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Saturday, February 5, 2011

My Black History Month Journey of Celebrating Women in the Arts: Day 5 - Keina Davis

  • One of the major goals of Keina’s work is to “inspire us to make connections between our ancestors and ourselves, between one culture and another, between the community and the individual.”
  • Mrs. Davis is featured in Imagining Ourselves: Global Voices from a New Generation of Women.(I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!) This is an interactive exhibition and anthology that debuted on March 8, 2006, organized by the International Museum of Women . A preview of the exhibit debuted at the United Nations in March 2005.
  • See Keina's works at http://www.sivadart.com/intro.html.
Ciao, lovelies!

Friday, February 4, 2011

My Black History Month Journey of Celebrating Women in the Arts: Day 4 - Kathleen Battle

  • Kathleen Battle's lyric soprano voice and unique artistry have captivated audiences around the world, making her one of the most acclaimed singers of our time. She has appeared on the stages of the world's leading opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and the opera houses of Vienna, Paris, San Francisco and Chicago.
  • Kathleen Battle's appearance on the PBS broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera's 1991 season opening gala won her an Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Classical Program on Television in the USA.
  • The question is not... if art is enough to fulfill my life, but if I am true to the path I have set for myself, if I am the best I can be in the things I do. Am I living up to the reasons I became a singer in the first place?  - Kathleen Battle
See Kathleen's rendition of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot with the Boys Choir of Harlem here .

Ciao y'all!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

My Black History Month Journey of Celebrating Women in the Arts: Day 3 - Thelma Golden

  • Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York City, USA
  • In 1991, Thelma took a position at the Whitney Museum of American Art, one of the nation's premier art institutions. Golden used her position to open up the museum to previously under-represented artists including women and people of color.
  • Golden serves on the Graduate Committee at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, is on the boards of Creative Time in New York and the Institute of International Visual Arts (inIVA) in London, and is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.

Grab a coffee and hang out with Thelma  - her TED talk from 2009 is here: 
http://www.ted.com/talks/thelma_golden_how_art_gives_shape_to_cultural_change.html

Ciao lovelies!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

My Black History Month Journey of Celebrating Women in the Arts: Day 2 - Debbie Allen


  • Studied with Ballet Nacional and Ballet Folklorico (Mexico)
  • While still a cast member of Fame she became the first African American woman hired by a television network as a director in prime time. In 1989, after directing episodes of Fame, she co-wrote, produced, directed, choreographed and starred in The Debbie Allen Special for ABC.
  • For over twenty years, Allen's contributions to television, on the three major networks and in syndicated programming, have highlighted the maturity of a performer and artistic producer with an impressive spectrum of talents in the performing arts.
Grab a glass of water, and hang out with Debbie here. 

Ciao lovelies!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

My Black History Month Journey of Celebrating Women in the Arts: Day 1 - Judith Jamison


  • Artistic director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater since 1989
  • Was honored with the Kennedy Center award alongside Stevie Wonder in 1999
  • Under her leadership, the company built a gleaming new $56 million headquarters at Ninth Avenue and 55th Street in Manhattan.
Grab a tea and spend some time with Judith here. 

I Love her Fierce! 28 Days of Black Women in the Arts


Hey hey hey!

I'm back to being 100% and IT'S ABOUT TIME!  January has passed, and I'm got to connect with my girl, Jami, from Atlanta - and chatting with girlfriends always makes me feel sooooo much better.

I was thinking - Black History Month is such a wonderful opportunity to celebrate those that have paved the way before us, and I'd really like to honor black women - especially those in the arts.  It's great to learn more about those that have made the field what it is, and I'm really happy to be a part of it!

What's your Black History Month gonna be about?

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