Arts & Life


Becoming book tour features Oprah, Valerie Jarrett and Tracee Ellis Ross among other celebrities

“In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As first lady of the United States of America

DanceAfrica returns as DBDT season opener

The Dallas Black Dance Theatre will kick off its 2018-2019 season in the Dallas Arts District with its 13th annual DanceAfrica – celebrating the rich heritage and ancestry of Africa. As an introduction to the celebration, DBDT will present free ...

Dallas and the arts diaspora

After 150 committee meetings, the City of Dallas’ Office of Cultural Affairs has drafted a cultural arts plan that will provide a new artistic look to various local neighborhoods and cultural groups.

Mississippi Civil Rights Museum tells authentic stories from the movement

In the early morning hours of Jan. 10, 1966, civil rights leader Vernon Dahmer Sr. was jolted from his sleep as members of the Ku Klux Klan surrounded his house, just north of Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Veteran designer to receive prestigious award for dedicated to youth, diversity in design

Vernon Lockhart, executive director of Project Osmosis, a nonprofit helping youth pursue careers in design, was honored by AIGA Chicago June 14 for his commitment to diversifying the design industry.

National Memorial Peace and Justice: Lynching memorial and museum draw crowds, tears

Tears and expressions of grief met the opening of the nation’s first memorial to the victims of lynching Apr 26 in Alabama. Hundreds lined up in the rain to get a first look at the memorial and museum in Montgomery.

Gifts for every mom this Mother’s Day

From every skinned-up knee when you were small to nearly every celebration throughout life, she is always there. Mothers are consistently there cheering you on and supporting you. Mothers are strong

Southwest Black Art Show in South Dallas

The Southwest Black Art Show will present original art by artists of African descent, April 6 through 8 at the African American Museum, located in Historic Fair Park at 3536 Grand Ave. SWBAS was founded by artist Frank Frazier, along ...

National Geographic covers race, acknowledges past racist reporting

National Geographic acknowledged March 19 that it covered the world through a racist lens for generations, with its magazine portrayals of bare-breasted women and naive brown-skinned tribesmen as savage, unsophisticated and unintelligent.

Black Panther puts spotlight on division within the African diaspora

When Jennifer Emejulu went to see Black Panther, the New Jersey resident didn’t feel like wearing any of the traditional Nigerian clothing she routinely wears for family parties.

Image Awards voting open to public for the first time

For the first time in its award show history, voting for the 49th NAACP Image Awards will be open to the public. Viewers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite nominees in 36 different categories across film, television ...

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 ...