- Created on 01 February 2013
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- Created on 31 January 2013
- Created on 30 January 2013
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- Created on 30 January 2013
"Teenie Harris, Photographer: An American Story" exhibit, a groundbreaking retrospective of works by African-American photographer Charles "Teenie" Harris (1908-1998), has opened at the Atlanta University Center (AUC) Robert W. Woodruff Library.
On loan from Pittsburgh's Carnegie Museum of Art, the exhibit is making its premiere in the South and is sponsored by PNC Bank.
On display through May 24, "Teenie Harris, Photographer: An American Story" features selections of Harris's most striking and historically significant images.
The photographs — made in his studio and for the Pittsburgh Courier—chronicle the Pittsburgh community throughout the Jim Crow and civil rights eras.
Harris captured the poetry of everyday life of African Americans during the period and extraordinary people who shaped the 20th century, such as baseball star Jackie Robinson and leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and John F. Kennedy.
Complementing the exhibit is the Trezzvant Anderson: Roving Reporter and Jim Crow South archival display. Anderson and Harris were colleagues at the Pittsburgh Courier, with Anderson traveling throughout the Southern states to report on civil rights activities in cities including Atlanta. Anderson's papers are available for research in the AUC Woodruff Library's Archives Research Center.
In conjunction with the exhibits, the AUC Woodruff Library is hosting a series of programs that are free and open to the public. Events include a lecture by leading historian of African-American photography and 2000 MacArthur Fellow Deborah Willis, an Atlanta Daily World photojournalist panel discussion, and a photography workshop for children.
"The Teenie Harris exhibit offers visitors an engaging and unique experience. His work represents an intersection of art, culture and history. The stories and experiences his images convey are universal. They cut across cultures and backgrounds, allowing any viewer to connect with them," said Loretta Parham, CEO and library director. "I'm excited that our partnership with PNC Bank enabled us to bring this exhibit to the South for the first time, and I hope Atlantans take advantage of this historic opportunity."
"PNC has proudly sponsored the Teenie Harris exhibit in several cities within our footprint [where our banks are located], and we are fortunate to work together with the Woodruff Library to offer this distinctive exhibition of works here in the Atlanta community," said Eddie Meyers, PNC Bank regional president, Georgia.
Visit www.auctr.edu for exhibit hours and a full listing of programs, or call 404-978-2003.
Photo: Eartha Kitt leaping through poster to launch a Citizens Committee on Hill District Renewal program, with police officer Harvey Adams, Vine and Colwell Streets, Pittsburgh Hill District, May 1966. Teenie Harris Archive, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Heinz Family Fund, 2001.35.2509
- Created on 29 January 2013
Almost a month after the fatal shooting of Atlanta area rapper Yung Teddy, Cobb County police have charged a convicted felon who goes by two different names with his murder.
According to an arrest warrant, Curley Dean Holden shot and killed the rapper born Justin Mitchell on Jan. 2 in Mitchell's Austell home. Two women were also in the home at the time of the shooting.
The warrant states that "the accused pointed the handgun in the direction of Mr. Mitchell and fired several times." No one else was reported seriously injured in the incident.
According to police, 23-year-old Holden, who also goes by the name Willie Danyel Hunt, forced his way into Mitchell's home, held a gun to one woman's neck and pointed the weapon at the other woman before killing Mitchell shortly after 10 p.m.
Cobb County Jail records show that Holden was arrested on Jan. 23. He was initially charged with terroristic threats.
Separate warrants show that Holden was on the run for nearly three weeks before he allegedly threatened to kill another person at a barbecue.
He was later charged with murder and three counts of aggravated assault in Mitchell's death.
Prior to the shooting, Mitchell reportedly received death threats to his cellphone, which he wrote about on Twitter. Mitchell also posted photos of the threatening text messages he received on Instagram.
"N----S WANNA SEE ME DEAD," tweeted the young rapper.
A few hours after posting his message on Twitter, police discovered his body.
Mitchell often rapped about a racy lifestyle, glorifying guns and drugs. "I'ma thug n---a. I'ma die high...got goons on deck and they ain't scared to use the pistol," rapped Yung Teddy on the song "Die High."
The rapper boasted about being a member of the FTW, F—k the World, and HOH, Hard on H—s, street gangs on his Twitter page. Mitchell was also the CEO of SBC Entertainment.
Police believe that their investigation into Mitchell's past and his close associates may lead to something involving multiple gangs.
In addition to using two different names, Holden was also listed as having two different addresses, one in Austell and one in Los Angeles. Although he was booked in Cobb County jail as Willie Hunt, his warrants were taken as Curley Dean Holden.
Records show that Holden has been in prison twice. Most recently, he served 18 months following a conviction on drug charges and making false statements and was released in August. Beginning in December 2009, he also served about seven months for a separate drug conviction.
Holden is still being held in county jail without bond.
Earlier this month, police charged Yachari Kiyana Miller with one count of terroristic threats and acts.
Miller allegedly sent Mitchell threating messages saying, "You a dead man walking" and "This your year to die."
After spending 15 days in jail, Miller was released Jan. 29 after posting $4,620 bond, jail records show.