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Kenya Davis-Hayes

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Kenya Davis-Hayes is an associate professor of US History at California Baptist University and studies the imaging of race and its impact on popular culture. Her research has taken her around the world and she has lectured about the politic of American popular culture in universities including the National University of Rwanda, the Beijing Academy of Social Sciences and UNAM in Mexico City. She also serves as an Arnold Schwarzenegger appointee to Cal Humanities the state branch of the National Endowment for the Humanities and is the academic in residence for the Women's Empowerment Foundation which educates women on topics including body image, women's rights and international women's issues. She is currently working on book regarding the history of black women on television during the Civil Rights era.

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A photograph of an Army convoy, 1941 July 10 | Go for Broke National Education Center Collection, USC Libraries
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Lost LA

The 442: Fighting for Freedom Abroad and at Home

The 442nd Regiment comprised second-generation soldiers fighting for the liberation of Europe from Nazism. Ironically, while helping free those in Europe, their relatives were incarcerated in camps across the U.S.
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Biddy Mason and the Founding of Los Angeles: From Slavery to Entrepreneurship

As an enslaved woman in the south, Biddy Mason was valued highly because of her knowledge in herbal medicine, but as a free woman in Los Angeles, Mason became a boundry-breaking midwife, nurse and philantropist. 
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Paul Williams: A Pioneering African American Architect

Paul Revere Williams is known as an architect to the stars, one of the first African Americans who achieved stature in a racially divided profession, but he also created civic works that spoke to the legacy he wanted to leave behind.
"Farm Worker" and "Broken Dreams" glass pieces by Jaime Guerrero | Courtesy of the artist and Craft in America
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From Homies to Immigrant Children, This Artist Captures Humanity in Glass

Fine art is filled with glass blown objects but few artists have been able to achieve glass-blown human subjects that critique the harsh realities of today, the hallmark of Jaime Guerrero’s artwork and career. 
Kenzi Shiokava in his studio garden by Kenya Davis-Hayes
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Kenzi Shiokava Has Built a Wonderland of Assemblage Art From Unwanted Objects

Born in Brazil to Japanese parents, 79-year-old Kenzi Shiokava's sculptures are made from discarded scraps that he resurrects and fills with life.
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The Hybridized Writings of Tisa Bryant

Author Tisa Bryant's work and pedagogy center around the fluidity of time, space and the meaning of race. Noted for her book, "Unexplained Presence," Bryant can be counted amongst the thriving community of Afrofuturists in Southern California.
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Remembering Artist Noah Davis

Noah Davis, painter, installation artist and founder of Los Angeles' Underground Museum died recently at the age of 32. Known for his figurative paintings, Davis strived to convey the everyday lives of African Americans outside of popular stereotypes.
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Rise: Love, Revolution, and the Black Panther Party

"Rise: Love. Revolution. The Black Panther Party" is a collection of works inspired by the Black Panther Party's legacy of marrying artwork with modern political consciousness.
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Herman Sillas' Art and Activism

Chicano activist and attorney Herman Sillas' paintings are pictorial memoirs of a witness to social change in 1960s Chicano Los Angeles.
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Cameras d'Afrique: Indie Films of West Africa

LACMA's Caméras d'Afrique film festival highlights how West Africans view themselves, allowing for their own self-definition after centuries of misunderstanding.
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