Nari Ward, Peace Keeper , 1995. Photo: Dario Lasagni/New Museum, New York The New Museum’s show “Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America” finds terrible beauty in the pain, rage, mania, and sorrow that form the continuing psychosis of this country’s obsession with race. Featuring 37 Black artists working in the United States from 1964 to today, it plumbs the long American night of racism with an eye on the poetics of abstraction, the possibilities of monochrome, and the documentation of bare facts. Together, these 97 pieces suggest Black artists have made the most important art of our time. It’s notable that this exhibition, with its themes of mourning and loss, was the last organized by the great Nigerian-born, Germany-based curator Okwui Enwezor, a visionary pioneer of international multiculturalism, who died of cancer in 2019 at the age of 55. Part of the big global art world that self-started in the early ’90s, Enwezor’s animating purpose as a curator seemed to be to declare a war on the apartheid within the institutional art world, which simply left artists from Africa out of exhibitions. Above all other curators of his generation, Enwezor brought contemporary African art and history to bear on the whole world, and he was unabashed about wanting power so that he could effect change. The show was incomplete at his death and has ably been brought to fruition using notes from and conversations with Enwezor by curators Naomi Beckwith and Massimiliano Gioni, artist Glenn Ligon, and independent curator-writer Mark Nash. Enwezor’s curatorial eye centered on an erotics of form, color, and structure; even the most difficult or didactic work in this show is packed with its own intellectual and visual pleasure. Unlike with similar exhibitions, you will not spend your time laboring over gassy wall texts. The U.S.-based artists Enwezor worked with are now well known, and that can make this show feel a little orthodox and official in its selections — … [Read more...] about Heartbreak and Resurrection in ‘Grief and Grievance’ at the New Museum
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Photo: Paras Griffin/Getty Images A lawyer is seeking a criminal investigation into T.I. and Tiny Harris on behalf of 11 new victims accusing the couple of sexual assault, abuse, and drugging, along with facilitating abuse among other members of their circle. The new accusations come after dozens of alleged victims first accused the couple of sexual abuse and assault in late January, accusations denied by the couple at the time. Tyrone A. Blackburn, a New York–based lawyer, sent letters to state and federal prosecutors along with state attorneys general in Georgia and California on February 19 calling for investigations, Vulture confirmed. The New York Times first reported the letters, and Blackburn told the paper he received confirmation that the letters were delivered. A lawyer for T.I., born Clifford Harris, and Tiny, a.k.a. Tameka Harris, told Vulture the couple “deny in the strongest possible terms these unsubstantiated and baseless allegations.” The letters, obtained by Vulture, detail “eerily similar events of sexual abuse, forced ingestion of illegal narcotics, kidnapping, terroristic threats and false imprisonment,” as Blackburn describes. One of the victims alleges she was a 17-year-old intern to T.I. and Tiny’s studio when Tiny offered her alcohol and pills in the summer of 2006. According to Blackburn’s letter, she eventually passed out in a bedroom and woke up the next morning “bleeding from her vagina” and feeling “discomfort in her anus” and was given a morning-after pill by one of Tiny’s associates. Another woman, an Air Force veteran, claims she was given a drink by Tiny at a club and later taken to a hotel room with the couple. She eventually felt sick, after only having two drinks, and vomited. T.I. “attempted to put his foot into her vagina” against her consent, according to Blackburn, before she passed out. She woke up naked “with a very sore vagina.” Another victim, a former friend of Tiny’s, claims she was forced by T.I. to take … [Read more...] about 11 New Victims Accuse T.I. and Tiny Harris of Sexual Assault, Drugging
December 08, 2016 - 09:14 GMT Ainhoa Barcelona Kate Middleton joined the rest of the royal family as they posed in their finery for a rare portrait Buckingham Palace has released a new portrait of the Queen and her family, showing the royals posing in their finery ahead of the annual diplomatic reception. The 90-year-old monarch took pride of place at the centre of the group, wearing a white gown and a blue ceremonial sash, with her husband, Prince Philip, at her side. Prince William and Kate made a beautiful couple on the Queen's left, with the Duchess scoring sartorial points in a previously-worn Jenny Packham gown and the Cambridge Lover's Knot tiara. Royal watchers were particularly excited to see Kate wearing her tiara; it is only the fourth time she has been pictured wearing one in public. At last year's reception, the mum-of-two chose to don the same Cambridge Lover's Knot tiara , which was a firm favourite of Princess Diana's. Prince Charles and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, dressed in white like the Queen and wearing a tiara from her collection, stood to the monarch's other side. The gentlemen in the party were all pictured wearing knee breeches with the Garter of the Order of the Garter insignia (which is rarely seen in public) attached just below their left knees. Releasing an official portrait of the family at the diplomatic reception is a rare move from the palace. The royals are normally pictured arriving at Buckingham Palace in their chauffeur-driven cars, but they have never circulated posed photographs from inside the event. As in other years, William and his wife arrived in a chauffeur-driven car The reception, which is the largest held at the palace, is considered the main diplomatic social event of the year in London and reflects the Queen's importance in the country's diplomatic relations. All senior members of the royal family, who do not have prior … [Read more...] about Kate Middleton dons tiara in new royal family portrait
Photo-Illustration: Vulture and Photos by Getty Images 1912: The U.S. government breaks up the New York–based conglomerate Motion Picture Patents Company, a.k.a. the Movie Trust. This paves the way for a newly formed Universal to open studios in L.A. and attract more of the budding film industry. 1928: Each of the big eight film studios now opens in L.A., ushering in the “Golden Age” of film in Hollywood. At the same time, Schenectady stations W2XB and WGY transmit the first-ever televised drama, The Queen’s Messenger , to Los Angeles. Direct lines between the entertainment industries on the two coasts begin to be drawn. 1938: After more than a decade of operating solely out of New York, radio-broadcast rivals NBC and CBS confirm the pull of L.A. by opening studios there. 1939: The earliest commercial-TV experiments begin with NBC station W2XBS, establishing New York as the new medium’s hub of innovation. 1946: Contrary to conventional East Coast wisdom, director Jerry Fairbanks eschews live broadcast and pioneers multi-cam TV production in L.A. Sitcoms are not far behind. 1948: Vaudeville superstar comic Milton Berle hosts first televised variety show, The Texaco Star Theatre , for NBC in NYC. Growing television audiences go nuts. 1951: Despite a network pull to film in New York, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz insist on shooting I Love Lucy in L.A. The sitcom soon bumps Texaco as the nation’s No. 1 TV hit. 1954: Tonight Starring Steve Allen — late-night variety talk-show precursor to the juggernaut that is The Tonight Show — begins broadcasting from New York’s Hudson Theater. 1956: The Milton Berle Show , descendant of Texaco Star Theatre , ends its broadcast not in New York but in Los Angeles. Despite Berle’s leap west, The Ed Sullivan Show continues to broadcast out of NYC and showcases early nightclub comics such as Phyllis Diller and Jackie Mason. 1963: Budd Friedman opens his first Improvisation club … [Read more...] about The History of Comedians Moving Between NYC and L.A.
February 16, 2021 - 23:25 GMT Brandi Fowler Kelly Ripa's blue pants have fans all saying the same thing. We found the perfect dupes for The Live With Kelly & Ryan star's blue pants and nail color that everyone is talking about. Kelly Ripa is matching her blue nails with everything - and we want in on this trend. MORE: Kelly Ripa shares tear jerking Valentine's Day video montage for Mark Consuelos The Live with Kelly & Ryan star continued to prove she has a thing for blue hues when she stepped out on the show’s stage Tuesday wearing blue Aleksandre Akhalkatsishvili trousers paired with a printed Isabel Marant floral blouse that came complete with a ruffled collar. The fashionista also wore her blue Gianvito Rossi pumps again. View this post on Instagram A post shared by LIVE with Kelly and Ryan (@livekellyandryan) Kelly loves incorporating blue hues into her on-air ensembles But it wasn’t just the daytime TV host’s trousers that caught our eye. It was the coordination with her blue nails, which she debuted on Super Bowl Sunday. Kelly wore blue trousers, blue stiletto pumps, and blue nails on the show When the show posted an Instagram video of her walking to the stage with Ryan, fans noticed it too, and went wild in the comments over that - and the similarity between the color of Kelly’s pants and the color of the logo of the show. “Pants + nails are stellar, ” one fan wrote. “What color nail polish is Kelly wearing? So pretty!”, another chimed in. “I want to know too!,” a follower replied. SHOP: 15 incredible black-owned fashion and beauty essentials you need on your radar RELATED: Kelly Ripa reveals hilarious beauty blunders on LIVE - and fans can relate Kelly’s blouse and trousers are already sold out, and although her nail stylist, Nails by Asami, hasn’t revealed the color just yet, we … [Read more...] about Kelly Ripa’s blue pants have fans all saying the same thing
I Got a Story to Tell achieves something notably slicker than your average Biggie murder story Photo: George DuBose At the heart of “ Juicy ,” one of hip-hop’s most indelible rags-to-riches anthems, is the world-beating joy of a Black boy from Brooklyn realizing his dreams are finally within reach. The lilt in the voice of the 21-year-old Notorious B.I.G. as he detailed quality of life improvements that new fame allowed — a Super Nintendo and a Sega Genesis, a nice television and a leather couch to watch it on, bottles of champagne at the ready — is perfectly infectious. The boasts are modest, signs of the bleakness of prospects for inner city youth who didn’t come from great means, many of whom would never find chances to experience the world past streets they grew up in. “Juicy” plays with a familiar formula: As with early rap gems like Sugar Hill Gang ’s “Rapper’s Delight,” the Treacherous Three’s “Feel the Heartbeat,” or the Funky 4 + 1’s “That’s the Joint” and “Rappin and Rocking the House,” “Juicy” lifts its unstoppable bounce off a popular cookout anthem, New York post-disco icons Mtume’s “Juicy Fruit,” reimagining the music of the artist’s childhood as a launchpad for more adult concerns. What sets the Ready to Die staple apart from similar moments of pride throughout hip-hop history is that at the time of recording, things weren’t yet “all good” for Biggie. He had cut his teeth doing an impressive array of guest appearances by the summer of 1994, when he released the lead single from his debut album, most notably on remixes to Bad Boy and Uptown Records affiliates Craig Mack and Mary J. Blige’s “Flava in Ya Ear,” “Real Love,” and “What’s the 411?” He’d already shined on 1993’s “Party and Bullshit” and stole the show on “A Bunch of Niggas,” the closer on the Heavy D and the Boyz highlight Blue Funk . He’d been in The Source , the bible of 20th-century hip-hop, in 1992 thanks to his impressive demo tape. He didn’t have a hit record … [Read more...] about Biggie’s Story Finally Gets a Proper Retelling