FROM Vinson Cunningham
The battle to build Washington DC's African American museum The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture opened in September 2016. We talk about the drama behind getting it built and filled with exhibits, including a pair of dolls used to illustrate children’s attitudes toward race.
National Museum of African American History & Culture opens in DC President George W. Bush signed the National Museum of African American History and Culture Act in 2003, establishing that there would be a national museum dedicated to African American history and culture. However, two years later when the museum’s director, Lonnie Bunch, was hired, there was, as he said, “no collection, no money, no staff, no site” for the museum. Bunch famously launched an Antiques Road Show-style program called Saving African American Treasures. His curators traveled across the country looking for artifacts people had held onto: old photos, clothing, clippings, books. The search resulted in some 40,000 objects, many of them donated. About 3,500 of those, including two dolls donated in memory of psychologists Kenneth and Mamie Clark, will be on display, when the new National Museum of African American History and Culture finally opens in Washington DC on September 24th.
Comedian Vir Das offers 'Abroad Understanding' After selling out stadiums in India, comedian and actor Vir Das is looking to break through in the US with his new Netflix special, Vir Das: Abroad Understanding. He tells us about making the jump from Bollywood to Hollywood and how he hopes his pointed humor can redefine expectations in India and America.
Border wall builders, private art museums, Stamen Design An LA city councilman wants companies who want to do business with LA to disclose if they're also working on the US-Mexico border wall. Forget old-school bar graphs and pie charts -- depicting data has become an art form. And another private art museum opens soon in Los Angeles, but this one takes you into the fascinating world of freemasonry.
Fighting for the soul of the California Democratic Party Over the weekend, Eric Bauman was elected as the new chair of the California Democratic Party. But his main opponent, progressive Kimberly Ellis has not conceded. It was a raucous weekend with Bernie Sanders supporters saying the party is not listening to their concerns.