By Aissatou Sidime-Blanton
Alethia Jones’ new acrylics painting are populated by glowing icons that appear to create their own cosmos of meaning. No wonder – she credits Jean-Michel Basquiat, Moyo Ogundipe, and Pablo Picasso for her inspiration.
Jones is in a two-person exhibition at Alex Rubio’s R Space gallery at 110 East LaChappelle that will open with a reception on Nov. 10 from 7 m to 10 pm. Jones will be exhibiting , alongside oil painter Paris Davis, in her first gallery exhibition. It will close the day before Thanksgiving.
“My artwork is mainly spiritually focused,” said the 32-year old who currently works a merchandiser at Sear’s and owns Uhuru Aevum Handcrafted Jewelry and Art. “I’m expressing a part of me that I don’t get to express very often. As life in the U.S. continues to darken politically, emotionally, and spiritually, I want my work to serve as an inspirational light to others.”
The Dallas native has lived in San Antonio for 8 years. She came to the Alamo City when her father retired from the U.S. Army.
As a child, she enjoyed sketching and later studied fashion design at Texas Woman’s University with the plan to launch her own fashion clothing.
“I have always wanted to achieve a career that would allow me to utilize my imagination and creativity,” Jones said. “I went to Texas Woman’s University with the hopes of becoming a fashion designer. I struggled throughout my time in college, and eventually left school, discouraged that I would never reach my dream.”
Eventually she began making jewelry and then started painting on the leather that was incorporated into her varied accessories. Earlier this year, her rekindled interest in painting led her back to stretched canvases.
“Through my paintings, I want to serve as a spiritual light and to be a voice among African-American female artists who don’t get as much attention,” Jones said.
Aissatou Sidime-Blanton is a San Antonio-based curator and art collector. With her husband, Stewart Blanton, she underwrites the Abaraka Award, a biennial grant for African American women who teach, curate or create visual art. Learn more at SidimeBlantonFund.org.
Young and Restless Star Dead
Kristoff St. John, one of the few black actors on daytime television for many years, sadly passed away on Feb. 3 at the age of 52.
Most people knew him for his portrayal of “Neil Winters” on the “Young and Restless” daytime soap opera – a role that he played since 1991, which earned him 9 Daytime Emmy Award nominations. He also won 10 NAACP Image Awards.
TMZ.com reported that the actor was treated at a California hospital in January for depression. His son, Julian, also died in 2014 from mental illness. It’s not clear the cause of death, but authorities pronounced St. John dead on the scene.
St. John started acting as a kid and starred in other roles, such as “The Bad News Bears.” and “Charlie & Company.”
After his son’s death, his ex-wife and international boxer, Mia St. John, started El Saber Es Poder (Knowledge Is Power) Foundation to provide resources for those suffering from mental health issues. St. John was recently engaged to model Kseniya Mikhaleva.
In 2017, around the third anniversary of his son’s death, Kristoff threatened to kill himself, prompting police to place the actor under a 72-hour hold for psychiatric evaluation.
TV One‘s latest original film, THREE’S COMPLICATED will premiere on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 7 p.m. ET/6C, followed by encores at 9 p.m. ET/8C and 11 p.m. ET/10C. Shanola Hampton (Shameless), executive produces the project and stars as the film’s central character Deja, a 42-year-old divorcee who falls for a younger man that may very well have a romantic connection to her college-aged daughter. Also starring Tyler Lepley (Ringside, The Haves and The Have Nots), Kyanna Simone Simpson (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) and Charles Malik Whitfield (The Temptations), the film depicts a complicated love story with a humorous take on the dynamics between older women dating younger men.
Audiences are introduced to Deja, who has been passed over for a promotion at work and decides to drown her sorrows during a night out at the bar. She meets Sonny (Lepley), an attractive man ten years her junior, who sweeps her off her feet during a whirlwind weekend romance. Deja moves on, but discovers her daughter Eleni (Simpson), who knows Sonny from school, is infatuated with the handsome teacher’s assistant. Deja experiences a myriad of emotions as she struggles to control her attraction to Sonny, protect her daughter’s heart and deal with her ex-husband Craig (Whitfield), who seems to think a reconciliation is on the horizon. Conflicted and uncertain, Deja finds herself in a complex love triangle. Will this tricky scenario bring her to the brink of heartbreak or set her on a path to a new beginning?
THREE’S COMPLICATED is written and directed by Shari L. Carpenter. The film is produced for TV One by Swirl Films. For Swirl, Executive Producer is Eric Tomosunas and Producers are Darien Baldwin, Keith Neil, James Seppelfrick and Gingi Rochelle. Shanola Hampton also serves as Executive Producer. The film was casted by Leah Daniels Butler. For TV One, Tia A. Smith is Executive Producer in Charge of Production, Donyell McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting, and Robyn Green Arrington is Vice President of Original Programming and Production.
For more information about TV One’s upcoming programming, including original movies, visit the network’s companion website at www.tvone.tv. TV One viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) using the hashtag #THREESCOMPLICATED.
Women Should Know the Signs of Cardiac Arrest
News broke Thursday evening of the death of Kim Porter, the mother of Sean “Diddy” Combs’ three children, and his former longtime girlfriend. News outlets reported she died from cardiac arrest.
The 47-year old actress and model had a son and twin girls with Diddy. She also had a son with Al B. Sure.
To read the full story of Porter’s death, go here.
The Mayo Clinic said the most common heart attack symptom in women is some type of pain, pressure or discomfort in the chest. But it is not always severe or even the most prominent symptom, particularly in women. And, sometimes, women may have a heart attack without chest pain. Women are more likely than men to have heart attack symptoms unrelated to chest pain, such as:
- Neck, jaw, shoulder, upper back or abdominal discomfort
- Shortness of breath
- Pain in one or both arms
- Nausea or vomiting
- Lightheadedness or dizziness
- Unusual fatigue
To read more about heart disease in women, go here.