Arts & Life


Dallas Black Dance Theatre 2017 Exhibition

“The magic.” That singular phrase was how Ann Williams described the call that dance held for her as a youth, long before she founded the Dallas Black Dance Theatre in 1976. “I really got interested in dance and the arts ...

Br'er Cotton: Stage play sparks conversation about race, healing

Last year, tragedy stuck the city when a lone shooter ambushed Dallas police officers after a peaceful march protesting a national epidemic of African Americans killed by police. The shooting led to five deaths and multiple injuries. Although time may ...

Hidden Figures author setting next book in Baltimore

The author of Hidden Figures is setting her next book around two prominent African American households in mid-20th century Baltimore.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

“What can I say about this company?” asked Charles Santos, executive/artistic director of Texas International Theatrical Arts Society, as he introduced The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to the Winspear Opera House audience March 31 for the first of a ...

Cicely Tyson honored at South Dallas school

The portrayal of African Americans in television and movies has always been instrumental in shaping the household of Black families. From Hattie McDaniels to Viola Davis, positive representation of Black Americans has been a long-standing fight against stereotypical roles.

Art with pig in police uniform removed from Capitol Hill wall

A Republican lawmaker removed a high school student’s painting from a Capitol Hill display Friday because it shows a pig in a police uniform aiming a gun at African American protesters. The image was inspired by the shooting and protests ...

Last Night in Black History

Connecting past and present will be the theme of the upcoming Last Night in Black History, according to Stevie J. Downer, executive producer of Top Knotch Officials. “The event is a theatrical, educational event, so we are wanting to showcase ...

DBDT’s seventh annual Cultural Awareness Series

Dallas Black Dance Theatre will commemorate its 40th anniversary season during its seventh annual Cultural Awareness Series. The series will be held Feb. 17 to Feb. 19 at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre in the AT&T Performing Arts Center, ...

Make Gifts Personal with DIY Labels

After spending hours scouring stores for the perfect gift for each person on your list, the last thing you want to do is bury your thoughtful gesture in generic wrapping. Fortunately, with the right tools and a little creativity, you ...

Three Ways to Get Resourceful with Gift Wrapping

After spending hours searching for the perfect gift, it's only fitting that the wrapping is just as special as the gift itself. Luckily, elaborate wrapping doesn't have to be pricey - you can easily find ways to perfect and personalize ...

Technology meets history at DBDT

An innovative use of technology makes history for the Dallas Black Dance Theatre during its 40th anniversary season:

DanceAfrica: DBDT celebrates 40 years with cultural performances

“Ashe. Ashe,” yelled the DanceAfrica Festival audience members.

Stages of Struggle, Celebrations

Stages of Struggle and Celebration: A Production History of Black Theater in Texas examines African American theater across the state, from plantation shows of the 19th century to the present, while presenting the playwrights, lyricists and arts organizations who have ...

A Few Good Men offers fatherly advice

According to a Census Bureau study, close to 50 percent of Black children live in a single-mother home without their father, 4.3 percent of live in single-father homes, and 36.6 percent live in homes with both their mother and father. ...

International fashion show features African trends, benefits children in Africa

Designers from around the globe unveiled their Fall 2016 Fusion Collections for men and women during the Dallas International Fashion Show at the Music Hall at Fair Park on Sept. 4. The event, a collaboration between the city,