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In the fourth episode of season three of Beyond the Canvas, we profile five Black female artists who are leading the way. While black women have often been excluded and discriminated against when trying to enter the art world, these creators have fought back to blaze new trails. Many of them have engaged directly with this story of racism, sexism and other pressing issues.

First, we connect with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole-Hannah Jones, whose groundbreaking New York Times project 1619 inspired us to rethink early America and engage more deeply with realities. of the transatlantic slave trade. In the face of criticism of her work, Hannah-Jones has maintained her position and even expanded her argument in a book that features the voices and works of more black journalists, writers, photographers and other artists.

We also find in this episode the creative team of the documentary series “High on the Hog”, including producers Fabienne Toback and Karis Jagger. Through their conscientious work on an adaptation of the best-selling book, Toback and Jagger have shown the path of Africa’s influence to Americans and invited audiences to explore the impact that black people around the world have had on the American kitchen.

Next, we hear from Oscar-winning actress Regina King. As the director of the film “A Night in Miami,” she sought to capture the complexities and nuances of black opinion leaders in the civil rights movement in a compelling and innovative way. King herself is committed to increasing black representation on screen and behind the camera.

We also chat with the artists behind an exhibition in Breonna Taylor’s hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. As his name echoed through the streets during protests in response to his murder, many artists felt compelled to capture the tensions and grief of the moment through their art. This exhibit proudly honors Taylor while challenging museum visitors to think more deeply about race and racism in their city.

Finally, we hear Bestselling author Roxane Gay’s Brief But Spectacular on ways to be heard. By writing about her body, race, gender, sexuality and other difficult topics, she has not only found a way to deal with her own trauma, but also to give voice to others, even if their experiences do not reflect exactly his.

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