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TIME WARNER PRESENTS SONGS OF MY PEOPLE' NEW YORK, Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX) today
announced "Songs of My People," an historic photography and film project on the national experience of African Americans and their contributions to American culture.
The project is comprised of a book and an international exhibition, opening Feb. 15 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., traveling nationally under the auspices of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). In addition, "Songs of My People" will be an HBO special. In announcing the collaborative "Songs of My People" project, Time Warner Chairman and Co-CEO Steven J. Ross and President and Co-CEO N. J. Nicholas Jr. said: "Time Warner is proud to be part of Songs of My People,' an American cultural event. As the world's leading media and entertainment company, we recognize the need to expand images of the African-American community and bridge gaps of understanding across language, color and creed through the power of communications." During the summer and fall of 1990, over 50 of the nation's premiere African-American photojournalists were given the assignment to cross the nation and capture the diversity of the black experience on film -- to come back with a balanced and accurate look at a people much maligned and often misunderstood. They photographed those who had achieved success beyond their dreams and others who struggle for survival from day to day. "Songs of My People" is a loving and sensitive, critical and hopeful "self-portrait" of the African-American community through its own eyes. Through pictures, it is a story of struggle, triumph, determination and everyday life that bridges gaps of ethnicity, culture, race and class. "Songs of My People" celebrates this culture and its impact on the American experience, and illustrates the diversity of African-American heritage in music, art, spirituality, fashion, politics, sports, entertainment, community and family life. "Songs of My People" is being published by Little, Brown and Company on Feb. 12, 1992. The book and exhibition were conceived by Eric Easter, D. Michael Cheers and Dudley M. Brooks, who formed New African Visions, Inc., a not-for-profit organization committed to providing a balanced view of the African-American community through the visual arts. The exhibition "Songs of My People," inspired by the book, consists of 150 photographs. The exhibition is organized by the Corcoran Gallery of Art and will be circulated nationally to 24 cities by SITES. A European tour opens in late '92, and is being managed by Harrison/ Parrott Ltd., London. The exhibition is a tribute to former Time Warner Co-Chairman and CEO J. Richard Munro, a longtime proponent of equal opportunity for women and minorities. An HBO special inspired by "Songs," co-produced by Quincy Jones Entertainment, Blackside, Inc., and Home Box Office, Time Warner's pay- TV subsidiary, is in development. The special will have an emphasis on black music. Charles E. Hayward, president of Little, Brown and Company, said: "Little, Brown is proud to publish an important work of this historical and artistic magnitude. I expect that Songs of My People' will generate great enthusiasm among booksellers and the media and will be one of the most exciting publishing events of 1992." Michael Fuchs, HBO chairman and CEO, said: "HBO would be very excited to be part of an historical project about black music and there is no one better to execute it than Quincy Jones." Quincy Jones, president of Quincy Jones Entertainment, said: "Just as the Songs of My People' photographic project tells the story of the African-American people through a series of striking visual images, an HBO Special will tell that story by encapsulating a musical legacy that has enriched and transformed the lively arts for several centuries. African-American music is more than just one of the world's greatest cultural resources; the voices that carry the tradition also carry the only true story of a people and their diverse culture: their history, their spirituality, their hope, joy and pain." David C. Levy, director of the Corcoran, said: "The Corcoran is honored to join Time Warner and New African Visions in presenting this evocative and enlightening exhibition which extends the museum's role in serving its local and national constituencies. Songs of My People' immeasurably enriches our understanding of American life and is one of the finest chronicles of our social fabric that we have been privileged to see since the great works of Walker Evans and Dorothea Lang in the 1930s." " Songs of My People' is a response to a crisis -- a crisis of identity, of image, of definition," said Eric Easter. "For years, African Americans have been portrayed in what some have called five deadly ways': less intelligent, less hardworking, more violent, less universal, and less patriotic. What the photographers discovered were black people facing a changing nation. They found stories which spoke of the beauty, troubles and diversity of the African heritage and its Americanness." Time Warner Inc. is the world's leading media and entertainment company, with interests in magazine and book publishing, recorded music and music publishing, filmed entertainment, cable television and cable television programming. -0- 11/18/91 /CONTACT: Edward Adler of Time Warner, 212-484-6630; or Robin Walker of Terrie Williams Agency, 212-489-5630, for Time Warner/ (TWX) CO: Time Warner Inc. ST: New York IN: ENT SU: GK -- NY055 -- 1413 11/18/91 11:54 EST
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