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How “Mudbound” Smartly Deconstructs the Mammy Myth

No more whitewashing the history of forced black domestic labor under slavery.

When Will Janet Jackson Get The Respect She Deserves?

A sincere apology to Janet Jackson would be a step in the right direction and a move towards righting a wrong that should never have occurred.

Democrats, Leave the Racist Dog-Whistling to Republicans

Virginia's gubernatorial race demonstrates that just because Republicans campaign using fear and anger does not mean you should too.

What Is Censorship? The Tale of Michael Weller’s “Buyer Beware”

Yesterday morning I read up on Brandeis University's decision to cancel a production of Michael Weller's new play, Buyer Beware. Or at least that's...

I Have Anxiety, Anxiety, Anxiety in the Age of Donald Trump

I have anxiety that turns to terror.

Free, Free at Last: In Flux, US Playwright Finds Stability

"I’m looking forward to seeing all the protest theater in the next four years."

8 Nonprofit Phrases, From Least to Most Exploitative, Ranked

"Salary commensurate with experience" and other infuriating phrases used by nonprofits.

Our Lack of Kindness: The Fault, Dear Brutus, Is Our Own

Maybe someday we will remember that hate is taught.

Do Campaign Promises Matter in Age of Trump? LOLOLOL.

Trump's promises are purely transactional.

Meet the Group Standing Up to Your White Nonsense

The volunteer-run White Nonsense Roundup is fighting racism on social media.

How I Learned the Art of Healing in the Face of...

The ripples of colonialism are still affecting minds today.

Why I’m Afraid of White Women…and Taylor Swift

She is “innocent” yet wants to be able to inflict harm. That is a terrifying premise.

Good News: Inspiring Reports From a Very Bad Year

A loving 94-year-old, saving elephants -- and the ocean, too. Good, positive things.

Post-Obama, Who’s the Right-Wing Boogeyman? Three Guesses.

Without Obama, who will be conservatives new boogeyman in chief?

Social Justice Warriors Will Leave the World an Uglier Place

Art commentary from social justice warriors favors virtue signaling over aesthetics.

Playwright Morisseau Revisits Rage in Racist America

Plays need not be perfect to be important.

American Flag Art Has Better Things To Be Than Patriotic

American flag art is, surprisingly or not, consistent in its negative critique of the US.

How Diep Tran Hones Her Theater Criticism — With Anger

No one believes that full-time criticism is a viable career option, she says.

Are the Arts Just Using Activism Language to Sell Tickets?

When should artists adopt activist language for their work?

Yesterday’s Xenophobia Today: Japanese Internment & Muslim Bans

Exhibitions commemorate Japanese internment with chilling relevance to politics today.