Collectively speaking, several organizations are championing Kansas City’s Black arts scene. The brainchild of renowned quilter Sonié Joi Thompson-Ruffin, the African American Artists Collective has entered its second year of existence. The AAAC includes artists from multiple genres including visual art, dance, filmmaking, jewelry making and quilting. In addition to organizing exhibitions, the AAAC advocates […]
This is, quite possibly, the most critical time for Black art since the 1960s. As the Black community endures a seemingly racist executive administration seemingly obsessed with dismantling the legacy of America’s first Black President, artisans of Kansas City’s Black community have been making their presence felt and voices heard in both traditional and innovative […]
I grew up in one of those urban neighborhoods that did so much to shape successful black men in America. Located on the northeast end of Kansas City, Kansas, the block I grew up in was bookmarked on both ends by black-owned businesses. On the southwest corner was a mom-and-pop record store where I purchased 45s by the Isley Brothers and Chaka Khan. It was also a candy shop and sometime beauty parlor.