Art, Music and Literature
African American artists have been innovators and revolutionaries. In music alone, they have brought blues, jazz, rock and roll, and hip hop into the world.
The Harlem Renaissance movement supported writers and musicians in their efforts to describe the lives of African Americans, with pride and with great sorrow. Pain and prejudice are only some of the facets of human experience that these artists express in their works.
African American visual artists are storytellers who use their unique experience to create multimedia art forms that resonate with a larger audience. The film Black Panther represents a significant achievement for bringing this hero story into our mainstream culture.
inspires Pulitzer Prize-winning musician Wynton Marsalis.
was a beloved songstress who used her success to help people of all races, cultures and beliefs.
Louis (Satchmo) Armstrong
Louis (Satchmo) Armstrong
is one of the most successful and influential jazz musicians in history.
James Baldwin by Robert Shetterly, AWTT.org
Civil Rights activist and writer James Baldwin portrayed as an American Who Tells the Truth by Robert Shetterly
James Baldwin was a famed African American novelist and essayist whose writings dealt with homosexual issues before the gay liberation movement.
is a beloved female author and poet.
Jacob Lawrence broke racial barriers as a renowned painter.
is dedicated to passing on the benefits of music education to young people.
Toni Morrison Portrait by St George
Toni Morrison is an American novelist, editor, and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. Her novels are known for their epic themes, vivid dialogue, and richly detailed characters.
Alice Walker by Robert Shetterly, AWTT.org
Alice Walker, African American author of Color Me Purple, painted by Robert Shetterly
Spike Lee is a significant African American filmmaker who explores race relations in modern society.
Ryan Coogler - Filmmaker Hero
As a student filmmaker at USC, Coogler showed great potential with his short films. In 2010 he was awarded with best college narrative in the MY HERO International Film Festival with his short film "Locks".
Women Transforming Media: Gabrielle Gorman
Emerging filmmaker Gabrielle Gorman's poetic filmmaking confronts issues like identity, racism and self-love. We talk to the 2016 MY HERO International Film Festival Student Honoree, National Young Arts alumna in Cinematic Arts and Presidential Scholar finalist about how she wants to make art for social change.
MY HERO Project spotlight on Trey Carlisle
Meet 2016 Emerging Artist Trey Carlisle.
Organizer created on 1/27/2019 8:30:51 PM by MY HERO Staff
Last edited 3/7/2019 2:00:52 PM by Xenia Shin