American Visions

American Visions is a bimonthly magazine focusing on African-American culture and history, with an emphasis on visual arts, music, and literature.

Articles from Vol. 14, No. 3, June

A Giant Step
In 1952, after returning home from the Navy and with funds provided by the GI Bill of Rights, John Coltrane saxophonist, family man, and native of Hamlet, N.C. purchased a three-story brick row house at 1511 N. 33rd St. in Philadelphia. The house was...
Blanche Richardson Marcus Book Stores Oakland, Calif
My daughter, Cherysse, who knows me better than anyone, tells me that I need to get a life! I know she means well, but I find myself looking at her in the same way that my mother looked at me years ago, after my divorce, when I told her that she was...
Clara Villarosa Hue-Man Experience Denver, Colo
I have been hooked on reading since I was in elementary school. Reading allowed me to know a world beyond my neighborhood. Since I have become a bookseller and since I read as part of the business, I have increased my fund of knowledge. I also read...
Did You Know
... Two of this year's recipients of the CalArts/Alpert Award in the Arts are director-actor-playwright Brian Freeman and dancer-choreographer Ralph Lemon? Currently a directing resident at the New York Public Theater, Freeman's two most recent plays...
Donna Stokes-Lucas X-Pression Bookstore & Gallery Indianapolis, Ind
Owning a bookstore has its challenges: long hours; marketing; author appearances; hosting book clubs, meetings, and poetry readings. Often, my customers comment on how great it is to be around so many books focused on the African-American experience....
Earworthy
Following a horn fanfare, the emcee says: "Hello, everybody. Welcome to our famous Cotton Club. Great to see so many friends, in spite of the cover charge. And if you can spare a minute from your merrymaking, I'd like to have the pleasure of introducing...
E. Ethelbert Miller Vertigo Books Washington, D.C
Summer reading lists can be like New Year's resolutions: difficult to keep, but easy to make. I have piles of books in my den. Being a literary activist, I try to keep up with this cultural renaissance that we seem to be having again. Walk into any...
Emma Rogers Black Images Book Bazaar Dallas, Texas
For me, the highlight of this past decade was being included on the first Corridors of Culture team, which in 1996 was sent to the continent of my ancestors by the U.S. Information Agency. Ishmael Reed, Susan Shreve, Timothy Seldes and I, along with...
Ewa Ealy Shrine of the Black Madonna Atlanta, Ga
My love affair with writing started when I was very young and realized that the letters of the alphabet made words. Every evening, I showed my mother an assortment of scribbled letters on scrap paper and asked, "What does this spell, Mama?" New words...
Eyes of a Community
The photographers represented in the exhibition "To Tell a Story ... Through Griot Eyes" are community journalists Their work is as provocative and stunning as any found in the pages of mainstream publications, but their focus is on subjects and scenes...
Festival the Summer Away
Summertime infuses us with a wanderlust and then brings us an abundance of festivals. The message? Release yourself from stuffy work clothes, petty inhibitions and daily responsibilities for at least a long weekend. Notice the wonder in a child's...
Pushing the Limits
Brilliant inventions and experimentations that push the limits of science characterize two movie releases from Warner Bros. this summer. A walking weapon-vehicle, known as the Tarantula, has a starring role in Wild Wild West (July 2), alongside Will...
Q & A Queries and Announcements
ANNOUNCEMENTS Charles Bethea has been appointed executive director of the Black History Museum and Cultural Center in Richmond, Va. In that role, he will assess the museum's current situation and establish new exhibitions, programs and policies....
Shemekia Copeland Connects People to the Blues
One last slow blues to close the show I watched you dance with her and it hurt me so Why would ya bring a new love around so soon? Why would ya want to rub salt in my wounds --From "Salt in My Wounds," by Walker & Mirikitani For young black...
The African American Shakespeare Company
From a Midsummer Night's Dream to Reality Since the summer of 1993, actress Sherri Young had envisioned productions of classical plays infused with the life experiences of people of color. She wanted to create a theater company that would challenge...
Vincent Smith
"This is the largest group I've seen here on a Saturday morning," a regular visitor to Harvard Law School commented last fall. Lawyers from the class of 1968 had gathered that weekend to celebrate the writ of passage handed to them 30 years before....