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February 8th, 2018 by Aiyonna White

By Aiyonna White, Contributor

In honor of Black History Month, The Paley Center for Media has announced a panel discussion with prolific African-American creators in the industry. They Run the Show: 

African-American Creators and Producers in Conversation will be at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills February 13 at 7 pm. The panelists will discuss the adversary faced by African-Americans in the industry, the current state of the industry, and other topics.  

Here is the complete list of panelists:

Cheo Hodari Coker, Creator/Executive Producer/Showrunner, Luke Cage

Courtney A. Kemp, Creator/Executive Producer/Showrunner, Power

Janine Sherman Barrois, Executive 

Producer/Showrunner, Claws

Lee Daniels, Creator/Executive Producer, Empire and Star

Prentice Penny, Executive Producer/Showrunner, Insecure

Yvette Lee Bowser, Executive Producer/Showrunner, Dear White People

Moderator: Nischelle Turner, Entertainment Tonight

The Paley Center never fails to impress. The panelists are outstanding and the shows are some of the best.  

This event is one of several in the Paley Center’s Black History Month Celebration, titled African-American Achievements in Television: A Black History Spotlight Presented by Citi. Tickets on sale here and on the Paley Center website.







About Paley Live:

PaleyLive programs offer television fans the rare opportunity to engage with the cast and creative teams of their favorite programs in intimate settings held at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. All PaleyLive programs are selected by the Paley Center to not only expand society’s understanding of the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, but also for their ability to educate and entertain the public.

Leave a comment below about this Black History Month Paley Center Program and favorite TV shows/cast members. 


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February 25th, 2014 by Cherry

The New York Public Library is having an exhibit celebrating Black Characters in animation showing how they evolved from racial stereotypes to more realistic reflections of African-Americans.

Funky Turns 40: Black Character RevolutionFrom 1900 to 1960, Hollywood’s greatest animators and biggest studios produced more than 600 cartoon shorts featuring black characters. These films reflected the racial stereotypes of the pre–Civil Rights Era, portraying blacks as less than human and as minstrel caricatures. It wasn’t until the late 1960s and early 1970s that Saturday morning television cartoons featured black animated characters in a positive and realistic manner. Funky Turns 40, from the Museum of Uncut Funk, explores these black animated characters and the impact they had on a generation of young folk.

Now through Saturday, June 14, 2014


Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Latimer/Edison Gallery (Map and directions)
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Schomburg Center For Research In Black Culture

515 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10037
(212) 491-2200

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June 7th, 2013 by Cherry

Ohh I wish I was in Washington DC so that I could attend this talk about black women and our relationship with hair.  But (speaking personally) my relationship with my hair has always been more about OTHER people’s relationship with my hair.  I’m fine with whatever is on my hair rather it’s a teeny tiny 1 inch afro, a relaxed pageboy to my chin or a weave that brushes my shoulders.  But I’m easy and just self centered enough where other people comments about my looks, hair and/or body just bounces off me .. not that that’s good per se but it’s how I think.

I remember back  in the late 90’s when I went natural for necessity (super bad relaxer and just too expensive to go to the beauty salon on a broke entry level salary) so I chopped off what little hair remained for my first (of many) teeny tiny afros.  My hair when short gets super tiny little baby curls and is very fine (have super thin hair).  The response to my hair ran the gamut from ‘are you a lesbian’ to ‘how do you get those tiny curls’ not just from white people but fellow black people.  It never offended me and I don’t mind (to a degree) people touching my hair or asking questions.  What did offend me were the comments that my hair was ‘wrong’ and unprofessional.  It was as if my natural hair was a dirty secret that should be kept to myself and changed for public consumption.  Over the years as more women embrace their natural hair in all of it’s glory and differences I still see in advertisements that the ‘right’ natural hair doesn’t really look like mine per se instead it’s Ethiopian or Brazilian where it has more of a wave than the tight spirals that I have.  Not that I’m complaining since the beauty industry is about selling you product and if your OK just the way you are .. well who’d buy their products???



‘Health, Hair and Heritage’ at the Smithsonian

By ,Washington Post, June 7, 2013

Historically, popular culture’s relationship with black women’s hair ranges from indifferent to insulting to fetishized. But black women’s relationship to what’s growing out of their own heads has always proved especially tangled.

Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives/NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN ART – Students in Congo, where elaborate hairstyles signifiy wearers’ wealth and congeniality.

A frequent, clarifying shorthand contends hair is to black women what weight is to white women. But it’s heavier than that. For white women, size rarely becomes a proxy for personhood, while black hair raises questions of beauty, authenticity and the politics of racial identity…. continued on Washington Post

Health, Hair and Heritage is a panel discussion from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Smithsonian’s Ripley Center Pavilion, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. It is free and open to the public.


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September 30th, 2011 by Cherry

Identity and Affirmation

Postwar African American photography is the focal point of this exhibition, which features 136 images from local photographers such as Roland Charles. The show is one of dozens connected to Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A., 1945-1980, launching at institutions across the region this month.

Identity and Affirmation: Post War African-American Photography
October 23 – December 10, 2011

Opening Reception: October 23 / 2 – 5 pm, followed by an evening concert performance by The Miles Davis Group at the Valley Performing Arts Center
Gallery Talk: Monday, October 24 / 10 am

This exhibition features approximately 125 images produced by Los Angeles African-American photographers during the post-war years 1945-1980. Drawn from nearly 850,000 images from the collections that comprise the archives of the Institute for Arts & Media at California State University, Northridge, this exhibition offers insight into the era and artistic growth and development of events shaping African-American identity in Los Angeles. Curated by Professor Emeritus Kent Kirkton.

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September 30th, 2011 by Cherry

Hammer Museum


I’m so excited about Free Museum Day on Sunday, October 2, 2011!  I can’t wait to see these exhibits!  Anyone want to join me and get a little culture????

Hammer museum has some great exhibits this month to see AND Sunday is free museum day!

Ed Ruscha: On the Road 

This exhibition includes more than 50 photos from the artist’s 2009 limited-edition interpretation of Jack Kerouac’s novel and painted landscapes captioned with quotes from the book. 



This October the Hammer Museum will present Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960–1980, a comprehensive exhibition that examines the vital legacy of the city’s African American visual artists. Now Dig This! comprises 140 works from 35 artists that have rarely been shown in a museum setting and includes early pieces by now well-established artists as well as works once considered “lost.” The exhibition expands the art historical record by presenting an array of artists, some not widely recognized by a broad public, and connecting their work to the movements, trends, and ideas that fueled the arts in Los Angeles during this period. The work of these African American practitioners was animated to an extent by the civil rights and Black Power movements reflecting the changing sense of what constituted African American identity and American culture. Artists featured in the exhibition include Melvin Edwards,Fred EversleyDavid HammonsMaren HassingerSenga NengudiJohn OutterbridgeAlonzo DavisDale Brockman DavisNoah PurifoyBetye Saar, and Charles White


This comprehensive exhibition examines the vital legacy of the city’s African American visual artists, who—through their work and their connections with other artists from a variety of ethnic backgrounds—made up an important part of the creative community. Including 140 works by 35 artists, many of whom are not well known to the public, Now Dig This!expands the art historical record, placing the work of these practitioners within the context of the movements, trends, and ideas that fueled the arts in Los Angeles during this period.

Now Dig This! is presented as part of Pacific Standard Time, a collaboration of more than sixty cultural institutions across Southern California, coming together for six months beginning in October 2011 to tell the story of the birth of the Los Angeles art scene and how it became a new force in the art world.


11AM – 5PM

Through the generosity of Bank of America, the Hammer is pleased to offer complimentary museum admission on Sunday, October 2, to celebrate the opening day of Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960–1980.


With exhibition curator Kellie Jones.


Artists Senga Nengudi and Maren Hassinger perform a collaborative project with Ulysses Jenkins in which they reimagine their works in the exhibition galleries.

11AM – 6PM
Free shuttle buses provided by South Coast Plaza will run between the Hammer and Pacific Standard Time partner institution, LACMA, between 11AM and 6PM on Sunday, October 2.


Harrell Fletcher and Adam Moser will document the span of an academic year at the Hammer with a yearbook dedicated to the museum’s visitors, programs, and staff.

Come by the Hammer on October 2 between 11am and 5pm to meet Harrell and Adam and to have your portrait taken for the book. A “group photo” of all visitors will take place in the courtyard at 3pm.

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