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Meet Augusta Savage’s ‘Gamin’

gammin 600The Dixon Gallery and Gardens welcomes Augusta Savage's 'Gamin' on January 19 through March 23. Celebrating the Dixon's recent acquisition of the landmark sculpture, the exhibition looks at Savage and 'Gamin' and their place in the larger context of early twentieth century African-American art.

Surrounded by works from notable artists in The Horseman Collection, including Elizabeth Catlett, Aaron Douglas, and Bob Thompson, Savage's 'Gamin' reveals the emotions, history, and politics that informed Savage's work and that of her contemporaries.

The exhibition presents the work of African-American artists from the twentieth century who experimented with a range of subjects and styles in ways that express the diversity and vitality of African American art and identity. Although centered in Harlem, the spirit of the cultural movement found expression in cities and art centers across America from the 1920s onward. Figures such as Savage inspired African-American artists to find their artistic voice in ways that often celebrated the African American experience.


  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

‘Speed: Facing Our Addiction to Fast and Faster – and Overcoming Our Fear of Slowing Down’

speed 600There's a lot more to life than accelerating its pace, but you wouldn't know it judging by the everyday behavior of most folks lately. People have become so hopelessly dependent on smart phones, computer tablets and the like, that they can't go for more than a few minutes without texting, checking their messages or looking something up online, however trivial.

I first recognized this phenomenon a few years ago when I was invited to a friend's house for Passover. During the Seder, while his family and friends were taking turns reading from the holy Haggadah, he was secretly texting away under the table. Despite being contrite and embarrassed when I pointed out to everybody that our host was ignoring the sacred ritual, he was right back at it less than five minutes later.

Back then, I had no words for such behavior besides rudeness, but thanks to Dr. Stephanie Brown we now have a diagnosis of addiction to speed. In her groundbreaking book, "Speed: Facing Our Addiction to Fast and Faster – and Overcoming Our Fear of Slowing Down," she bemoans the fact that the culture has morphed into a ramped-up dystopia where machines lead and humans follow.


Kam’s Kapsules


"Her" (R for profanity, sexuality and brief nudity) Oscar-nominee Spike Jonze (for Being John Malkovich) directed this romance drama revolving around a lonely letter writer (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with the voice (Scarlett Johansson) on his computer's operating system. With Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Bill Hader and Olivia Wilde.

"The Legend of Hercules" (PG-13 for sensuality and intense violence) Mythological saga, set in ancient Greece, revolving around a demigod (Kellan Lutz) torn between pursuing true love and fulfilling his destiny by toppling a tyrannical king (Scott Adkins). With Gaia Weiss, Roxanne McKee, Liam Garrigan and Luke Newberry.

Nico Anderson: ‘I am a movement’

freshfruit 600(Fresh Fruit is Kelvin Cowans' periodic look at upcoming and rising talent from Memphis and the surrounding areas.)

I caught up with Memphis Music Producer Nico Anderson while he was doing a little Christmas shopping so we could talk a little music. The Oak Court Mall was packed beyond parking room and inside the people were elbow to elbow frantically shopping for deals. Nonetheless, Nico – aka Trackstar – was mellow and, as he put it, always ready to talk about music.

Kelvin Cowans: When did you start producing music?
Nico Anderson: Let me see, I graduated Trezevant High School in 2005, so it had to be right around 2007 that I started getting serious about music. I had always loved it but it was then that I really started moving in a professional manner about it.

  • Written by Kelvin Cowans/Special to The New Tri-State Defender

The 10 Best Black Books of 2013 (Non-Fiction)

book 6001. "(1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race"
Edited by Yaba Blay, Ph.D. with photography by Noelle Theard

2. "Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities"
by Craig Steven Wilder

AfricanAmericans51Xr5tDorfL3. "David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants"
by Malcolm Gladwell

‘The Young and Restless’ Angell

angell 600Angell Conwell was born in Orangeburg, S. Car. on August 2, 1983, but raised in nearby Columbia. At 17, she made her big screen debut in the gritty, John Singleton drama "Baby Boy" opposite Tyrese, Taraji P. Henson and Snoop Dogg.

She followed that outing with well-received supporting roles in such feature films as "The Wash," "Soul Plane" and "24 Hour Love." More recently, Angell enjoyed a starring role on the TV-One hit series "Family Time" with Omar Gooding, as well as a recurring role as Kevin Hart's ex-wife on the hit BET series "Real Husbands of Hollywood."

Her TV credits include guest starring roles on such shows as "NYPD Blue," "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," "Moesha," "That's So Raven" and "3rd Rock from the Sun." She has also appeared in the music videos "Batter Up" and "Ride Wit Me" and Usher's "Confessions."