I had would love me as much as I loved it, behave, walk and feed itself, and protect me … Continue reading

Fashion Backward?

I thought this photo/article was quite interesting.  According to the article the earrings are allegedly based on cultural artwork. I think the important question is, if the images were found in a painting, sculpture, or in a medium other than fashion, would there be as much controversy?  Is the problem that the images are hanging … Continue reading

Before I die…

As I was walking down the sidewalk toward the train; the same sidewalk my feet trample over, run across and even float above at times, on my way to work, I noticed someone had written something in chalk on said sidewalk.  Not only had they taken the time to write the message, which I convinced … Continue reading