Varnette Patricia Honeywood – BLACK ART IN AMERICA™

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For an eight-year interval, beginning in 1984, the colourful art work of Varnette Patricia Honeywood adorned the set of The Cosby Present, the long-lasting sitcom reaching over 35 million viewers every week. After this breakthrough publicity, Honeywood’s creations would subsequently seem on the units of such tv hits as Golden Women, A Completely different World, Amen, 227, Youngsters Say The Darndest Issues, and Cosby. Within the Nineteen Nineties, Honeywood illustrated the Little Invoice e-book collection for starting readers, a 12-book manufacturing by Invoice Cosby. In 1996, Honeywood produced a collage for the dedication of the Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Tutorial Heart at Spelman School.

Born to 2 elementary faculty lecturers in Los Angeles on December 27, 1950, Honeywood was strongly inspired in artwork and training from a younger age. Sadly, she was additionally uncovered to racial discrimination early on as her mother and father had moved from the Jim Crow South, the place they’d been focused by the Ku Klux Klan, to a mixed-raced neighborhood in Los Angeles the place they had been racially harassed. At age 12, the gifted younger artist started finding out on the Chouinard Artwork Institute, a number one skilled artwork faculty in Los Angeles later absorbed by CalArts.

In 1968, Honeywood—whose early art work pulled from her grandparents’ rural neighborhood in Magnolia, Mississippi—entered Spelman School, the place she studied historical past and labored towards changing into an educator like her mother and father. Nonetheless, upon widespread encouragement from her artwork teacher, classmates, and fellow artists, Honeywood switched her main to artwork. Her transfer would show transformative because the socially-conscious faculty scholar acknowledged the numerous position the visible arts performed within the civil rights period and the protests she participated in.


Graduating from Spelman in 1972, Honeywood earned a Grasp of Science diploma in Schooling and her educating credentials from the College of Southern California in 1974. Afterwards, she taught artwork and created arts and crafts applications whereas concentrating on the manufacturing of constructive visible photos for Black kids. Impressed by such artists and mentors as Samella Lewis, Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, William H. Johnson, Jacob Lawrence, and Ruth Waddy, the multitalented Honeywood went on to discover African American life and historicity by way of the various media of paint, collage, lithograph, print, mixed-media, and monoprint.

In 1975, Honeywood and her sister, Stephanie, parlayed her more and more widespread artwork right into a profitable greeting card enterprise celebrating Black life within the type of notice playing cards, posters, and prints. These inventive playing cards would later catch the attention of Camille Cosby and additional facilitate Honeywood’s final standing as an internationally famend artist and illustrator. Her artwork would go on to grace galleries, museum reveals, books, tv applications, motion pictures, buildings, faculties, and different establishments.

A recipient of awards and recognitions too quite a few to record, in 2002, Honeywood was honored by the College of Southern California Black Alumni Affiliation and the college’s libraries with a Black Historical past Month artwork exhibition entitled, “Trojans of Ebony Hue: Varnette P. Honeywood, Portrait of a Cultural Artist.”

Varnette Patricia Honeywood succumbed to most cancers at age 59 in 2010.


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Stephanie Robinson, Esq. is a Lecturer on Regulation at Harvard Regulation Faculty, a nationwide media determine, writer, former Chief Counsel to Senator Edward M. Kennedy, and former President and CEO of The Jamestown Venture, a nationwide suppose tank specializing in democracy. Ms. Robinson hosted her personal nationwide radio present, Roundtable with Stephanie Robinson, a well-liked weekly 30-minute, talk-radio program targeted on tradition, politics, and relationships that aired on TSN. For over half a decade, Ms. Robinson was Political and Social Commentator for the Tom Joyner Morning Present the place she spoke to between 9 and 10 million individuals weekly, providing her perspective on the day’s most urgent social and political points.

Robinson is co-author of Accountable: Making America as Good as Its Promise, (Atria Books, 2009). She is a nationally acknowledged knowledgeable on points referring to social coverage, ladies, race, household, and electoral politics. She was featured as one of many 30 Younger Leaders of the Future in Ebony Journal and was profiled within the e-book As I Am: Younger African American Girls in a Essential Age, by Julian Okwu. Robinson is a frequent speaker expressing her views in numerous media shops together with the Related Press, The Washington Put up, C-Span, Fox Information, NewsOne and NPR.

Stephanie was a Member of President Clinton’s first Mission to Africa relating to kids orphaned by AIDS. Robinson, a magna cum laude graduate of the College of Maryland and the Harvard Regulation Faculty, is a local of Steubenville, Ohio. She lives in Massachusetts along with her husband and two sons.

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