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Black Arts Matter
Black arts bear witness to centuries of fight not flight. See how their rich legacies continue to rally this nation’s spirit in pursuit of justice and joy.
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Maya Angelou: American Masters

Maya Angelou: American Masters

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Southland Sessions

A New Case Study House Puts Black Architecture on Display in Watts

On a triangle-shaped lot near the historic Watts Towers and the beloved Watts Towers Arts Center, a new mixed-use project is underway to draw people from all over the city and beyond to experience the Black aesthetic through architecture.
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Poetry is Political: Amanda Gorman's America

“I am the daughter of Black writers who are descended from freedom fighters, who broke their chains and changed the world. They call me,” so goes the mantra of Amanda Gorman. Learn more about the nation's youngest inauguration poet and her politics.
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Southland Sessions

40 Years Later, Why a Black Doll Show Still Resonates

Celebrating its 40th year, William Grant Still Arts Center’s annual Black doll show uses dolls to examine the complexities of being Black and work toward healing.
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Southland Sessions

How Viver Brasil Empowers Black Bodies and Brought Afro-Brazilian Dance to Disney

Viver Brasil expands the circle of Afro-Brazilian dance and perception of samba beyond feathered headdresses, bikinis and heels, empowering Black bodies and narratives in the process.
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Southland Sessions

In Southern California's Only Poetry Library, the Spirit of Inclusion Reigns

In response to L.A.'s transitory poetry scene, Hiram Sims has founded Southern California's only library of poetry, located in South Central Los Angeles.
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These Two Black Curators Have Been Disrupting the Art World for Two Decades

The team behind Band of Vices has been a longtime champion of bringing diverse artists into the fold.
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Watts Towers Arts Center's Unusual View of Arts Education

Noah Purifoy talks about how arts education could be a way forward.
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The Life, Death and Afterlife of '66 Signs of Neon'

"66 Signs of Neon" was an eye opening installation that traveled the country.
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Artbound

Now More Than Ever: The Need for Alternative Cultural Spaces

Learn more about the spaces filling the holes left behind by the historically white-centric L.A. art world.
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Stretching Out into the Community: Five Key Watts Artists Who Helped Shape American Art

Meet the core artists who were the vanguards of the West Coast edition of the Black Arts Movement: Betye Saar, Noah Purifoy, John Outterbridge and Jayne Cortez.
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