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Step Afrika!: Bringing Stepping to New Audiences 

Step Afrika! is the world’s first professional dance troupe built around the electrifying African American tradition of stepping. Founded in 1994 during a cultural exchange in South Africa, Step Afrika! (SA) has visited six continents, over 60 countries, and performed on the most respected stages in... Read More...

THE HBCU EXPERIENCE: A Journey to excellence

Mathematically speaking, my parents should have beaten my exponentially, smart *insert expletive* for seemingly keeping them clueless during my college application process. But, I was a dreamer and in this teenager’s head, there were schools and then there was one, highly acclaimed college that I wa... Read More...

The Art of Cool Fest: A legacy project

If someone told you to pack your bags to head to one of the south’s hottest music festivals, you might start searching for flights to Austin, TX for South by Southwest (SXSW). However, you would be heading a little too far west. The new buzz is the Art of Cool Festival in Durham, NC. Now in its... Read More...

Elizabeth Catlett:  The Grandmother Clause

In her 1973 artist’s statement, Elizabeth Catlett wrote: “No other field is closed to those who are not white and male as is the visual arts. After I decided to be an artist, the first thing I had to believe was that I, a black woman, could penetrate the art scene, and that, further, I could d... Read More...

STUDY ABROAD: SEEING OURSELVES IN THE WORLD

The Importance of HBCU Global Travel and Exposure IMG: Prof Diva HUMBA 2014 in Limpopo SA The ethnic, religious, cultural, economic and yes, even racial diversity at Historically Black Colleges and Universities is often understated. The vastness of the black experience is seen by the regional r... Read More...

SUGAR HILL: HBCU ALUM EXPLORES THE ROOTS OF CRAFT BEER

Celeste Beatty, CEO and founder of Harlem Brewery, found a love for brewing through the kitchen as an avid culinary enthusiast and practitioner with deep family roots in southern cuisine. “I had been using beer in my dishes and recipes for years,” Beatty says. Also, as a lover of a nice cold one, it... Read More...

DABKE DANCE: A Symbol of Love, Life, and Struggle

Dabke (also spelled as Dabka or Debka) is an Arabic folk dance which originated in the mountainous regions above the Mediterranean coastline and the Tigris River, and is still practiced in Middle Eastern regions. When first created, the Dabke dance was practiced by people of the villages and towns o... Read More...

FAMILY IN A WAY: Jewish historical ties to HBCUs

Throughout modern history, the persecution of people from both African and Jewish cultures have at times gone hand in hand. Of these occurrences, the havens supplied by historically Black colleges and universities stands out. Donned with the acronym HBCU’s, these institutions were the driving force ... Read More...

Ex Files: Maxx Moses

FACES OF EXPATRIATION - MEXICO Remaining uncomfortable is a life practice for the artist, Daniel Hopkins. Creating large scale spray painted murals across the globe and forging deep connections with communities is how he examines the depth of his learning and the quality of his art. His mission is ... Read More...

THE JACK IN THE GREEN FESTIVAL: BUMP THE MAYPOLE!

May Day celebrations kick off May 1st in nearly every corner of the globe. It's a long held European holiday with deep pagan and labor roots. Yet, celebrating Spring's arrival has created new traditions from Spain to Hawaii, where "Lei Day" is infused with Polynesian culture. Say "Spring," say "M... Read More...

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