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Karen Rises as ‘American Carnage’ Smoulders On and On

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You remember Fat Nixon's inauguration speech back in 2016, right? We're hearing it again, and every Karen is spontaneously applauding.

And I Thought, ‘Something Just Broke’

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Systemic change will be difficult until we cut out and complete irradiate the Trumpist cancer from our diseased body politic. So we fight.

Is 2020 Another 1968 — or Civil War?

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A Minneapolis cop knelt on the neck of George Floyd neck for eight minutes and 26 seconds. Now Coward Donald, hiding in his bunker, calls for oppression.

Hey, Arts Nonprofits: Words Aren’t Action, Sympathy Isn’t Empathy

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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.

‘Strange Bell’ Rings True: Revisiting the Art of William Christenberry

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In the 1970s, William Christenberry, along with his friend and fellow Southerner William Eggleston, was responsible for the acceptance of color photography as fine...

‘Fires in the Mirror’ Remains Theatrically Incendiary

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An exhilarating example of the public service that theater is forever capable of providing.

Robert O’Hara: Finding the Beauty in the Horror

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My old friend -- director of Broadway's hit "Slave Play" -- tells me why theater is the space for the complicated and the uncomfortable.

Broadway’s ‘Slave Play’: A Free (But Costly) Racial Satire

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Harris' play is so scattershot that his many points, and the fireworks that generate, remain unhappily in chains.

Bass Reeves, Overlooked American Hero, Gets Hollywood Close-Up

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The story of the first Black deputy US marshal west of the Mississippi is coming to the screen.

The Bronx Fires as Metaphor for Community Erasure

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Reflections on a documentary about the structural racism that erased a community -- and the people who rebuilt it.

Who Are The 1491s and What Is ‘Between Two Knees’?

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An intertribal, Indigenous sketch-comedy troupe exposes a deep cultural scar.

Biden Our Time as the 2020 Democratic Primary Gets Hot

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On our new podcast episode, summing up the Biden launch, mourning hate, and a quiz!

The Paradox of Seeking Justice Through the Arts

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Artists need to shut it down while holding it together, burn bridges while bridging divides.

‘Lockdown’ Appeals for Justice Reform — and Compassion

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Playwright Cori Thomas learned to see the San Quentin incarcerated as individuals, not as past crimes.

What ‘Ain’t No Mo’ Taught Me About 400 Years of Inequality

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Audiences laughed. But no one will ever understand the pain of African Americans.

At Driehaus Museum, Yinka Shonibare Fabricates Post-Colonial Identity

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The artist takes over a lavish Chicago mansion, for a contemporary twist on Gilded Age excess.

Can US Dance Learn From Ballet Folklórico de México?

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This kind of work could become prevalent in America. Why isn't it?

Sackler, Altria, MacArthur: Ethical Quicksand in Big Philanthropy

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Is our collective conscience bothered before we accept the gift or after the public outcry?

What Becomes of Jussie Smollett Now?

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What kind of career will Jussie Smollett have now? Will he even have one? I suppose his staunchest defenders will take umbrage at these...

Please, Lynn Nottage, Don’t Make Me ‘Meet Vera Stark’!

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One of our towering dramatic playwrights finds no time for comedy.
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Which President Ignored Bounties on Our Murdered Soldiers?

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Either the ignoramus president was told the intelligence and did nothing about it or no one on his staff told him. Which sounds worse?