Do We Need A National Black Arts Festival?

“It seems ludicrous to bring up Monet’s race, doesn’t it? Because it doesn’t really matter what his skin color was back in 1908, when, in 2009, we’re standing in front of a 42-foot canvas admiring those lilac and green brushstrokes.” So, asks Kristi York Wooten, “in the age of Obama, … do we need a National Black Arts Festival? Yes or no? If you’re wondering, my answer is ‘Yes’ (make that, ‘Hell, yes!’).”