pbsthisdayinhistory:

Sept. 17, 1849: Harriet Tubman Attempts to Escape From Slavery

On this day in 1849, American abolitionist Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery. She escaped alongside her brothers, Ben and Henry, who forced her to turn back with them after they had second thoughts.

Tubman ran away again shortly afterward without her brothers, this time successfully, using the Underground Railroad as her escape route to the North.

The Underground Railroad was a lifeline for slaves escaping to freedom, and Harriet Tubman became undoubtedly one of its most famous “conductors.”

PBS Black Culture Connection invites you to learn 10 interesting facts about Harriet Tubman.

Photo: Harriet Tubman, full-length portrait, standing with hands on back of a chair between ca. 1860 and 1875 (Library of Congress)

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Always on the move! Being hella Midwestern I’m at my aunt and uncles drinking beer, wearing a flannel and cleaning fish! I am “bout dat lyfe” as they say.

thefiftyeight:

Jean-Michel Basquiat - Untitled (Soap), 1983-84

npr:

How do you remake the award-winning AMC series Breaking Bad in Spanish?

Well, all you need — as the show’s chemistry teacher-turned-drug dealer, Walter White, might say — is “a little tweak of chemistry.”

Turn Walter White into Walter Blanco. For the show’s theme music, swap out bongos for a guitar and an accordion. And change the scenery from Albuquerque, N.M., to Bogotá, Colombia.

'Breaking Bad' Fans Get Their Fix In Spanish

Photo Credit: Manuel Rodriguez/UniMás

manufactoriel:

Perishable, by Jean Michel Basquiat

artistandstudio:

Jean Michel Basquiat by Nicholas Taylor

artistandstudio:

Jean Michel Basquiat by Nicholas Taylor

Just a quick update for those of you whole follow my blog in any capacity:
I don’t have wifi my current residence, so I have to go to the library to get my tumblr fix! Since I’ve come back from Seattle, I have been working on a new series of work about seagulls and serpents, I have discovered the wonders of working with natural lighting! Amazing! I saw Trenton Doyle Handcock’s Skin and Bones 20 years of Drawing exhibition at the Akron Museum of Art last week! I’ve been an admirer of his work for a long while and honestly the show BLEW ME AWAY!! Lastly I am planning a trip to NYC in October if I can get the time off work.

africanartagenda:

Radcliffe Bailey
Country: USA
Style: Installation

Storm at Sea : installation, variable dimensions, 2007, courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
Radcliffe Bailey’s installation explores the Middle Passage with leitmotifs associated with black experience of the transatlantic slave trade. These elements — a ship, bobbing human heads, and the sea itself represented by piano keys— are heavily charged with symbolism and history in a contemporary context. On the floor they are put together to evoke a historical narrative, each of the elements command equal attention. The ship is cloaked in a glittery black paint to attend a cosmic dimension to the installation. The ship and heads are placed atop a tumult of piano keys. Piano keys are a recurring medium in Bailey’s work. Here they convey layers of meaning and experiences. The piano keys are both the waves of the ocean and the hypothetical splintered remains of a ship wrecked by the storm. They also represent the bones of all who were lost during the infamous transatlantic slave trade.
Radcliffe Bailey was born in Bridgeton, New Jersey, USA in 1968. He obtained a BFA from Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, USA in 1991. He currently lives and works in Atlanta, USA. He considers himself forever a student of the “Then and Now”. Trained as a painter and sculptor, he utilizes the layering of imagery, culturally resonant materials and text, to explore themes of ancestry, race and memory. He believes that by translating his personal experiences, he can achieve an understanding of, and healing from, a universal history. His work is often made from found materials and certain pieces from his past and present. This includes traditional African sculpture, tintypes of family members, piano keys and Georgia red clay. Highly experimental artist who have enjoyed tremendous success,

http://www.biennaledakar.org/2014/spip.php?article98
 jackshainman.com/artist-biography5.html 
africanartagenda:

Radcliffe Bailey
Country: USA
Style: Installation

Storm at Sea : installation, variable dimensions, 2007, courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
Radcliffe Bailey’s installation explores the Middle Passage with leitmotifs associated with black experience of the transatlantic slave trade. These elements — a ship, bobbing human heads, and the sea itself represented by piano keys— are heavily charged with symbolism and history in a contemporary context. On the floor they are put together to evoke a historical narrative, each of the elements command equal attention. The ship is cloaked in a glittery black paint to attend a cosmic dimension to the installation. The ship and heads are placed atop a tumult of piano keys. Piano keys are a recurring medium in Bailey’s work. Here they convey layers of meaning and experiences. The piano keys are both the waves of the ocean and the hypothetical splintered remains of a ship wrecked by the storm. They also represent the bones of all who were lost during the infamous transatlantic slave trade.
Radcliffe Bailey was born in Bridgeton, New Jersey, USA in 1968. He obtained a BFA from Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, USA in 1991. He currently lives and works in Atlanta, USA. He considers himself forever a student of the “Then and Now”. Trained as a painter and sculptor, he utilizes the layering of imagery, culturally resonant materials and text, to explore themes of ancestry, race and memory. He believes that by translating his personal experiences, he can achieve an understanding of, and healing from, a universal history. His work is often made from found materials and certain pieces from his past and present. This includes traditional African sculpture, tintypes of family members, piano keys and Georgia red clay. Highly experimental artist who have enjoyed tremendous success,

http://www.biennaledakar.org/2014/spip.php?article98
 jackshainman.com/artist-biography5.html 

africanartagenda:

Radcliffe Bailey

Country: USA

Style: Installation

Storm at Sea : installation, variable dimensions, 2007, courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

Radcliffe Bailey’s installation explores the Middle Passage with leitmotifs associated with black experience of the transatlantic slave trade. These elements — a ship, bobbing human heads, and the sea itself represented by piano keys— are heavily charged with symbolism and history in a contemporary context. On the floor they are put together to evoke a historical narrative, each of the elements command equal attention. The ship is cloaked in a glittery black paint to attend a cosmic dimension to the installation. The ship and heads are placed atop a tumult of piano keys. Piano keys are a recurring medium in Bailey’s work. Here they convey layers of meaning and experiences. The piano keys are both the waves of the ocean and the hypothetical splintered remains of a ship wrecked by the storm. They also represent the bones of all who were lost during the infamous transatlantic slave trade.

Radcliffe Bailey was born in Bridgeton, New Jersey, USA in 1968. He obtained a BFA from Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, USA in 1991. He currently lives and works in Atlanta, USA. He considers himself forever a student of the “Then and Now”. Trained as a painter and sculptor, he utilizes the layering of imagery, culturally resonant materials and text, to explore themes of ancestry, race and memory. He believes that by translating his personal experiences, he can achieve an understanding of, and healing from, a universal history. His work is often made from found materials and certain pieces from his past and present. This includes traditional African sculpture, tintypes of family members, piano keys and Georgia red clay. Highly experimental artist who have enjoyed tremendous success,

http://www.biennaledakar.org/2014/spip.php?article98

 jackshainman.com/artist-biography5.html