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Screening "The Black List Project" (A Compilation of Vignettes From Volumes 1, 2 & 3)

August 24, 2011 by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

In February 2011, the Humanities Research Center and Rice Public Art Program will bring The Black List Project to multiple locations on campus, primarily the Rice Media Center. This project will be the first in a collaborative series between the two groups called HumanArt.

The Black List Project is a photographic exhibit and documentary featuring portraits of prominent African Americans of various professions, disciplines, and backgrounds. Historically, "blacklist" denotes a group of people marginalized and denied work or social approval. In an effort to redefine the word, twenty-five featured African Americans provide insight on the struggles, triumphs, and joys of black life in the United States. These portraits are both pictorial and verbal, representing some of the most dynamic and inspiring personalities in the fields of politics, music, business, civil activism, literature, the arts, and athletics. Featured photographs include those of American political activist and university professor Angela Davis; musician John Legend; Michael Lomax, Chairman and CEO of the United Negro College Fund; artist Kara Walker; and actor, director, screenwriter, playwright, novelist and composer Martin Van Peebles. The Black List Project was conceived of by photographer/filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders with Elvis Mitchell, NPR correspondent and former New York Times film critic.

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