Tanya Ballard Brown http://blog.wlrn.org en How About A Coke? Warhol Painting Up For Grabs http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-about-coke-warhol-painting-grabs On Tuesday, artist Andy Warhol's oversized and iconic <em>Coca-Cola (3)</em> will <a href="http://www.christies.com/about/press-center/releases/pressrelease.aspx?pressreleaseid=6701">hit the auction block at Christie's</a>, and to borrow an old slogan from the company, It's The Real Thing.<p>Warhol painted the 6-foot-tall black-and-white canvas in 1962 as part of a series of four Coke bottle paintings. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 20:35:00 +0000 Tanya Ballard Brown 23580 at http://blog.wlrn.org How About A Coke? Warhol Painting Up For Grabs Why Didn't The Store Just Let Oprah Buy The $38,000 Handbag? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/why-didnt-store-just-let-oprah-buy-38000-handbag On the list of things to be outraged about at the moment, I'll admit this isn't at the top: The Swiss tourism office apologized to Oprah on Friday because she wasn't allowed to buy a $38,000 designer handbag while recently shopping in Switzerland. Poor lil' Oprah. *sad face*<p>It does make me wonder, though, can you ever be rich enough or famous enough or beautiful enough to not be racially profiled while shopping?<p>First, here's what happened. Sat, 10 Aug 2013 08:38:00 +0000 Tanya Ballard Brown 18826 at http://blog.wlrn.org Awkwardly Awaiting The Zimmerman Trial's Outcome http://blog.wlrn.org/post/awkwardly-awaiting-zimmerman-trials-outcome <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRUfzs6I4jk</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 21:01:21 +0000 Tanya Ballard Brown 17345 at http://blog.wlrn.org Awkwardly Awaiting The Zimmerman Trial's Outcome If This Cute Cheerios Ad Causes Drama, What Won't? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/if-cute-cheerios-ad-causes-drama-what-wont <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYofm5d5Xdw</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHh0bqD78b0</p> Sat, 01 Jun 2013 11:03:00 +0000 Tanya Ballard Brown 15055 at http://blog.wlrn.org If This Cute Cheerios Ad Causes Drama, What Won't? Easy Rawlins Is Alive, Or Is He? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/easy-rawlins-alive-or-he I've been following Easy Rawlins since reading <em>Devil in a Blue Dress </em>in the '90s. That's a lot of time to give to a character. And as I read <em>Little Green,</em> I realized that I hadn't been following Easy, the character, all these years. In the past I was more invested in other parts of the stories.<p>I had enjoyed the cases Easy solved, and the way his creator Walter Mosley laid out Los Angeles and the complicated relationship between whites, blacks and Latinos in post-World War II California. Wed, 15 May 2013 11:03:00 +0000 Tanya Ballard Brown 14081 at http://blog.wlrn.org Easy Rawlins Is Alive, Or Is He? American Tribe Fights To Halt Artifact Auction In Paris http://blog.wlrn.org/post/american-tribe-fights-halt-artifact-auction-paris An auction of sacred Native American artifacts scheduled for Friday in Paris is stirring up controversy on both sides of the Atlantic<p><a href="http://catalogue.drouot.com/indexDrouot.jsp?id=15197">Seventy Hopi "visages and headdresses</a>" — some more than 100 years old — will go on the block at the Neret-Minet Tessier & Sarrou auction house, which estimates the sale will bring in about $1 million, according to <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/04/arts/design/hopi-tribe-wants-to-stop-paris-auction-of-artifacts.html"><em>The New York Times</em></a><em>. Wed, 10 Apr 2013 19:36:00 +0000 Tanya Ballard Brown 12218 at http://blog.wlrn.org Can U.S. Embassies Be Safe Without Being Unsightly? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/can-us-embassies-be-safe-without-being-unsightly There's been a tug of war between aesthetically pleasing and safe when it comes to American embassies around the world.<p>Many embassies have been slammed as bunkers, bland cubes and lifeless compounds. Even the new Secretary of State John Kerry said just a few years ago, "We are building some of the ugliest embassies I've ever seen."<p>But the choice between gardens and gates isn't just academic for diplomats — it can affect the way they work. Tue, 26 Feb 2013 22:57:00 +0000 Tanya Ballard Brown 10020 at http://blog.wlrn.org Can U.S. Embassies Be Safe Without Being Unsightly? No More 'Negro' For Census Bureau Forms And Surveys http://blog.wlrn.org/post/no-more-negro-census-bureau-forms-and-surveys The Census Bureau announced Monday that it would drop the word "Negro" from its forms, after some described it as offensive. <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5i9Zk7ZwWM_p1_fHcNaRGp2rbyqlg?docId=45db7a55f5f540e4b1e121693c370ea7">According to the Associated Press</a>, the term will be replaced next year by black or African-American. From the AP:<p><blockquote><p>"The change will take effect next year when the Census Bureau distributes its annual American Community Survey to more than 3.5 million U.S. Mon, 25 Feb 2013 18:24:00 +0000 Tanya Ballard Brown 9932 at http://blog.wlrn.org No More 'Negro' For Census Bureau Forms And Surveys Game On! Rare 1865 Baseball Card Sold For $80,000 http://blog.wlrn.org/post/game-rare-1865-baseball-card-tossed-auction-block <strong>Update at 8:06 p.m. ET. Card Sells For $80,000</strong><p>The nearly 150-year-old <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brooklyn_Atlantics">Brooklyn Atlantics</a> baseball card that was was discovered late last year in a photo album bought at a yard sale has sold for $80,000 — $92,000 if you count the auction house's buyer's premium.<p>The buyer, <a href="http://www.pressherald.com/news/Rare-baseball-card-sells-for-80000-at-Biddeford-auction-house.html" target="_blank">the<em> Portland Press Herald</em> reports</a>, was Jason LeBlanc of Newburyport, Mass. Wed, 06 Feb 2013 21:13:00 +0000 Tanya Ballard Brown 8976 at http://blog.wlrn.org Game On! Rare 1865 Baseball Card Sold For $80,000 Dear Lawyers: Order In The &*%# Court! http://blog.wlrn.org/post/dear-lawyers-order-court <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BofddwtPBPw</p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 17:07:00 +0000 Tanya Ballard Brown 8645 at http://blog.wlrn.org Dear Lawyers: Order In The &*%# Court! Our Pancakes Are Saved! Charges Filed In Canadian Maple Syrup Heist http://blog.wlrn.org/post/our-pancakes-are-saved-charges-filed-canadian-maple-syrup-heist After months on their sticky trail, Canadian police have finally fingered the people allegedly involved in the great Canadian maple syrup caper <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/08/31/160401054/thieves-hit-warehouse-holding-30-million-of-canadian-maple-syrup">Bill Chappell told us about in August</a>.<p>While police interviewed 300 people, they didn't let that sap their strength — and on Tuesday, three men were expected in court to answer charges related to the theft of the estimated $22 million in maple syrup. Tue, 18 Dec 2012 23:23:00 +0000 Tanya Ballard Brown 6508 at http://blog.wlrn.org Our Pancakes Are Saved! Charges Filed In Canadian Maple Syrup Heist A Black And White 1860s Fundraiser http://blog.wlrn.org/post/black-and-white-1860s-fundraiser They look like any other 19th century vignettes and portraits of children kneeling in prayer or cloaked in the U.S. flag.<p>But these cartes de visite (a calling card with a portrait mounted on it that was all the rage during the 1860s) featured Charles, Rebecca and Rosa — former slave children who looked white.<p>I saw a couple of the cards on Tumblr and wanted to know more about them, so I called Mary Niall Mitchell, associate professor of history at the University of New Orleans. Mon, 10 Dec 2012 18:35:00 +0000 Tanya Ballard Brown 6062 at http://blog.wlrn.org A Black And White 1860s Fundraiser How Did Thanksgiving End Up On Thursday? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-did-thanksgiving-end-thursday Move Thanksgiving to Friday? That's what <a href="http://ourpresidents.tumblr.com/image/36213219877" target="_blank">F.B. Haviland asked President Hoover</a> in 1929.<p>Didn't happen. But while we're on the subject, ever wonder why we carve our gobblers on the fourth Thursday of November? Hint: It's not because Thanksgiving Thursday is more alliterative than Thanksgiving Friday.<p>In 1789, President Washington declared Thurs., Nov. 26, as a "Day of Publick Thanksgivin," <a href="http://www.archives.gov/legislative/features/thanksgiving/">according to the National Archives</a>. Wed, 21 Nov 2012 19:10:00 +0000 Tanya Ballard Brown 5122 at http://blog.wlrn.org How Did Thanksgiving End Up On Thursday? 'Vintage Black Glamour' Exposes Little-Known Cultural History http://blog.wlrn.org/post/vintage-black-glamour-exposes-little-known-cultural-history I was scrolling through <a href="http://tballardbrown.tumblr.com/">my Tumblr feed</a> a year or so ago, when I saw a <a href="http://vintageblackglamour.tumblr.com/post/2851018632/joyce-bryant-by-carl-vechten-by-all-accounts">photo of Joyce Bryant</a>. The caption said she was once dubbed the "black Marilyn Monroe" and was mentioned many times in <a href="http://www.radiohof.org/news/walterwinchell.html">Walter Winchell</a>'s gossip column.<p>But, I had never heard of or seen Bryant before. Fri, 12 Oct 2012 14:11:00 +0000 Tanya Ballard Brown 2793 at http://blog.wlrn.org 'Vintage Black Glamour' Exposes Little-Known Cultural History Record High Prices At The Gas Pump Likely To Linger In California http://blog.wlrn.org/post/record-high-prices-gas-pump-likely-linger-california Gas prices spiked overnight Thursday by as much as 20 cents per gallon in parts of California, causing some stations to close and shocking many customers.<p>According to <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=162344533">The Associated Press,</a> the average price of regular gas across the state was nearly $4.49 a gallon. In other parts of the country, gas prices have fallen. South Carolina has the lowest average gas prices in the continental U.S. Fri, 05 Oct 2012 17:20:00 +0000 Tanya Ballard Brown 2322 at http://blog.wlrn.org Record High Prices At The Gas Pump Likely To Linger In California