Laini (Sylvia) Abernathy (who died in 2010) was an artist, designer, and activist. Cooper Hewitt is collecting album covers designed by this important designer, who contributed to the Black cultural scene in the late 1960s.
Plenty of people use Google Sheets for data curation; what would it look like to use Google Sheets as a lightweight relational database? For the Princeton Ethiopian Miracles of Mary (PEMM) project, led by Wendy Laura Belcher, we had a chance to experiment with this.
On episode 165 of The Quarantine Tapes, guest host Imani Perry is joined by Sanford Biggers. Sanford is an artist working across a wide range of disciplines. He talks with Imani about some of his recent work with quilting, describing how he came to that medium and talking about the cultural and historical elements of that work.
Guest host Imani Perry is joined by Esther Choo on episode 164 of The Quarantine Tapes. As an emergency physician, Esther lends her perspective on this moment, from the early days of the crisis to the inequities in the pandemic response to the distribution of the vaccine.
Princeton Professor Imani Perry—a prolific scholar of African American Studies whose biography of Lorraine Hansberry, Looking For Lorraine, won the 2019 PEN Biography Prize—recommends five books she considers essential to an understanding of the history of black life in America.
Arguably, no writer has ever made that demand more forcefully, passionately, or eloquently than James Baldwin. More than 33 years since his death at age 63, Baldwin continues to give voice to our times.
On episode 163 of The Quarantine Tapes, guest host Imani Perry is joined by Alicia Hall Moran for a two-part episode. Imani and Alicia have a fascinating and wide-reaching conversation about Alicia’s work as an artist and vocalist.