CULTURE TYPE: Duke University Professor of Art History RIchard J. Powell talks about the life and work of 20th century painter Archibald Motley. Duke’s Nasher museum is exhibiting the work of the master colorist and interpreter of African American life and urban culture. Read Interview
Photo: “Black Belt” by Archibald J. Motley Jr. | Collection of the Hampton University Museum, Hampton, Virginia. © Valerie Gerrard Browne.
When Keija Minor was promoted from Executive Editor to Editor-in-Chief of Brides magazine, she needed a workspace that matched her superlative title. So she turned to interior designer Danielle Colding, who is not only the Season 7 winner of HGTV Design Star but also Minor’s best friend.
BET: NYU Offering Course on Sean “Diddy” Combs - The Clive Davis Institute of Recording Music at New York University is offering the class “Topics: Sean Combs & Urban Culture.” Jayson Jackson, former VP of Marketing and Promotion at Diddy’s Bad Boy imprint, will teach the class. Read Story
DAR Constitution Hall is Hosting Of Thee We Sing - The Marian Anderson 75th Anniversary Celebration on April 12.
NY TIMES: A tone-deaf inquiry into an Asian-American’s ethnic origin. Cringe-inducing praise for how articulate a black student is. An unwanted conversation about a Latino’s ability to speak English without an accent. This is not exactly the language of traditional racism, but in an avalanche of blogs, student discourse, campus theater and academic papers, they all reflect the murky terrain of the social justice word du jour — microaggressions — used to describe the subtle ways that racial, ethnic, gender and other stereotypes can play out painfully in an increasingly diverse culture. Read Story
NY TIMES: Where Are the People of Color in Children’s Books? - Of 3,200 children’s books published in 2013, just 93 were about black people, according to a study by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin. Read Story
Illustration: Christopher Myers
NY TIMES: An Unrewarded Leap of Faith - At Flight 23, the Best Jordans are on the Customers. The author hoped the new Foot Action specialty store dedicated to the Air Jordan brand would be a “Mecca, a place for acolytes to gather and swap stories while gazing passionately at the new offerings. It would be home, a salon, a womb,” but it is more like a souvenir shop “essentially selling the mystique for cheap.” Read Story
ABC 33/40: Chilton County, Alabama Appoints First African American Coroner - Chilton County made history today by swearing in its first African American coroner. Governor Robert Bentley appointed Awlajahday Agee. Agee is not only the first black coroner in the county but the youngest. Read Story