There is nothing in the U.S. even approximating the Turner Prize, an annual sensation awarded since 1984 to a British visual artist under the age of 50. From the announcement of the four nominees to the awarding of the winner several months later, the artists become national celebrities, with the British press whipping up every possible controversy around them and their frequently incendiary works. First asked to become a nominee in 1997, McQueen declined. “I was the new, hot kid, as such,” he recalls. “I needed to develop.” When he was invited again in 1999, he agreed. His contributions included Deadpan, a silent, evocative restaging of the old Buster Keaton stunt, in which McQueen survives a house collapsing around him by standing in the exact spot where an open window falls. The show was dominated, however, by Emin, the bookies’ favorite, and her cult of infamous personality. Her piece—titled My Bed, literally her unmade, stained bed along with a … [Read more...] about Where It Hurts: Steve McQueen on Why
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In May, Ruby Rose left the CW’s Batwoman after just one season, possibly because the titular role demanded too much work and required her to live in a city she disliked (Vancouver). Who knows what happened, really? But perhaps you have been wondering, these past few months, who will wear the bat-catsuit next? Well! On Wednesday, the CW announced Rose’s successor: Javicia Leslie, most recently one of the stars of the CBS series God Friended Me. Leslie will take up the role of Ryan Wilder, who is, as previously reported, a new character, not based on Rose’s Kate Kane. Wilder will be a “likable, messy” 20-something who’s “a little goofy and untamed,” and “about to become Batwoman.” And Leslie will be the first Black actor to portray Batwoman in a live-action production. … [Read more...] about Javicia Leslie Is TV’s First Black Batwoman
Together, fans donated to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Black Lives Matter, Black AIDS Institute, the ACLU, the National Bailout Collective, and many more. “We’ve run big projects before, but the amount of support for this project is overwhelming,” a spokesperson for One in an Army said in a press release. “We truly didn’t know whether the goal would be reached. We’re so proud that ARMY have once again channeled their power for good and are making a real impact in the fight against anti-black racism.” The fundraiser will remain on the One in an Army website alongside their celebration of BTS’s seventh anniversary, which supports “COVID-19 relief efforts around the world.” Once again, the stans are here to save the day. … [Read more...] about BTS Army Matched the Band’s $1 Million Donation to Black Lives Matter
"Children are creative little human beings and sometimes travelling to other countries for families that couldn't afford to travel any other way is just as important as algebra," she added. "We tend to go towards academic learning." Despite there being an issue with lesson planning, Samantha still believes children will still benefit more if teachers were able to teach smaller classes. "What difference would it make to a classroom," she said. "Surely most of the state schools are over-subscribed anyway and half the children aren't getting attention because of the 30/32 kids per one teacher. Doesn't it make it easier for the teacher if there are two less kids?" … [Read more...] about EastEnders star Samantha Womack reveals SURPRISE decision to home-school daughter Lily
It’s also a movie that’s riddled with contradictions. Gone With the Wind elides historical truths and favors emotional ones from a white perspective, but it is hard to ignore that Mammy (played by Hattie McDaniel, who became the first black actor to win an Academy Award for her performance) is the soul and guiding force of the film. It’s also impossible to look past the fact that she brings to life one of the most troublesome and enduring stereotypes that have beset black women since slavery. But McDaniel’s career and position within Gone With the Wind actually proves to be a useful way to understand the film. While supporting actor Butterfly McQueen (who played the manic fool, Prissy) resented the film and the business of Hollywood for its racism, McDaniel chose to remain mostly apolitical to advance her career. McDaniel inspired actors like Mo’Nique, who paid homage to her when she won her Academy Award decades later for Precious. McDaniel has been … [Read more...] about What Are We to Do With Cinematic Monuments to the Confederacy?