November 26 - December 9, 2009


Ground Breaking Opening
US Civil Rights Struggle and Achievements:

From King to Obama

The Museu Afro Brasil in Sao Paulo, Brasil unveiled The Exposure Group African-American Photographers Association’s first international photography exhibition, “U.S. Civil Rights Struggles and Achievements: From King to Obama” Friday, November 20. The Exposure Group is based in Washington, D.C. USA.

The exhibition opened as part of Sao Paulo’s National Black Awareness Day holiday celebration.  The exhibit runs through Sunday, January 25, 2010.   “This is the first exhibit on Obama I have seen and I had to come all the way to San Paulo to see it,” said Washington, D.C. cultural anthropologist Sheila Walker, who later participated in the museum’s panel discussion series.

The U.S. State Department funded the exhibition under the auspices of the Joint Action Plan to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Discrimination and Promote Equality. The countries signed the plan in 2008 while Condoleezza Rice served as the first Black female to head the Department of State. (Brasil is second only to Nigeria at having the largest Black population.)

The Exposure Group photographers in the exhibition are Donald Baker, Nicole Bates, Jim Baucom, Donald Bernard, Bonita F. Bing, Sam E. Brown, Michelle J. Chin, Ellsworth J. Davis, Danita Delaney, Lisa A. Fanning, Jeffrey John Fearing, Michael Gross, David L. Hamilton, Victor Holt, Donnamaria R. Jones, Marvin T. Jones, Gloria C. Kirk, Roy Lewis, Lillie Lewis-Garrett, Criss Massie, Beatrice McBride, Otis P. Motley, Caroline Reed, Edward Savwoir, George D. Tolbert IV, and Milton Williams. Also, included in the list is Port of Harlem cover photographer Jason Miccolo Johnson.

The exhibit is co-curated by Emanoel Araujo, director of the Museu Afro Brasil, and photo archivist Donna M. Wells, who died suddenly on November 2, 2009.

In addition to the Exposure Group exhibition, the Museu Afro Brasil opened Africa in Us, an exhibition of works by 100 Brazilian photographers and a series of panel discussions on race, ethnicity, and the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. Walker and the Schomburg Center’s Howard Dodson of Harlem participated as panelists that discussed inclusion and exclusion in the educational and cultural sectors.


Top) Exhibit banner in Portuguese, Middle) pharmacist and photographer Donnamaria Jones and retired Federal worker Jim Baucom taking more pictures.  (The hanging picture on the left is by Jones.)  Bottom) architect and photographer Michelle Chin with Brazilian singing superstar Paula Lima at opening.




The View’s Sherri Shepherd in DC Fr, Dec 4

Sherri Shephard, co-host of The View and star of Lifetime’s sitcom Sherri, discusses and signs her book Permission Slips - Every Woman’s Guide to Giving Herself a Break at the Thurgood Marshall Center, 1816 12th Street, NW in Washington.

The Marshall center is in the former Twelfth Street YMCA building, the former home of the first full service YMCA for African Americans in the nation. W. Sidney Pittman, son-in-law of Booker T. Washington designed the building and was one of the nation's first African-American architects. The artisans for the building were also largely of African descent.

The two-hour event in the historic building near 12th and T Streets, NW starts at 7p. For additional information call 202-462-8314.

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Black Seeds Calendar 2010I

Black Seeds Educational Calender is now available for $8. They are also available as a fund raiser. For more information call



Introduction to Tap Dance

The Dance Institute of Washington is holding master tap dance classes Saturday, November 21 at 2:30p (Beginning), 4p (Intermediate), and 4:30p (Beginner’s Master). Each class cost $10. Call 202.371.9656 for additional information.




An Opportunity Knocks for Artists

The Cultural Development Corporation, an organization that works to create opportunities for artists and arts organizations, and improve the quality of life in the Washington, D.C. area, is requesting proposals for exhibitions in the Flashpoint Gallery for the September 2010 to August 2011 season. The request is open to artists, independent curators, and arts organizations presenting contemporary work in any medium.




London Custom Shoemaker

Holds Trunk Show in Georgetown, DC

Representatives from Bespoke shoemakers GJ Cleverly and Company of the Royal Arcade in London will hold a trunk show at Everard’s Clothing Georgetown, DC store. The trunk show is Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5 from 10a to 6p, 1802 Wisconsin Avenue.

Bespoke shoemakers make footwear from scratch. That is, taking foot measurements, drawing up the patterns, and making the footwear using materials that the customer requests. The representatives will be on hand to answer questions including questions about the process. Copies of Port of Harlem are available at Everards. The truck show is free.


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