Sunday, October 25, 2009

What I've Heard


Portraits of Black daily life from renowned artist William H. Johnson are on loan to The White House during The Obama Administration from The Smithsonian. One of Johnson's works is featured here.

Speaking of The White House, GQ Magazine recently ranked Valerie Jarrett & Desiree Rogers among the 50 most powerful people in Washington, DC. Jarrett came in at #16 and Rogers was ranked at #40. Rogers along with other movers and shakers in Washington is featured in the current edition of Town and Country Magazine.

The Washington Post reported that Bill & Melinda Gates donated $10 Million to the National Museum of African American History and Culture this month. The museum is not slated to open until 2015.

It’s unclear whether or not Linda Johnson Rice is attempting to sell Johnson Publishing Company (which includes Ebony & Jet magazines) or if she is seeking a financial partner. She’s pretty mum about her plans but as I hear info, I’ll let you know.

Tonya Lewis Lee and the US Office of Minority Health (OMH) have produced a 30 minute documentary entitled “Crisis in the Crib” which addresses the Black infant mortality rate in the United States. The documentary was released last month and Lewis Lee is the spokesperson of the OMH’s ‘Healthy Baby Begins With You’ campaign. Lewis Lee is also featured this month in Essence Magazine.