Face it. Lupita Nyong'o is the new "it" girl, and one can only imagine how many magazines are dying to feature her.
However, those who do get the opportunity should use Vanity Fair as an example of what not to do. The magazine included Nyong'o in a tweet on Wednesday about its upcoming issue's Vanities section and is now under fire for what some people say is a case of making the star's deep-chocolate skin tone appear lighter.
Nocciola Nazgul @deluxvivens
did vanity fair seriously lighten lupita's picture? really? did this happen?
The 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.
Hollywood honored black performers that lit up the silver screen in 2013 with this morning's Academy Award nominations, although some beloved African-American themed films were largely overlooked.
"12 Years a Slave," the acclaimed drama which retells the story of Solomon Northup, an educated, Northern black man kidnapped and sold into slavery, had the strongest showing of any "black" film scoring 9 nominations including the top categories of best picture, director (Steve McQueen), actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and supporting actress (Lupita Nyong'o).
African-American writer John Ridley, who hasn't received as much publicity as he deserves for his stellar screenplay adapted from Northup's memoir, was also nominated. If he were to win on Oscar night he'd only be the second black writer to take home an award. If McQueen were to be victorious he would be the first black director to ever take home an Academy Award (outside of the documentary category).
There'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.
Beyoncé has sharpened her feminist voice in a new essay she contributed to The Shriver Report, a new, multimedia initiative gaining attention created by journalist and former first lady of California Maria Shriver.
The 2014 report, A Woman's Nation Pushes Back From The Brink, is comprised of data, analysis and essays that aim to change the way American society relates to women, improving their outcomes in various sectors leading to social empowerment.
Perhaps as an extension of the discussion of feminism in a song from her latest album, "***Flawless," Beyoncé has contributed an essay to the report that enumerates the ways in which American women lag behind in terms of equal pay.
Last night's Golden Globes may be considered a big night for the slavery epic "12 Years a Slave," which took home the award for best motion picture, drama. But it was not a big night for the film's stars, director or frankly anyone else who happened to be black and in the room that evening.
Despite nominations in a number of major categories, black artists were shut out through the awards show. Making it particularly disappointing for many viewers is the fact that thanks to the box office and critical success of films like "Lee Daniels' The Butler" and "12 Years a Slave," many were heralding 2013 as a banner year for black cinema.
Actors Chiwetel Ejiofor and Idris Elba were both nominated in the best actor category for their lead roles in "12 Years a Slave" and "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." Lupita Nyong'o was nominated in the best supporting actress category for her role in "12 Years a Slave," and Barkhad Abdi was nominated in the best supporting actor category for his performance in "Captain Phillips." Kerry Washington was nominated for her role as Olivia Pope in "Scandal," while Don Cheadle was nominated for his role in the series "House of Lies." Steve McQueen was nominated for best director for "12 Years a Slave," while John Ridley, who penned the film's screenplay, also received a nomination.