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Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City remains closed following restrictions imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus on Jan. 16, 2021. CREDIT: Cindy Ord/Getty Images

Metropolitan Opera Backstage Workers: ‘Without People, The Opera Is Nothing’

The Met is the largest performing arts organization in the United States, employing close to 3,000 people, with an annual budget of over $300 million. When it shut down because of COVID last March, the company cited the force majeure provision of its agreements, and made the decision to furlough all its union artists and craftspeople. Continue Reading Metropolitan Opera Backstage Workers: ‘Without People, The Opera Is Nothing’

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BOOK REVIEW: In ‘Nubia: Real One,’ Trying To Be A Hero When Society Thinks You’re A Threat

Nubia: Real One doesn’t take place on Wonder Woman’s home island Themyscira, but somewhere in modern-day America — though a modern-day America in which superheroes are a real thing. And Nubia is not an adult woman warrior who knows who and what she is (as she did when she first appeared in 1973’s Wonder Woman Vol. 1 #204), no. This is McKinney’s take on Nubia for real. Continue Reading BOOK REVIEW: In ‘Nubia: Real One,’ Trying To Be A Hero When Society Thinks You’re A Threat

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Dated between 1905 and 1915, this photo shows Nannie Helen Burroughs holding a banner that reads, “Banner State Woman’s National Baptist Convention.” Photo courtesy of Library of Congress

Black Women Were Vital To The Black Church. Their Stories Are Explored In New PBS Program

In his latest documentary series and book, “The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song,” Gates examines the cultural institution within Black communities. He explains how the Black Church has played such a vital role in Black liberation, since its beginnings. And along with viewing the Black church through a critical eye and exploring its origin, the new PBS series also pays tribute to the often overlooked work of Black women for the Black church. Continue Reading Black Women Were Vital To The Black Church. Their Stories Are Explored In New PBS Program

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Karyn Meek backstage

Where Are They Now? We Check In With Broadway Workers, Now Off Broadway Nearly A Year

Every year, as a set-up for the Tony Awards, we take you backstage to meet people who aren’t even eligible. These are Broadway’s essential workers – ushers, stage managers, costumers. But this year, the Tonys seem like a faraway dream; even though nominations for the shortened season were announced in October, no date has been set. So, I decided to check in with some of those essential workers I’ve interviewed before, to find out how they’ve been coping since theaters closed. Continue Reading Where Are They Now? We Check In With Broadway Workers, Now Off Broadway Nearly A Year

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It's a Sin follows a cast of characters (Omari Douglas, Lydia West, David Carlyle, Callum Scott Howells and Nathaniel Curtis) in London as they deal with the emergence of the AIDS epidemic. CREDIT: Ben Blackall/HBO Max

TV REVIEW: ‘It’s A Sin’ Series, Set During AIDS Epidemic, Resonates During COVID-19

The emergence of AIDS provides the impetus for It’s a Sin, a hit British series about five young people who share a London apartment over the years from 1981 to ’91. The show is the semi-autobiographical brainchild of Russell T. Davies, a writer best known for creating Queer as Folk and resurrecting Doctor Who. With his gimlet eye for the pop jugular, Davies turns the story of that deadly pandemic into a soapy drama that, like many dance songs from that era, is equal parts bounciness and woe. Continue Reading TV REVIEW: ‘It’s A Sin’ Series, Set During AIDS Epidemic, Resonates During COVID-19

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Book cover - The Price you pay for College by Ron Lieber

5 Things Every Family Should Know About Paying For College

For many families, paying for college is one of the biggest financial decisions they’ll make. College tuition is the highest it’s ever been — and the financial aid process is anything but clear. American journalist Ron Lieber’s new book, The Price You Pay for College aims to take the black box of college financials and, “turn it lighter and lighter shades of gray.” Continue Reading 5 Things Every Family Should Know About Paying For College

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Judas and the Black Messiah tells the story of Black Panther Party leader Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya), who was killed by the police in a 1969 raid. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Picture

FILM REVIEW: ‘Judas And The Black Messiah’ Is A Tense Thriller About The Black Panther Party

One of the virtues of Judas and the Black Messiah is that it gives us such a captivating sense of who Hampton was. He’s played here by an electrifying Daniel Kaluuya, who captures the young man’s gift for inspiring other activists and his ferocious critique of the nation’s white power structure. Continue Reading FILM REVIEW: ‘Judas And The Black Messiah’ Is A Tense Thriller About The Black Panther Party

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Poet and writer Alex Dimitrov

Poetry Collection ‘Love And Other Poems’ Promises That Love Will Find Us

The book is guided by the structure of time. We go full circle from June through to May; summer through to spring. There is a poem for each month, just as there is a poem for each feeling. Pleasure, annoyance, boredom, spiritual awakening — we feel it all. And as the poems travel through time, the poet’s vulnerability and loneliness are palpable enough to, perhaps deliberately, make the reader feel less alone. Continue Reading Poetry Collection ‘Love And Other Poems’ Promises That Love Will Find Us

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Book cover - The Removed by Brandon Hobson

BOOK REVIEW: ‘The Removed’ Walks A Path Between Memory And Mourning

The roads taken by the family in The Removed, Brandon Hobson’s new novel, are essential ones in this moment of national reclaiming. The story in this book is deeply resonant and profound, and not only because of its exquisite lyricism. It’s also a hard and visceral entrance into our own reckoning as a society and civic culture with losses we created, injustices we allowed, and family separations we ignored. Continue Reading BOOK REVIEW: ‘The Removed’ Walks A Path Between Memory And Mourning

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Christopher Plummer, Star Of Stage, Screen, ‘Sound Of Music,’ Dies At 91

In 2012, when he was already well into his 80s, Christopher Plummer told NPR that he was busier than he had been in a long time – and that was OK with him. “You never stop learning how to act, both on screen and on the stage,” he said. “I feel like I’m starting all over again. Every sort of decade I feel this, and that’s very satisfying.” Continue Reading Christopher Plummer, Star Of Stage, Screen, ‘Sound Of Music,’ Dies At 91

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