Kilolo Luckett

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Ben Jones, 78, has been making art for more than a half-century. His exhibition credits, overseas and around the U.S., date to the early 1970s -- and some two decades before Amani Lewis, who’s 24, was even born. But the artists’ work is united in tandem exhibitions opening Friday at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center.

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A contemporary art series called "By Any Means," founded by Kilolo Luckett, is bringing nationally recognized artists and art leaders of color to Pittsburgh for a two-part panel discussion on the influence of black culture in contemporary art. Kilolo Luckett joins us in studio to preview the symposium.  She also shares her memories of seeing Prince in concert and remembers his legacy.


Essential Pittsburgh: The Act of Forgiveness After Violent Crime

Jun 25, 2015
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In the wake of last week’s tragic shootings at the Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, many were stunned by the grace shown by the victims to forgive the perpetrator of the crime. Why is forgiveness, from those devastated by a heinous crime necessary and how does one begin to forgive? We’ll pose those questions to Director of the Stanford University Forgiveness Project Fred Luskin.

Luskin elaborates on how crucial it is to forgive in today's world:

"The reason forgiveness is so essential is if you don't deal with it on a personal level, then you're burdened by it for too long. If you don't forgive you stay too long in the suffering. That's why it's so tricky...forgiveness is the exit door." - Fred Luskin

Also in the program, local artist Alexi Morrissey takes the "kid on a milk carton" campaign of the 1980's idea to commemorate the lives lost during the Slave Trade and Kilolo Luckett pays tribute to Naomi Sims, fashion's first black supermodel and Pittsburgh native.