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Remembering Our History: Langston Hughes

In Uncategorized on February 3, 2011 by highendblog

This week marks the beginning of Black History Month, and I am in the spirit! Its focus is to reflect on Black heros who have made an contribution to America.

Throughout this month, I will post entries on various Black artists and entertainers from the past who paved the way for present acts of today. I would like to start off with poet and novelist, Langston Hughes.

James Mercer Langston Hughes was a shining example of diversity in American history. This part-African American, part-White American, part-Native American playwright, author, and columnist was one of the Harlem Renaissance’s most reputable figures. Born February 1st, 1902 (Happy Birthday Langston) in Joplin, Missouri, Hughes grew up with his grandmother after his parents divorced during his early childhood. Shortly after moving to Lincoln, Illinois to live with his mother, Langston began writing poetry. He released his first book of poetry, entitled The Weary Blues, in 1926, and his first novel, Not Without Laughter, in 1930.

Hughes is remembered for his dramatic portrayals of African-American life in the first half of the 20th century. He played upon the real day-to-day aspects of living in the United States, from the suffering and injustice to our love and growth in the world of music, language, and art. His poems, short stories, novels, and plays incorporated elements of his personal life and the objective black experience.

Hughes passed away in 1967 after complications arose from prostate cancer. In spite of his premature death, he managed to write over 50 literary works, become a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., receive honorary degrees from both Howard and Lincoln University, receive an NAACP award, have his image added to the US Postal Service’s Black Heritage series of postage stamps, and have a school and his old block on 127th street in New York City named after him.

I’m leaving you with a poem that is one of my favorites:

The night is beautiful,
So the faces of my people.

The stars are beautiful,
So the eyes of my people

Beautiful, also, is the sun.
Beautiful, also, are the souls of my people.

-Langston Hughes, My People

JW

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Hampton U “Let Freedom Sing”

In Uncategorized on February 3, 2011 by highendblog

The best place to go to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King on his birthday an HBCU.  We honor and praise him the right way.  Most of the schools incorporate an event or activity to get students involved in learning about King’s major accomplishments.  Hampton University is no different. We recognized King with two events that day: the music department’s choral festival and the march.

I was fortunate to be able to attend The Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Choral Festival at Ogden Hall.  Collectively, the songs from the performances were fantastic. Hearing the voices of the choir brought back the feeling of my being in church on Sunday morning.  I felt warm and rejoiced inside.

The musical had a few glitches.  For example, the introduction was supposed to include a visual of King’s life and famous “I Had A Dream” speech on the teleprompter.  Due to technical issues, they were not able to show it.  I wish they had been able to show the presentation, because it would have shown King in action and engaged the audience even more.

However, my outlook quickly changed because information on King’s life was included in the segments after each performance.  I would definitely attend this event again, and I suggest that others attend as well.

Jonathan White is a senior, Public Relations major, at the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications at Hampton University.

 

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Chris Brown gets Creative

In Uncategorized on February 3, 2011 by highendblog

R&B singer C Breezy shows his artistic expression with spray paint outside of an art studio in West Hollywood, according to Concreteloop. The 21 year-old took it to Twitter to display his artworks to his 1 million + fans. Many of them expressed their thoughts by commenting on each Twitpic.  His images are very influenced by Brian Donnelly, designer of KAWS.

I’m very impressed by his artworks. It’s authentic. The works really show a side of the entertainer that most are not familiar with. Its personal because the entertainer has  similar images from tattoos on his arms. Before I only credited him as being a Michael Jackson shadow from his dance moves and “okay” vocals. But now I have much respect to him and his craft of artworks.

Below are the following artworks:

Breezy Art: The Pig

Breezy Art 2: Headache

Breezy Art: Untitled

JW

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In Uncategorized on February 3, 2011 by highendblog

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