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Art Exhibit for Landscape Artist Donna F. McGee A Success

Thursday night, dozens of Louisiana art enthusiasts came out to indulge the latest works by famed landscape artist Donna F. McGee. The event was hosted at FKJ Art Gallery, home to prominent fine artist and Grambling State University alumni Frank Kelley, Jr. The artist shared her latest works, illustrating her technique and inspiration. Local Artist Ross Slack and Grambling State University Art Department Head, Rodrecas Davis came out to support the event, along with dozens of others. Donna McGee’s works are inspired by the essence of nature—energy, motion, and change. According to Kahlil Gibran, “Art arises when the secret vision of the artist and the manifestation of nature agree to find n

New look at the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago

Officials have released fresh renderings of the planned $500 million Obama Presidential Center in Chicago to show architectural details like an 88-foot glass expanse on a tower. The Obama Foundation recently released updated drawings which officials said were based on community feedback. The center includes plaza and four buildings, including a tower which is likely to display a quotation from an Obama speech. The glass cutout is designed to let in more light. Foundation officials said the site will include a two-acre children's play area. Foundation officials said they have a plan to support sustainability too, including planting more trees and a one-acre wetland that'll capture and treat

Jay-Z: Made in America

JAY-Z: Made in America is the fruit of Michael Eric Dyson’s decade of teaching the work of one of the greatest poets this nation has produced, as gifted a wordsmith as Walt Whitman, Robert Frost and Rita Dove. But as a rapper, he’s sometimes not given the credit he deserves for just how great an artist he’s been for so long. This book wrestles with the biggest themes of JAY-Z's career, including hustling, and it recognizes the way that he’s always weaved politics into his music, making important statements about race, criminal justice, black wealth and social injustice. As he enters his fifties, and to mark his thirty years as a recording artist, this is the perfect time to take a look at JA

Nefertiti Austin

Austin paints an unflinching portrait of black motherhood in America Nefertiti Austin didn't want to write another book about how to find happiness as a mom juggling work and home life or about how not to hate your husband after giving birth. To write about her own experiences, she had to tackle some of the most uncomfortable yet urgent contemporary parenting challenges, including the mounting difficulties of raising children of color in an increasingly divided country. Motherhood So White: A Memoir of Race, Gender, and Parenting in America uncovers what it means to be a single, black mother of adopted black children in an America that primarily views motherhood through the perspective of wh

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