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Frank Morrison's new show at Richard Beavers Gallery explores reclaiming the conversation about art and the urban enviro...
12/15/2017
Richard Beavers Gallery Presents Frank Morrison’s ‘Urban Restoration’ Exhibition, 12/16-1/28 – BoldAsLove.us

Frank Morrison's new show at Richard Beavers Gallery explores reclaiming the conversation about art and the urban environment, and whose voices are heard, and who gets to profit. On view til 1/28/18.

http://boldaslove.us/2017/12/15/richard-beavers-gallery-presents-frank-morrisons-urban-restoration-exhibition-1216-128/

Richard Beavers Gallery Presents Frank Morrison’s ‘Urban Restoration’ Exhibition, 12/16-1/28 Curtis Caesar John December 15, 2017 Shows, Visual Art In celebration of its 10 year anniversary, Richard Beavers Gallery proudly announces the Frank Morrison exhibition, Urban Restoration, which explo...

#NetNeutrality is a particularly important issue for activists, independent musicians, and anyone who's challenging the ...
12/12/2017
Net Neutrality: How a Repeal Could Kill the Careers of Indie Musicians

#NetNeutrality is a particularly important issue for activists, independent musicians, and anyone who's challenging the status quo. If you live in a Red State, you really need to make that call to your Congressional Reps to get them to urge the FCC to back off this insidious effort.

Call: 202-759-7766 and Battle for the Net will connect you to your reps.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/net-neutrality-how-a-repeal-could-kill-artists-careers-w513787

How the repeal of Net Neutrality will affect the careers of independent artists.

So proud of Liza Jessie Peterson. Her "Peculiar Patriot" is set for its National Black Theatre run later this month.  He...
09/11/2017
The National Black Theatre

So proud of Liza Jessie Peterson. Her "Peculiar Patriot" is set for its National Black Theatre run later this month. Here's what it's about:

"The Peculiar Patriot examines the human impact and inhuman machinery of the prison industrial complex and shines a glaring light on the racial disparities that feed the draconian system. It follows Betsy LaQuanda Ross, a self-proclaimed “peculiar patriot,” who makes regular visits to penitentiaries boosting the morale of her incarcerated friends and family. Betsy is both victim and victor of this country’s prison system and represents the millions of men and women who sojourn to penitentiaries on a regular basis, subjecting themselves to long bus rides and security checks to visit incarcerated loved ones. As this witty love story unfolds, The Peculiar Patriot gives voice to the voiceless and shines a glaring light on America’s fastest growing industry while enchanting audiences with provocative thought, hilarious dialogue, and gripping pathos.

Don't miss it! This show runs September 13 - October 1st. Visit www.nationalblacktheatre.org

Much more than a coming-of-age story, Amman Abbasi's "Dayveon" is a transfixing piece of storytelling.  It opens in NY &...
09/10/2017
REVIEW: Brotherhood & Gang Life at Odds in “Dayveon” – BoldAsLove.us

Much more than a coming-of-age story, Amman Abbasi's "Dayveon" is a transfixing piece of storytelling. It opens in NY & LA this Wednesday, September 13. Read Curtis John's review here:

http://boldaslove.us/2017/09/10/review-brotherhood-gang-life-at-odds-in-dayveon/

REVIEW: Brotherhood & Gang Life at Odds in “Dayveon” Curtis Caesar John September 10, 2017 Film/TV At the surface, the new film Dayveon can seem rote. Centerstage: a young Black boy with little or no family, falls into gang culture, and they become the family he never has, but the lifestyle makes hi...

This weekend at Lincoln Center.  #doubledutch
07/28/2017
The Art and Artistry of Double Dutch

This weekend at Lincoln Center. #doubledutch

Double Dutch requires athleticism, finesse and musicality. Lincoln Center honors its history and place in African-American culture.

On the impending death of Soundcloud."But the lesson to take away from the SoundCloud crisis isn’t just that creative ...
07/14/2017
The Death of SoundCloud Should Scare Music Lovers

On the impending death of Soundcloud.

"But the lesson to take away from the SoundCloud crisis isn’t just that creative businesses are difficult to sustain online, or that the company wasn’t quick enough to find a lasting revenue stream. It’s that as we move creative scenes from cities and neighborhoods and onto the web, we outsource the publishing, storage, and archiving of their products to young, for-profit businesses — and therefore run the very serious risk of losing huge and important libraries of culture to the vagaries of a new and quickly moving economy. Thinking about SoundCloud it’s hard not to be reminded of Vine, the hugely influential video-sharing app that was unceremoniously shut down by Twitter last year: Not only did the web lose one of its most vibrant spaces, any videos that disappeared from the service were gone forever. It’s not an accident, either, that, like Vine, SoundCloud’s culture is primarily steered by non-white contributors."

http://www.vulture.com/2017/07/the-death-of-soundcloud-should-scare-music-lovers.html

The site is reportedly closer to running out of funds than many expected.

** UPDATE: Because of rain, this screening has been rescheduled to SATURDAY, JULY 15. **The Luminal Theater presents its...
07/12/2017
Cinema Garden Party: BREAKING A MONSTER

** UPDATE: Because of rain, this screening has been rescheduled to SATURDAY, JULY 15. **

The Luminal Theater presents its Cinema Garden Party this Friday, 7/14. Featured flick is "Breaking A Monster" about Brooklyn rock teens Unlocking The Truth.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cinema-garden-party-breaking-a-monster-tickets-35848249078

These intimate, nighttime, outdoor film screenings serve as inter-neighborhood artistic alternatives for Bedford-Stuyvesant, instilling an enhanced film-centered sensibility, with empowering narratives, into the community -- while also uniting neighbors into public & common spaces with entertainment...

The super-smart Zerlina Maxwell @ZerlinaMaxwell is running SiriusXM's progressive media programming. http://www.alternet...
07/12/2017
SiriusXM Radio Makes Its Mark in the Progressive Media with Zerlina Maxwell

The super-smart Zerlina Maxwell @ZerlinaMaxwell is running SiriusXM's progressive media programming.

http://www.alternet.org/media/progressive-talk-radio-becoming-infectious-trump-times-thanks-media-heavyweight#.WWYtrXIaiiY.twitter

AlterNet visits SiriusXM for a live taping of Michelangelo Signorile's "Queer In Trump's America." Less than a month after Donald Trump's inauguration, Hillary Clinton's director of progressive media began her new venture: creating a crucial space for the resistance amid a fundamental political shif...

07/06/2017
Timeline

An moving overview of the life and work of visual artist #ThorntonDial. HT Boston Fielder

This black artist went from a cotton plantation to ultimately, The Met. 🙌🏾

06/15/2017
Meklit

As we mentioned earlier, Meklit will be doing her album release show in NYC on Wednesday, June 21 at Nublu, and the day before in DC at Tropicalia. Here's the video for the first cut from the album. Enjoy!

A taste of the new sound. I Want To Sing For Them All, By Meklit Feat. Andrew Bird. Video premiered on VIBE Magazine a few weeks back! Directed by John Nilsen. Starring Rashad Pridgen and the Habesha Homegirl Crew. More sounds sooooooooon! #meklit #meklitmusic

06/14/2017
The Intercept

Naomi Klein on the shock doctrine and what we can do to resist.

A major crisis could redraw the political map overnight, explains Naomi Klein, giving Trump and his crew free rein to ram through their most extreme ideas. But these tactics can be resisted. https://interc.pt/2rrVKee

The supremely talented Arthur Jafa has his moment:"In short, Jafa, 56, is the prime example of someone whose work you pr...
06/13/2017
Arthur Jafa: the go-to video artist for Jay Z and the Knowles sisters

The supremely talented Arthur Jafa has his moment:

"In short, Jafa, 56, is the prime example of someone whose work you probably know even if you don’t know his name. It’s possible that may change this month, with Jafa’s first UK solo exhibition at London’s Serpentine Sackler Gallery. Titled A Series of Utterly Improbable, Yet Extraordinary Renditions, its mix of photography, film and social media elements mean that it’s likely to court visitors beyond the usual art crowd." S/o Boston Fielder

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/jun/13/kubrick-jay-z-solange-beyonce-video-artist-arthur-jafa

You may not know the name, but you’ll recognise his work with Beyoncé. Now, thanks to a new London show, his ‘radical’ art is getting the exposure it deserves

"Ms. Gund, together with the Ford Foundation, which will administer the fund, has asked other collectors to do the same,...
06/13/2017
Agnes Gund Sells a Lichtenstein to Start Criminal Justice Fund

"Ms. Gund, together with the Ford Foundation, which will administer the fund, has asked other collectors to do the same, in the hopes of raising an additional $100 million over the next five years.

The effort is noteworthy, not only for the amount of money involved — rarely do charitable undertakings start at $100 million — but because Ms. Gund is essentially challenging fellow collectors to use their artworks to champion social causes at a time when the market has made their holdings more valuable than ever." #MassIncarceration #CriminalJusticeReform

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/11/arts/design/agnes-gund-sells-a-lichtenstein-to-start-criminal-justice-fund.html?_r=0

Ms. Gund has asked other collectors to help champion her social cause, which she has seeded with $100 million of the proceeds from the sale.

06/10/2017
Black Panther

Because, well, yeah. #BlackPanther

HERO. LEGEND. KING. Watch the teaser trailer now. #BlackPanther

Word is, there will be a new Black Panther teaser trailer dropping during tonight's NBA Finals game. Y'all know what to ...
06/09/2017

Word is, there will be a new Black Panther teaser trailer dropping during tonight's NBA Finals game. Y'all know what to do! #BlackPanther

New music from LION BABE -- "Hit The Ceiling"http://boldaslove.us/2017/06/06/listen-lion-babe-hit-the-ceiling/
06/07/2017
LISTEN: Lion Babe–“Hit The Ceiling” – BoldAsLove.us

New music from LION BABE -- "Hit The Ceiling"

http://boldaslove.us/2017/06/06/listen-lion-babe-hit-the-ceiling/

LISTEN: Lion Babe–“Hit The Ceiling” Rob Fields June 6, 2017 blog, Music With a new project on the way this year, Lion Babe’s Jillian Hervey and Lucas Goodman follow up the first taste–“Rockets” feat. Moe Moks, released earlier this year–with this funk, soul, electronic offering. The duo’s sophomore…

06/03/2017
“Made in Prison” Is the New “Made in China” | Liza Jessie Peterson

Watch as Liza Jessie Peterson elaborates on several of the themes she explores in her recently-released book, "All Day: A Year of Love and Survival Teaching Incarcerated Kids at Rikers Island".

Should companies provide a ‘Made In an American Prison’ label if the product is made in an American jail? Over the last few decades there has been a huge sur...

Tuesday, June 6: Trinidadian #LGBT film, "Play The Devil" comes to Brooklyn's Caribbean Film Festivalhttp://boldaslove.u...
06/02/2017
Trinidadian LGBT Drama ‘Play The Devil’ at The Caribbean Film Series, June 6th in Brooklyn – BoldAsLove.us

Tuesday, June 6: Trinidadian #LGBT film, "Play The Devil" comes to Brooklyn's Caribbean Film Festival

http://boldaslove.us/2017/06/01/trinidadian-lgbt-drama-play-the-devil-at-the-caribbean-film-series-june-6th-in-brooklyn/

celebrates both Caribbean-American Heritage Month and LGBT Pride Month this June with “Play The Devil,” the Trinidad set drama where religious conservatism and macho patriarchy, combined with denial and sexual suppression, culminate into a passionate reality. Join us at BAM on June 6th.

"Logistics don’t make an act such as this any more or less heinous. But one thing that struck me about this disruption...
06/01/2017
Opinion | Sneaking a noose into a museum is a hateful act — and a cowardly one

"Logistics don’t make an act such as this any more or less heinous. But one thing that struck me about this disruption was how much effort the perpetrator must have put into carrying it out. Advance tickets for the museum are booked through August, and September passes won’t be available until June 7. If you don’t have a reserved ticket, you have to be online at 6:30 in the morning to snag one for the day you want to go, or queue for the walk-up tickets that are available at 1 p.m. each day. And all of this comes before you actually arrive at the museum and pass through security to get inside. Placing a noose in one of the museum’s galleries isn’t a matter of strolling in and carrying out a terrible impulse. This took planning.

The difficulty of getting a ticket to the museum both magnifies the intensity of the malice of this act and broadens its impact. "

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/act-four/wp/2017/06/01/sneaking-a-noose-into-a-museum-is-a-hateful-act-and-a-cowardly-one/

Whoever did this may hate the story the National Museum of African American History and Culture tells about America. But the person wasn't brave enough to stand behind his or her own ideas.

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