James Mercer Langston Hughes (February 1, 1902 – May 22, 1967) was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form jazz poetry. Hughes is best known as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance. He famously wrote about the period that "the negro was in vogue" which was later paraphrased as "when Harlem was in vogue"
Phoebe Beasley, who has been a noteworthy presence in the art community for several decades, was once a senior advertising account executive at a Los Angeles radio station. Using creativity and sales savvy from her media days, Beasley has parlayed her passion for art into works that are admired (and bought) by some of the who’s who of African American culture—from close friend Maya Angelou to Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, and Tavis Smiley. Read more
The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. will host that city's first solo exhibition of the acclaimed American painter with an exhibit, "In the Tower: Kerry James Marshall," on view June 28 - Dec. 7. More