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Exhibition Focuses on Inspirational Light to Others

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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.

R Space Gallery hours are by appointment only, by calling Alex Rubio at 210-793-8899. For more information on Alethia’s jewelry go to www.uhuru-aezum.com or www.saethnicartsociety.org.

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.

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Cheadle to Produce & Star in Movie About First Black Millionaire

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After his latest stint in Avengers: Endgame, actor Don Cheadle is set to star in a movie that he will produce himself. The movie, which is entitled Prince of Darkness, will portray the inspiring story of the first Black millionaire, Jeremiah G. Hamilton.

Cheadle will be teaming up once again with Steven Baigelman, who co-wrote the Miles Ahead screenplay with him in 2015. This time, Baigelman will write the script for the movie adapted from Shane White’s book Prince of Darkness: The Story of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street’s First Black Millionaire which won the 2015 Society for Historians of the Early American Republic Best Book Prize.

Hamilton, who escaped from Haiti in 1828, became a successful Wall Street financier in less than a decade.


He worked with white people in the business world, married a white woman, bought a mansion in rural New Jersey, and owned railroad stock on trains he was not legally allowed to even ride. He reportedly accumulated about $2 million until his death in 1875. Hamilton became the richest Black man in the U.S. as he braved the norm during that time. The inspiring story that will be adapted to film is expected to bring more awareness about his life and how became known as the Prince of Darkness.

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LIVING BY DESIGN WITH JAKE AND JAZZ BRINGS A N’AWLINS TWIST

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SILVER SPRING, MDMay 17, 2019 – The hot new lifestyle series LIVING BY DESIGN WITH JAKE AND JAZZ, featuring brother/sister duo Jakeand Jazz Smollett, returns on Saturday, May 18 at 12 p.m. ET.

Jake and Jazz hit all the right notes when they redesign the bachelorette pad of Taylor, an eclectic musician from New Orleans who became a viral sensation with her popular drumming videos. Jazz channels the vibes of “The Big Easy” by adding cool colors and accent pieces to the space, while Jake builds a unique coffee table to house Taylor’s record collection. The siblings transform Taylor’s living room into an enviable speakeasy-inspired space with decorated fan art, beautiful tapestries and plush sofas. For the post-reveal meal, Jake serves up Bourbon Ginger Whiskey Sours with Oyster Po’ Boys and Jazz makes luscious Bourbon Praline Brownies.

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MORE JOIN THE DL HUGHLEY SHOW

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SPRING, MD – May 6, 2019 – Comedian, actor and REACH Media Syndicated Radio host, DL Hughley brings an original brand of comedy and commentary to nighttime television with his new talk show THE DL HUGHLEY SHOW. The series airs Monday through Thursday at 11/10C PM with an encore the following day at 11/10C AM only on TV One. Beginning Monday, May 13, THE DL HUGHLEY SHOW will air at 10 P.M. ET/9C immediately followed by an encore presentation at 11 P.M./10C

Joining DL in the studio this week is actor Michael Ealyon Monday, May 6; actress Meagan Goodon Tuesday, May 7; actress/comedian Kym Whitley on Wednesday, May 8; and “Divorce Court” Judge Lynn Toleron Thursday, May 9. The series dives head first into the hot topics of the day and dishes on the latest news, entertainment, pop culture and what’s trending in social media. Always insightful and informative, Hughley and his co-host Jasmine Sanders use humor to deliver everything from hard news to lighter fare. The nighttime show offers everything from covering the day’s major headlines and roundtable discussions to celebrity guest interviews and comedy bits.

THE DL HUGHLEY SHOW is produced for TV One by Pygmy Wolf Productions with DL Hughley and KP Anderson serving as Executive Producers. Sonya Vaughn and Charlie Gerencer serve as Co-Executive Producers and Jade Mills serves as Executive in Charge of Production. Melanie Massie serves as Talent Producer. For TV One, Susan Henry and Regina Thomas serve as Executive Producers in Charge of Production.

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