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The Cosmopolitan Review

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 1/31/2014, 12:32 p.m.

Founded in 1799 by America’s earliest global entrepreneurs, the PEM features various artifacts dating back from the 1700s to today’s artists, all of which portray different lifestyles and perspectives across a variety of cultures. Amongst the museum’s most prominent exhibitions is that of merchant seaman Joseph Peabody. Paintings and artifacts depict tales of Peabody’s adventures across the seas to far-off lands such as Sumatra. As he became a very successful merchant in the pepper trade, Peabody continued to raise a family steeped in compassion and the importance of philanthropic endeavors. The museum, which is located in Salem, Mass., continues in this tradition, as it professes, “The nation’s oldest continuously operating museum, PEM was among the first museums in America to collect works of art and culture from around the world. Its collections of contemporary and historic American, Asian, maritime, Oceanic, Native American and African art and culture, as well as its archival library and historic American and Chinese houses, are among the finest of their kind. PEM is committed to meeting the highest professional standards in the development, management, care and preservation of its collections.”

According to the museum’s mission statement, “The mission of the Peabody Essex Museum is to celebrate outstanding artistic and cultural creativity by collecting, stewarding and interpreting objects of art and culture in ways that increase knowledge, enrich the spirit, engage the mind and stimulate the senses. Through its exhibitions, programs, publications, media and related activities, PEM strives to create experiences that transform people’s lives by broadening their perspectives, attitudes and knowledge of themselves and the wider world.”

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority celebrated 106 years of community service with a special Founders Day salute.

Pre-Grammy celebrations took place everywhere, including one hosted by the Neilson rating organization, wherein entertainment was provided by John Legend and it girl DJ Hannah Bronfman. Bronfman took time off from spinning to hang with homegirl Rita Ora, the protégé of Jay Z, who hosted a mega party of his own. Getting back to Bronfman, the girl has quite a resume, as she does a little fashion designing, takes killer photos (some of which she is in) and is the poster girl for girls who just want to have fun.

Until next week … kisses