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Brooklyn's Basquiat: Art from a Native Son

The Brooklyn Museum has become famous for showing some of the very best visual art black America has to offer. Now a new Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibition is added to that list.

The famously ambitious painter died in 1988 of a drug overdose. He was only 27, but Basquiat had already become a superstar in the art world. The exhibit is a fitting tribute to a native son -- he was born and raised in Brooklyn, the son of a Haitian-American father and a Puerto Rican-American mother.

Correspondent Farai Chideya found out more about Basquiat from Brooklyn Museum director Arnold Lehman.

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