The Beauty of Blurred Lines

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The relationship between people and art is both complicated and fascinating. Our sense of the world is informed by the art we see, or make, and by the art we inherit and value. For African American art and artists the lines are far more blurred. Collision: Representation vs. Abstraction in African American Art, HMAAC’s newest…
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Brilliant Black Women On The Startup Scene


We now live in a world of billion dollar company valuations and overnight millionaires. From Facebook to Tumblr, the commonly held stereotype of a startup founder is a young White male — a quasi-boy genius who dropped out of college or high school to launch a successful digital company. Well, a new battalion of brilliant,…
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Black Beauty In Tinseltown

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No African American woman took home a golden statuette at the 2015 Academy Awards, because none was nominated for an award. Even Ava DuVernay, director of the civil rights tour de force Selma, did not receive a nod. Yes, the wizards of the entertainment industry are just as fickle as the little man in Oz…
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The Pivotal Power Of Black Women


For the past 20 years the White House has issued presidential proclamations designating March as “Women’s History Month.” As America begins its month-long celebrations, we at the Houston Museum of African American Culture (HMAAC) will pay a special attention to the stories of Black women. Plagued by both racism and sexism, Black women in America…
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Dr. Stephen Klineberg Reveals The Changing Face of Black Houston

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“Racial solidarity trumps class interests. This is one of the great strengths of the African American community,” said Dr. Stephen Klineberg to a standing-room audience of concerned citizens, business executives, educators, journalists, and civil society leaders. Held last week at the Clayton Library for Genealogical Research Carriage House, the event was a riveting lecture on…
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Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience

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“The British are coming, the British are coming” is the phrase often used to describe the new invasion of Black British talent in Hollywood. Take for example the Academy Award-winning film, 12 Years A Slave, directed by Steve McQueen and featuring Chiwetel Ejiofor, both British; and Selma, directed by American Ava DuVernay, but featuring Black…
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Danielle Burns Bares It All

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Former HMAAC Curator Danielle Burns is one of the few Black curators on the Houston arts scene. With curatorial stints at The Gregory School and the Julia Ideson Building, Burns has created inaugural exhibitions at three institutions. She is currently the Chief Curator at the Houston Public Library, a position for which she was hired…
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A Provocative Play in Pearland: Intimate Apparel

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With Black History Month upon us, we begin our celebration of Black Houston’s creative force. Through February 15, the Pearl Theater is presenting “Intimate Apparel,” a play set in Harlem in 1905. The protagonist is Esther Mills, an African American lingerie seamstress who, at age 17, left North Carolina to pursue big dreams in New…
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