#TuesdayArtist: Barkley Hendricks

Sir Charles, Alias Willie Harris offers a tripled image, its single subject captured as if in a time lapse. Whether with eyes closed meditatively (on the left) or gazing into space (on the right), Sir Charles is alternately thoughtful and vigilant. Larger than life-size, this imposing figure clearly signals 1970s fashion, pop culture, and the assertion of black identity in the generation following the civil rights era. Barkley Hendricks cast his friends, lovers, family members, and men and women he met on the street as portrait subjects. Stark and monumental against a monochromatic ground, his portraits fix acutely on the individuality and self-expression of his subjects.
Hendricks said that a painting he saw in 1966 while visiting the National Gallery in London—a portrait by Flemish master Anthony van Dyck featuring a red velvet coat—was a point of departure for this work. Intending to make a replica of the Van Dyck image, Hendricks received permission to paint as a copyist in the museum. But once in the process, he realized he could not copy another artist’s work, “no matter how much I like it,” he said. Years later, he painted Sir Charles with Van Dyck’s red coat in mind. Other writers have likened Sir Charles to the iconic three graces—artistic muses (usually female) as portrayed by European old masters such as Botticelli and Rubens in three different attitudes, one usually with her back toward the viewer. It might be said that Hendricks’s artistic muses relate to classical Western art history as well as sources personal to the artist.
Hendricks, who was born in Philadelphia, studied there at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and earned BFA and MFA degrees from Yale University. He taught at Connecticut College. The recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, he exhibited his work at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum at Connecticut College; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York. The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University organized a career retrospective of Hendricks’s work, Barkley Hendricks: Birth of the Cool.

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#MeterologyMonday:

One of New York’s most recognized forecasters, Janice Huff is the weekday meteorologist for NBC4 delivering weather reports for the station’s “News 4 New York” 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts.

In addition, Huff is meteorologist for NBC’s Sunday morning edition of the “Today” show. She is also host of “Wednesday’s Child,” a weekly adoption feature that airs Wednesdays during “News 4 New York at 5” and again on “Sunday Today in New York.”

Huff joined NBC4 in January 1995 as meteorologist for the Saturday and Sunday weekend editions of “Today in New York.” In 1996, she began her position as the weekday 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. meteorologist.

Huff came to WNBC from KRON-TV, the NBC affiliate in San Francisco, where she was the primary on-air meteorologist for the station’s 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts since 1991. She joined the station in 1990 as meteorologist for the 6 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. reports.

A passionate advocate for children and community-related issues, Huff has received numerous accolades for her work on “Wednesday’s Child.” Her awards and honors include the prestigious New York Chapter National Black Journalist Association’s “2007 Community Service Award;” the “2006 Golden Apple Award” from the New York City Chapter of American Women in Radio & Television (AWRT); the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies’ “2006 Laura Parsons Pratt Award;” the Administration for Children’s Services’ “2004 Golden Heart Award;” the 2004 “Miracle Makers Media Award” for her commitment and dedication to helping New York City’s Foster Care children; and the Second Annual “Nicholas Scoppetta Award for Service to Children.”

Huff was cited in 2002 as a “Grad Made Good” by her Alma Mater, Florida State University. She has also received the Police Athletic League’s “2002 Woman of the Year Award;” a 2000 YMCA “Champion For Youth” honor; and the City of Hope’s “Spirit of Life” award for her professional and personal example to New York City youth. The American Lung Association named Huff a “Clean Air Hero” for her work in promoting cleaner air and healthier lungs.

Huff’s professional awards include Bronx Community College’s 1995 “Kaleidoscope Award” for excellence in television meteorology; a St. Louis Emmy Award for “Best Weathercaster” (1988); and the American Meteorological Society’s Seal of Approval for Television Weather casting in 1985. In June 2008, Huff was honored with the YWCA of New York City’s “W” award for giving back to the community and for being an outstanding leader.

Huff is a member of the American Meteorological Society, the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and the Friar’s Club.

A native of Manhattan, Huff graduated from Florida State University at Tallahassee with a major in meteorology.

Huff is married and resides in New Jersey.

Chocolate Vent’s Quote of the Week: “WHEN YOU LEARN TO EMBRACE BETTER, GREATER COMES EASY”

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” {Romans 12:2}

Find Balance

In almost everything you want to find balance.
Whether it’s not overeating yet still enjoying your favorite foods every once in a while balanced with regular exercise or physical activity, maintaining a budget while still enjoying life and “fun time” at the same time, or even as a single believer, you want to find balance in this area as well.
You don’t want to be stuck on either side of the scale:  
Side A where your every waking moment is consumed with thoughts of, “Lord when will I get married?  Where is he, Lord? Why am I not married yet?”
Or Side B where you don’t think about marriage at all and have resolved in your mind the fact that your being married, which was a desire of yours
long ago, may never come to pass.

It’s okay to have a desire for marriage, as long as that desire doesn’t have YOU.
Instead, you want to maintain a nice balance and enjoy life now, as a single believer, and be content knowing that your desire for a mate will be met in 
due season.
Instead of getting stuck on one side where your desire turns into a care, you want to instead cast that care on God, leave it in His hands and as the
saying goes, “Let God do it.”
Instead of giving up hope, which is the fuel which causes a Christian to continue on in the things of God, you want to continue in hope, knowing that
God loves you enough not to leave or forsake you in this area. 
So stay in the middle, and maintain a nice balance as you wait on God with joy knowing:
Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.  1 Thessalonians 5:24
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 1 Peter 5:7
And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee. (Psalm 9:10)

“Don’t Give Up On Us Yet”

I was out & about recently and randomly ended up talking to 3 young African American men. They seemed to be in their late twenties, dressed rather casually and appeared to be complete strangers, but all of them had something in common – all 3 of them worked in the entertainment industry in some shape form or fashion.

As it turns out, one of the young men was somewhat of a celebrity. He is a well-known skateboarder, hailing from Alaska. He is also a motivational/inspirational speaker who is highly sought after around the world. He was in a conversation with another young man who was an author & an actor, and they were talking about the ups & downs of being in the entertainment industry. Another young man was within earshot, overheard the conversation & decided to join in. He is an actor/writer and wanted to network with other African Americans in the industry.

Our conversation ended shortly thereafter; we all exchanged contact information. But before the skateboarder & author walked away, they told me “Don’t give up on us yet.” I asked them what they meant & they said those same words, “Don’t give up on us yet.” The author said to me, “I know relationships can be tough but don’t give up on us Black men yet. We’re here…just don’t give up hope.”

I was so taken aback that I didn’t know how to respond. It was as if he was reading my inner thoughts. Little did he know that earlier that day, I was thinking about how tough dating is & how easy it would be to just give up altogether. But those 6 little words nearly brought me to tears.

Sometimes you just don’t know how some seemingly small piece of advice can go a long way. What type of advice have you received that really helped you?

#SaturdayStamps: Ernest Just

Earnest Everett Just was born on August 14, 1883, in Charleston, South Carolina, to Charles Frazier and Mary Matthews Just. Known as an intelligent and inquisitive student, Just studied at Kimball Hall Academy in New Hampshire before enrolling at Dartmouth College.

It was during his university years that Just discovered an interest in biology after reading a paper on fertilization and egg development. This bright young man earned the highest grades in Greek during his freshman year, and was selected as a Rufus Choate scholar for two years. He graduated as the sole magna cum laude student in 1907, also receiving honors in botany, sociology and history.

Career Success

Just’s first job out of college was as a teacher and researcher at the traditionally all-black Howard University. Later, in 1909, he worked in research at Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory in Massachusetts. Just furthered his education by obtaining a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Chicago, where he studied experimental embryology and graduated magna cum laude.

Just pioneered many areas on the physiology of development, including fertilization, experimental parthenogenesis, hydration, cell division, dehydration in living cells and ultraviolet carcinogenic radiation effects on cells.

Just also served as editor of three scholarly periodicals and, in 1915, won the NAACP’s first Spingarn Medal for outstanding achievement by a black American. From 1920 to 1931, he was a Julius Rosenwald Fellow in Biology of the National Research Council—a position that provided him the chance to work in Europe when racial discrimination hindered his opportunities in the United States. During this time, Just penned many research papers, including the 1924 publication “General Cytology,” which he co-authored with respected scientists from Princeton University, the University of Chicago, the National Academy of Sciences and the Marine Biological Laboratory.

Held in high esteem within his field, notable black scientist Charles Drew called Just “a biologist of unusual skill and the greatest of our original thinkers in the field.”

Personal Life

Just married high school teacher Ethel Highwarden on June 26, 1912, and together they had three children—Margaret, Highwarden and Maribel—before divorcing in 1939. That same year, Just married Hedwig Schnetzler, a philosophy student he had met in Berlin. In 1940, the German Nazis imprisoned Just in a camp, but, with the help of his wife’s father, he was released. After making their way out of France, the couple gave birth to daughter Elisabeth.

Earnest Just died of pancreatic cancer in Washington, D.C., on October 27, 1941. He is buried at the Lincoln Memorial Cemetery in Suitland, Maryland.