Art imitiating life

I am at a lost for words to describe how it feels to hear the decision of juries for the Mike Brown and Eric Garner cases. Hurt, anger, fear, shame, sadness, indifference and grief all at the same time. This is some traumatic kind of living.

“For his part, director Spike Lee took the video of the incident, which went viral, and intercut scenes of Radio Raheem’s death sequence in his seminal 1989 film, “Do The Right Thing,” essentially holding up a mirror to reality, emphasizing how much his art seemingly imitates (or maybe I should say, reflects) real life – still, some 25 years later, since that film’s releaseway.”

h/t Shadow and Act

Stories about African American philanthropists are important

In this TEDxCharlotte Talk, writer, Valaida Fullwood and photographer, Charles Thomas explain how the creation of their book, Giving Back, helped to re-frame portraits of philanthropists. Since publication in 2011, the book was named 10 Best Black Books of 2011 and received the prestigious 2012 McAdam Book Award, which recognizes “the most inspirational and useful new book for the nonprofit sector.”

 

Have you read Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists, yet?

 

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