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Musicians Come to Life in Photo Exhibit

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By Aissatou Sidime-Blanton

Kimberly Hopkins’s striking black and white photos, now on display at the AP Art Lab, are a wonderful homage to famous African-American photographers. Her first solo exhibition, “Street Formation,” will close with a reception from 6-8 pm on Sept. 27 at the gallery, located at 1906 S. Flores Street in San Antonio.

In fact, Hopkins readily admits her photos are inspired by the works of Brooklyn street photographer Andre D. Wagner and the late iconic photographic documentarian Gordon Parks.

Hopkins solo exhibition is a collection of live action-based photos of all the street musicians she has photographed during the last five years. Her subjects were captured in New Orleans, Minden, Tennessee, Austin, San Antonio and Chicago. The show title is a musical reference but also fits perfectly with AP Art Lab’s mission to exhibit artwork focused on women’s issues and social change.

“Musicians often have a role in social change. If you think of Otis Redding, The Temptations and others they were instrumental in the Civil Rights Movement  – they set the foundation for musicians across the world,” Hopkins said.

Hopkins, who is not a musician but always wanted to play piano, hopes viewers are inspired to see the value of anyone who takes the time to make music.  “There is talent all around us.”

Hopkins, a native Houstonian, has lived in San Antonio since 2011. She received a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Prairie View A&M University and a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from University of Texas San Antonio.

Her passion for photography ignited when she picked up her first digital camera in architecture school. City streets, people and public transportation quickly became her visual language.

Today, the self-taught photographer also is a city planner for the City of San Antonio. Her photos reflect a cross-pollination between her “day job” and avocation because the photos also are informed by her interest in how everyday people use public spaces.

For more information on Hopkins’s work go to www.KHopPhotography.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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Tough Love: Los Angeles

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CLEO TV’s new series TOUGH LOVE: LOS ANGELES sheds light on the mental health impacts of heartache and grief in the next episode airing Sunday, January 17, at 9 P.M. ET/8C. The 10-episode prime-time series spinoff is based on the Emmy-nominated web series TOUGH LOVE, which takes a raw and vulnerable look at the very real challenges of losing a loved one and enduring a breakup.  

The crew begins to unravel as this week’s episode addresses themes of self-harm and grief. Having a very difficult time processing her brother’s death, Mya begins to self-medicate. Responding to an apparent plea for help, Rashad urges Story to check on Mya after he receives a cryptic text message. After breaking down the door, they find Mya nearly passed out and attempt to resuscitate her. Story continues to catfish Raymond until he gets fed up with her excuses and decides to cut her off. Brian and Denise continue to butt heads as she doesn’t understand why Brian refuses to use a portion of his investment money on their impending wedding plans.

Created by Caleb and Roni Davis, TOUGH LOVE was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in 2017 for Outstanding Digital Daytime Drama Series. The series is produced by Creative Direction Group. Dexter Cole is Senior Vice President of Program Scheduling and Acquisitions for TV One. For more information about CLEO TV visit www.mycleo.tv and check out CLEO TV YouTube Channel. Viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on TwitterInstagramPinterest and Facebook (@mycleotv) using the hashtag #TOUGHLOVELA and #CLEOTV

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The Imagination Engineer

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According to Penguin Random House, famed New York Times bestselling author Eric Jerome Dickey died Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021 in Los Angeles. Some of his noted works include “Sister Sister,” “Sleeping With Strangers,” and “Walking With Enemies.” Dickey was 59.

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NEW SOUL KITCHEN’S SERVES UP SEASON FINALE DOUBLE-HEADER WITH STEAKHOUSE CLASSICS AND PRESSURE COOKED EATS ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26 AT 9 P.M. ET/8C

New Soul Kitchen Remix Premieres January 9 at 9 P.M. ET/8C

Chef Resha and Chef Bren Herrera pack a savory punch in the kitchen alongside Restaurateur, Entrepreneur and Host Chef Jernard Wells as they prepare a flavor-packed meal and must-haves on the season finale double header of NEW SOUL KITCHEN airing at Saturday, December 26 at 9 P.M. ET/8C and 9:30 P.M./8:30C. The chefs hearty homemade spins on these classic dishes are the perfect solution for restaurant cravings during the winter.

Chef Resha turns up the heat on a decadent Seared Garlic and Butter Steak, pairing the juicy dish with Roasted Sweet Potatoes topped with Savory Cider Caramel. Chef Jernard doubles-down on the flavorful seasonings, preparing Rosemary and Mint Lamb Chops and a side of Maple and Balsamic Brussel Sprouts. The second episode brings Chef Bren‘s deliciously Braised Peppered Oxtail to the table, complemented by Chef Jernard’s Pineapple Jerk Chicken. Tune in to catch these acclaimed chefs who make preparing professional-quality meals at home look like a breeze.  NEW SOUL KITCHEN is produced by Powerhouse Productions, with Rochelle Brown and Sonia Armstead serving as Executive Producers. For CLEO TV, Susan Henry and Gold Morgan serve as Executives in Charge of Production; Donyell Kennedy-McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting; and Robyn Greene Arrington is Vice President of Original Programming and Production.
For more information about CLEO TV visit www.mycleo.tv and check out CLEO TV YouTube Channel. Viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on TwitterInstagramPinterest and Facebook (@mycleotv) using the hashtag #NEWSOULKITCHEN and #CLEOTV

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