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Things We Like: Art From the Diaspora, Black Girl Fitness, and a ReMARKable Recovery

The arts, activism, fitness, recovery, and the best damn chicken and waffles in The 'Burgh--nourishment comes in many different forms this week.

Exposure: Black Voices in the Arts

The University of Pittsburgh’s Museum Studies class is hosting exhibition that calls attention to the absence of Black voices, culture, and experiences in art institutions, with a primary focus on the Pittsburgh art scene. The permanent collection of the University Art Gallery was the starting point for the exhibition, and the show also features a number of local and contemporary artists, in conjunction with educational programming, in order to celebrate Black, African American, and African diasporic artists. For more information, contact

Frick Fine Arts Building, 650 Schenley Dr., near the Carnegie Library in Oakland
Exhibition runs Dec. 11, Mon-Fri 10 am to 4 pm
Gallery closed November 25, 26, 27 for Thanksgiving


Black Students Protesting at Mizzou

There has been and will continue to be much written, read, and discussed about the Black players on the University of Missouri football team refusing to play until Missouri president Tim Wolfe resigned -- a protest the rest of the team (including the coaches) eventually joined. As there should be. Because, all things considered, this is perhaps the most impactful American mass protest of the 21st century. Making it even more resonate is the fact that while NCAA rules and one-year-renewable scholarships would seem to render college athletes powerless, this is a group of young Black people leveraged the very real power they do have.


Artist Residency at the Center for Creative Reuse

Could you be Pittsburgh Center for Creative Use’s first artist-in-residence? They are currently accepting applications for their inaugural paid artist residency program.


Colorful Fall

It's been "joked" that Pittsburgh has two seasons: Winter and Construction. And "joked" is in scare quotes because it's Pittsburgh-centric gallows humor. We're only joking because 1) it's true and 2) we're trying not to cry. That said, we are roughly two weeks from Thanksgiving, and our fall so far has been consistently spectacular. Sunny days, mild temperatures, and the type of blue skies that allow you to appreciate the contrast between it and our kaleidoscopic foliage.
photo: Dave DiCello


Unbeatable Waffles in the Northside

As 1839's resident breakfast food connoisseur, I'd be remiss and insincere if I made an addition to a list of things I liked this week and didn't name the spectacular waffle I recently had at Carmi Soul Food restaurant on the Northside. This waffle was so good that I wanted to find and smack the chef for forever ruining waffles for me. Eating this waffle and then going back to Eggos is like test driving a Wraith but going home in a Big Wheel. That waffle changed me. And it will change you too.


Internships & Volunteer Positions @ The Creative Nonfiction Foundation

The Creative Nonfiction Foundation pursues education and publishing initiatives in the genre of literary nonfiction. Creative Nonfiction has a growing international readership and fanbase, and a small, part-time, Pittsburgh-based staff. They depend heavily on interns and volunteers to keep everything running. Creative Nonfiction’s internships and volunteer positions offer graduate, undergraduate, and post-graduate individuals the opportunity to learn new skills while providing experience working in the realm of literary publishing.


Black Girls RUN! Pittsburgh

Do black girls run? Of course! Check out Pittsburgh’s official Black Girls RUN! running group on Facebook for details on their regular group runs including Eassliperdy Fun Runs, Motivation Monday, Ring the Alarm 5am Tuesday, Going Up on a Tuesday, Wake Up Wednesday, Wind Down Wednesday, Three Mile Thursday, Signature Saturday, and Second Chance Sunday.

In 2009, Toni Carey and Ashley Hicks created Black Girls RUN! in an effort to tackle the growing obesity epidemic in the African-American community and provide encouragement and resources to both new and veteran runners. The mission of Black Girls RUN! chapters nationwide is to encourage African-American women to make fitness and healthy living a priority. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 80% of African-American women are overweight. BGR! wants to create a movement to lower that percentage and subsequently, lower the number of women with chronic diseases associated with an unhealthy diet and sedentary lifestyle. #‎PghBGRrocks‬ ‪#‎weareBGR‬


A ReMARKable Recovery

Back in May, Pittsburgh Playwrights founder and director extraordinaire Mark Clayton Southers was seriously injured in a car accident. The accident left him unconscious for 5 weeks and hospitalized for nearly 5 months. Thankfully, Mark is now on the road to recovery. But he and his family need our support as they face a long and costly rehab. To help ease his family’s burden, some of Pittsburgh’s most talented artists are coming together for a night of tributes to Mark. Vanessa German​, Wali Jamal Abdullah​, Tameka Cage Conley​, Raymond Werner​, and Leslie Ezra Smith​ will be reading selections from Mark's Chronicles, the journal Mark kept of his recovery via Facebook. Some surprise performers are scheduled to appear as well. Tickets are on sale now for this night of love and entertainment at the August Wilson Center on November 23rd! Can’t make the show? Donations are accepted as well.


“Why Not Wilkinsburg?” on WQED

With a thriving main street, dozens of churches and a prosperous middle class, Wilkinsburg was once among Pittsburgh's most popular suburbs. But changing times, a failing economy and crime damaged the borough and its citizens. Wilkinsburg is among many local communities fighting to come back – but it faces unique challenges including a troubled school district. The borough’s revival attempts haven’t earned the same media attention as other turnaround neighborhoods like Braddock, East Liberty and Lawrenceville, so they’re fighting to tell their story. Economic development and the spirit of rediscovery are giving many neighborhoods a second chance. So - why not Wilkinsburg? Watch this WQED special in its entirety at the link.


Black Girl Muse (BGMuseum)

Black Girl Muse (BGMuseum) is a traveling museum, digital exhibition and interactive pop-up art-making/media making space that seeks to engage Black women and girls around issues of sex/uality, gender, identity, community, family, and place-making using literature/poetry, performance, visual art, and digital media. The overall goal for BGMuse is for participants to experience art- and media-making as liberatory practices that can assist in dismantling white supremacy and misogynoir (a term coined by queer Black feminist scholar Moya Bailey that refers to misogyny directed towards Black women). BGMuseum is curated by Aiesha Turman, a scholar-practitioner whose intellectual work explores and creates liberatory women-centered spaces, and considers how those spaces propel culture forward.


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