Friday, March 15, 2019


The Allentown Art Museum is honored to present the film Through a Lens Darkly, followed immediately by a talk back with artist and producer Dr. Deborah Willis. The film was inspired by the book Reflections in Black by Dr. Willis and explores the role of photography in shaping African American identity and social emergence. After the screening, Dr. Willis will respond to questions from the audience related to her career as an artist and cultural worker as well as to the history of art and photography as it relates her work and the work of other artists featured in the film. Free

Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People
is the first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identithot by both professional and vernacular African American photographers, the film opens a window into the lives of black families, whose expy, aspirations, and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present. Bringing to light the hidden and unknown photos seriences and perspectives are often missing from the traditional historical canon. African Americans historically embraced the medium as a way to subvert popular stereotypes as far back as the Civil War era, with Frederick Douglass photographed in a suit and black soldiers posing proudly in their uniforms. These images show a much more complex and nuanced view of American culture and its founding ideals.

The film features the works of esteemed photographic artists Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Anthony Barboza, Hank Willis Thomas, Coco Fusco, Clarissa Sligh, James Van Der Zee, Gordon Parks, and many others.

Deborah Willis, Ph.D., is University Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and has an affiliated appointment with the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Social & Cultural Analysis, Africana Studies, where she teaches courses on Photography & Imaging, iconicity, and cultural histories visualizing the black body, women, and gender. Her research examines photography’s multifaceted histories; visual culture; the photographic history of Slavery and Emancipation; contemporary women photographers; and beauty.

She received the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. Willis is the author of Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present and co-author of The Black Female Body: A Photographic History; Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery; and Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs (both titles a NAACP Image Award Winner). Professor Willis’s curated exhibitions include In Pursuit of Beauty at Express Newark; Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraits at the International Center of Photography; and Reframing Beauty: Intimate Momentsat Indiana University.

Since 2006 she has co-organized thematic conferences exploring imaging the black body in the West such as the conference titled Black Portraiture[s], which was held in Johannesburg in 2016. She has appeared and consulted on media projects, including documentary films such as Through a Lens Darkly and Question Bridge: Black Males, a transmedia project, which received the ICP Infinity Award 2015, and American Photography, PBS Documentary.

Monday, March 11, 2019

The Harlem Renaissance Experience Friday March 22, 2019 6pm-10pm by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.®Phi Beta Omega Chapter & Arcadia University

Join Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.® Phi Beta Omega Chapter and Arcadia University’s Department of Pan African Studies for an intimate evening as we pay tribute to the Harlem Renaissance Period. We will be featuring the incomparable Sherry & the SWB Jazz Eclectics as they take us from the musical stylings of Duke Ellington and Fats Waller to current day jazz greats. Guests will be immersed into the Harlem Renaissance with a live art show by the students of Cheyney University while sitting back and enjoying entertainment in our own “Cotton Club.”

This will be a lively, entertaining, and educational evening providing awareness of visual and performing arts during the Harlem Renaissance--and its influence on contemporary African American arts and culture.

Dress is casual chic (please no jeans). Opening reception includes food and wine.

For more information, contact Jazell White at or Dr. Doreen Loury at

This event is thanks to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.® Phi Beta Omega Chapter, Arcadia University's Department of Pan-African Studies and the R.O.S.E. Foundation.

"Perhaps the mission of an artist is to interpret beauty to people within themselves."

-Langston Hughes

Israel’s Stranglehold on American Politics: by Chris Hedges 3:10.19

The Israel lobby’s buying off of nearly every senior politician in the United States, facilitated by our system of legalized bribery, is not an anti-Semitic trope. It is a fact. The lobby’s campaign of vicious character assassination, smearing and blacklisting against those who defend Palestinian rights—including the Jewish historian Norman Finkelstein and university students, many of them Jewish, in organizations such as Students for Justice in Palestine—is not an anti-Semitic trope. It is a fact. Twenty-four state governments’ passage of Israel lobby-backed legislation requiring their workers and contractors, under threat of dismissal, to sign a pro-Israel oath and promise not to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctionsmovement is not an anti-Semitic trope. It is a fact. The shameless decision in 2014 by all 100 U.S. senators, including Bernie Sanders, to pass a Soviet-style plebiscite proposed by the Israel lobby to affirm Israel’s “right to defend itself” during the 51 days it bombed and shelled homes, water treatment plants, power stations, hospitals and U.N. schools in Gaza, killing 2,251 Palestinians, including 551 children, is not an anti-Semitic trope. It is a fact. The U.S. refusal, including in the United Nations and other international bodies, to criticize Israel’s apartheid state and routine violation of international law is not an anti-Semitic trope. It is a fact. The well-funded campaigns by the Israel lobby, which works closely with Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs, to discredit any American politician or academic who even slightly deviates from Israeli policy is not an anti-Semitic trope. It is a fact. (One infamous example of a U.S. politician kowtowing was the unconstitutional invitation by then-House Speaker John Boehner to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress in 2015 to denounce President Barack Obama’s Iranian nuclear agreement.) The massive interference in our internal affairs by Israel and the Israel lobby, far exceeding that of any other country, including Russia or China, is not an anti-Semitic trope. It is a fact.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Join the team at Northampton Community College!

Northampton Community College, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem, PA 18020

Positions Currently Open

Full time:

Chef-Culinary Operations
Executive Director-Human Resources
Systems Developer/Analyst

Part time:

Substitute Culinary Associate (Chef) Instructors
Adjunct teaching positions (various)

Other positions also available include adjunct instructors, regular part-time, and various pool positions. Applicant pools are reviewed for these positions as necessary.

Candidates are encouraged to visit our careers site, as postings are subject to change.

Northampton Community College serves more than 35,000 students a year at the Main Campus in Bethlehem, a branch campus in Tannersville, and the Fowler Family Southside Center in south Bethlehem.

The College is also one of the largest employers in the region with more than 1,700 full- and part-time employees. We offer a competitive salary and excellent fringe benefits package for full-time employees, which includes health, dental, term life, long-term disability, retirement and educational assistance

To apply or for more information, visit our careers site at

NCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer”.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Thank you! From Kevin Easterling, President and CEO

I’d like to thank our 2019 sponsoring organizations and individuals who responded to this year's LV BNN Black History month campaign! Your support has helped Lehigh Valley Black News Network to continue its 23 plus years of connection and inclusion among communities of African and African American descent throughout the Lehigh Valley and the State of Pennsylvania.

Your support is important and shows us that you really appreciate what we do!

We have made some great new partnerships in the last 12 months and we look forward to telling you more about what we have planned for connecting with even more folks throughout the State of Pennsylvania.

Some of you may have noticed our ‘New Business Banner’ in the first Edition of Lehigh Valley Black News Network for 2019, LV BNN #352 Wednesday January 9th 2019. That’s our way of saying 'we will be focusing our connection on Business,' specifically on how we as a community can get more business in the State of Pennsylvania.

In 2018, the Black Heritage Association of the Lehigh Valley (our parent organization), participated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s first ever ‘Disparity’ study while simultaneously launching the 2018 Lehigh Valley Black Business Directory & Resource Guide.

If we have learned anything from these efforts, we have learned the importance of showing love for the institutions that provide us with the sustenance to know and love ourselves. So as we close out another Black History Month, remember, tell a neighbor, tell a friend and be sure to let them know you saw it in LV BNN!!

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Educational Excellence Awards Feb 28th 2019

Coard: Should Blacks challenge Black candidates more than white ones?

Michael Coard
Feb 15, 2019 Updated Feb 17, 2019

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., left, and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., confer before questioning Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in 2018. — AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

You’ve seen the numerous news clips of presidential candidates Senator Kamala Harris and Senator Cory Booker. In reaction, many of you rolled your eyes and then rolled up your sleeves and began writing furiously on social media about their failure to act and talk Black until they recently declared their candidacy.

But very few — or nearly none — of you wrote or even said anything about Julian Castro, Kirsten Gillibrand, Amy Klobucher, Elizabeth Warren, or any other non-Black big name declared candidate. Why is that? And is that a good thing or a bad thing? I’m not sure, so I’ll list the good and the bad and you decide which is more persuasive.

Here’s why such Black-on-Black political challenging is good:

It’s good because it weeds out the traitors. And a “friend” can do more harm than a foe. In other words, a traitor defeats you from the inside at the planning stage before you even face the enemy outside on the battlefield. Accordingly, Black voters need to make sure Black elected officials don’t strengthen so-called white supremacy by putting a Black face on it.

It’s much easier for Black officials to hurt us than it is for white officials. What I mean is if Black officials oppose affirmative action, minimum wage increase, prosecution of brutal cops, easier voting access, or civil rights, it appears non-racist. But if white officials oppose any of that, it’s obvious that it’s racist.  Read more here:

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

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Sunday, February 24, 2019

Coard: Superintendent Johnson is a Black face on white supremacy

Michael Coard
Feb 22, 2019

Although Jussie’s alleged lies are indefensible, I — as a Black person who’s painfully aware of America’s past and present — refuse to condemn any race-related symptom without first condemning the race-related disease. Jussie, like a cancerous lesion destroying the body, destroyed the credibility of the Black community to a certain extent.......Throughout his ( Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson ) entire supervisory tenure, he has never held a press conference castigating any law enforcement officer for anything, including the following:

1. He ignored the fact that the Department of Justice in 2017 issued a report stating that the Chicago police “have violated the constitutional rights of residents for years, permitting racial bias against Blacks, using excessive force, and shooting people who did not pose immediate threats.” This was, continued the Justice Department, the result of “systemic deficiencies,” including bad cops remaining unaccountable for their crimes.

2. He ignored the fact that a sergeant and at least three other cops in the department’s gang unit have been stripped, since last year of their police authority by the FBI as a result of a federal investigation involving robbery of money and drugs from criminals and law-abiding citizens. By the way, that sergeant already had 23 complaints filed against him throughout his blemished 21-year career for, among other misconduct, civil rights violations, illegal arrests, and improper use of a weapon.