Invisible Life: The Close of A Chapter

Proteus Spann

Proteus Spann

Published in 1994, E. Lynn Harris’s Invisible Life was listed by the Los Angeles Times as one of the top 20 “classic works of gay literature.” The book’s success launched a prolific writing career for Harris, which garnered numerous awards and pushed 10 of his novels onto the New York Times Bestseller’s List. Harris died in July 2009; he’s considered one of the most successful African American or gay authors of his time.

By:Dontré Conerly

When the cast of Invisible Life takes its final bow tonight, the largest bow will be one of gratitude from the show’s co-writer and director, Proteus Spann, who has had to overcome Herculean odds to bring the work to the stage. Continue Reading →

Harlem Art Collective Tries to Better Community With Airbnb

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Airbnb isn’t all bad. Actually, when the site is used as it was intended, it can be pretty cool. Case in point, an artist collective in East Harlem is utilizing the site to rent out two rooms in its five-bedroom apartment and uses a portion of the proceeds to fund free art workshops for area residents, DNAinfo reports.

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Gavin Brown Moving New Gallery To Harlem

Gavin-Brown-2-Courtesy-Gavin-Browns-Enterprise-350x263NYTimes reports that Harlem may be far from the madding crowd of galleries in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn. But this summer Gavin Brown is closing his Gavin Brown’s Enterprise shop on Greenwich Street in the West Village and moving his gallery to a former brewery at 461 West 126th Street. Continue Reading →

Danny Tisdale In Radical Presence: Black Performance In Contemporary Art At YBCA

tumblr_mh3nt4LYsR1rcnqtyo1_500Danny Tisdale’s performance installation Transitions Inc., is included in Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art a groundbreaking exhibition and the first comprehensive survey of performance art by black artists working from the perspective of the visual arts from the 1960’s to the present at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA). Continue Reading →

‘The Spirit of Dolls’ And Talk With Tanya Montegut In Harlem

Tanya Montegut and Dolls by MonTQ were one of the featured vendors at the UConn Stamford 9th annual Black History Month Celebration Tuesday. Hour photo / Erik Trautmann

Tanya Montegut and Dolls by MonTQ were one of the featured vendors at the UConn Stamford 9th annual Black History Month Celebration Tuesday.
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The Urban Thread Salon Series presents Film screening: Why Do You Have Black Dolls? by Samatha Knowles followed by The Spirit of Dolls:  A conversation with doll artist Tanya Montegut at the Countee Cullen Library in Harlem US, NY. Continue Reading →

Steffani Jemison Sings Harlem Inspired Promise Machine At MOMA

On Thursday, June 25th, Brooklyn-based artist Steffani Jemison presents her new multipart commission Promise Machine, inspired by the Utopia Neighborhood Club, a Harlem-based women’s social service organization that directly supported Jacob Lawrence.  Continue Reading →

Souleo: Vivian Green Is ‘Vivid’ And Carefree On New Album

Vivian-Green 1Singer Vivian Green wants her fans to know that everything is fine. No, she is not going through romantic troubles as she effectively sang about on hit singles like “Emotional Rollercoaster” and “Gotta Go Gotta Leave.” Continue Reading →