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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Transition-Zina Saro-Wiwa

I am fast becoming a fan of the work and insight of Zina Saro-Wiwa.  Her father would be so proud!

The art: Hank Willis Thomas, Who Can Say No to a Gorgeous Brunette?, 2007.

Here she presents an Op-Doc on black women’s decision to embrace their naturally kinky hair, rather than use chemical straighteners.

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This is my Africa by Zina Saro-Wiwa


This Is My Africa is an award-winning documentary film. Directed and produced by Zina Saro-Wiwa, this quirky and unique film is a journey into an Africa that many may not know about. Created to reveal a more personal vision of the continent  by weaving together the personal memories, tastes and experiences of 21 Africans and Africaphiles, This Is My Africa has been described as a 50-minute crash course in African culture.

TheT film features: contemporary artist Yinka Shonibare MBE; actor Colin Firth; filmmaker John Akomfrah OBE; Channel 4 news anchor Jon Snow; actor Chiwetel Ejiofor; singer Mpho Skeef; author Biyi Bandele; travel writer Noo Saro-Wiwa; opera singer Josephine Amankwah; fashion designer Bayo Oduwole; playwright Dipo Agboluaje; writer Mazzi Binaisa; DJ Duncan Brooker; politician and lawyer Paul Boateng; restaurateur Mourad Mazouz; actress and film-maker Lupita Nyong'o; writer and curator Nana O. Ayim; magazine publishers Njide and Nneka Ugboma; DJ/Producer Tony Nwachukwu and contemporary artist Mustafa Maluka.
 
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Friday, June 1, 2012

Sojourner Ahebee; Awarded National Gold Medal for Poetry by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers


 
Here's Sojourner enjoying the work of her peers. She also received a 2012 gold medal for her poetry.
 
I met many talented teens today and saw first-hand their amazing work. Here is Sojourner and I this afternoon outside the Art.Write.Now 2012 National Exhibition which is showcasing more than 500 National Gold Medal winning works of art and writing from the 2012 Alliance for Young Artists and Writers Awards. Sojo was a gold medal winner for poetry.
 
Art.Write.Now.2012 National Exhibition features the top award-winning art and writing from teens across the United States, identified through the prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. This year’s judges include David Sedaris, Roz Chast, Michael Bierut, Edwidge Danticat, and Mary Ellen Mark. The exhibition showcases 500 visual and literary wo...rks from students in grades 7 through 12. On display will be film, animation, 2D and 3D artworks, e-readers, videogames and video greetings from the students, which together create a dynamic and interactive look at the 89th year of this renowned exhibition.

These creative teens follow in the footsteps of past winners including Andy Warhol, John Baldessari, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Edward Sorel, Robert Redford, Zac Posen, Joyce Carol Oates, Ken Burns and many more. Visit the exhibition to view work from the nation’s most talented emerging artists and writers.

Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons New School of Design
66 Fifth Avenue @ 13th Street
2 West 13th Street at Fifth Avenue

Hours
Daily 12 noon - 6:00 p.m.
Open late Thursdays until 8:00 p.m.

Exhibition Dates
Open to public June 1 - June 16