Picture 861Roy DeCarava, pioneering photographer, dies at 89
Roy DeCarava, the child of a single mother in Harlem who turned that neighborhood into his canvas and became one of the most important photographers of his generation by chronicling its people and its jazz giants, has died. He was 89. His death was announced by Sherry Turner DeCarava, his wife and an art historian who wrote frequently about his work. Mr. DeCarava trained to be a painter, but while using a camera to gather images for his printmaking work, he began to gravitate toward photography, in part because of its immediacy but also because of the limitations he saw all around him for a black artist in a segregated nation. “A black painter, to be an artist,” he once said, “had to join the white world or not function — had to accept the values of white culture.” (Continue Reading…)

Black TV show contestant exposes China’s racial divide
She is attractive, effervescent and has an appealing voice. But these qualities alone would not have made Lou Jing the most famous television talent show contestant in China and the subject of national debate in the world’s most populous country. The reason they are talking about Lou is because she is black. The 20-year-old daughter of a Chinese mother and an African-American father who left the country before she was born, Lou was a highly unusual entrant to Shanghai-based Dragon TV’s Go Oriental Angel. Her appearances – she became one of five finalists – have provoked a storm of abuse on the internet, a rare debate on racism in the media, and a bout of self-examination in a country where skin colour is a notoriously sensitive subject. (Continue Reading…)

African-American man wins the New York Marathon
What often has been described as a “sea of humanity,” the waves and waves of people running from Staten Island to Central Park in the five-borough New York City Marathon, Sunday was mostly just flotsam in the wake of 34-year-old Meb Keflezighi. The Eritrean-born American led the annual stampede of elite professionals and everyday folk, including a surprising new surge of U.S. male talent, to win the 26-mile, 385-yard test in 2 hours, 9 minutes, 15 seconds. The 43,740 trailing him represented the largest marathon field ever and included Keflezighi’s final challenger, four-time Boston Marathon champion Robert Cheruiyot of Kenya, who finished second in 2:09:56, 41 seconds behind. Morocco’s Jaouad Gharib was third in 2:10:25. (Continue Reading…)

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