CoolBlkPpl’s Year In Culture

This isn’t an exhaustive round-up of 2012’s the year in culture. I was inspired to create the list because of the lists in New York Magazine.  I can’t fathom how media can continue to write articles about the highlights of American culture and not have diversity. Note:  This post is a work in progress.  I will be adding to it from now until the end of December.

ART
Kehinde Wiley’s “An Economy of Grace” is brilliant. His artwork featured women who he found scouting downtown Brooklyn. I saw the work at Sean Kelley gallery this summer.

Glenn Ligon had his work exhibited at the Whitney last year, and now one of his pieces is at the National Gallery of Art.

Mickalene Thomas’ artwork is on display currently at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. She is one of the few Black “pop art” artists.

BOOKS

The Guestlist By Jay Fingers

Home by Toni Morrison

How To Be Black by Barantude Thurston

The Devil In Silver by Victor LaValle

The Cutting Season By Attica Locke

NW by Zadie Smith

Help Me To Find My People: The African American Search for Family Lost in Slavery By Heather Andrea Williams

DANCE

Michaela DePrince from the Dance Theatre Of Harlem is wowing the world of dance. [BTW, I met her and members of the dance company back in October].

Misty Copeland, American Ballet Theater ballerina. She has a 2013 calendar.

FILM

Middle of Nowhere  directed by Ava DuVernay

Django Unchained [Starring Jamie Foxx and Kerry Washington, I hope it’s good.]

MUSIC

Frank Ocean

Angel Haze

Kendrick Lamar

Rihanna- With seven albums in seven years, you can’t deny her success and her personal is pretty much of none of our business.

THEATER
I got suggestions from Kathleen Warnock and Carolyn Castiglia.

Desiree Burch’s one-woman show, “Tar Baby” which examines the racial divide. It will be in New York in January at the DR2 Theater. Opening night is Janurary 8th.

Harlem Camerata, a salon for reading plays old and new. It is run by Russell Jordan.

Colman Domingo who I saw in “Passing Strange” was praised for his role “Wild With Happy”.

Michael Lynch

Dael Orlandersmith’s “Horse Dreams” was at Rattlestick. She also had a one-act in the Cino Nights at Jimmy’s 43 and her play Black N Blue Boys played in Chicago.

Charles Rice-Gonzalez is both an author and a playwright.’s “Chulito”

TELEVISION

Scandal- Shonda Rimes flipped the script on a Washington-based drama and Kerry Washington’s lip quiver is everything.

Donald Glover- The Community hasn’t been back yet this TV season, but Childish Gambino played shows all over the country. It pays to be multi-talented.

Tempestt Bledsoe and Anthony Anderson are the best things about the sitcom, “Guys With Kids”.

Damon Wayans Jr. and Eliza Coupe are the funniest interracial couple on ABC’s “Happy Endings”.

Retta- A comedic actress who made the most of her little camera time on “Parks And Recreation”. She may be more known for tweeting about TV shows she watches. More Donna Meagle in 2013

Totally Biased- W. Kamau Bell’s weekly show is no “Daily Show” but it is funny and spot on with their “on the street” segments.

Melissa Harris Perry got more people talking about politics and culture and made the hashtag #nerdland cool.

WEB

Issa Rae’s Awkward Black Girl got folks to seek out and/or create more quality web series.

How Cool Black People Make Social Media Pop: Black Twitter, Throwback Thursday and Pinterest

The Rise of the Black Tech Entrepreneur Community with NewMe, Digital Undivided and Black Girls Code.

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