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5 African American Artists Not Named Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jacob Lawrence

Visually, Jacob Lawrence made a point that Cam'ron could be proud of -- Harlem is in the building.

Jacob was born in Atlantic City and moved to Harlem when he was 13. His mother quickly enrolled him in an a

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5 African American Artists Not Named Jean-Michel Basquiat

William Tolliver

William was born in Vicksburg, Missisippi in 1951, and although his mother worked in the cotton fields by day, she still managed to rear and educate her fourteen children.

To stimulate their learnin

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5 African American Artists Not Named Jean-Michel Basquiat

Clementine Hunter

Clementine would have made a good rapper. She was tough, self taught, and has a cool name.

Ms. Hunter was born late in 1886 or early 1887 on a plantation rumored to be the inspiration for Uncle Tom's Cabin in the Cane River region of Louisiana.

Clementine never learned to read or write and s

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5 African American Artists Not Named Jean-Michel Basquiat

Welcome to the wild world of contemporary hip-hop and R&B music where only one African American visual artist seems to exist -- Jean-Michel Basquiat.

This singular and arbitrary focus is likely a result of rap being a highly aspirational genre. Basquiat start

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