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Monday, May 30, 2016

Dear Black Female Journalists, What's with the Silent Treatment?

When you're a journalist of color in any newsroom, it's always reassuring when a veteran takes you under their wing to show you the ropes. It's even better if the veteran journalist is a person of color. 

And if you're a woman of color new to the gig, having another woman who looks like you guide you through the male-dominated profession is an added bonus. 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Basquiat's Multimillion Dollar Portriat

(Jean-Michel Basquiat Untitled, 1982)

It always amazes me how much a deceased artist makes at auctions.

A self-portrait by Jean-Michel Basquiat sold for a worldwide auction record of $57.3 million at a Christie's contemporary art sale in May, according to the Associate Press.
Basquiat's self-portrait, Untitled, 1982, which portrays the young artist as a fiery demonic figure, was snapped up by Japanese online retailer, Yusaku Maezawa.
Prior to the auction, it had a $40 million pre-sale estimate.

Various artists have made millions after their death, but where does all that money go? The family? An estate that divides the money into a non-profit organization?

Right now, I do not have the visible funds to acquire any of Basquiat's original works. But I wonder how much a print of Untitled cost? For now, I guess I'll have to admire Basquiat's work from a distance.

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