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Art Is Political: My Personal Tribute to Faith Ringgold

Faith Ringgold, whose quilts brought new life to the Black American experience, passed away on April 12th, 2024, at age 93. 

She was born Faith Willi Jones in 1930 in Harlem, New York—her identity as a New Yorker seeps through in her work. As a child of the Harlem Renaissance, she was exposed to the legendary arts and music creatives, such as jazz singer Dinah Washington and Duke Ellington.read more.

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Remembering the Legacy and Passion of Abigail Adams

SWAN Day is right around the corner, a day dedicated to supporting women artists and recognizing the too-often-unrecognized impact of women in society. In celebration of SWAN Day, we’re taking the opportunity to appreciate one of our country’s oldest supporters of women, Abigail Adams, who even in the 1700s was imploring men to “Remember the Ladies.”read more.

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The Power of a Name: Tribute to the Shapeshifting Ms Tina Turner

It’s no secret that names are powerful. Across cultures, it is believed that to know the true name of a god, demon, or mystical being, is to have power over it. Tina Turner has had many names throughout her life, and it would be impossible to deem any of them her true name. Aside from Tina Turner, there was also her birth name – Anna Mae Bullock – and her nicknames: Ann, Little Ann, and of course, the “Queen of Rock & Roll.”… read more.

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Marilyn Bergman/Barbra Streisand: Melding Hearts, Minds & Voices

Today, January 8, 2022 – on the second anniversary of her death at age 93 – we remember songwriter Marilyn Bergman.

Marilyn (almost always in collaboration with her husband Alan) is responsible for some of the greatest song lyrics in film history. Throughout their long career, Alan & Marilyn also collaborated with powerhouse composers such as Marvin Hamlisch and Michel Legrand, and, most significantly, with songstress Barbra Streisand.read more.

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We Remember Stacy Title’s Commitment to Filmmaking

Today, FF2 celebrates director Stacy Title on the sixth anniversary of the release of The Bye Bye Man. The 2017 horror film finds Stacy directing a group of young people through a terrifying nightmare. Though perhaps her most well-known project, Stacy’s talents go far past The Bye Bye Man. She also frequently worked as a screenwriter and producer, as well as directed successful comedies and shorts.read more.

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Chicago Artist Annie Lee: Her Legacy Lives On

Annie Lee, an internationally-renowned artist and civil rights advocate, passed away 9 years ago on this day, but her legacy of iconic artwork depicting African American life lives on. Ever since she took the art world by storm during her first gallery show in 1985 – when her artwork sold out in just four hours – Annie Lee has been a central and celebrated figure in the industry.read more.

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