Ask Bay Area native Jenny Odell to describe her artistic practice and she just might tell you her work is more akin to a scientist or archivist. Typically it involves scouring the internet for images on Google Maps, YouTube, Yelp or Craigslist, then making large composites from the photographs and videos she collects. Continue reading
Blues legend B.B. King has died at age 89. The singer continued to perform until last October, averaging more than 300 performances a year for six decades. Jeffrey Brown, who once joined King on his tour bus, and remembers the life and legacy of the Grammy award-winning musician. Continue reading
At the Baltimore School for the Arts, students are admitted solely on their artistic potential; notable alumni of the pre-professional high school includes Jada Pinkett Smith and designer Christian Siriano. We meet some of the educators and current students who bring passion and dedication to every school day. Continue reading
NewsHour audiences know Jeffrey Brown for his reporting on breaking news, as well as on books, culture and poetry. Now he’s the author of his own collection of poetry, aptly titled “The News.” Gwen Ifill sits down with Jeff to discuss his work. Continue reading
Scenes from the Arab Spring flash across the screen at the start of the new documentary “Shake the Dust.” But this film isn’t about politics or a revolution.
What does community look like in America today? Photographer Alec Soth spent two years crisscrossing the country, capturing images of Americans finding connection. Jeffrey Brown talks to the Minnesota photographer about his new book, titled “Songbook,” plus going back to his local newspaper roots and how community life has evolved. Continue reading
Photographer and editor Samra Habib’s work is chronicled on the Tumblr, “Just me and Allah” and is being showcased at an exhibit this weekend at the Brooklyn Community Pride Center in New York City. Continue reading
Paul Beatty’s new book “The Sellout” offers a satirical skewering of racial politics in America. Jeffrey Brown speaks with the author about not being afraid to say taboo things and the ways the U.S. is still segregated. Continue reading