Katherine Dunham, Pioneering Dancer and Activist, Inspires a Book

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Eartha Kitt, foreground, and James Dean in a Dunham dance class in the early 1950s. Credit Dennis Stock/Magnum Photos

The choreographer, dancer and social activist Katherine Dunham made headlines in 1944, when, after reluctantly performing for a racially segregated audience in Louisville, Ky., she declared that if the theater wanted her to return, it would have to integrate. This scene introduces an in-depth, necessary new book on Dunham and her trailblazing career, “Katherine Dunham: Dance and the African Diaspora” (Oxford University Press), by the dance historian Joanna Dee Das.

Ms. Das, who grew up studying Dunham Technique, examines the relationships, both explicit and subtle, between Dunham’s art and activism, from her formative travels in Haiti to her support for the Black Arts Movement in East St. Louis, Ill. A multifaceted portrait emerges, of a woman who believed, as Ms. Das puts it, that “living in the space of diaspora, in between-ness, was the way to achieve wholeness.” Though Dunham is celebrated for her contributions to modern dance, her works are rarely restaged today. Ms. Das leaves us wondering: How can we see more?

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Seres Therapeutics Share Price Rise Over Past Month; Q2 Earnings Steady As You Go

Understanding the reasons for share price appreciation in the biotech space can be a black art. Seres Therapeutics (NASDAQ:MCRB) offers such a conundrum at the moment. I summarised recent clinical trial developments just last month, so readers are referred to this summary. In that article I noted it seemed that the share price was breaking through a $10 barrier and this recovery was sustained until last week. Here I look for evidence on which a share price recovery could be based (remembering that 12 months ago the share price crashed from $35.77 on July 28 to $10.94 the following day).

Recent share price movements

Two charts give a clear picture of the situation.

Firstly, there is the 18 month chart for Seres. This shows the crash in late July 2016, followed by the share price moving in the range $8.99-$14.56.

Secondly, the 3 month chart indicates a breakout, although this has not been smooth with a correction along the way. The range is $9.60 to $14.56. Apart from a brief peak in September 2016, the increase in share price since June indicated a breakout from the past 12 months. However in the past 5 days trading the share price has fallen back to ~$13.30.

Why did the share price increase over the past couple of months?

The first answer to this question is that it seems that share price increase is not being sustained and the share price may be reverting towards the mean around $10, which has been the pattern for the past 12 months.

However, there are two developments that might explain some recovery in the share price since early June. The first began on 12 June when Seres reported initiation of the Phase 3 trial on SER-109. The second occurred after appointment of Willard Dere to the Seres Board of Directors on July 10 (see below).

Does the increased share price indicate less risk of failure for the current clinical trials?

The trials are ongoing and we shall only know how they perform when the data is in. The rest is speculation. There is not long to wait for the initial readout from the Phase 1b SER-287 trial as results will be available before the end of 2107. The SER-109 Phase 3 trial is much larger and it has many centers in the US and Canada. Enrolment is underway (one quarter of the sites are enrolling) but as yet there is no clarity as to when enrolment for this trial will be completed.

Q2 results

Seres reported “steady as you go” Q2 results, with Q2 net loss of $28.0 million compared with a loss of $27.9 million for Q2 2016. $3 million revenue came from the Nestle Health Science collaboration in Q2. R&D expense at $23.1 million was similar to the $22.2 million expense for Q2 2016. General & administration expenses were down a little at $8.4 million compared with $9.0 million in Q2 2016. A significant $20 million milestone payment for SER-109 entering Phase 3 trial is expected in Q3 2017. This payment will cover a significant portion of the decrease in cash of $27.0 million in Q2, which left cash at $175.2 million, so after the milestone payment the cash balance will be close to $200 million entering Q3. One unexplained change is that a long term investment of $36.752 million on December 31,2016 is reported at $3.962 million as of June 30, 2017.

Q2 Conference Call

While things haven’t changed greatly since I last reported on Seres in mid-June, the investor call did provide some more information about Seres second generation drugs that are composed of mixtures of spores obtained from culture of anaerobic bacteria from the proprietary Seres microbiome library. These drugs are better defined than those containing spores derived from processing human feces.

Three of these defined products were discussed (SER-262 for primary C.difficile infection, SER-301 for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (including Ulcerative Colitis), and SER-155 for prevention of infection and Graft Versus Host Disease following hematopoietic stem cell or solid organ transplant). The choice of the spores used in these second generation microbiomic drugs is not casual. For example, in developing SER-301, Seres has multiple animal models for Ulcerative Colitis in humans and these models are being used to examine the effect of various mixtures of bacterial spores to refine the most suitable composition for SER-301.

SER-262, which is composed of spores of 12 bacteria from the Seres microbiome library, is in Phase 1b clinical trial. This is a first in human 24 week dose escalation trial using cultured bacteria prepared using anaerobic fermentation (no human donor material).

There is a lot of cutting edge science happening in defining these new products as well as in developing metrics for assessing efficacy of the drugs.

Appointment of Willard Dere to the Seres Board of Directors

Continuing the tradition of highly credentialed individuals on the Seres board, Willard Dere joins the board with 2 decades of scientific, clinical and strategic biopharma experience at Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN). His previous experience as Chief Medical Officer at Amgen for a decade and also as Head of Global Development brings deep industry experience to the board. His leadership of clinical development of a number of approved products including in inflammation is valuable experience for Seres.

Conclusion

The conclusions I reached in my last article on Seres still stand. I think this is an interesting investment opportunity in an emerging field of biotech that could become very large. After a recent rise over the past month, there may be an opportunity to take a position with a pullback in the leadup to the results of the SER-287 trials towards the end of this year.

The Q2 results are steady as you go. With cash at $175.2 million and a $20 million milestone payment due imminently, the company remains well funded. The critical determinant for share price recovery is success in either the SER-287 Phase 1b or SER-109 Phase 3 trials. The SER-109 trial result is more critical as success would herald approval for this drug for treating recurrent CDI.

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Stars kick off National Black Theatre Festival

Photo by Alphonso Abbott Jr.– Comedian Michael Colyar

Stars kick off National Black Theatre Festival

The 2017 National Black Theatre Festival started off with a bang on Monday night as more than 800 people gathered inside the newly renovated Benton Convention Center for NBTF Opening Night Gala.

Highlighted by an awards ceremony that honors some of the biggest and brightest names in the business for their contributions to theater, the star-studded event is always one of the most popular during the weeklong celebration of black art, and culture. The event also gives locals and tourists a chance to see stars they’ve seen on TV and on the big screen in person.

While watching stars like Louis Gossett Jr., Angela Robinson, Debbie Allen, and Andre De Shields, make their way inside William Herring was all smiles. Herring who has volunteered with the NBTF since 1989 said what he enjoys most about the bi-annual festival is the spirit that it brings to the city.

“Seeing the stars is always great but what is most important is the energy of all the people here. Everyone is like family and you get a good vibe from everyone here,” he said. “That’s what it’s all about. Just coming together and having a good time.”

Comedian Michael Colyar got things started with a few jokes to hold the audience over while they enjoyed their dinner. Colyar, a native of Chicago is most known as a stand-up comedian but he has also starred in movies such as “Hollywood Shuffle,” “Downtown,” and more recently “The Princess and the Frog.” Colyar, who made his NBTF debut earlier this week with a tribute performance to his mother titled “Michael Colyar’s Momma,” said, “This is a great event because there are so many writers, actors and other people that we have to support.”

Following the star-studded processional of stars led by African drummers and performers Otesha Creative Arts Ensemble celebrity co-chairs Anna Maria Horsford and Obba Babatunde welcomed festival goers to the 15th bi-annual event held right here in the City of the Arts. Both who are regulars at the festival said they were honored to serve as co-chairs and excited to see how the event has grown over the years.

“We are never celebrated like this anywhere so we thank you for that,” Horsford said.

While discussing the impact the festival has on the city every two years, Mayor Allen Joines said the event truly is one of the gems that makes Winston-Salem claim the moniker of the City of the Arts and Innovation.  According to Joines and other elected officials the NBTF generates nearly 50 million dollars.

“We are so honored that we have turned our city purple and black,” he continued. “We want you to know that you are welcomed to our community and we wish you a very pleasant, enriching and Marvtastic time.”

After greetings from North Carolina Black Repertory Company executive director, Nigel Alston, artistic director Jackie Alexander, and NBTF executive producer Sylvia Sprinkle Hamlin the awards ceremony officially began. This year’s Special Recognition Awards were presented to Stephen Byrd, Alia Jones-Harvery, Corey Mitchell, Cleopatra Solomon, The Negro Ensemble Company and the late Walter Marshall.

After accepting his award Mitchell, a North Carolina native used his acceptance speech to inspire those in attendance to engage the younger generation of up and coming actors, producers, directors and writers. He said at a place in time when blacks are protesting in the streets, art can play a pivotal role in bringing change.

“Our voices must be heard. Our responsibility must be held up to young people to be artist and rebel,” said Mitchell. “The thing that can change our society is our art.”

The Living Legend Award was presented to Thelma Pollard, Mabel Robinson, Allie Woods and Ed Wheeler. Ron Himes was awarded the Larry Leon Hamlin Producer Award and Ron Simmons took home the Emerging Producer Award. The August Wilson Playwright Award was presented to Dominique Morisseau and Timothy Douglas was awarded the Lloyd Richards Director Award.

Other award winners were; Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design; Gregory Horton, Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design; Antoinette Tynes, Outstanding Achievement in Scenic Design; Chris Cumberbatch, Outstanding Achievement in Stage Management; Ed De Sha, Theatre Longevity Award; Paul Robeson Theatre (NY), Marvtastic Philanthropy Award; Wells Fargo, Theatre Arts & Humanitarian Award; Wilbert T. Jenkins.

Top honors, the Sidney Poitier Lifelong Achievement Award was presented to Louis Gossett Jr.

Following the gala celebrity guests and other festival goers made their way to the Stevens Center to see the opening production of Five Guys Named Moe, an exuberant musical tribute written by Clarke Peters that celebrates “The King of the Jukebox” singer and bandleader, Louis Jordan. Before wrapping up the event, Sprinkle-Hamlin said the festival was more like a family reunion than anything else.

She said, “Over next six days you will see more than 140 theatrical performances from 35 outstanding black theatre companies coming from across the U.S., South Africa, Canada, and the United Kingdom. It’s a family reunion and this is going to be an awesome week.”

The National Black Theatre Festival is the international outreach program of the North Carolina Black Repertory Company. The Festival was founded in 1989 by the late Larry Leon Hamlin. For more, information visit www.nbtf.org.

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Great Outdoors is theme of Leimert Park book fair

LEIMERT PARK — The 11th version of the Leimert Park Village Book Fair will take place Aug. 19 in the promenade of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.

This year’s theme is “The Great Outdoors,” highlighting the cultural and healthy benefits of travel for the mind, body and soul.

The book fair was founded by Cynthia Exum in 2006 with the goal of promoting education and literacy in South Los Angeles.

“Our event is not just a book fair in the literary sense of the word, but it’s an experience, a cultural experience where we offer the opportunity to learn and become educated on the cultural and literary contributions of our community,” Exum said.

Each year, thousands of African Americans and other racial groups flock to the fair to meet and greet their favorite authors and to be introduced to new authors.

Numerous stages are set up around the mall area including a Main Stage, Children’s Village Reading Corner, Poet’s Stage, Cook’s Pavilion and a Health and Wellness Stage. The Children’s Village/Reading Corner is a personal favorite of Exum’s.

“The kids are our future and it’s important that we inspire them at an early age to read and be enlightened,” she said.

Cynthia Exum

The fair attracts more than 200 authors, poets, spoken word artists, storytellers, performers and literary/educational exhibitor participants. In previous years, poet Nikki Giovani and filmmaker Ava DuVernay have graced the main stage. This year’s book fair ambassador is actress, comedienne, author and speaker Kim Coles. Actor and cowboy Glynn Turman is the Legacy Award nominee.

Among the authors scheduled to appear this year are Pamela Samuels Young, Tananarive Due, Gary Phillips, Jodi Baker and many more. Several authors who are not native Angelenos are expected to join this year’s festivities.

With “The Great Outdoors Theme,” those attending can expect to see cowboys, cowgirls and horses walking throughout the venue, a rock climbing wall, and other sites and activities celebrating the outdoors.

In 11 years, the family–oriented event has grown from its location at the Vision Theatre parking structure on 43rd Street and Degnan Boulevard to the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, just down the street from the historic Leimert Park district, respected by many as the center of the African American arts scene in Los Angeles.

“For the past decade, we’ve been able to bring in some of the great literary minds of our time, providing an opportunity for burgeoning writers and authors to further build their brand and following,” Exum said.

Exum is the principal consultant and founder of Exum & Associates, a boutique communications, public relations and event planning agency.

She credits the creation of the summer literary event as a tribute to her late grandmother and late sister. Exum’s grandmother was an avid reader who read the Bible daily and kept stacks of National Geographic magazines throughout her home.

What began as a tribute to her family has now grown into an event that continues to impact generations of readers and writers.

The fair will from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.leimertparkbookfair.com.

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ARTS.BLACK to Host Book Fair, Fundraiser

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ARTS.BLACK was founded in 2014 by editors Taylor Renee of Detroit and Jessica Lynne of Brooklyn to support, uplift and cultivate a new generation of black art critics.

ARTS.BLACK to Host Book Fair, Fundraiser

BY BTL STAFF



ARTS.BLACK is a journal of art criticism from black perspectives predicated on the belief that art criticism should be an accessible dialogue – a tool through which we question, celebrate, and talk back to the global world of contemporary art. ARTS.BLACK was founded in 2014 by editors Taylor Renee of Detroit and Jessica Lynne of Brooklyn to support, uplift and cultivate a new generation of black art critics.

ARTS.BLACK will offer a thematic collection of new, used and rare books on art and labor during a book fair from 1-5 p.m. on Aug. 26 at Good Lab, 14720 E. Jefferson Ave. in Detroit.

The book fair in the Jefferson Chalmers neighborhood will serve as a fundraiser for the publication to gather matching funds for their Knight Grant and will feature catalogs, contemporary zines, history books pertaining to art and labor.

“Labor and ingenuity is at the crux of most artistic and creative practices here in Detroit,” said Renee. “Using literature and other writings as a tool, I see this fair as an opportunity to talk about exchange, and fellowship around themes that are central to Detroit art practices.”

The funds raised will help support the publications upcoming writing series, which will include essays, interviews and reviews on art making in the city, informed by its history, politics, race and class. The series will include contributions from Renee and Lynne, as well as other black writers in the city.

The Knight grant and matching support will allow for the publication to pay its writers, cover publication costs and continue operations.

“In the spirit of our personal and collaborative practice, we are thrilled to use this event as a site of knowledge exchange and friendship, support and dialogue,” said Lynne. Prior to the event, ARTS.BLACK will be collecting book donations to sell at the book fair.

If you are interested in donating books on art and or labor to ARTS.BLACK, please send an email to team@arts.black.

ARTS.BLACK is the 2016 recipient of the John S. and James L. Knight Arts Challenge Award and is a sponsored project of Allied Media Projects.




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‘Creative studio’ opens in Plaza Midwood, with a message about creativity in Charlotte

Siblings Davita and Dion Galloway hold a grand re-opening today of their creative studio, Dupp & Swat, in Plaza Midwood – and Friday, they’ll be part of an open house at the brand new Boileryard, just north of uptown at the redevelopment/reuse project called Camp North End.

That’s a lot of new in a short time.

When we’re talking about culture and creative expressions surviving here in Charlotte, we have to do it together.

Davita Galloway of Dupp & Swat

The pair moved their studio from NoDa to 2521 The Plaza. The idea, if you’d never been to that one, is a place local artists can display and sell artwork, clothing designs and other creative products. Artists can also come together for all sorts of events – photoshoots, rehearsals, auditions, book signings and parties.

“It’s pretty much an open space that can be transformed to do whatever,” says Davita Galloway.

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A retail section comes together the day before opening, at Dupp & Swat’s new location.

BRIANNA HAMBLIN bhamblin@charlotteobserver.com

The grand opening lasts all day, with a formal event starting at 6 p.m. tonight, and serves as a fundraiser for the Galloway siblings’ nonprofit CrownKeepers. Its stated mission is “to provide hands-on training, as well as art and trade-based education to those lacking creative and entrepreneurial opportunities.” The group goes to Charlotte middle and high schools and hosts programs in which people can discuss and showcase their talent.

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A painting hung in Dupp & Swat’s new location.

BRIANNA HAMBLIN bhamblin@charlotteobserver.com

In what Davita Galloway calls their “concept location” at the Boileryard, they will collaborate with individual artists or nonprofits to redesign the venue with a different theme every six months. First up: The space will be made into an urban studio apartment, complete with TV, couch, wardrobe and refrigerator.

The Boileryard open house will be 5-9 p.m. July 28.

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Paintings fill Dupp & Swat’s new location.

BRIANNA HAMBLIN bhamblin@charlotteobserver.com

Davita Galloway says they chose the new studio location at The Plaza because it is right around the corner from NoDa, and they wanted to stay close to their fan base. However, she recognizes being in a growing location still runs risks. “We’re still in a place where gentrification is very real.”

Dupp & Swat typically showcases black art and designers, Davita Galloway says, but all artists need to push back together.

“A lot of the people who walk through our doors look like my brother and I. They’re of color,” Galloway says. “We love that we have a place for us and for us to feel comfortable. But … when we’re talking about culture and creative expressions surviving here in Charlotte, we have to do it together. It doesn’t matter what ethnicity you are.”

She says Charlotte is a place with a lot of potential to grow in the arts – but if people do not appreciate it, the creativity that brings character to a city will fall away. “I see where the city uses artists to attract people to the city, yet they close our galleries,” says Galloway. “You need to support the culture, you need to support art, you need to support creative expression in Charlotte before another one bites the dust.”

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Pa. Dems Launch Website On Mango’s Job Creation Claims

Screen Shot 2017-08-01 at 11.34.31 AMThe Pennsylvania Democratic Party launched a new website to poke fun at Republican Gubernatorial candidate Paul Mango’s message about job creation.  

In an endorsement video from four Republican County Commissioners, they spoke about Mango being a job creator.  A report from the Patriot News though argued that Mango’s record at his old company is much different.  

From the Patriot News:

Republican gubernatorial candidate Paul Mango, an Allegheny County businessman, is no different. But a recent endorsement by a trio of Republican county commissioners might have caused him an unintended headache.

That’s because despite making extravagant claims about Mango’s skills as a job-creator, Mango’s campaign couldn’t produce a single example – anywhere in Pennsylvania – where he had done that.

In fact, the record of Mango’s former employer, McKinsey & Co, suggests that they are wizards in the black arts of corporate downsizing. 

The Pennsylvania Democratic Party jumped on this report, launching a new website JobsMangoCreated.com.  

“If Paul Mango can’t name a single example of how he has created jobs despite his wild claims, how can Pennsylvanians trust him to run our commonwealth?,” Pa. Democratic Party Communications Director Beth Melena said in a statement announcing the launch.  

The website is a simple page that says “This page does not exist” and redirects to the Patriot News report.  

These sorts websites are used as a way for campaigns to gain earned media for a message through a fun way and engage their supporters by having them share the website on social media.  

Mango’s primary opponent state Senator Scott Wagner’s campaign manager got into the act on Twitter, also taking a swipe at Governor Tom Wolf as well.  

PoliticsPA reached out to Mango’s campaign for comment on this story.

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10 Exhibitions to see this summer in Europe

Imagine Van Gogh
Grande Halle de la Villette, Paris
Until the 10th of September
It is this summer’s event in Paris. A unique exhibition in the vast Grande Halle de la Villette, featuring the Dutch artist’s most famous paintings, reproduced on huge panels measuring more than 11 meters high. In total, more than 200 scanned works allow visitors to see the most minute details of the master’s paintings. To a soundtrack by Mozart, Bach or Eric Satie… an unforgettable journey into the world of Vincent van Gogh.

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Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power
Tate Modern, London
Until the 22nd of October
Don’t miss Soul of a Nation if you are passing through London. With this year’s Best Picture Oscar awarded to Moonlight, black art is finally in the spotlight, and rightly so. The exhibition examines two decades of black art and activism in America, from the 1960’s and the birth of Black Power until the 80’s. Essential to understanding America today.

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Biennale Arte 2017
57ème biennale de Venise – Viva Arte Viva, Venise
Until the 26th of November
Every two years since 1895, Venice has been hosted the most important contemporary art exhibition in the world. It will take you several days if you really want see everything at the Venice Biennale, the place to be for contemporary art lovers. The place is perfect for discovering the most unusual creations from around the world in a city brimming with history and heritage. The Gardens and the site of the Arsenale, just outside the city, host the pavilions of more than 50 countries.

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Bill Viola, Rétrospective
Guggenheim, Bilbao
Until the 9th of November
You will make the trip to Bilbao not only for the exhibition but also for Franck Gehry’s world-famous museum, an extraordinary ship stranded in the heart of the Basque city of Bilbao. The Guggenheim is devoting a retrospective to Bill Viola, one of the pioneers of video art, from his early experimental work in the 1970’s to his latest art using the most modern technologies. A must-see in Bilbao until this autumn.
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Yo Brussels Hip-Hop Générations !
Bozar, Bruxelles
Until the 17th of September
35 years after the birth of hip-hop on the streets of New York, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels takes us on a trip down memory lane. From the very beginnings of the urban movement to the present day, the exhibition tells the story of Belgian hip-hop in its four forms: dance, graffiti, DJing and rap. For a Yo! Summer!

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Antonio Gaudi. Barcelona
Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow
Until the 10th September
Moscow’s Museum of Modern Art is hosting an exhibition of works by Catalonian architect Antonio Gaudi, the father of Barcelona’s extravagant Sagrada Familia. With a total of some 150 works by the Catalonian genius, including models of buildings as well as drawings and furniture, it tells the story of one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.

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China and Egypt. Cradles of the World
Neues Museum, Berlin
Until the 3rd of December
In China and Egypt, Cradles of the World, visitors will discover treasures of Ancient Egyptian and Ancient Chinese art side-by-side. Featuring Chinese works of art never seen in Europe before, the show unravels surprising similarities in the development of art and science in both countries…

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1917. 1917. Romanovs & Revolution
Hermitage, Amsterdam
Until the 17th of September
100 years after the Bolshevik Revolution, the Hermitage of Amsterdam revisits this key moment of Russian history with the help of exceptional documents, movies and artefacts – a delight for those who love stories that end badly.

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Emotions
Acropolis Museum, Athens
Until the 19th of November
“Emotions” narrates and illuminates the unseen universe of emotions in the personal, social and political life of the ancient world. Bringing together 129 masterpieces from the world’s most important museums to tell 129 stories about emotions and life dating back to antiquity… Many of the exhibits are unique works of art on display in Greece for the first time.

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Artists in their time
Istanbul Modern, Istanbul
Until the 31st of December
On the shores of the Bosphorus, Istanbul Modern is Istanbul’s must-see museum. For this collective exhibition, 193 works by 109 artists from different periods offer a conceptual field relating to the notion of time. Crucial to see the other side of Turkey through its artists and their creations.

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The Legendary Jacksons Tapped To Receive The Lifetime Achievement Award And Perform At The ‘Black Music Honors’


 

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Central City Productions will pay tribute to The Jacksons, Donnie McClurkin, Slick Rick, Guy, Oleta Adams and Jody Watley, at Black Music Honors. The live television special taping will take place onFriday, August 18, 2017 at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) in Nashville, TN.

The Jacksons are set to receive the Lifetime Achievement in Music Award, Grammy® Award-winner Donnie McClurkin will receive the Gospel Music Icon Award; the R&B group Guy, creators of the New Jack Swing sound, will be given the R&B Soul Music Icon Award; Grammy® nominated-singer Oleta Adams is receiving the Legends Award, Grammy® Award-winner Jody Watley will be recognized with the Crossover Music Icon Award and Grammy® nominated rapper Slick Rick will be presented with the Hip Hop/Rap Music Icon Award.

The Black Music Honors will include a special performance by The Jacksons. SWV, Karen Clark Sheard, Avery Sunshine, Dave Hollister, Jonathan Butler, Kid 'N Play, Latrice Crawford, Leela James, Marvin Winans, Da Brat, and Sevyn Streeter are also slated to perform. 

CCP honors legendary African American artists who have made significant musical contributions to African American culture and American music worldwide. Television and radio personality Rickey Smiley, and singer, actress LeToya Luckett, will co-host the show set to air on broadcast syndication, Sept. 2-30, 2017and on Bounce TV, October 10.

Proceeds from tickets sales will benefit the National Museum of African American Music, scheduled to open in Nashville, TN, 2019.

The Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC), 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the show taping at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at https://patron.tpac.org/events/detail/black-music-honors-2017-tpac

About Central City Productions (CCP)
Chicago's premier TV Production Company. With 46 years of successful and innovative television production and marketing experience, Central City Productions (CCP) is a leader in minority- targeted television. CCP is a full service television production company that produces, syndicates, and manages advertising sales for all of its programs. CCP programs reflect the widespread diversity of talent, the one-time specials and the annual and/or weekly programs that have achieved tremendous mass audience appeal, including its flagship production of The Stellar Gospel Music Awards.

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