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Elgin art exhibit celebrates Black culture in America

When Elgin artist Freddrick D. Wimms was asked just after Christmas to curate an art exhibit for Black History Month, he didn’t have much time and didn’t know what he wanted the show to be. But he did have an idea for a name.

“Black Then, Black Now, Black in the Middle …”

“When I set the name, I had no idea what the show was gonna be,” Wimms said. “I knew it couldn’t be based just on Black history. It had to be about the essence of Black culture, and then that will reflect on Black art and that will reflect Black history.”

Wimms ended up with the idea to tell the story of how Black culture in America was born out of the darkness of slavery, how far it had come up to and since the Civil Rights movement, and how far it can still go.

“This all

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Celebrate Black History Month 2021 in Flint with art exhibits, movies and virtual events

FLINT, MI — Celebrating Black History Month may look and feel a lot different this year amid the coronavirus pandemic.

But there are still ways you can celebrate the culture in Flint.

Here are the events planned throughout February to honor and celebrate Black history:

-Genesee District Library

20th Anniversary Black History Celebration

The Genesee District Library and ABC12 have partnered for a virtual 20th Anniversary Black History Celebration set to air 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11.

The 60-minute segment can be watched here.

The show will include music from the a cappella group, Linkin’ Bridge, who performed at the brunch in 2018 and were finalists in season 11 of the NBC reality competition show “America’s Got Talent.”

Voices of Service, finalists in season 14 of “America’s Got Talent” will also perform, and Dr. Traci Currie, who presented at the 2016 Brunch, will share a powerful poem.

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The Weeknd Gifts 150 Free Meals to Florida Healthcare Workers in Honor of Black History Month



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The Weeknd is giving back this Black History Month.

The Grammy winner, 30, teamed up with Postmates to gift 150 free meals to Florida healthcare workers at AdventHealth Carrollwood hospital in celebration of the monthlong observance. Each meal was prepared by Mama’s Southern Soul Food, a popular Black-owned restaurant in Tampa Bay. The Super Bowl showdown — where The Weeknd will headline the Pepsi Halftime Show — kicks off at the city’s Raymond James Stadium on Sunday.



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Food lovers can order from one of The Weeknd’s favorite, local Black-owned eateries by selecting to view “The Weeknd’s Highlights” menu in the Postmates app. The “I Feel It Coming” hitmaker is the first star to collaborate with Postmates for their national Black History Month campaign.

“It’s the first day of #BlackHistoryMonth and we’re kicking it off with @theweeknd

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Antwaun Sargent Discusses Black Photographers

If you haven’t heard of curator and critic Antwaun Sargent, you are missing out on one of the most brilliant contemporary voices on photography. The 32-year-old just joined the Gagosian gallery as director after a decade of writing about the art scene and one year after his first book, The New Black Vanguard, was released. It has become an instant classic, highly recommended by editors across the industry and taught in art schools; the book highlights the complex and personal ways that photographers grapple with expression and identity.

“For me, that link between the past and the present and the future was really important,” Sargent told BuzzFeed News. “When you say something like ‘the new,’ it automatically points to a history that has largely been unseen, unrecognized. The acknowledgment of these young photographers is an investment in the future. We talk about the future as though we don’t control

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