Articles in Special Exhibit: Obsidian and Neon

Obsidian and Neon: is a pictorial-essay to be presented in a large-scale installation of black and white photography by long-time Las Vegas photojournalist Jeff Scheid. Scheid’s stunning photographic portraits are accompanied by profiles curated by writer and CSN professor Erica Vital-Lazare. This installation is an exploration and celebration of 20 community members who are actively mining identity, tending to and cultivating Black life in Las Vegas.

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by Erica Vital-Lazare on October 8, 2019
Lou Richardson: Building Las Vegas
by Erica Vital-Lazare on October 8, 2019
It is not possible to list with brevity and without awe, the commercial, federal and civic projects managed and completed by Lou Richardson, founding CEO of Richardson Construction Inc.... Read full article
by Erica Vital-Lazare on August 12, 2019
Claytee White: Sewing Stories
by Erica Vital-Lazare on August 12, 2019
As director of Oral History Research Center for UNLV Libraries, Claytee White stitches together the voices and events of Southern Nevada into a living tapestry.... Read full article
by Erica Vital-Lazare on August 12, 2019
Ramon Savoy: The word in action
by Erica Vital-Lazare on August 12, 2019
Before the Las Vegas Sentinel-Voice shut down operations in 2014, a Friday night might find publishing-editor and reporter Ramon Savoy, camera in hand, covering a Jack and Jill formal. ... Read full article
by Erica Vital-Lazare on August 12, 2019
Ak McMorris: Advancing Impact
by Erica Vital-Lazare on August 12, 2019
Moderating the NAACP’s Black and Blue forum, a dialogue between law enforcement and the public, Ak McMorris opened the floor with a simple declaration, “We have questions, and we want answers.”... Read full article
by Erica Vital-Lazare on August 12, 2019
Ruby Duncan: Knocking and walking and asking
by Erica Vital-Lazare on August 12, 2019
Debilitating on-the-job injury propelled Ruby Duncan out of work in the hotels and into the life of an activist. As cofounder and director of OPERATION LIFE, an anti-poverty, nonprofit organization, Duncan fought...... Read full article
by Erica Vital-Lazare on August 12, 2019
China Hudson: What the universe has for me
by Erica Vital-Lazare on August 12, 2019
Every fall, activist-performer China Hudson guides a circle of young women through the ancestral ritual of becoming members of the village. Chicago-born, she is a Disney Musical Theatre teaching artist.... Read full article
by Erica Vital-Lazare on August 12, 2019
Shaundell Newsome: Double exposure
by Erica Vital-Lazare on August 12, 2019
Brooklyn raised in the hip hop age when brand was everything, Shaundell Newsome mastered the art of wrangling image into powerful message.... Read full article
by Erica Vital-Lazare on August 11, 2019
Helen Toland: Together we shall keep our children
by Erica Vital-Lazare on August 11, 2019
A vibrant connection to the past and a visionary of a community future, Helen Anderson Toland, 92. reads widely, cultivates a garden of sculptures collected during her many travels to Zimbabwe and practices yoga with the same grace-filled agility...... Read full article
by Erica Vital-Lazare on August 11, 2019
Torrey Russell: Still Rising
by Erica Vital-Lazare on August 11, 2019
Holding the bedazzled Nikes presented to him as ruby slippers in celebration of the Broadway in the HOOD’s 2016 production of The Wiz, founder and executive director Torrey Russell is entering his tenth season as a nonprofit theatre company.... Read full article
by Erica Vital-Lazare on August 11, 2019
Judge Karen Bennett: A divine collaboration
by Erica Vital-Lazare on August 11, 2019
With justice as her ministry, Judge Karen Bennett-Haron is the first black woman appointed to the bench in the state of Nevada.... Read full article
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