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And I Thought, ‘Something Just Broke’
Systemic change will be difficult until we cut out and complete irradiate the Trumpist cancer from our diseased body politic. So we fight.
Hey, Arts Nonprofits: Words Aren’t Action, Sympathy Isn’t Empathy
Yes, we know you care. Yes, we know you “stand with” Black people. Your words are lovely. Now get away from the keyboard and start taking action.
‘Jitney,’ in LA, Sings August Wilson’s Song of the Forgotten Man
Only 34 at the time that he wrote his first play, Jitney, August Wilson may or may not have known just how the emotion-driven...
How Two Mfoniso Udofia Plays Became One Night of Theater
"Our idea has been to let the plays shine, to let the playwright shine, and to support each other."
Bass Reeves, Overlooked American Hero, Gets Hollywood Close-Up
The story of the first Black deputy US marshal west of the Mississippi is coming to the screen.
How a Michael R. Jackson Musical Throws Us for a ‘Loop’
An autobiographical musical about an autobiographical musical about -- well, you know.
Time For All Democratic Hopefuls To Do One Simple Thing
I'm still thinking about She the People -- and all the Democratic candidates not getting specific.
Being and Becoming: Black, Gay, Creative — and Politically Engaged
How I elevated my social and political voice through voice training.
Nari Ward Uses Found Materials to Ground His Work in Community
The Harlem artist transforms items from his local community into profound and evocative artworks that keep their origins visible.
My Heart Doesn’t Belong to ‘Daddy’
Jeremy O. Harris' play, starring Alan Cumming and set in a pool, barely makes a ripple.
My Personal Reasons for Wanting Ralph Northam to Resign
The author's mother was more "Edith than Archie." What was she not? Sophisticated.
Did We Fail Marlon Riggs?
In April 1994, the Associated Press published a story on how HIV+ patients were starting to live longer. A study out of San Francisco...
Now On Deck: The Jackie Robinson Museum
Illuminating the life and character of a legend who opened many doors for people of color.
Jack Whitten’s Sculptures Are a Revelation
At the Met Breuer, he remixes materials and cultural influences into a gorgeous, very personal body of work.
Big, Black and On Broadway
But "King Kong," the musical, doesn't quite confront its disturbing history as a metaphor for racism.
Black Power Art Raises a Fist at the Brooklyn Museum
“Soul of a Nation” takes a breathtaking look at the political and aesthetic work of Black Power artists.
The 10 Most Important Films in the 56th New York Film...
This year's cream of the crop combines artistry with insightful sociopolitical commentary.
Five Off-Broadway Actors Admit to Being ‘Separate and Equal’
America was always destined to be so much more, and so much better, than "separate but equal." Yes, it's disheartening and infuriating and galvanizing...
Yinka Shonibare MBE’s ‘Wind Sculpture’ Is Disappointing Public Art
A bloodless public sculpture doesn't adequately address the bloody themes it claims to.
Punishing Faith Fennidy For Her Black Hair Is What’s Unnatural
Discrimination against Black hair is a modern way of keeping us out of spaces we had to fight, march and protest our way inside.