July 17, 2014 |
Growing up in West Philadelphia, Betty Leacraft was drawn to the look and feel of fabric and its many creative uses. "I've been sewing since I was a child," said Leacraft. "My maternal grandmother put the first needle and thread in my hand. " At Overbrook High School and Cheyney University, Leacraft developed a keen interest in African culture. Over the years, she combined those passions to create bold and colorful artwork as a fabric mixed-media artist. Later this month, Leacraft will visit South Africa, where one of her works will be part of an exhibit of art quilts in tribute to the late President Nelson Mandela.
May 3, 2014 |
The Nutter administration, faced with rising concerns over postponed renovations to a Queen Village playground that sits atop one of the nation's most historically significant African American cemeteries, will host a public meeting Monday to hear from as many people as possible about the site's future. The 6:30 p.m. meeting, to be conducted by Mayor Nutter's chief of staff, Everett Gillison, will be at the African American Museum of Philadelphia, Seventh and Arch Streets. At issue is what should happen to Weccacoe Playground, which covers nearly an acre at Queen and Lawrence Streets, and Bethel Burial Ground, where more than 5,000 African Americans were buried between 1810 and the mid-1860s.
April 26, 2014 |
Leap over to Camden's Adventure Aquarium for a two-day celebration of Save the Frogs, part of the "Frogs: Nature's Messenger" exhibition. Proceeds will support the Save the Frogs Foundation. You will see more than 20 kinds of frogs, including the huge African bullfrog, the red-eyed tree frog, and the golden poison dart, and meet some of the colorful amphibians as they make an appearance with the aquarium's animal experts and biologists. To make the amphibian experience complete, there will also be a Frogger station, where visitors can play the '80s arcade game.
March 31, 2014 |
Lucille and Harold never quite recovered from the loss of their son Jacob, who drowned on his eighth birthday. Now in their 70s, they have spent nearly half a century dealing with their regrets, their guilt, their anger. Then one day Jacob shows up at their door - still 8 years old. That's the heartrending premise of Jason Mott's best-selling debut novel, The Returned , an intimate portrait of scores of men, women, and children who inexplicably return from the dead. Released in August, it was issued in paperback Tuesday.
January 18, 2014 |
When the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the 20th century's saint of civil rights, told the world about the dreams he had, the list didn't include being lionized alongside American presidents such as Lincoln and Washington. It didn't include a holiday bearing his name on which all Americans, of whatever race, would celebrate the freedoms that only racial equality provides. While most of the MLK Monday holiday is dedicated to events humble, honorable, and often tinged with spirituality, there are parties throughout the weekend that include the sort of respectable dance-centric festivity worthy of King's potent message.
October 20, 2013 |
John L. Wade Sr., 76, of Germantown, an award-winning artist and professor emeritus of the Temple University Tyler School of Art, died Monday, Oct. 7, at Good Shepherd Penn Partners in Philadelphia of complications from sarcoidosis. In addition to having received numerous awards, Mr. Wade's primarily abstract works were exhibited in galleries throughout the country, including the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Mr. Wade was born in Wilmington and graduated from Howard High School in 1955.
September 25, 2013 |
This Thursday, the African American Museum opens a new exhibit titled "The Unflinching Eye: Works of the Tiberino Family Circle. " It tells the story of the Tiberino family and its links with the city, its African American community, and the city's artistic life. It's a long affair, still going, sometimes prickly, sometimes combative, ever explosively creative. On display is a half century of challenging social commentary from Powelton Village's first family of the mural, sometimes called the "West Philly Wyeths.
May 17, 2013 |
The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention converges on Philadelphia in two locations on Friday and Saturday with an awards ceremony, comic books, workshops for kids, a costume contest, and more. Convention festivities from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at the African American Museum will include a free reception along with the annual Glyph awards ceremony honoring African American icons in the comic book industry. The convention continues from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Enterprise Center in West Philadelphia, featuring the Kids' Library Zone (from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
May 16, 2013
Richard J. Watson Age: 67 Where ya from? Born in Badin, N.C., but came to Philly at age 11 and grew up at 21st and Master. What do you do? Artist, musician and exhibitions manager and artist-in-residence at the African American Museum in Philly. Why did you move to Philadelphia? "At age 8, I moved with my aunt from North Carolina to Queens, N.Y., for three years. [His mother died when he was 3.] When I was 11, my father remarried, and we moved to Philadelphia. " Historic ties? Member of the Cecil B. Moore Freedom Fighters protesters at Girard College.
February 4, 2013 |
The Supremes' glamorous style - lush eyelashes, sleek beehive hairdos, and fur stoles - forced the world to see black women as more than mammies and maids years before the civil rights movement got fully under way. But the accessories wouldn't have mattered a lick without the gowns. Original Supremes Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, and Florence Ballard performed in what seemed like an endless supply of heavily beaded, floor-length confections. Some featured plunging necklines and flowing capes.