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Creating Art from the Archives: “About Face: The Evolution of a Black Producer”

Thomas Allen Harris looks back at 28 years of HIV/AIDS activism in newly released short film, “About Face: The Evolution of a Black Producer.” On World AIDS Day 2017, Visual AIDS opened its 28th iteration of Day With(out) Art, an annual program that seeks to increase awareness of the ongoing HIV/AIDS crisis. This year’s program, […]

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Memoirs of a Father

“Producing a five minute video about my father and how he survived the Holocaust was an experience I will forever cherish. The idea came to me on the first day of our two-day seminar, Re-Imagining the Family Album with Professor Thomas Allen Harris at Hunter College’s Integrated Media Arts Program.” “On that first day, I quickly […]

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Afro-Atlantic Flight: Speculative Returns and the Black Fantastic

“In Afro-Atlantic Flight, Michelle D. Commander traces how post-civil rights Black American artists, intellectuals, and travelers envision literal and figurative flight back to Africa as a means by which to heal the dispossession caused by the slave trade. Through ethnographic, historical, literary, and filmic analyses, Commander shows the ways that cultural producers such as Octavia […]

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Distinguished Detroiters: The Barthwell Family History

Production has begun for the pilot episode of the new television series Family Pictures USA! We continue to highlight the histories of everyday Detroiters throughout the summer. The story below has been shared by Dr. Akosua Barthwell Evans about the many accomplishments of her family members despite the racial adversity they faced. “My family has always been a very important part […]

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A Boston-Edison Tale: 65 Years, 4 Generations, 1 Home

As we prepare for our pilot episode for the Family Pictures: USA television series, we’ll be highlighting the untold stories of everyday Detroiters. Detroit native and artist, Michelle May shares her family story below about growing up in the historic neighborhood of Boston-Edison. “Historic Boston-Edison is a 36-block neighborhood area of Detroit containing approximately 900 houses.  The District is bordered by Boston […]

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The Bruschitzkis of Linzee Street: Building Detroit Brick by Brick

We are pleased to be working on our Detroit Digital Diaspora in partnership with Detroit Historical Museum as part of it’s D67 commemoration project and working with Detroit Public TV and our community partners: Detroit Historical Society, the Horace L. Sheffield, Jr. Center – Detroit Association of Black Organizations, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Arab American National […]

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