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Blvck Vrchives


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Blvck Vrchives


A CURATORIAL PROJECT BY RENATA CHERLISE

a visual journey through history



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In Collaboration with Black florida


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In Collaboration with Black florida


ABOUT THE PARTNERSHIP


Black Florida is an ongoing, modern photographic and language archive of the predominantly Black rural towns, and inner cities throughout the State of Florida. The project, which was born in Miami-Dade County, aims to document and present these invisible communities, not as they often portrayed to the world, via negating newsworthy events, but rather from the narrative of the residents, as a sense of place, as home, as community.

Together, Blvck Vrchives & Black Florida presents a current visual archive of everyday life of Black Floridians. 


Meet: MS. MARY EVERETT 

June 25, 2016

Ms Mary Everett, is either 93 or 96 years old, and her recollection of her entire lifetime is foggy due to Alzheimer's. Often called "Sunrise City," Fort Pierce is on the Treasure Coast, stretching from St. Lucie Inlet to Sebastian Inlet along Florida's Atlantic coast. Harlem Renaissance writer, folklorist and anthropologist, Zora Neale Hurston relocated to Fort Pierce in 1957 where she lived in a tiny 2-bedroom house, rent-free, courtesy of Dr. C.C. Benton, a physician and family friend from Eatonville. This was Hurston’s home from 1957 to 1960 when she died. It was here that she wrote for the Ft Pierce Chronicle, a black weekly, and worked on her unfinished book, Herod the Great.

Footage by Johanne Rahaman, Founder of Black Florida 


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IN COLLABORATION WITH CHICAGO Reader


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IN COLLABORATION WITH CHICAGO Reader


ABOUT THE PARTNERSHIP

Blvck Vrchives is teaming up with the Reader & working closely with Director of Photography, Danielle A. Scruggs, to create multimedia narratives centering black life in Chicago pulling from the Sun-Times photographic archive. 


 
May marks the anniversary of the second inauguration of Harold Washington, Chicago's first (and so far only) black mayor. To mark that milestone, Blvck Vrchives curator Renata Cherlise considers the parallels between the political climate in Chicago during the 1983 mayoral election and the political climate of today.

 

Nearly 41 years after the premier of Cooley High, we take a look back at CPS during the 60s and 70s, and the longstanding fight for educational equality. 

 

On the 50th anniversary of a landmark desegregation lawsuit, the Reader and Blvck Vrchives offer this visual sampler of the city's segregated housing past.
 

A glimpse of Chicago childhood inspired by Gwendolyn Brooks.

 

In this election year, we look back at the history of black voter mobilization in Chicago and in the south.
 

The Reader is collaborating with Blvck Vrchives founder and curator Renata Cherlise to craft narratives using material from the Sun-Times archives. The first feature is a reflection of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s impact on Chicago, as well as the brief period of time he spent in the city to promote fair access to housing and education.
 

We take a look at the family legacy of Johnson Publishing and the publications that became a staple in black American households.

 
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Current Opportunities


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Current Opportunities


 

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Interviews & Features


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Interviews & Features


learn more about the curator & origins of blvck VRCHIVES


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For Inquiries


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