Representation

Lynn Savarese

Pat Mitchell has been at the forefront of three media revolutions. She was among the first women reporters and anchors for national television news, a big player in the rise of cable news as president of CNN productions, and the first female CEO and president of PBS during a time when digital media was changing how people consume information.


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Wikipedia is a highly visited site on the internet, yet only about 17 percent of biographies posted on it are about women. In addition, less than 10 percent of editors are women. On Saturday, March 29, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta joins cultural institutions across the country for the "Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon." Community members will be able to add information to Wikipedia entries on feminism and art.

 

On Second Thought host Virginia Prescott spoke with Eva Berlin, digital content specialist at the High Museum, and Melissa Katzin, manager of family programs at the High Museum, about the event.


Today we discussed the importance of community input in health issues and art museums.

We spoke with Breana Lipscomb, the U.S. maternal health campaign manager for The Center for Reproductive Rights. The organization works to improve health outcomes for women. We also spoke with Wanda Irving, a consultant and mediator, whose daughter died after giving birth in 2017.

We also spoke to Kevin W. Tucker, chief curator at the High Museum of Art about the re-installation and the museum's efforts to be representative, accessible and inclusive to the community. Floyd Hall, ArtsATL contributor, joined the conversation and discussed similar efforts to embrace diversity through the arts around Atlanta.

 


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Atlanta's High Museum of Art looked to the community for inspiration for the re-installation of its collection. The recent rotation of artwork more closely reflects Atlanta's demographics. It features more art by women and people of color.

 

This re-installation is part of the museum's effort to make their environment truly representative, accessible and inclusive.

 

We spoke to Kevin W. Tucker, chief curator at the High Museum of Art about the re-installation and to Floyd Hall, ArtsATL contributor, about similar efforts to embrace diversity through the arts around Atlanta.

 


Nafessa Williams Black Lightning CW TV
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"Black Lightning" follows a retired superhero who gets pulled back into crime fighting to protect his family and community.

Nafessa Williams plays the daughter of the titular superhero. Her character, Anissa Pierce, is the first black lesbian superhero to appear on a network show.

Kalena Boller, host of GPB's upcoming podcast "The Credits," spoke with Williams about her groundbreaking role.

Screenshot by GPB / nytimes.com

When fashion designer Kate Spade died last week of an apparent suicide, there was an outpouring of grief, from Twitter to the front page of the New York Times. "Buying a Kate Spade handbag was a coming-of-age ritual for a generation of American women," declared the Times.