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Robert O’Hara: Finding the Beauty in the Horror

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

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

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

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’?

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

Biden Our Time as the 2020 Democratic Primary Gets Hot

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

The Paradox of Seeking Justice Through the Arts

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

‘Lockdown’ Appeals for Justice Reform — and Compassion

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

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

At Driehaus Museum, Yinka Shonibare Fabricates Post-Colonial Identity

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?

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

Sackler, Altria, MacArthur: Ethical Quicksand in Big Philanthropy

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

What Becomes of Jussie Smollett Now?

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’!

One of our towering dramatic playwrights finds no time for comedy.

My Personal Reasons for Wanting Ralph Northam to Resign

The author's mother was more "Edith than Archie." What was she not? Sophisticated.

Five Reasons We Should Pay Attention to Egypt

A certain country has a lot to teach us about #NotMyPresident, blackface, revolution and mummies.

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...

Teenagers: America’s Political Trojan Horse?

Why do we hide our political messages behind our children? Or attack teenagers for theirs?

Tlaib Her Alone: Confessions of a Surprised Bigot

Calling out Rep. Tlaib for her language apparently makes me every imaginable ism.

25 Change-Making Artists You Should Track During 2019

A second annual compilation of international and US-based artists making a difference.
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