Brass band culture gets hip-hop infusion in swinging New Orleans

Brass band culture gets hip-hop infusion in swinging New Orleans

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NOMA opens ‘Called to the Camera: Black American Studio Photographers’ | Events | nola.com

NOMA opens ‘Called to the Camera: Black American Studio Photographers’

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‘Untitled (Bride and Groom),’ 1926, by James Van Der Zee© James Ven Der Zee Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

WILL COVIELLO Sep 17, 2022 – 9:00 am Comments

There are iconic photographs in “Called to the Camera: Black American Studio Photographers,” now open at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Viewers will recognize Ernest C. Withers’ landmark photo of the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers strike, with men carrying signs bearing the words “I AM A MAN.” Withers said he printed the signs at his studio.

The show includes more photos of important moments in the civil rights movement as well as portraits of figures such as Frederick Douglass, Langston Hughes and Al Green. There also are photos by artists including Gordon Parks and Endia Beal. But the show focuses on Black studio photographers and their portraits. That studio work had an impact on the field of photography, including art photography.

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A Juneteenth learning experience in New Orleans

A Juneteenth learning experience in New Orleans

In a country that prides itself on being the “land of the free,” this is just one of our many social differences and falsities, another one of which is, notably, right around the corner: On the 4th of July, Juneteenth is celebrated to honor the day enslaved African Americans in Texas found out they were free two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. I would learn that some black people thought the 4th of July meant freedom for all people, but this was not the case. July 4th is to celebrate when America declared independence from the British in 1776. Frederick Douglass would pen, “This Fourth is yours, not mine.”

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