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Black History and art things I've learned


I was searching for another black art print to post when I came across this painting. It made me wonder who or what Little Rock 9 was, I've never heard of this before today. This is what I learned about them along with another black history tidbit that I came across this month.

Little Rock 9 by artist Charly Palmer

Another Black History tidbit I learned this month

Little Sarah Rector, a former slave, became one of the richest little girls in America in 1914. Rector had been born among the Creek Indians, as a descendant of slaves. She would belong to a group of children that the government referred to as the Creek Freedman minors - not legally considered African-American.

Rector became an orphan after her mother died of tuberculosis, and her father died in prison. Like most children of Indian territory, she was kept in the care of a white guardian who was responsible for her money and education. But her life changed in 1914, as a result of an earlier land treaty from the government. Back in 1887, the government awarded the Creek minors children 160 acres of land, which passed to Rector after her parents' deaths. Though her land was thought to be useless, oil was discovered in its depths in 1914, when she was just 10 years old.

The headlines would read: “Oil Made Pickaninny Rich – Oklahoma Girl With $15,000 A Month Gets Many Proposals – Four White Men in Germany Want to Marry the Negro Child That They Might Share Her Fortune.”

Then an issue of the Salt Lake Telegram reported how she and her siblings still lived in poverty. Still, young Rector kept her fortune to herself and used it to fund her education to Tuskegee University. Little is known about her life thereafter, except that she purchased a mansion on Twelfth Street in Kansas City, Missouri and entertained the likes of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Joe Louis and Jack Johnson at lavish parties.


NAACP Image Awards 2010


Last night was the 41st Annual NAACP Image Awards, alot of whos who showed up, below are my favorite classic and fierce styles and stylistas of the evening.

Keshia Knight Pulliam (aka little Rudy)

Gabrielle Union

Keke Palmer

Regina King

Taraji P. Henson

Tamela Mann


Some more art and a quote


Strong am I by WAK

A Quote-

Someone was hurt before you; wronged before you; hungry before you; frightened before you; beaten before you; humiliated before you; raped before you; yet, someone survived.
- Maya Angelou


I know who that is


High Aspirations
thats Ernie Barnes! We learned about him in school, my youngest son tells me, who at the time was only a first grader.

Also interesting to know that Ernie Barnes was the artist of all of the paintings of "JJ" of the TV show "Good Times".


Random Quote


One starts an action simply because one must do something. - T.S. Eliot


DIY art and art on a budget


This is my latest project, a 500 piece Annie Lee puzzle. I finished this a couple of weeks ago, and it took me about 2 maybe 2 1/2 days to complete. If you have a little time and patience puzzles are a really great inexpensive way to add art to a space. I was able to find this one along with another one for only $9.99 each. I plan to glue this one with puzzle glue so that it holds together and then frame it for display.

My Cup Runneth Over by Annie Lee

Although I haven't gotten around to this yet, another idea is to purchase a wall calender by your favorite artist if they have one or just one with really nice photos that you like frame them and wholla, 12 beautiful works of art for $20 or less.


Black History Month


February is Black History Month, as we all know, this month I will be highlighting black artist and their work. I so love black art if you haven't noticed. This is a new one by Frank Morrison that I admire. And his art is featured through out my blog.

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