HBO launched The HeLa Project, a culturally-grounded multi-media exhibition inspired by the HBO film, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, which is based off of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller book by Rebecca Skloot. It tells the story of an African-American woman, Henrietta Lacks whose cells were used to create the first immortal human cell line that ultimately led to unprecedented medical breakthroughs, changing countless lives and the face of medicine forever. This film stars Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne, and directed by George C. Wolfe.
Last week (April 7th-9th), there was a 3-day interactive, educational, and engaging exhibition which featured works from two-time Caldecott Honor Award winning artist Kadir Nelson and Harlem based artist Lewis Long. Grammy nominated artist Jazmine Sullivan, who recorded a moving rendition of Motherless Children Have A Hard Time for the film and exhibit, and Saul Williams who wrote an original poem were in attendance.
The HeLa Project is designed to celebrate Henrietta Lacks, the woman – to give her a voice and to humanize and recognized the wonderful being. The product of these elements , plus an educational, sculptural installation about the HeLa cells, all converge in this engaging experience.
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