Art of the Month

Participating in something you have no control over requires much control.

Bert Williams (1874-1922) was born in the Bahamas. In 1918 the New York Times wrote he was one of the greatest comedians in the world. Williams was also at one time was one of the highest paid performers in vaudeville and on Broadway. He and his team were one of the first African Americans to perform on Broadway, in a show titled Dahomey, a musical in 1903.

Because of his race, he was usually the solo African American performer in a vaudeville show, which meant he travelled, ate and slept separately from the Caucasian performers. He would be alone and separated from everyone else.  A white supremist groups threatened theater owners to only have one black performer per show.  When he signed with Ziegfeld’s Follies, Caucasian performers demanded he be fired, but management refused. He became so popular that others wanted to work with him.

Hattie McDaniel (1893-1952) was an African American actress and holds the distinction of being the first woman of color to win an Oscar. She won for the role of Mammy in Gone with the Wind. She appeared in over 300 films and was also a singer.

Even though she made enough money to live well, she found that it did not stop discrimination. She almost didn’t get to attend the Oscar ceremony where she won because it was segregated and didn’t allow African Americans in.  She also had to file lawsuits to stay in her neighborhood because deeds restricted African Americans from purchasing there and was denied the right to be buried in the cemetery of her choice because race restrictions. She didn’t allow other people’s rules to allow it to limit her.

It took incredible self-control to continue to work and perform routinely. It took discipline to continue to give great performances every time. It took heart not to give up and go do something that was more just.

Art Auction

My art reflects my faith, love of history and African American culture.

Consider bidding on one of these pieces of art to help raise money to pay for repairs on my Cousin Alice’s home. The person with the highest bid will win the image they bid on.

There are five choices to bid on. They will be printed on canvas.

The bidding starts at $65. Email me your bid at uppcreative@gmail.com

Art of the Month

Participating in something you have no control over requires much control.

Bert Williams (1874-1922) was born in the Bahamas. In 1918 the New York Times wrote he was one of the greatest comedians in the world. Williams was also at one time was one of the highest paid performers in vaudeville and on Broadway. He and his team were one of the first African Americans to perform on Broadway, in a show titled Dahomey, a musical in 1903.

Because of his race, he was usually the solo African American performer in a vaudeville show, which meant he travelled, ate and slept separately from the Caucasian performers. He would be alone and separated from everyone else.  A white supremist groups threatened theater owners to only have one black performer per show.  When he signed with Ziegfeld’s Follies, Caucasian performers demanded he be fired, but management refused. He became so popular that others wanted to work with him.

Hattie McDaniel (1893-1952) was an African American actress and holds the distinction of being the first woman of color to win an Oscar. She won for the role of Mammy in Gone with the Wind. She appeared in over 300 films and was also a singer.

Even though she made enough money to live well, she found that it did not stop discrimination. She almost didn’t get to attend the Oscar ceremony where she won because it was segregated and didn’t allow African Americans in.  She also had to file lawsuits to stay in her neighborhood because deeds restricted African Americans from purchasing there and was denied the right to be buried in the cemetery of her choice because race restrictions. She didn’t allow other people’s rules to allow it to limit her.

It took incredible self-control to continue to work and perform routinely. It took discipline to continue to give great performances every time. It took heart not to give up and go do something that was more just.

Affirmation

The word of the month is SELF CONTROL. It is defined as the ability to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts and behaviors. It is that thing that determines if we eat one oreo cookie, or the whole bag.

For most of us self control does not come without putting some work into it. So lets focus.

Art Auction

My cousin Alice is really my daddy’s first cousin. This older African American woman is truly a delight to me. She is in her 90s, and I’m not giving her exact age cause she may not like that. At her age she is still living her life to the fullest. We have to “catch up” with her.

We are raising money to pay for some repairs to her home. I am auctioning five canvas prints to the highest bidders. You can pick which one you want to bid on and put a number in the comments. OR you can email me at uppcreative@yahoo.com with your bid. The bid starts at $65.

On the last day, October 25, the person with the highest bid gets their chosen artwork. And I hopefully will have enough to buy sheet rock and paint for cousin Alice’s home.

If you have any questions please let me know.