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‘It Came Down to What I Could Make at My Kitchen Table’: Amy Sherald on Experimenting With a New Medium for the First Time in Decades

On October 19th, Hauser and Wirth gallery will present a series of five new paintings by artist Amy Sherald in an online exhibition titled “Womanist is to Feminist as Purple is to Lavender.” The title draws from a phrase attributed to Alice Walker and her exploration of “womanist” ideology, which accounted for the intersectional experiences of Black women left out of established feminism, in the anthology titled In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens, from 1983.

In these new paintings, Sherald conducts an examination of identity analogous to Walker’s, experimenting with new materials and themes that celebrate femininity, self-awareness, and leisure through the prism of Blackness. In doing so, the artist reveals expressions of Black life that have been historically absent in Black imagery. She presents simple acts of leisure that are not luxuries of privilege or passive pursuits, but essential elements of wellness that remind us of the restorative power of joy.

Amy Sherald approaches social portraiture with an intentionality that is expressed in the unique characteristics of her paintings. Her grey skin tones have become abstractions of blackness that reject social stratifications that underlie racism and colorism. Sherald paints her subjects on solid color backgrounds that accentuate the contrasting shades of their clothing and the lush texture of their natural coifs. Her intentionality extends to the visual parity the artist creates in the leveled gaze between the subject and viewer, asserting her subject’s rightful place in the pantheon of portraiture.

Taken together, these artistic devices subvert narrow social constructs around blackness while maintain the essence of its beauty. Her work has earned her the critical and popular acclaim that led to her 2018 portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama in the National Portrait Gallery and, most recently, a commission for a portrait of Breonna Taylor featured that became

Warm fall dishes bring son to the kitchen, table

Friends warned me. People who, before me, had sons. They told me that my son would suddenly and abruptly not want to spend time with me. He would, they said, leave my camp. They said he would first leave me and then leave my husband. At the time it was hard to believe. He was so joyful, so fun, so very excited about the world and all of its gifts.

And then, of course, he did. He found his own interests, his own people, his independence. That was many years ago and I did my best to let him go. It’s good, it’s fine, it’s the way parenting is supposed to be. They grow and push you away and hopefully, if everything is right, they come back.

I’m working on Elliot coming back. He’s 16 now and a pretty laid-back guy. He does what we ask of him. Mow the lawn? Empty the dishwasher? Walk the dog? Yep, yup and did it already. Sometimes, we have to ask twice but it’s not a fight. My husband and I do ask him to hang out with us and to this he almost always says no. He’s got homework. The guys are waiting for him. He’s tired. You know, anything is better than spending time with his parents.

Recently, we’ve been asking him to go for short hikes with us or watch a movie. Heck, I even asked him to sit beside me and learn to knit. That I said knowing there was no way my 16-year-old son would knit. But in asking and showing Elliot my project, I had a few more moments with him.

I’ve also been calling him downstairs when I’m cooking dinner. I’ll place an onion and the chef’s knife on the counter and when he arrives, I

Food Network Kitchen Sets the Table with New Series BREAKFAST WITH BESSER

Featuring chef Elena Besser.

Food Network Kitchen Sets the Table with New Series BREAKFAST WITH BESSER

Food Network Kitchen, the award-winning, first of its kind culinary app, today announced the premiere of new, original series, Breakfast with Besser, featuring chef Elena Besser chatting with celebrity guests including some of Hollywood’s hungriest stars as she guides them in cooking breakfast dishes specifically crafted for them. From insightful interviews and interactive games, to creative recipes and cooking tips, viewers will be treated to a first row seat at the breakfast table and get a chance to laugh and learn as comedians, actors, and Broadway stars navigate their way through the kitchen. Joining Besser across the 6 episodes will be Lea DeLaria, André De Shields, James Monroe Iglehart, Chris Redd, Dulcé Sloan and Bowen Yang cooking up dishes such as Cheddar Chicken and Waffles, Chicago-style Breakfast Biscuit Egg Sandwich, Devil’s Food Crepe Cake and more. THE TALK show style interaction combined with cooking show level teachable techniques, will give fans a unique experience as each episode unfolds with delicious new recipes and stories.

“Elena Besser brings her charm and culinary know-how to this new series that is sure to have everyone clamoring for a seat at the table,” said Deb Puchalla, SVP Digital Programming & Video for Food Network and Cooking Channel at Discovery Digital Studios. “From the fans to the celebrity guests, everyone will be ready to cook up some new favorite breakfast dishes in their own home kitchens.”

Elena Besser is a trained cook and TV host. After graduating with a theatre degree from Northwestern University, she got her culinary degree at International Culinary Center in SoHo and cooked at Lilia in NYC under Chef Missy Robbins. She has appeared on Food Network, Cooking Channel and Food Network Kitchen. Elena founded THE LINEUP in 2020 as a mission to provide support and exposure

New House bill is on the table, here’s who it could help

After weeks of stalled talks, negotiations on another coronavirus stimulus relief package have picked back up, with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaking by phone several times since last Friday on the outlines of a new stimulus bill and a second direct payment that could come with it. 



Talks on a second stimulus check have finally resumed -- here's the latest status update. Sarah Tew/CNET


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Talks on a second stimulus check have finally resumed — here’s the latest status update. Sarah Tew/CNET

In parallel with renewed discussions, the Democratic-led House of Representatives unveiled a new economic support bill Monday that includes a second stimulus check of up to $1,200 for qualifying Americans, unemployment benefits, small business loans and airline aid. The $2.2 trillion bill could get a vote in the House this week, Politico reported. It’s based on the original Democratic-backed Heroes Act, which had a larger $3.4 trillion price tag. 



A new stimulus bill could help behind a second check.


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A new stimulus bill could help behind a second check.


Read on to learn the proposed benefits a new stimulus package could contain if it becomes law before or after the Nov. 3 election. For more information, read up on the six top things to know about stimulus checks. We update this story regularly.

As much as $1,200 per American in a second stimulus check

Democratic and Republican lawmakers have agreed on the need for a second direct payment of up to $1,200 per eligible American adult and additional money for dependents (find out who counts as a dependent, and how old you have to be to qualify for a check of your own). 

The new House bill includes similar provisions for stimulus checks as the March CARES Act did and expands who counts as a dependent, following the requirements set out in the Heroes Act. 

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