Allegra Battle

Arts Contributor

Allegra Battle is an award-winning freelance reporter, audio journalist and blogger from Pittsburgh. Allegra began her career as morning news anchor for WAMO-FM. She holds a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Howard University. 

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The historic architecture of 25 churches, mosques and other buildings will be highlighted this weekend at the Wilkinsburg Sacred Spaces Tour.

Julie Kahlbaugh

Pittsburgh-based photographer and filmmaker Njaimeh Njie has been named Pittsburgh Center for the Arts' 2018 Emerging Artist of the Year. Njie’s experience has spanned genres and borders, from documenting black Muslim life in Paris to earning degrees in film studies and secondary education. 

Barrels to Beethoven

The steelpan drum, an instrument made popular in the Caribbean, is the catalyst for a new youth music program in Wilkinsburg.

Kevin Deel

Jamie Hamilton, a Pittsburgh-based artist and body-positive advocate is the creator of Yinz Bopo, a body positive meet-up group. Hamilton said she started the meet-ups to create a safe space where people of all shapes and sizes could feel empowered.

True T PGH

The term "ballroom" might conjure images of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire moving gracefully around a dance floor, but to some it has an additional meaning. 



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In August, a group of six young people from a Pittsburgh kinship care program will travel to Haiti for a cross-cultural trip through the charitable arm of a Homewood non-profit called A Second Chance, Inc.

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In October the Carnegie Museum of Art with unveil its world-renowned Carnegie International Exhibit, but a much smaller, unknown art show will take place at the same time, just steps from the museum entrance.

West African dance is bringing rhythm to Pittsburgh’s East End. Kadiatou Conte-Forte is the founder and artistic director of Balafon West African Dance Ensemble

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Nationwide, the natural hair community is growing. Between 2011 and 2016, sales of hair straighteners --  also known as relaxers -- fell 31 percent. Relaxers are made up of chemicals that flatten the natural kinks in many African-Americans’ hair, and Pittsburgh’s natural hair community is seeing an increase in new membership too.

Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council

Disparities persist in the number of arts grants, total amounts of funds and average amount of grant dollars received by organizations of color, compared to white, non-Hispanic groups.

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Writer Vivian Lee Croft wanted to help teen girls navigate the challenges of peer pressure, school work and stress at home, so she started the creative writing collective Girls Write Pittsburgh.

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The work of Hollywood costume designer Ruth E. Carter is coming to Pittsburgh, including the futuristic African designs featured in the blockbuster film, "Black Panther."

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How does Pittsburgh’s music scene need to change? That’s one critical question a new project involving local organizations aims to understand and address.

The project, called the Pittsburgh Music Ecosystem Project, was launched in October and is made up of 91.3 WYEP, the City of Pittsburgh Office of Nighttime Economy and Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. Leaders from these organizations will look at the regulatory environment, ways to build more opportunities and other aspects of Pittsburgh’s music scene.

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What does the typical work day for the head of a major arts organization look like? According to Janis Burley Wilson, it’s unpredictable. Burley Wilson is the newly appointed President and CEO of the August Wilson Center for African American Culture