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Book cover of 'While Justice Sleeps' novel by Stacey Abrams

A Constitutional Quirk Inspired Stacey Abrams’ New Fiction Thriller, ‘While Justice Sleeps’

A Supreme Court justice is gravely ill, ideological control of the court hangs in the balance — throw in a ruthless president and an international conspiracy, and what you have is the plot of Stacey Abrams’s new novel, While Justice Sleeps. Yes, that Stacey Abrams, the Georgia politician, and she’s written a thriller ripped straight from the headlines — inspired by a conversation over lunch with her mentor. Continue Reading A Constitutional Quirk Inspired Stacey Abrams’ New Fiction Thriller, ‘While Justice Sleeps’

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Book cover - Things We Lost to the Water, by Eric Nguyen

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Things We Lost To The Water’ Is A Literal And Allegorical Look At Dislocation

Nước — the Vietnamese word for country and water — permeates Eric Nguyen’s haunting debut. Signifying both a place of origin and the means by which a boat refugee departs from such place of origin, Things We Lost to the Water poignantly explores all the ways in which Vietnamese refugees are affected by country and water — in sum, by dislocation. Continue Reading BOOK REVIEW: ‘Things We Lost To The Water’ Is A Literal And Allegorical Look At Dislocation

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Tina Turner on stage during her concert at Wembley Stadium in London, England, as part of her Wildest Dreams World Tour, 20th July 1996. Commencing in the spring of 1996 The Wildest Dreams Tour would last for 16 months, and included more than 250 concert dates in Europe, North America and Australasia. (Photo by Duncan Raban/Popperfoto via Getty Images)

How Racism Pushed Tina Turner And Other Black Women Artists Out Of America

Black women artists like Josephine Baker, Nina Simone and Eartha Kitt contributed to those social gains. Their suffering came not only from their personal battles against day-to-day racism in America, but also having their careers struggle when they spoke out against it. Europe eventually became home to them as well. Continue Reading How Racism Pushed Tina Turner And Other Black Women Artists Out Of America

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Jessie Mei Li stars as Alina Starkov in the new Netflix series, Shadow and Bone, adapted from author Leigh Bardugo's works. Netflix

On Netflix, Leigh Bardugo’s ‘Shadow And Bone’ Celebrates A Diverse Grishaverse

Every so often, a fantasy series with adventure, magic and an unfairly attractive villain comes along and captures the imagination and attention of a passionate base of readers. And when that series leaps into a fully realized television adaptation? Well then, that niche fixation can become a global fantasy phenomenon overnight. And Netflix is hoping its new adaptation will do just that. Continue Reading On Netflix, Leigh Bardugo’s ‘Shadow And Bone’ Celebrates A Diverse Grishaverse

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Director Chloé Zhao at the 2021 Oscars. She was the first woman to receive four Oscar nominations in a single year. Pool/Getty Images

Chloé Zhao Is The First Woman Of Color To Win Oscar For Best Director

Chloé Zhao has won the Oscar for directing Nomadland, becoming the first woman of color to win the award and the second woman to win (Katheryn Bigelow, was the first). Zhao was also the first woman to get four Oscar nominations in a single year, in the Best Film Editing, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director and Best Picture categories. Continue Reading Chloé Zhao Is The First Woman Of Color To Win Oscar For Best Director

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Louise Erdrich, author of The Night Watchman

Louise Erdrich Takes Home Aspen Words Literary Prize For ‘The Night Watchman’

In a virtual ceremony, Louise Erdrich was named the winner of this year’s Aspen Words Literary Prize, for her novel The Night Watchman. The $35,000 prize goes to a work that “illuminates a vital contemporary issue and demonstrates the transformative power of literature on thought and culture.” Continue Reading Louise Erdrich Takes Home Aspen Words Literary Prize For ‘The Night Watchman’

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The Apollon Gallery at the Louvre museum in Paris on Jan. 14, 2020. CREDIT: Stephanie de Sakutin/AFP via Getty Images

Not Heading To Paris This Summer? The Louvre Has Digitized 482,000 Artworks

“The Louvre is dusting off its treasures, even the least-known,” said Jean-Luc Martinez, President-Director of the Musée du Louvre, in a statement on Friday. “For the first time, anyone can access the entire collection of works from a computer or smartphone for free, whether they are on display in the museum, on loan, even long-term, or in storage.” Continue Reading Not Heading To Paris This Summer? The Louvre Has Digitized 482,000 Artworks

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The Final Revival of Opal & Nev, by Dawnie Walton

BOOK REVIEW: ‘The Final Revival Of Opal & Nev’ Is A Faux Music History That Rocks

To say that The Final Revival of Opal & Nev is a sly simulacrum of a rock oral history is to acknowledge only the most obvious of this novel’s achievements. Walton aspires to so much more in this story about music, race and family secrets that spans five decades. And, all the glitzy, quick-change narrative styles don’t detract attention from the core emotional power of her story. I tell you, even many of the fake footnotes in this novel are moving. Continue Reading BOOK REVIEW: ‘The Final Revival Of Opal & Nev’ Is A Faux Music History That Rocks

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