Spokesman: Cosby plans tour to educate youth on misbehavior

Updated 7:40 am, Friday, June 23, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bill Cosby will organize a series of town hall meetings to help educate young people about problems their misbehavior could create and other issues, a spokesman for Cosby said.

Cosby is eager to get back to work following a deadlocked jury and mistrial in his sexual assault case, spokesman Andrew Wyatt told Birmingham, Alabama, TV station WBRC on Wednesday.

“We’ll talk to young people. Because this is bigger than Bill Cosby. You know, this, this issue can affect any young person, especially young athletes of today,” Wyatt said. “And they need to know what they’re facing when they’re hanging out and partying, when they’re doing certain things they shouldn’t be doing.

“And it also affects married men,” Wyatt said, without elaborating.

“Is it kind of a, ‘Do as I say, not as I do’ situation?” the newscaster asked, but it was unclear if Wyatt heard and responded to the question.

Prosecutors have said Cosby will be retried on sexual assault charges stemming from former Temple University worker Andrea Constand‘s allegations that Cosby drugged and molested her in 2004. Cosby contends the encounter was consensual.

The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, an anti-sexual violence organization known as RAINN, responded to Cosby’s announced plans.

“It would be more useful if Mr. Cosby would spend time talking with people about how not to commit sexual assault in the first place,” RAINN spokeswoman Jodi Omear said in a statement.

In a statement Thursday to The Associated Press, Wyatt expanded on his remarks.

He said that many civic organizations and churches have called asking that Cosby speak to young men and women about the judicial system and how it can be used for “personal agenda and political ambitions.”

“They feel that the young men and women need to be aware that Mr. Cosby was given a deal to never be criminally charged” in the Andrea Constand case, he said.

A town hall will be held in Birmingham in July, Wyatt said. He didn’t identify the date or location or any other cities that will be visited.

Also taking part in the TV interview was Wyatt associate Ebonee Benson, who had read comments from Cosby’s wife, Camille, slamming prosecutors after the trial’s end last weekend in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

“Laws are changing,” Benson said on Thursday. “The statute of limitations for victims of sexual assault are being extended. So this is why people need to be educated on a brush against the shoulder, you know anything at this point can be considered sexual assault. And it’s … a good thing to be educated about the law.”

Lecturing isn’t new for Cosby. In recent years, the comedian and actor became known for scolding fellow African-Americans for poor grammar, sloppy dress and not valuing education, critiques that drew fire from some as elitist.

It also led indirectly to the reopening of the examination of his past.

In 2014, black standup comedian Hannibal Buress slammed Cosby on stage, calling him a self-righteous scold and adding, “You rape women, Bill Cosby.”

Video of Buress’ remarks was widely viewed online, and a number of women came forward to share similar stories alleging sexual abuse by Cosby. Prosecutors ultimately reopened Constand’s case.

During the trial, Constand testified that Cosby drugged and molested her at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. Cosby did not testify during the trial, but has said his contact with the former director of women’s basketball operations at his alma mater, Temple University, was consensual.

A juror in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial said Thursday that some jurors were concerned that prosecutors waited 10 years to charge him, expressing suspicion that politics had played a role in the case.

The juror told The Associated Press that the panel was almost evenly split in its deliberations, with a similar number of jurors wanting to convict the 79-year-old entertainer as acquit him.

The AP does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

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After the Senate bill is released, cable news fails to offer diverse voices on health care

Once again, cable news largely failed to present diverse voices when reporting on the ongoing health care debate, missing an opportunity, yet again, to inform audiences of the personal cost millions of Americans will incur if Republicans pass their bills into law.

Over six weeks after the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) on May 4, Senate Republicans finally publicly introduced their health care proposal on June 22. The Senate committee that drafted the bill was roundly criticized for its “almost-unprecedented opacity” and lack of diversity. Leading up to that introduction, cable news coverage of the bill didn’t fare much better. And when cable news did cover the bill prior to its release, the guests were almost always white men.

The day the Senate Republicans released the bill, cable news figures had an opportunity to redeem themselves. Sadly, they did not rise to the challenge:

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  • CNN featured 105 guest appearances during discussions of the bill. Of those guest appearances, 92, or about 88 percent, were made by white guests. Eight appearances, or nearly 8 percent, were made by African-American guests, and five appearances, or almost 5 percent, were made by Asian-American guests. The network hosted no Hispanic guests to discuss the bill
  • Fox News featured 41 guest appearances during discussions of the bill. Of those guest appearances, 37, or just over 90 percent, were made by white guests. Only four appearances, or about 10 percent, were made by African-American guests. The network hosted no Asian-American or Hispanic guests to discuss the bill.
  • MSNBC featured 94 guest appearances during discussions of the bill. Of those guest appearances, 84, or just over 89 percent, were made by white guests. Only four appearances, or about 4 percent, were made by African-American guests, and six appearances, or about 6 percent, were made by Asian-American guests. The network hosted no Hispanic guests to discuss the bill.

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  • CNN featured 105 guest appearances — 61 appearances by men and 44 by women — during discussions of the bill, meaning men comprised 58 percent of guest appearances, while women comprised about 42 percent.
  • Fox News featured 41 guest appearances — 31 appearances by men and 10 by women — during discussions of the bill. Thus, almost 76 percent of guest appearances were made by men, while only 25 percent were made by women.
  • MSNBC featured 94 guest appearances — 61 appearances by men and 33 by women — during discussions of the bill, meaning men comprised about 65 percent of guest appearances, while women comprised about 35 percent.

It is necessary to include diverse voices in discussions about a bill with such dire consequences. African-Americans, Hispanics, Asian-Americans, women and low-income people greatly benefited from the Affordable Care Act and stand to lose disproportionately if it is rolled back. Diversifying the discussion on cable news will help bring needed attention to the devastating harm that will occur if the Republican bills become law. 

Can Trump Destroy Obama’s Legacy?

Shirley Anne Warshaw, director of the Fielding Center for Presidential Leadership Study at Gettysburg College, said Mr. Trump is not unusual in making a clean break from his predecessor. “Trump isn’t doing anything that Obama didn’t do,” she said. “He is simply reversing policies that were largely put in place by a president of a different party.”


On his first day in office, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to begin the dismantling of President Obama’s Affordable Health Care Act. Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times

The difference, she said, is that other presidents have proactive ideas about what to erect in place of their predecessor’s programs. “I have not seen any constructive bills in this vein that Trump has put forth,” she said. “As far as I can tell, he has no independent legislative agenda other than tearing down. Perhaps tax reform.”

With flourish, Mr. Trump has staged signing ceremonies meant to show him tearing down. Not only did he pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and the Paris climate accord, he approved the Keystone XL pipeline Mr. Obama had rejected and began reversing his fuel-efficiency standards and power plant emissions limits. Not only is he trying to repeal Obamacare, he has pledged to revoke regulations on Wall Street adopted after the financial crash of 2008.

Still, he has not gone as far as threatened. He has for now kept Mr. Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran, however reluctantly, and while he made a show of overturning Mr. Obama on Cuba, the fine print left much of the policy intact. He did not rescind Mr. Obama’s order sparing younger illegal immigrants from deportation. Senate Republicans released a new version of legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare in recent days, but it may yet end in impasse, leaving the program in place.

Advisers insist Mr. Trump is not driven by a desire to unravel the Obama presidency. But like the Manhattan real estate developer he is, they said, he believes he must in some cases demolish the old to make way for the new.

“He hasn’t dismantled everything, and I don’t know that that’s exactly what he’s looking to do,” said Hope Hicks, the White House director of strategic communications. “That may be a side effect of what he’s building for his own legacy. I don’t think anybody’s coming into the office every day saying, ‘How can we undo Obama’s legacy, and how can he go back?’ ”

Yet Mr. Trump has depicted the Obama legacy as a disastrous one that needs unraveling. “To be honest, I inherited a mess,” he said at a news conference soon after taking office. “It’s a mess. At home and abroad, a mess. Jobs are pouring out of the country. You see what’s going on with all of the companies leaving our country, going to Mexico and other places, low pay, low wages, mass instability overseas no matter where you look. The Middle East is a disaster. North Korea. We’ll take care of it, folks.”

Critics say Mr. Obama brought this on himself. His biggest legislative achievements were passed almost exclusively with Democratic votes, meaning there was no bipartisan consensus that would outlast his presidency. And when Republicans captured Congress, he turned to a strategy he called the pen and the phone, signing executive orders that could be easily erased by the next president.

“I’ve heard it joked about that the Obama library is being revised to focus less on his legislative achievements as each week of the Trump administration goes by,” said Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union. “It’s like living by the sword and dying by the sword. When your presidency is based on a pen and a phone, all of that can be undone, and I think we’re seeing that happening rather systematically.”

Mr. Obama would argue he had little choice because of Republican obstructionism. Either way, he has largely remained quiet through the current demolition project, reasoning that speaking out would only give Mr. Trump the public enemy he seems to crave. He made an exception on Thursday, taking to Facebook to assail the new Senate health care bill as “a massive transfer of wealth from middle class and poor families to the richest people in America.” But Mr. Obama’s team takes solace in the belief that Mr. Trump is his own worst enemy, better at bluster than actually following through.

“Obama’s legacy would be under much greater threat by a more competent president than Donald Trump,” said Josh Earnest, who served as Mr. Obama’s White House press secretary. “His inexperience and lack of discipline are an impediment to his success in implementing policies that would reverse what Obama instituted.”

Other Obama veterans said much of what Mr. Trump has done was either less dramatic than it appeared or reversible. He did not actually break relations with Cuba, for instance. It will take years to actually withdraw from the Paris accord, and the next president could rejoin. The real impact, they argued, was to America’s international reputation.

“There’s a lot of posturing and, in fact, not a huge amount of change, and to the extent there has been change, it’s been of the self-defeating variety,” said Susan E. Rice, the former national security adviser. “What’s been happening is not that the administration is undoing President Obama’s legacy, it’s undoing American leadership on the international stage.”

Mr. Trump, of course, is hardly the first president to scorn his predecessor’s tenure. George W. Bush was so intent on doing the opposite of whatever Bill Clinton had done that his approach was called “ABC” — Anything but Clinton. Mr. Obama spent years blaming his predecessor for economic and national security setbacks — blame that supporters considered justified and that Mr. Bush’s team considered old-fashioned buck passing.

For decades, presidents moving into the Oval Office have made a point on their first day or two of signing orders overturning policies of the last tenant, what Mr. Riley called “partisan kabuki” to signal that “a new president is in town.”

The most tangible example is an order signed by Ronald Reagan barring taxpayer financing for international family planning organizations that provide abortion counseling. Mr. Clinton rescinded it when he came into office. Mr. Bush restored it, Mr. Obama overturned it again and Mr. Trump restored it again.

Even so, neither Mr. Bush nor Mr. Obama invested much effort in deconstructing programs left behind. Mr. Bush kept Mr. Clinton’s health care program for lower-income children, his revamped welfare system and his AmeriCorps service organization. Mr. Obama undid much of Mr. Bush’s No Child Left Behind education program, but kept his Medicare prescription medicine program, his AIDS-fighting program and most of his counterterrorism apparatus.


Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell after announcing the release of the Republicans’ healthcare bill on Thursday. Credit J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press

That was in keeping with a longer tradition. Dwight D. Eisenhower did not unravel Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, nor did Richard M. Nixon dismantle Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society. Mr. Reagan promised to eliminate the departments of Education and Energy, created by Jimmy Carter, but ultimately did not.

Mr. Obama understood that his legacy might be jeopardized by Mr. Trump. During last year’s campaign, he warned supporters that “all the progress we’ve made over these last eight years goes out the window” if Mr. Trump won. Only after the election did he assert the opposite. “Maybe 15 percent of that gets rolled back, 20 percent,” he told The New Yorker’s David Remnick. “But there’s still a lot of stuff that sticks.”

Indeed, when it comes time to tally the record for the history books, Mr. Trump can hardly reverse some of Mr. Obama’s most important achievements, like pulling the economy back from the abyss of a deep recession, rescuing the auto industry and authorizing the commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Nor can Mr. Trump take away what will surely be the first line in Mr. Obama’s obituary, his barrier-shattering election as the first African-American president.

Conversely, Mr. Obama owns his failures regardless of Mr. Trump’s actions. History’s judgment of his handling of the civil war in Syria or the messy aftermath of the intervention in Libya or the economic inequality he left behind will not depend on his successor. If anything, America’s decision to replace Mr. Obama with someone as radically different as Mr. Trump may be taken as evidence of Mr. Obama’s inability to build sustained public support for his agenda or to mitigate the polarization of the country.

But legacies are funny things. Presidents are sometimes defined because their successors are so different. Mr. Obama today is more popular than he was during most of his presidency, likely a result of the contrast with Mr. Trump, who is the most unpopular president this early in his tenure in the history of polling. By this argument, even if Mr. Trump does disassemble the Obama legacy, it may redound to his predecessor’s historical benefit.

Richard Norton Smith, who has directed the libraries of four Republican presidents, said presidents are often credited with paving the way toward goals that may elude them during their tenure. Harry S. Truman is called the father of Medicare even though it was not achieved until Johnson’s presidency. Mr. Bush is remembered for pushing for immigration reform even though Congress rebuffed him.

“It’s hard to imagine future historians condemning Barack Obama for breaking with his country’s past ostracism of Cuba or joining the civilized world in combating climate change or pursuing a more humane and accessible approach to health care,” Mr. Smith said. “Indeed, we build memorials to presidents who prod us toward fulfilling the egalitarian vision of Jefferson’s declaration.”

But that may not be all that comforting to Mr. Obama. Presidents prefer memorials to their lasting accomplishments, not their most fleeting.

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As America Faces Hot Summer, Nice Talk Alone Won’t Beat Down Regressive Policies

By Dr. Barbara Reynolds

As police shootings of Black people mount, Attorney General Jeff Sessions says federal investigations of local police departments are bad for police morale. FILE Photo/Paulette Singleton/Trice Edney News Wire

(Trice Edney Wire) – Top legislators are calling for decreased public hostile speech after the shootings of House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise and four others at a baseball practice game of GOP players. No problem with toning down the inflammatory rhetoric, but nice talk alone will not beat down the GOP regressive policies assaulting the health, welfare and safety of African-Americans.

Silence in the hope that things will get better is wishful thinking and violence throws gasoline on the fire. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “We either learn to live together as brothers or die together as fools.”

It was militant direct action of the King movement which helped defeat some of the most repressive policies of our era from voting rights barriers to discriminatory policies in public institutions and the federal government.

It is difficult to count all the reasons that could drive many into the streets for a long hot summer.  At the top are recent incidents such as the acquittal of a police officer who fatally shot Philandro Castile in a suburb of St. Paul, as he reportedly reached in the glove compartment to show police his firearm license.  At least 2,000 people gathered at the Minnesota State Capitol to protest the verdict.

Eighteen people were arrested in what was an overall peaceful demonstration.  Yet, it is easy to see how quickly things could flip when you see the newly appointed Atty. General Jeff Sessions, unlike Atty. General Eric Holder of the Obama Administration, turn a blind eye to police violence.

On March 31, Sessions ordered a review of the Justice Department’s approach to policing, asserting that “it is not the responsibility of the federal government to manage non-federal law enforcement agencies.” Moreover, in his confirmation hearing, he said federal investigations of police departments were bad for “morale.”

Sessions’ retreat from federal intervention in police shootings of unarmed Black men comes at a time when data shows he should be moving full-speed ahead. Police killed at least 102 unarmed Black people in 2015, nearly twice each week. In fact 37 percent of unarmed people killed by police were black in 2015 despite Black people being only 13 percent of the U.S. population.

Unarmed black people were killed at five times the rate of unarmed Whites in 2015 and only 10 of the 102 cases in 2015 where an unarmed Black person was killed by police resulted in officer(s) being charged with a crime, according to a Mapping Police Violence report.

Police violence is not the only hot concern.  Fears are heightened by reports of deep cuts coming in Medicaid, Food Stamps and access to health care as the result of the president’s tax reforms and destruction of the Affordable Care Act. In addition, the Environmental Protection Agency is retreating from limiting the amounts of toxins corporations can release into land and waterways. Studies consistently show that it is the non-White underclass who suffers most from diseases caused by pollution because they lack the clout to force air quality compliance from polluters, which means the ongoing water poisoning of Flint, Mich. homes will become just one of many.

With so much to lose, silence sounds like thunderous approval and violent protests like the slaughter of the innocent. Haven’t we seen enough scenes of Blacks burning down their own neighborhoods? And don’t we see how the feds have equipped local police department with militarized tanks, chemicals, grenade launchers and other weapons just waiting for deployment?

Everyone concerned about social justice should take a hard look at  the Kingian principles of nonviolence, the backbone of the King movement, which were continually taught to thousands of law enforcement officials and gang leaders by Coretta Scott King  after her husband’s murder.  Nonviolent social change requires clarity of goals, coalition building, and long-term commitment, which is much different from today’s goals most often measured by crowd numbers rather than results.

Based on the actions of Mahatma Gandhi and the inspiration of Jesus Christ, King’s nonviolent methods have six principals. Briefly they are: information gathering of extensive data about the problem and the conflict on both sides; educating the community and stating clearly what needs to be changed and the strategy to do so; making a personal commitment to solving the problems non-violently and being non-confrontational during direct action; meeting with the opposition; discussing differences and trying to come to a win-win resolution.

If negotiations fail, then direct action which can take the form of economic withdrawal, such as boycotts, picketing, or marches. Ultimately reconciliation of all parties is the intended goal.

Key to these principles is the philosophy of unconditional love that all parties must be treated with respect and hateful words or deeds are unacceptable. In an interview with Dr. King’s father, Dr. Martin Luther King Sr., in a reflection on the assassination of his son, he said, “No matter what happens I will never stoop low enough to pick up hate.”

His wife, Alberta, Dr. King’s mother, was murdered on June 30, 1974, by a crazed gunman while she played the piano at Ebenezer Baptist Church, the family worship center. King Sr., who died of a heart attack 10 years later, still never picked up hate.

In the King movement, hate was not an option. But, neither were nice empty words, void of power-based action. When hate is removed from both sides of a conflict, then incidents like the shooting of innocent baseball players at a ballpark, would be a rare occurrence.

Suspicious Item Cleared at African American History Museum

A suspicious item at the National Museum of African American History and Culture was cleared by police.

The item was found on the second floor about 6:45 p.m., U.S. Park Police said. 

The entire building was evacuated out of an “abundance of caution,” Park Police said.

The museum was closed to visitors at the time, but it was hosting an event that got interrupted — a conversation with civil rights photographer Steve Schapiro.

“It was extremely orderly when we left, and they told us that there was a threat and we needed to evacuate the building,” Monaude Daverne said.

With help from the Metropolitan Police Department, officers determined the item was not a threat almost an hour after it was found.

Park Police said they don’t believe the museum is being targeted. They did not describe the item or say whether they thought it was placed intentionally.

About two weeks ago, a noose was found on the floor in the museum in front of a display about the KKK inside an exhibit on segregation.

The Five Best Things to Do in Houston This Weekend: Celebrate the LGBTQ at Pride

His pride is showing.

His pride is showing.

Photo by Jack Gorman

Houston is nothing if not diverse and is known for celebrating that diversity. Houston is also known for hosting one of the largest, and quite possibly best, Pride celebrations too. To prove just that, Houston is set to party with Pride this Saturday in downtown Houston from what’s basically a dusk ’til dawn type style. After you’re done with that, check out the visual arts and stage offerings this weekend. And by all means, don’t miss Repticon.

From first time playwrights to those filled with experience, all will have the opportunity to share their words with you.EXPAND

From first time playwrights to those filled with experience, all will have the opportunity to share their words with you.

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Even as diversity onstage blossoms, playwrights of color can have difficulty getting their words produced. But thanks to showcases like Fade to Black Play Festival, ten more up-and-coming wordsmiths will have an opening night. Founded by writer/director S. Denise O’Neal in 2012, the event was designed to correct “a lack in support” for the African-American playwright in Houston, says festival Artistic Director Trey Morgan Lewis. “She realized there was underrepresentation, even with Encore and The Ensemble — theaters that do celebrate the African-American artist.” Among this year’s lineup are plays by out-of-staters Chuck Cummings, Evonne Fields-Gould and Markietha Ka’Von, alongside Houston’s own Rachel Dickson and Lorna Taylor. “I’m so proud of Lorna,” says Lewis, “because she started volunteering with us two to three years ago. She always said she wanted to write a play, and she surprised us all with what she created.” Houston can catch the celebratory productions of diversity this Friday night  at the the MATCH. 

8 p.m. Friday, continues 8 p.m. Saturday. 3400 Main. For information, 713-521-4533 or visit matchouston.org. $25.

Slimy and slithery but just as likable as the furrier friends we're used to.

Slimy and slithery but just as likable as the furrier friends we’re used to.

Photo courtesy of Repticon

Forget lions and tigers and bears. This weekend’s “oh my” comes from the amazing reptiles and amphibians at Repticon Houston. Manager Chaz (Charles) Gavitt says it’s fun to watch the visitors react to the “yes, you can touch it” live animal presentations during the hourly shows and seminars: “It’s really something to see. [Kids] get so excited.” Gavitt says adults get pretty psyched, too, although “you have some that are too scared to mess with them.” So come chat with the rescue groups this Saturday (snakes, iguanas and larger monitor lizards are up for adoption), meet with top breeders and educators, and stock up on your exotic pet supplies. They stocked up on feeder insects and rodents for your hungry herps.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 24 (VIP entry gets you in at 9 a.m.), continues 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 25. Pasadena Convention Center and Fairgrounds, 7902 Fairmont Parkway, Pasadena. For information, visit repticon.com/texas/houston. Free to $12.

After a night of celebrating in one the nation's largest Pride parties remember one thing if need be: it's fun to stay at the Y-M-C-A-hay.

After a night of celebrating in one the nation’s largest Pride parties remember one thing if need be: it’s fun to stay at the Y-M-C-A-hay.

Photo by Francisco Montes

The rainbow flag will fly high this weekend for the Houston Pride Festival and Pride Parade. What started as a protest at New York City’s Stonewall Inn has become a national movement, and 2017 marks Houston’s 39th year commemorating the dignity and colors of the rainbow, with an expected 700,000-plus people swarming downtown to celebrate. Saturday afternoon’s festival will be an entertaining playground of all things Houston, culminating in a performance by headliner LeAnn Rimes. Then there’s the parade itself, which begins at Smith and Lamar and continues on Walker to the intersection of Milam and Jefferson. If the barely dressed boys and glitter-covered girls have you ready for a night full of fun, slip on over to Rich’s Houston for the official Pride afterparty, Beyond Wonderland.

Noon to 11 p.m. Saturday. The intersection of Smith and Lamar. Rich’s Houston, 2401 San Jacinto. For information, visit pridehouston.org. Free to $200.

The second annual Arts Sound Off - Chalk Edition is this Saturday at the Jamail Skatepark.EXPAND

The second annual Arts Sound Off – Chalk Edition is this Saturday at the Jamail Skatepark.

Photo by Savannah B

For creative makers and lovers of the new, the second annual Arts Sound Off — Chalk Edition is bringing good food, drink and culture to the Jamail Skatepark for one fair Sunday. “This is all about bringing exposure to the new, local artists,” says event planner Savannah B, whose group, Go Savvy, is coordinating the shindig. “This is a competition, and also an opportunity for these talents to show off their works.” After last year’s spray paint-themed battle royal, B was at a loss on how to top its insanity — until a bit of childhood inspiration struck. “This year is all about showcasing chalk murals, as well as acrylic murals on skateboard decks, which we’ll raffle off to the audience. Just come ready to be impressed!” The opportunity to win one of these usable or gallery ready pieces of art is yours this Saturday evening.

6 p.m. June 25. 103 Sabine. For information, call 281-745-8413 or visit gosavvy.biz. Free.

Picking up at the start of the Mexican Revolution, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, exhibit “Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910-1950,” is “like a textbook of Mexican art,” says Mari Carmen Ramírez, the museum’s Wortham curator of Latin American Art. Though it features los tres grandes — José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros — Ramírez says “the exhibition seeks to go beyond those figures to show the scope of artistic production [during] the period,” a cultural renaissance. Beginning this Sunday the MFAH is thus showcasing more than 175 works from many of their contemporaries, both unknown and known, such as Frida Kahlo and Rufino Tamayo be.

12:15 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Continuing 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 12:15 to 7 p.m. Sundays. February 26 to August 13. 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-639-7300 or visit mfah.org. Free to $18.

Sam Byrd, Natalie de la Garza, Vic Shuttee and Susie Tommaney contributed to this post.

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Triangle events celebrate African American artists

— From concerts to festivals to art displays, a multitude of events will celebrate African American culture in the Triangle this summer.

The Triangle Friends of African American Arts ​(Triangle FAAA), a group that strives to expand awareness, understanding and support of African American arts and artists, put together a full list of events on their website, but here are the big ones.


June 17 – Juneteenth Celebration in downtown Durham – This celebration includes banquets, luncheons, marches, a ceremony of songs, prayers and speakers, as well as national and local performers, food, and African and African-American crafts and clothing.

July 8 – Saba! Saba! Festival at Durham Central Park – Celebrate Durham Sister Cities’ partnership and rich cultural exchange with Arusha, Tanzania with African-inspired music, dancing, fashions and local food vendors. There will also be a drumming circle.

July 15 – Jubilee Music Festival at Historic Stagville – Bring your lawn chair or a blanket and help celebrate African-American musical traditions and their legacy.

September 9 – Black Genius Fest at Northgate Park – This annual community celebration of black culture features music, dance ensembles, science activities, food trucks and more.

Live music

June 21 – Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles at The Pour House – See the Brooklyn, New York native, a two-time Grammy Award-winning keyboardist with musical roots in gospel, jazz and soul, perform at 9 p.m.

July 8 – Al Strong at Bond Park – The trumpet player, who is well known in the Triangle’s growing jazz scene, will play at the amphitheater at Bond Park in Cary. Strong has performed for artists like Brandford Marsalis, Aretha Franklin, Clay Aiken and Linda Eder.


June 24 – Martin Luther King: An Interpretation at Carrboro Arts Center – This is an original, thought-provoking one-man interpretation of Martin Luther King, Jr. as a human being. There will be a Q&A immediately after the performance.

August 1-6 – Motown at DPAC – The musical, starting in August, tells the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and Smokey Robinson.


RACE at the North Carolina Museum for Natural Sciences – This exhibition, on display through October 22, looks at race through the lens of science, history and personal experiences to promote a better understanding of human variation.​

Get a full list of events celebrating African American artists.

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