African American Communities

September 28, 2020

Cooking Up the New West: A Brief History of Soul Food in Los Angeles

African American Communities / Collections / Community
By   Kyrie Blackman, Getty Marrow Intern

Love soul food? Even though the American South is a couple of thousand miles away, Los Angeles, California, is home to many African American soul food eateries steeped in a history of migration worth celebration. During the mid-1960s, the term “soul food” was adopted because of the popularity of the word “soul” to describe African American culture. Steeped in a history of enslavement in the American South and lack of access to quality ingredients, African American cooks had to make do with what they had available with ingredients post-emancipation,... Read more

September 10, 2020

Megan Thee Stallion: Rap, Anime, and the Imagined West

African American Communities

By Kyrie Blackman, Getty Marrow Undergraduate Intern for the Autry’s Collecting Community History Initiative

The Autry is preparing for a new exhibit, slated to open in 2021, called Imagined Wests . What does that even mean? How does one imagine the American West? There are no right or wrong answers to these questions; your answers may vary based on how old you are or where you live. We are all connected to the West in more ways than one may think. There is an interconnectedness that reaches far past American soil, and many artists use their platforms to... Read more

August 20, 2020

Linda Martell: Country Music’s Hidden Gem

African American Communities

Linda Martell's presentation as a singer showed an overlap between R&B and C&W in the 1960s and '70s.

By Kyrie Blackman, Getty Marrow Undergraduate Intern for the Autry's Collecting Community History Initiative

Country music often serves as the soundtrack of the American West. Its sound reaches audiences not only in the West but in all corners of our country. While interning at the Autry this summer, I dug up a... Read more

July 22, 2020

Collecting Community History Initiative: Juneteenth in Leimert Park, CA

African American Communities / Collection Initiative
By Kyrie Blackman, Getty Marrow Undergraduate Intern for The Autry's Collecting Community History Initiative

In June of this year, the Autry launched its Collecting Community History Initiative:  BLM Protests in the West  and offered its solidarity ... Read more