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Laughter Will Save Your Soul

The rebellion will come with a laugh. A full-throated, hearty, goose-honk of a laugh. Snorts and all. Laughter is defiant. More obstinate than a fist. Reminds us why we’d raise a fist in the first place.

The first place I went after my vaccination was a ‘Black-and-Asian-Solidarity’ event in the…


Black Art Matters

Travel down memory lane with one of the greatest photographers of all time

Photo from Gordon Parks’ exhibit “Hope in the Wilderness.”

In photographer Gordon Parks’ 1971 book Born Black, members of the Black Panther Party pose at their headquarters in Berkley, California; the Fontenelle family battles poverty; and men from the Fruit of Islam run drills with their arms outstretched in powerful black and white photos. The collection of images and…


Countless spaces are labeled as ‘Black’ but they’re not entirely ours. How do we reclaim them?

Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images

“Why is the African collection on the lowest floor?” I ask a security guard at the British Museum. Every other collection gets sunlight, but Africa is buried underground, hidden beneath the fire exits, accessible only if you want to look for it. …


When it comes to rethinking casting, ‘Bridgerton’ was only the beginning

Photo: Parisa Taghizadeh/Fable/ViacomCBS

Reactions to “color-blind” casting tend to run the gamut. Remember when Hamilton first caused a stir? And now, well — who actually pictures Thomas Jefferson as not Daveed Diggs anymore? …


The carefree aesthetic is appealing for many, but the inclusion also is full of political purpose

“Most of the time, Instagram’s professional mermaids infuse the digital world with beauty and magic. The average person can’t extract a service or buy a product from them (unless they’re…


Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

In a presidential inauguration ceremony that solidified the end of a bitter four years, and that saw the swearing in of America’s first Black — and female and South Asian and non-White, period—vice president, it was the Black 22-year-old poet Amanda Gorman who stole the show.

Gorman, the youngest inaugural…


Steven John Irby’s ‘41 to ’99: A Photo Essay’ sets the stage for Ava DuVernay’s LEAP

Before George Floyd and the many others we marched for this year, there was Amadou Diallo, who was shot 19 times in the doorway of his Bronx, New York, apartment by plainclothed officers 21 years ago. The four officers involved were acquitted. …


An artist’s series asks us to consider the color and the culture

Photos courtesy of courtesy of Rhona Hoffman Gallery and Amanda Williams

The Instagram post started with a question.

“What black is this you say?”

“‘Apparently even Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben’s Lives Matter now’–black’”

The inquiry, and the answers, became part of an art installation that celebrates Black culture and identity while also highlighting the moments of 2020 that America will…


Election 2020

Kara Walker, Glenn Ligon, Nick Cave, and more give us the election art we need

Images courtesy of W Magazine

Glenn Ligon, Kara Walker, and Nick Cave are amongst the 18 modern artists — all people of color — who reimagined the political poster for a new W Magazine feature.

Cave, a Chicago-based artist and professor at the Art Institute of Chicago who is known for his spectacular Sound Suits

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