How Music Could Help Solve Architecture’s Diversity Problem
Only 4% of registered architects in the US identify as black or African-American. Wisconsin-based Mike Ford of BrandNu Design believes that the (as yet largely unexplored) connection between hip-hop and architecture can act as a means for a new generation to get interested and involved in the field. At Co.Design, he talks with Diana Budds about his work on the forthcoming Universal Hip Hop Museum in the Bronx.
Black Actors Made History, Winning All Four Musical Acting Categories at the Tony Awards
#TonysSoDoverse: Congratulations to Leslie Odom, Jr. for lead actor in Hamilton; Daveed Diggs for featured actor in Hamilton; Renee Elise Goldsberry for featured actress in Hamilton; and Cynthia Erivo for lead actress in The Color Purple!
A Year Later in Charleston, ‘Citizen’ Breaks the Silence
It's been nearly a year since Charleston lost nine churchgoing citizens to the hand of a gun-wielding racist, and the city is still recovering. Sharon Graci, artistic director of PURE Theater, believes that art can and should make a difference in the healing process; that silence is not an option; and that a staging of Claudia Rankine's own Citizen offers the opportunity for a much-needed conversation.
In Conversation With Metalsmith Artist Tiff Massey
Born and bred Detroit-based metalsmith artist Tiff Massey--the first Black woman to graduate from Cranbrook's metal department--discusses her defining creative moments, the labor of her craft, and the realities of "what is happening on the ground" in her hometown with Arts.Black cofounder Taylor Renee Aldridge.
Black Lives, Silver Screen: Ava DuVernay and Bradford Young in Conversation
Diversity--both behind and in front of the camera--is finally commanding serious considerations in Hollywood, as smart, savvy creators and audiences demand the films they make and see reflect a more inclusive perspective. At Aperture, director Ava DuVernay and cinematographer and director of photography Bradford Young--a frequent collaborator--discuss the role of race in the industry and the power of cinema.
Arts Leaders of Color Convene for Pittsburgh’s First ‘By Any Means’ Symposium
Led by Kilolo Luckett--local art historian, cultural producer, writer, and founder of the Naomi Sims Project--and Brooklyn-based writer and arts administrator Jessica Lynne, who co-edits Arts.Black, this Saturday's By Any Means symposium taking place in Pittsburgh will feature a full schedule of discussions, presentations, and Q&As.
Success is Defined as White and Male. A New School Curriculum Could Change That.
By first addressing the lack of diversity--including gender and racial--in school texts that consistently focuses on "male and pale" as the established norm, Maya Goodfellow makes the case for a more complete, inclusive curriculum that better reflects the breadth and depth of history and humanity.
Hank Willis Thomas at Kadist: Blunt and Ingenious
"Evidence of Things Not Seen" is a new exhibition at San Francisco's Kadist Art Foundation, which shows conceptual photo artist Hank Willis Thomas "at his complex best," exploring racial realities and cultural icons through powerful imagery and video installations.