African American art

11 African American Artists Who Helped Shape The Civil Rights Movement

Barkley L. Hendricks

An upcoming auction at Swann Galleries titled “The Shape of Things to Come: African-American Fine Art” will highlight the artists whose bravery and creativity left an indelible mark on history, in bold shapes and daring colors. The sale features over 90 pieces from African American, civil rights-era artists, as well as contemporary black artists including Lorna Simpson and Kara Walker.

via 11 African American Artists Who Helped Shape The Civil Rights Movement.

The Modern Black Woman and Politics of Respectability

Nigerian-Canadian Artist Kosisochukwu Nnebe

As a black woman, I struggle to reclaim the image of my body. I may have reconstructed, re-envisioned and reinterpreted it, but in the eyes of another, those attempts fall to pieces and my body takes on a different meaning. In a fashion that dates back to colonialism, slavery and past and present ethnographic exhibitions, our bodies take on contrasting roles as tools of both our oppression and our liberation.

via The Modern Black Woman and Politics of Respectability.

JB aka Dirty Moses “Box Lunch #69”

JB aka Dirty Moses “Box Lunch #69”

Published on Jul 18, 2012


Subs & Grubs
117 So. Pearl St.
Albany, NY 12202

produced by the incredible PJ Katz @PJKatzmusic (twitter)

written by JB aka Dirty Moses @jstbcz (twitter)
Shot by DizzyDot518Films and Ira McKenzie
Edited and Directed by Musa Zwana for HollywoodHustleFilms


Brooklyn Street Art 2012 Images by Jaime Rojo for

For those growing up in Brooklyn, NY, there is a flavor that can never be replicated anywhere else in the world. The old saying goes, “Brooklyn is not just a borough. It is a neighborhood.” The look and culture may have changed from its beginnings to the present but that neighborhood (not hood) feel has not changed for those who crosses its  bridges. Share your memories at Brooklyn Online.

Published on Dec 16, 2012

Images of the Year 2012: Of the 10,000 images he snapped of Street Art this year, photographer Jaime Rojo has compiled 110 that represent some of the most compelling, interesting, perplexing, thrilling. Together the collection gives an idea of the range of mediums, techniques, styles, and sentiments appearing on the street today as the scene continues to evolve worldwide. Every seven days on, we present “Images Of The Week”, our weekly interview with the street. We hope you enjoy this collection – some of the best from 2012.

Artists include 2501, 4Burners, 907, Above, Aiko, AM7, Anarkia, Anthony Lister, Anthony Sneed, Bare, Barry McGee, Bast, Billi Kid, Cake, Cash For Your Warhol, Con, Curtis, D*Face, Dabs & Myla, Daek One, DAL East, Dan Witz, Dark Clouds, Dasic, David Ellis, David Pappaceno, Dceve, Deth Kult, ECB, Eine, El Sol 25, Elle, Entes y Pesimo, Enzo & Nio, Esma, Ever, Faile, Faith47, Fila, FKDL, Gable, Gaia, Gilf!, Graffiti Iconz, Hef, HellbentHert, Hot Tea, How & Nosm, Icy & Sot, Interesni Kazki, Jason Woodside, Javs, Jaye Moon, Jaz, Jean Seestadt, Jetsonorama, Jim Avignon, Joe Iurato, JR, Judith Supine, Ka, Kem5, Know Hope, Kuma, Labrona, Liqen, LNY, Love Me, Lush, Matt Siren, Mike Giant, Miyok, MOMO, Mr. Sauce, Mr. Toll, ND’A, Nick Walker, Nosego, Nychos, Occupy Wall Street, Okuda, OLEK, OverUnder, Phlegm, Pixel Pancho, Rambo, Read Books!, Reka, Retna, Reyes, Rime, Risk, ROA, Robots Will Kill, Rone, Sacer, Saner, See One, Sego, sevens errline, Sheyro, Skewville, Sonni, Stick, Stikman, Stormie Mills, Square, Swoon, Tati, The Yok, Toper, TVEE, UFO, VHILS, Willow, Wing, XAM, Yes One, and Zed1 .

Images © Jaime Rojo and Brooklyn Street Art 2012

HawthoRNe: A Eulogy


The 2009 TNT television series, HawthoRNe, produced by and starring Jada Pinkett-Smith, advances the African American perspective beyond the slapstick connection to the arts. Hawthorne’s interconnected vignettes of hospital politics and healthcare issues include an eye into the characteristics of race and class from the African-American perspective. Nurse Hawthorne, portrayed by Jada Pinkett-Smith, seamlessly utilizes unconventional methodologies to combat preconceptions of African American responses to medical care, as well as reality-based scenarios of doctor, nurse, and patient relationships. Just as NBC’s 1984 to 1992 Cosby Show depicted an upper-middle class African-American identity contrary to public opinion, Hawthorne accentuates the resourcefulness and wholeness of the African American in a professional environment. The same can be said for ABC’s Lincoln Heights and its collective drama of complete family values. Nicki Micheaux’s nurse, however, does not connect with the professionalism of the nursing profession as does Pinkett-Smith.  

In the premiere episode, head administrative nurse HawthoRNe confronts a suicidal jumper, an arrogant doctor, an indigent mother (with a newborn); and referees challenges between her nursing staff and the other hospital actors. All of this in one day at the hospital. If you have ever had a doctor try to insert an IV in your vein, only then can you appreciate the skill of nurses in the hospital environment. They are the catch all, and Pinkett-Smith captures these qualities (sometimes to excess).

Nurse Hawthorne also contends with the one year anniversary of the death of her husband, a teen-aged daughter, and an antagonistic Caucasian mother-in-law. If we thought that race does not matter, Hawthorne’s start toward the realization of the African-American worldview within the African American network of life, denotes subtle inconsistencies between professionals, pedestrians and how they perceive life between the spaces we have manufactured for them. Pinkett-Smith navigates these waters with grace which may seem close to neutral in this series. The relationship between mother-in-law and daughter-in-law did evolve into healing as the series progressed.

Pinkett-Smith’s character needed to be strengthened, yet the loss of pertinent social commentary, outside of comedy, was a great loss. Hopefully the Smiths will use this experience as a stepping stone to something more.