‘I go to sleep to gunshots, it doesnt stop me’: the art collective backing young black artists

Its long past time to give credit to young black and brown artists says Amanda King, whose art collective Shooting Without Bullets is breaking down barriers A black-and-white photograph shows two young men in the door frame of an abandoned storefront. PRIVATE CLUB is written on the boarded-up door. NO Weapons, Drugs, Purses it says. The photograph, taken by Lai Lai Bonner, 19, spread quickly. It was featured in the local paper, The Plain Dealer, sold at a gallery in the Cleveland Print Room, a local art studio, and currently sits in an exhibition at the Grasselli Library at John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio. The exhibit is close to East Cleveland where the photo was taken, but it …

How war-shattered Aleppo is preserving its culture

Thousands of Aleppians are using a Facebook group to share their way of life before the Syrian war Going to the hammam was once a beloved ritual for Aleppo resident Atef Shikhouni and his friends. Recalling the boisterous, joyful experience, the 55-year-old wrote: Here is a man shouting, Where is the soap? while another one is asking for the shampoo and a third wants someone to rub his back. It becomes very noisy. After spending some time in the sauna, it is time for the rubbing man. He uses a rough loofah to rub my body mercilessly and I pray it will end without any damage. But that was before the outbreak of war in Syria. Today, the bath is …