Odunde celebrated its 44th year on Sunday, June 9 in South Philadelphia with lots of young and old attendees enjoying the soul food, Caribbean fare, vendors, music and colors from all over the Diaspora. MORE PHOTOS AT PHILLYTRIB.COM — PHOTOS BY RON GRAY/TRIBUNE

NEW YORK — The special Tony Award that honors educators this year will go to a drama teacher in Charlottesville, Virginia, who has encouraged her students to explore their differences and heal rifts, especially following a deadly 2017 white nationalist rally in the city.

They say that you can’t know where you are going unless you know where you’ve been. History helps shape who we are. It’s often hard to take a look at the Black experience in the United States and not think of things like slavery, discrimination and the civil rights struggle.

Beyoncé’s 2013 self-titled album, followed by her game-changing “Lemonade” album in 2016 have both laid the foundation for Omise’eke Tinsley’s course “Beyoncé Feminism, Rihanna Womanism” at the University of Texas at Austin.

At 22 years old, Florida-native Jamal Parker has published his own book of poetry, become an international slam poetry champion and a resident artist at the Painted Bride in Old City, gone on an East Coast poetry tour, created his own poetry collective (Black Boy Fly) — and somehow manages t…

NEW YORK — The 15 or 20 minutes before the performance ticked by the same way they do on nights when Rome Neal presides over jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. But this time Neal was directing a reading of a play. It takes aim at the sensation that is the t…

NEW YORK — Choreographer Ronald K. Brown stepped into a big studio at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and greeted the dancers with warm hugs. Then, almost without a word, he began to move, his feet and shoulders swaying to the beat, his upper body undulating slightly. “The Love,” a Malian…

NEW YORK — Playwright, poet and author Ntozake Shange, whose most acclaimed theater piece is the 1975 Tony Award-nominated play "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf," died Saturday, according to her daughter. She was 70.

For over 30 years, Mural Arts Philadelphia has united artists and communities through a collaborative process, rooted in the traditions of mural-making, to create art that transforms public spaces and individual lives.

JOHANNESBURG — The abstract work of South African artist Christo Coetzee, who died in 2000, was widely shown around the world, including at a 1961 exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Yet Coetzee is largely unknown in his home country, an outsider whose experimental methods se…

When North Philadelphia artist Mike Doughty posted his “Philly Family” artwork on social media networks it immediately went viral,  but his followers demanded a redo with even more iconic Philly personalities. Tribune Digital Editor Nicki Mayo talks with Doughty about how the city of Philade…

“Artistically, I never wanted to be impressive. That doesn’t interest me. I always just wanted to know I could motivate people. That’s what serves me as an artist.”

Philadelphia native and sports editor John Butler is giving inner-city kids a chance to read about a Black child that lives a life like theirs with the creation of “Chase Does It All,” a children’s book released in August. Digital reporter Samaira Bailey talks with the author about his ventu…

John Butler reads "Chase Does It All" to Belmont Charter after-school program students. — Tribune Photo by Samaria Bailey

Soledad Alfaro performs "Fencing Poem" at the 2015 PYPM Grand Slam Finals. April 18th, 2015. Suzanne Roberts Theatre, Philadelphia.

Leilani Ferreira and Tamara Brown were two out of a class of students learning how to shoot and conduct interviews last week during a media workshop at A.M.Y. James Martin Elementary School.

Have you ever seen a work of art that spoke to you and you wanted to tell it or the artist how you felt? A group of area students did just that, with the results on display at a self-guided exhibition titled “The Art Crush Audio Tour.”

Painter and decorative artist Annie Frances Lee, known for her unique ability to celebrate African-American culture passed away on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 in Henderson, Nev. She was 79 years old.

The current Art Sanctuary exhibition, “A Taste of My Soul: The Works of Bernard Collins,” is a vibrant presentation that showcases various portraits by the South Philadelphia native, with everyday people who inspire — from artists and musicians, to teachers and nurses — as the focus. “I call…