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Raub Welch, Afro-Gatsby

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03rd Jan 2017

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Afro-Gatsby

As a child, I longed for the elegance of the Harlem Renaissance that celebrated black excellence in academia, arts, music, and innovation. Chicago painter and interior designer, Raub Welch, is...

BeInTheirShoes-Mural

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20th Oct 2016

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Jeta B: #BeInTheirShoes

Painter Norman Lewis said, “The goal of the artist must be aesthetic development, and in a universal sense, to make in his own way some contribution to culture.” Perhaps Nina...

Norman Lewis

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12th Oct 2016

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Norman Lewis’ Police Beating

PROCESSION: The Art of Norman Lewis, is showcasing at the Chicago Cultural Center. The late Norman Lewis was a Harlem resident and part of the Harlem Renaissance culture. Some of...

Art-Rondaisms

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27th Jul 2016

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Black Art: Debra Cartwright & Raub Welch

We live in a crazy world. I try to find peace and beauty around me. The artwork of painters Debra Cartwright and Raub Welch inspire me. I interviewed them to...

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25th May 2016

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Syncopated Ladies – Tap Dance Revival

After seeing Maurice Hines’ Tappin’ Thru Life, I wondered what happened to all the black tap dancing hoofers. We know of the legendary Nicholas and Hines brothers. Was tap dancing...

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10th Feb 2016

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Beyonce Superbowl Tribute

A bit of background: It’s Black History Month and Beyoncé paid homage to the Black Panthers. During the 1960s, the Panthers provided food and other social services to black communities who were denied...

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08th Nov 2015

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Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq

The movie trailer was released and critics might as well thrown bullets at Spike Lee. These were not your normal movie critics.These were Chicago residents upset by the two minute...

Acquavella Galleries - Basquiat - Schorr Family

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03rd Jun 2014

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Hip-Hop & Art: Pollack – Basquiat – Banksy

Art adds value to our world as an expression of life. I do not always understand it, but I appreciate its various forms. Sometimes art imitates life. Other times art...

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14th Apr 2014

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Sci-Fi’s Obsession with the Crucifixion & Resurrection – Part 2

  I. Star Wars Palm Sunday starts Holy Week. In Part 1, we visited the Garden of Eden as seen in the analogies with the movie Avatar. Like Adam and...

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08th Apr 2014

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Sci-Fi’s Obsession with the Crucifixion & Resurrection – Part 1

If you’re a sci-fi fan, you secretly harbor an obsession with Christ-like savior symbolism. It is nothing new. Throughout literature, many authors have given their protagonists “savior” complexes. In ancient...

Dreams - Rondaisms

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24th Feb 2014

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Powered for Endurance Part 2 featuring Marchello Lee

Part 2 of my endurance series for Mr. Refined Magazine is published. It features an interview with actor, Marchello Lee, from the recently released film Dreams.   Marchello’s journey shows...

Jeta B

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19th Jun 2013

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Shoes and the City

“Rejoice with those who rejoice.”   I have been very fortunate in that wherever I have lived, I have met a few people that become part of the fabric of...

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