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DC is the home to many affluent and world-renowned black pioneers especially in the music industry such as Duke Ellington, one of my all-time favorite musicians, and Marvin Gaye, another stellar lyricist, among a reputable number of other personalities. There are others that made an international impact through their work.
In due homage to his poignant career in celebrating his eye in curating that the Renaissance period and the roots of segregation in the South, Macy’s collaborated with the Gordon Parks foundation and the DC film festival to celebrate his 100th birthday and social impact on American culture. I first became familiar with Gordon Parks about 13 years ago when dating a pretty popular photographer here in DC. When Parks died, my friend was deeply affected as he was honored to have privately visited with Mr. Parks in his his home in NY. Since then, I’ve done my own research and have loosely followed and studied his work.
The resounding theme was the impact that Mr. Parks left on the modern-day black artist. Most notably Mr. Parks’ inspiration to push the envelope and not be afraid to express yourself in your media sector. Yoba also talked about the importance of coming together as a community and supporting one another when it comes to filmmaking. He established and reiterated the deficit of black filmmakers in Hollywood. Though Parks defied most of the odds and directed iconic flicks like ‘Shaft’ and paved the way for recent filmmakers like Spike Lee and a few other lesser-known film directors, Hollywood has still not made it easy for young film directors and produces to break through.
After a jovial and quite comical 30 minute interactive discussion, the floor was open to questions. The standing room crowd was serenaded with jazzy and pop tunes by The Green Project, sipped on sweet Rieslings and enjoyed tasty passed canapés. The energy was quite chill, very supportive, and intriguing. Most fun for me was bumping into mentor and former dean of admissions at Georgetown Law, Everette Bellamy, where I did a law program. I finished the night after grazing through the small exhibit on the top level of the store. This is one of my favorites:
, 2013 at the Arnika Dawkins Gallery located at 4600 Cascade Rd SW in Atlanta. Check out. I hear the exhibit it pretty fabulous. Support the arts! th
Eat well, love unapologetically, pray with true intention, and take care of yourself.