BlackStar’s new Filmmaker Lab supports Black, Brown, and Indigenous voices on the rise
Opening doors for local filmmakers of color
Jared Michael Lowe profiles BlackStar’s new Filmmaker Lab, its inaugural class, and speaks with founder Maori Karmael Holmes on the evolution of BlackStar.
Talking The Harlem Nutcracker and Echoes with alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw
Composing American history through jazz
Saxophone phenom Jaleel Shaw returns to Philly to celebrate Charlie Parker’s 100th birthday with a performance with the Philly POPS Jazz Orchestra. Vena Jefferson profiles.
Marguerite Anglin and the future of Philadelphia public art
Telling the collective Philadelphia story
The new director of public art in the Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy wants more public art in the city to reflect more identities. Anndee Hochman profiles.
Raphael Xavier’s Swerve changes direction for Philly’s stigmatized BMX culture
From freeze moves to freeze frames
Hip hop artist Raphael Xavier turns his talents from the dance stage to the screen with production of Swerve: The Movie. In the short film, Xavier plays a BMXer who mentors a teenage rider as they both undergo transformation. Darcy Grabenstein profiles.
The magic behind Christina Rosso-Schneider's new book Creole Conjure
A second pandemic book release is more than just fairy tales
A Novel Idea’s Christina Rosso-Schneider has released not just one, but two books during the course of the pandemic. Her secret to getting it all done is magic. Jordan Cameron profiles.
Opening the doors and turning the pages with Books & Bagels founder Ellen Cappard
A new page for Wilmington booklovers
The new Books & Bagels offers a curated selection and space for community with help from a community launchpad in Wilmington. Dara McBride profiles.
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Illustrating joy, queerness, and justice with Kah Yangni's mural We Are Universal
Philadelphia's first mural celebrating transgender people
Artist Kah Yangni talks about their new mural, its messages, and how the mural came to be. Jared Michael Lowe profiles.
Talking stop-motion animation with Kelli S. Williams
Satirical art for the sake of laughs and social change
Kelli S. Williams is a 2021 Mural Arts Philly Black Artist Fellow, and she's using stop-motion animation and comedy to challenge how we think. Christina Anthony profiles.
Civil rights, one step at a time: Mural Arts Fellowship for Black Artists recipient Ken Johnston
More than a walk in the park
Ken Johnston is putting the movement back into the civil rights movement one step at a time, literally. Johnston uses “walks” to emphasize protecting civil liberties. Jared Lowe profiles.
Talking photography with Mural Arts Philly Black Artist Fellow Khalif Rivers
Uncovering Philadelphia's hidden past
Khalif Rivers is part of the 2021 Mural Arts Philadelphia Black Artist Fellow class. The photographer, writer, and fine artist spoke with Blair Krassen about his work.