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Black History Feature: Robert Hayden’s The Ballad of Nat Turner

February 21, 2015 Hello again….Today’s Black History Feature is The Ballad of Nat Turner by Robert Hayden. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, be blessed. image courtesy of bahaiteachings.org The Ballad of Nat Turner BY ROBERT HAYDEN Then fled, O brethren, the wicked juba        and wandered wandered far from curfew joys in the Dismal’s night.        Fool of St. Elmo’s fire In scary night I wandered, praying,        Lord God my harshener, speak to me now or let me die;        speak, Lord, to this mourner. And came at length to livid trees        where Ibo warriors hung shadowless, turning in wind        that moaned like Africa, Their belltongue bodies dead, their eyes        alive with the anger deep in my own heart. Is this the sign,        the sign forepromised me? The spirits vanished. Afraid and lonely        I wandered on in blackness. Speak to me now or let me die.        Die, whispered the blackness. And wild things gasped and scuffled in        the night; seething shapes of evil frolicked upon the …

Black History Feature: Kara Walker

February 14, 2014 Good Morning! Weekend eeeeeee! For some of you just catching up, every Saturday of February, Shadowbox will feature African-Americans in illustration, photography, poetry, short story, you name it. Today we have Kara Walker. I’m just gonna let her work speak……   Here is her most recent work, her first sculpture called A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby, an Homage to the unpaid and overworked Artisans who have refined our Sweet tastes from the cane fields to the Kitchens of the New World on the Occasion of the demolition of the Domino Sugar Refining Plant, which was held last year at the Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn, NY. Man….I wish I could’ve seen this!             I hope you loved this feature. You can visit the Walker Art Center website at: learn.walkerart.org/karawalker. If any of you went to this exhibition last year, feel free to share all about it. Till next week! featured image courtesy of Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork