NYC’s the Real Mother Shuckers Honors the Legacy of Black Oystermen

Moody (aka 37-year-old Ben Harney Jr) founded Brooklyn’s only oyster cart, the Real Mother Shuckers, in 2019 as a way to return oysters to their former ubiquity. Although most people associate the shellfish with upscale dining, oysters used to be widespread in New York during the 1800s, from street stalls selling oyster snacks to raw bars in the basements of buildings. Many of these oyster …

Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture is Now Available Online

The Smithsonian recently launched Searchable Museum, a digitized version of the institute’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, featuring in-depth and reimagined exhibits including the permanent exhibition Slavery and Freedom, multimedia components, videos, audio podcasts and 3D models based on more than 40,000 artifacts. In addition to making this history more accessible, the online platform spotlights new experiences not at the museum in …

Photographer Aida Muluneh Explores Masks and Face-Painting

Ethiopia-born photographer Aida Muluneh’s works explore and upend perceptions of masks and face-painting by invoking the traditional and incorporating the global. Muluneh, who founded the Addis Foto Fest, seeks to use her photos to respond to everything from stereotypes, biased media depictions of Africans and African Americans, and even the imagery of war. Her work can be seen within the “Being: New Photography 2018” exhibition …