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Things We Like: The Ujamaa Collective, African documentar, and brand new babies

Raise your fist this week for Black art at The Met, Black artisans in the Hill District, bi-cultural African women, and a brand new baby girl.

“Black Artists and the March Into the Museum”

“After decades of spotty acquisitions, undernourished scholarship and token exhibitions, American museums are rewriting the history of 20th-century art to include black artists in a more visible and meaningful way than ever before, playing historical catch-up at full tilt, followed by collectors who are rushing to find the most significant works before they are out of reach.”
2015 The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Kerry James Marshall


UJAMAA Collective

“Ujamaa” is the fourth principle of Kwanzaa: to build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and profit from them as a community. The Ujamaa Collective is a Hill District-based non-profit organization of women of African descent who are entrepreneurs, artisans, artists and individuals who are committed to serving their community through leadership. Through Ujamaa, artisans have an economic outlet for their work, micro-enterprises have the support to grow, customers gain access to locally-produced items, and Pittsburgh has a regional destination to draw customers and visitors to the Historic Hill District. With its retail boutique, Entrepreneurship Preparation Program (EPP), open-air marketplace, start-up business incubation, and urban farm initiatives, Ujamaa assists in filling the gap for African American women in economics, education and opportunity.


Being a dad

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. I know. Anything from stink bugs to St Louis police officers can be a parent. The gnat I swatted away before typing this is (probably) a parent. (And might have 13,000 kids.) Being a parent itself is not special. But the experience of being a parent is special.


Legendary Crawford Grill Added to the Carnegie Science Center's Miniature Railroad & Village

Legendary Pittsburgh jazz club, the Crawford Grill, joins Ebenezer Baptist Church and the Pittsburgh Courier building as Hill District landmarks in the Carnegie Science Center's Miniature Railroad & Village display. The model of the historic club, which first opened in the 1930s, debuted last week. Patty Everly, the Center's curator of historic exhibits, created the model of the Crawford Grill based on extensive research from studying old newspapers, and photos from the Charles “Teenie” Harris collection at the Carnegie Museum of Art. During its heyday, the Crawford Grill featured jazz legends like Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie and Duke Ellington.
photo: Guy Wathen | Trib Total Media


The Jubilee 2020-2021

In October 2015, the Committee of the Jubilee, a self-organized group of theatremakers from around the country, published a call to action to address equity in the American Theatre community. They invite theatres to commit to the vision of a year of Jubilee in support of a diverse, inclusive, and intersectional 2020-2021 season. Theatres sign a pledge to produce a season devoted only to work by women, people of color, Native American artists, LBGTQIA artists, deaf artists, and artists with disabilities. Individuals in support of Jubilee can also sign the pledge.


Coed flag football games with people you know

Of the five major American team sports, four of them either contain a set of rules or a condition specific to that sport that makes playing a coed-pick up game unattractive. The rules of basketball are too complex (if you don't know how to play basketball, you can't learn to be passable in five minutes), baseball has too many dead spaces, soccer is too time-consuming and too European, and hockey is too irreverent. Which leaves us with football -- a sport anyone (man or woman) reasonably in shape can play even if they've never played before. Because if you can run and you can catch, you can play.


Am I...

Am I: Too African to be American or Too American to be African? is a documentary that explores the complex identity formations of young African women living in America and West Africa who identify bi-culturally. The film looks at how they wrestle with concepts of race, complexion, gender, and heritage among other issues.


“Gentrification in Progress” barricade tape

We found the perfect stocking stuffer for the artist-activist in your life: “gentrification in progress” barricade tape!


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