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Ford Foundation President Darren Walker Receives France’s Highest Cultural Honor

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Ford Foundation President Darren Walker Receives France’s Highest Cultural Honor

He’s a resounding voice for equity in the arts! Ford Foundation president Darren Walker has received France’s highest cultural honor, WRAL reports. Darren Walker joined the Ford Foundation in 2013, helming one of the largest philanthropic organizations in the nation. His mission in the role was to help shape the organization’s efforts to support social justice by funding the arts. One of the first orders of business was selling the foundation’s art collection of works, a collection almost completely compiled of white male artists. In 2017, the collection previously displayed at the foundation’s buildings was rebuilt with nearly 350 works from new...

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Iconic ‘Sugar Shack’ Painting By The Late, Great Ernie Barnes Sells For $15.3 Million

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Iconic ‘Sugar Shack’ Painting By The Late, Great Ernie Barnes Sells For $15.3 Million

The sale is a new record for the popular artist! The iconic Sugar Shack painting by legendary artist Ernie Barnes has sold for  $15.3 million, Deadline reports. The Sugar Shack is a painting by former professional football player turned artist, Ernie Barnes. The work has become a cultural staple in Black American culture, featured in the opening and closing credits of Norman Lear’s hit 1970's sitcom Good Times and as Marvin Gaye’s album cover for his 1976 release I Want You. Now the painting has been sold at Christie’s auction house in New York for nearly $15.3 million.  #AuctionUpdate Ernie Barnes ‘The Sugar...

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Howard University Announces Historic Acquisition Of Gordon Parks Photographs

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Howard University Announces Historic Acquisition Of Gordon Parks Photographs

It’s one of the most comprehensive collections of Parks’ work. Howard University just announced a historic acquisition of Gordon Parks photos spanning five decades.  Howard University and The Gordon Parks Foundation have announced a new acquisition by the HBCU that include 252 photographs from the late photographer spanning his five-decade career. The collection, a mix of gifts and purchases, will be housed in the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center and features some of Parks’ earliest work from the 1940s through the 1990s. It is one of the most comprehensive collections of the study of Parks’ life and work and is an extension of the foundation’s...

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Greenwood Acquires Private National Club The Gathering Spot In Black-Owned Business Merger

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Greenwood Acquires Private National Club The Gathering Spot In Black-Owned Business Merger

This is a game-changer! Greenwood, Inc. has acquired private national club, “The Gathering Spot,” in a one-of-a-kind Black-owned business merger, Businesswire reports.  Greenwood, a digital banking platform for Black and Latino individuals and business owners, is expanding their footprint, recently acquiring The Gathering Spot (TGS), a national private membership network that caters to Black professionals. TGS has more than 12,000 members that span the industry, representing companies that include Apple, Goldman Sachs, Meta, NAACP, Revolt, Truist and Spotify. Alongside Greenwood’s thousands of account holders with an onboarding waitlist in the hundreds of thousands, combined the two companies boast a community...

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Limited Series Based On Toni Morrison’s ‘Sula’ In Development At HBO

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Limited Series Based On Toni Morrison’s ‘Sula’ In Development At HBO

This is going to be powerful! A limited series based on Toni Morrison’s “Sula” novel is in development at HBO, Deadline reports. Sula is a limited series slated at HBO from writer Shannon M. Houston (Lovecraft Country) and Stephanie Allain’s (Dear White People) Homegrown Pictures. Houston previously worked as a pop culture writer and TV and film critic. She sold a pilot to Amazon that kicked off her work on several popular shows including Hulu’s Little Fires Everywhere and HBO Max’s Station Eleven. Now she’s partnering with Homegrown, a production company dedicated to creating content about women and people of...

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