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Jordan Peele and the art of being unapologetically black

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(CNN)Call it revenge of the “blerds.”

Jordan Peele, a self-proclaimed “black nerd” who helped to popularize the term as part of the comedy duo Key and Peele, is boldly going where no black man has gone before by conquering the horror film genre.
His sophomore film, “Us,” is out Friday to rave reviews and early awards season buzz for its star, Lupita Nyong’o.
The film is on track to make history as the biggest horror film about a black family, written and directed by a black man with a mostly black cast.
Peele is among several successful creatives in Hollywood who are being unapologetically black in their craft.
Along with Peele, “Atlanta’s” Donald Glover, “Insecure’s” Issa Rae, “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris, “Luke Cage” showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker and filmmakers Ava DuVernay and Ryan Coogler have produced entertainment that showcases the African-American experience as part of the American experience as a whole, while still celebrating the uniqueness of black culture.
Collectively, they have produced content in which they don’t feel the need to give context for mainstream America.
If you don’t get a joke or a reference because it’s too “inside black baseball” as it were, there’s always Google.
They are also reminders of what should be a given but isn’t in a society fractured by debates over race and class: people of color have smart, funny, engaging and relatable stories to tell.
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Johnson Publishing, once chronicled black life in Ebony and Jet, going out of business.

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Johnson Publishing, whose iconic Ebony and Jet magazines chronicled black life in America for decades, has filed for bankruptcy and plans a court-supervised sale of its assets.

The 77-year-old company, which sold Ebony and Jet almost three years ago, on Tuesday filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation after it was unable to restructure its operations or arrange financing or a sale.

Read full story @ The Chicago Tribune

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Black Civil War soldiers remembered in treasured portraits from rare historic photographs

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Marvin Mescher looks at a new exhibit Saturday, March 30, 2019, at Fort Negley visitor center that features portraits of 17 African-American men who served as soldiers in the Civil War. (Photo: Larry McCormack / The Tennessean)
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Solomon Frister, a dark-eyed, dark-complected farmhand from northern Pennsylvania, enlisted in the United States Colored Troops when he was 26 years old.

He served as a private, and later a corporal in the Civil War alongside thousands of African American men, many of whom had once been enslaved. And when the war was over, he eventually found his way to Tennessee.

He is said to have attended Fisk University, to have gotten married several times, to have raised many children, working as an engineer, a shoemaker and a carpenter, while also serving as a minister of the gospel.

Frister is believed to be buried here, in the neglected overgrowth of Mount Ararat, the first African American cemetery in Middle Tennessee.

But the grounds are gated and locked, and not many markers are left now. Most have sunk or have fallen over.

View more @ Tennessean 

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