African-American history has mostly been told through the eyes of black journalists and kept in the pages of black newspapers. The Chicago Defender and the New York Amsterdam News, and great journalists like Ida B. Wells, Chuck Stone and Ethel Payne, all had to tell our stories when white newspapers, radio and television denied our existence as anything other than a threat. If you want to know the story of protests against police brutality in 1920s Baltimore, you check out the archives of the Baltimore Afro-American. If you want to know how the Rosewood massacre in Florida actually started, it was in the black press.Details
African-Print Fashion Now! A Story of Taste, Globalization, and Style (on view March 26–July 30, 2017) will feature the dynamic and diverse dress traditions of African-print cloth—the boldly patterned and brightly colored textiles popular across Africa—and their increasing connections to the international fashion and contemporary art worlds.Details
It’s sad but true: Americans are becoming overwhelmingly pessimistic. And, there’s no shortage of studies to prove it. From reported data citing that a paltry 6 percent of Americans think the world is getting better to the staggering finding that more than two-thirds of Americans think the country is moving in the wrong direction, all of this negativity is understandably taking its toll.Details
As AsAmNews predicted, voters elected a record number of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to Congress Tuesday.
14 AAPI voting members of Congress were elected, surpassing by 2 the previous record.
Those elected include California Attorney General Kamala Harris who will become the first Indian American woman elected to the U.S. Senate. She beat Rep Loretta Sanchez 63% -37%.Details
For the first time in the history of the United States, a person without any political or military experience won the presidency. The victory of Republican Donald Trump reflects the power of the frustration of a majority of Americans with their political leaders. Yesterday, a populism that appeals to resentment prevailed, throwing reason out the window.Details
Most European films usually end up at the “art theaters” in the U.S. This means very few American filmgoers ever see them. That is a sad situation because some of the great “art of filmmaking” can be found in that genre. What distinguishes them from the more commercial films made in this country?Details
Shari was born into a war-torn country, alone and fending for herself; Clara grew up in New York with seemingly the best of everything. These two very different characters, who led very different lives, undertake a surreal journey to meet in an explosive encounter and discover a shared secret from their past in TOYS: A Dark Fairy Tale. In this dramedy written by award-winning playwright Saviana Stanescu, you’ll piece together a life that was torn apart by war as the characters — our alternate identities — find themselves reunited after 30 years. With suspense and humor, the artists bring the eclectic imagery of the Los Angles Art Scene to Europe.Details
This election makes me feel a little bit of everything, but not exactly how I expected to feel for my first time voting.
I was born in the U.S. but lived in Mexico for 15 years. I used to think that voting would never, ever make a change in society. But that has a lot to do with Mexico’s history.
I came back to the United States at age 17 in 2012. Just when I started getting into the groove of sunny California, Obama vs. Romney happened.
I didn’t vote. I wasn’t into politics and change as much as I am now. So, yes, I let four years of my life slide under the rug rather than contributing to the future of the country.Details
The early voting returns show two unsurprising things. One is that black voters are turning out in smaller numbers in some areas than they did in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections. The other is that the relatively lighter turnout is in marked contrast to the near record turnout among black voters for candidate Obama in 2008 and President Obama in 2012. Much shouldn’t be made of this for the simple fact that Clinton is not Obama. Clinton doesn’t need to match his total among blacks vote for vote to win the White House. Clinton could never duplicate the euphoria that Obama generated among blacks. His candidacy was not seen as a candidacy, but a crusade, a history making crusade. Blacks did not just see this as a chance to put a black president in office but a chance to snatch a piece of history along the way.Details
The spirit of improvisation finds its ultimate expression in the workings of American democracy. Like improvisation, democracy believes every voice, however marginal or foolish, should be heard, every vote counted.
Then along came Donald J. Trump whose irrepressible spontaneity knocks much of this rosy vision about improv and democracy into a cocked hat. Presidential historian Jon Meachum calls Trump “Unabashedly improvisational.” David Axelrod describes him as “an improvisational performer, long on chutzpah and borscht belt put-downs but short on facts.” We’ve all seen it. The man gives no thought to the next thing out of his mouth. If Hermes the Trickster, the lord of boundary crossing, god of thieves and liars was the first improviser, Donald Trump the con man is his dark doppelganger, a dark echo point by point.Details
A group of Black doctors in Los Angeles and throughout California have been waging a long, valiant, and lonely fight against a practice which has had disastrous effects on the quality of medical care in poor, and underserved communities and harmful consequences for the doctors. The practice is medical racial profiling. This is a systematic pattern and practice of harassment, license suspensions, administrative hearings, reprimands, and write-ups of black doctors in far greater numbers than white doctors. The prime culprit the doctors say is the California Medical Board responsible for oversight over the state’s medical practitioners, and which has taken the disproportionate disciplinary action against Black doctors.Details