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Put the cigarette out! Did ya’ hear what I said ….?

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One of History’s Gifted Black Women

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Aida Overton Walker

Aida Overton WalkerA Great Singer, Dancer, Actress and Producer

Whenever I look at the great singer, dancer, actress and producer Aida Overton Walker, I think about how awesome it would be to see someone like Anika Noni Rose or Audra McDonald bring her to life on the stage. Born on Valentine’s Day in 1880 in New York City (some accounts say Richmond, VA, but my source is “Black Women in America,” edited by the foremost historian of black women, Darlene Clark Hine. Ms. Overton Walker changed her name from “Ada” to “Aida” late in her short but storied career, which began in the chorus of Black Patti’s Troubadours, the troupe founded by the one of the first black opera singers, Sissieretta Jones. She was best known for her work with the

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Harvey Weinstein helps New York City

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Theatrical Release of Hurricane Sandy Benefit Concert, ’12-12-12′ for Victims.

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harvey weinsteinLast night in Hollywood, on the Sunset Strip at The Writer’s Guild Theater, I had the good fortune of screening Harvey Weinteins’ heartfelt effort for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. The documentary titled 12-12-12. The film was a true labor of love organized by dozens of Mr. Weinstein’ s Dear, Dear Friends & some of his fellow New Yorkers as well. The documentary featured Legends like Paul McCartney, The Who,  Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, Billy Joel & Bruce Springsteen. But some contemporaries like Alicia Key, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Steve Buscemi with dozens more including some of the World top Supermodels (Karlie Kloss, Joan Smalls, Ajak Deng) humbly contributed! This Film gets a ‘thumbs’ up from me & after it’s Opening this Friday, November 1, 2013, you’ll see what I mean. As a native New Yorker myself, viewing some of the incredible footage of the destruction this horrific storm caused, left me stunned. Harvey Feinstein said to the audience last night, that, he was absolutely serious about getting every bit of the proceeds from this film to the Victims of this horrific disaster.  We wish him well. – - Please CLICK to Read More

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Humans in New York photo clip

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costume NYC“This thing’s won over $16,000 in costume contest prizes.” 

In the summer of 2010, photographer Brandon Stanton set out on an ambitious project: to single-handed created a photographic census of New York City.  Armed with his camera, he began crisscrossing the city, covering thousands of miles on foot, all in an attempt to capture New Yorkers and their stories.  The result of these efforts was a vibrant blog he called “Humans of New York,” in which his photos were featured alongside quotes and anecdotes. The blog has steadily grown, now boasting more than a million devoted followers.  Humans of New York is the book inspired by the blog.  With four hundred color photos, including exclusive portraits and all-new stories, Humans of New York is a stunning collection of images that showcases the outsized personalities of New York. Surprising and moving, printed in a beautiful full-color, hardbound edition, Humans of New York is a celebration of individuality and a tribute to the spirit of the city.  – - BOOK: With 400 full-color photos and a distinctive vellum jacket

Artist BANKSY’S mobile works …!

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This is the best. World-renowed artist Banksy‘s newest mobile art installation, entitled “Sirens of the Lambs,” will be driving around New York for the next two weeks.

I can’t wait to see how the city (especially the children), reacts to this thought-provoking exhibition. The stuffed animals even make noise, so pedestrians can’t miss them!

Watch the video and check out the truck in action on Banksy’s website here!

Coming to a Theater near you…Soon !

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BlackBook’s Weekly Round-up

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BLACKBOOK WEEK END ROUNDUP

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Simple line drawing. Exquisite !

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line drawingThe Artist kept this one Plain & Simple but Beautiful

Pinhead: Terry Richardson’s diary

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Pinhead

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Drag Queens Hit the Beach in a Super Swimsuit Extravaganza

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Queens of summer

queensofsummer05.jpgMisty Meaner

How did you come up with your name?
I started off as Misty Newaters, then met a queen named “Teena Bortion.” I died, and knew I needed a name that was memorable and catchy. I also wanted to be feared and respected, so Misty Meaner was a perfect fit.

What drew you to the drag scene in NYC?
I started doing drag on Fire Island because I grew up 10 minutes from the ferry. After doing it a few summers in a row, going back to the L.I. gay nightlife scene was like slow torture. So one summer I saved up and used all my Fire Island contacts to get and keep me out here.

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Carline Ray, pioneer jazz singer R.I.P.

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Carline Ray, a pioneering jazz multi-instrumentalist and singerCarline Ray, a pioneering jazz multi-instrumentalist and singer, circa 1940s. Ms. Ray, a member of the all-female International Sweethearts of Rhythm in the 1940s who played bass with luminaries like Mary Lou Williams, died on July 18th in New York City at the age of 88. Ms. Ray’s father, Elisha Ray, was a 1925 graduate of the Juilliard School of Music and she graduated from the school in 1946. Ms. Ray, the mother of jazz singer Catherine Russell, released her first recording as a lead vocalist this year. Photo: James J. Kriegsmann, Sr.

Edward Hopper ‘Soir Bleu’ 1914

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