i grew up in a news watching household … for the longest time i just assumed everybody watched 60 minutes on sundays … rest in peace, mike wallace.
Remembering Mike Wallace 1918-2012
(CBS News) For half a century, he took on corrupt politicians, scam artists and bureaucratic bumblers. His visits were preceded by the four dreaded words: Mike Wallace is here.
Wallace took to heart the old reporter’s pledge to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. He characterized himself as “nosy and insistent.”
So insistent, there were very few 20th century icons who didn’t submit to a Mike Wallace interview. He lectured Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, on corruption. He lectured Yassir Arafat on violence.
He asked the Ayatollah Khoumeini if he were crazy.
He traveled with Martin Luther King (whom Wallace called his hero). He grappled with Louis Farrakhan.
And he interviewed Malcolm X shortly before his assassination.
He was no stranger to the White House, interviewing his friends the Reagans … John F. Kennedy … Lyndon Johnson … Jimmy Carter. Even Eleanor Roosevelt.
Plus all those remarkable characters: Leonard Bernstein, Johnny Carson, Luciano Pavarotti, Janis Joplin, Tina Turner, Salvador Dali, Barbra Streisand. His take-no-prisoners style became so famous he even spoofed it with comedian Jack Benny.
It’s hard to believe, but when Wallace was born in 1918 there wasn’t even a radio in most American homes, much less a TV.
elizabeth catlett, latch key child, 1988.
elizabeth catlett. mother and child. 1956.
Art must be realistic for me, whether sculpture or printmaking, I have always wanted my art to service my people—to reflect us, to relate to us, to stimulate us, to make us aware of our potential…. I try to tell young artists, black artists, that there’s a great need for their work. Some are only interested in doing what they want to do, not what people need.—Elizabeth Catlett
Legendary sculptress and printmaker Elizabeth Catlett passed away on April 2, 2012 in Cuernaraca, Mexico. She was 96 years old. Catlett created pieces that reflect the African-American experience, while paving a golden path for countless generations to follow.
While attending the University of Iowa for her Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture, Elizabeth Catlett was given some valuable advice by landscape painter Grant Wood. He told her and the other students to work with subjects that they were the most familiar with. For Catlett his advice struck a creative chord, the focus of her work became African Americans, specifically black women.
Howard University School of Law showing their support to Trayvon Martin