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06 March 2018

Will the #MeToo/Time’s Up movement have a lasting effect on Hollywood? Too soon to say, obviously, but it’s already had a profound effect in the short term. In the weeks and months leading up to the March 4 Academy Awards ceremony,...

Front book cover with green at top and a yellow body of water below with a drawing of people in a small rowboat. the word Reading with Patrick A teacher, a student, and a life changing friendship
19 February 2018

I loved school from the minute I set foot in kindergarten. Blessed with two older sisters who brought home their schoolwork and parents who read, I was an apt and eager pupil when my older sister, Marva, taught me to read when I was...

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04 February 2018

Surely one of the most shocking murders of the modern day freedom movement was that of Emmett Till in Money, Mississippi, on August 28, 1955. The fourteen-year-old Chicago native was engaging in a time-honored tradition in the black,...

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29 January 2018

It’s been nearly nine years since Shadowbox Live time-traveled to the 1960s with Back to the Garden. The music-filled re-creation of the Woodstock Festival was such a success that the troupe has restaged it multiple times in multiple...

On the left a black man facing right in a white shirt and tie looking at a woman his hands in front of him with fingers clasped like he's praying and the white woman with long brown hair to the left is looking up at him with arms folded wearing a pick shirt. They are standing in front of a window looking over a nighttime city scene
03 January 2018

Like the title character Jessica Chastain portrayed in last year’s Miss Sloane, the woman she plays in Molly’s Game is driven by fierce ambition and copious amounts of pharmaceuticals. Though the current film is a...

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06 December 2017

Theater troupes and filmmakers persist in telling and retelling A Christmas Carol year after year. And why not? Charles Dickens’s ghostly morality tale makes a moving case for redemption and generosity, the respective hallmarks...

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