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‘Notes of a Native Song’: Writer James Baldwin’s Work Resonates in the Time of Trump


Musical artist Stew’s ode to the literary icon is particularly welcome now, when Baldwin’s words have taken on fresh significance.

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In ‘Accidental Courtesy,’ a Black Musician Strikes Up Conversations to Confront White Supremacy


A new documentary follows pianist Daryl Davis as the simple act of engaging in conversation with an adversary takes on transformative potential. Though he claims more than two dozen converts, Davis’ methods have stirred up their share of controversy.

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Writer and Actress Lynn Ferguson on the Art—and Power—of Storytelling


The sister of comedian Craig Ferguson is a versatile performer, whether she’s doing stand-up, improv or a “Moth Radio Hour” story. She also teaches others how to tell stories and master their craft.

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With His New Film, Greg Palast Races to Save the 2016 Election Before It’s Stolen (Video)


For the investigative journalist, the 2000 election was only the beginning, not exactly serving as a safeguard to ensure that similar trouble—and more—won’t happen again. Far from it.

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An American Formerly Imprisoned in Iran Finds a Way to Break Out of ‘The Box’


After experiencing the horror of solitary confinement for over a year, Sarah Shourd now is using storytelling and the theater to heal herself and others.

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John Leguizamo Makes ‘Latino History’


The kinetic performer thought he’d sworn off solo stage shows, but a glaring failure of the American educational system has spurred him to create a hilarious new show to teach audiences the history we have been missing.

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Sherman Alexie on Writing ‘Thunder Boy Jr.’ for Brown Kids and Growing Into His Own Name


In his latest work, an illustrated children’s book, the acclaimed writer tackles new territory, drawing from his relationship to his name, his father and his tribal roots.

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‘Operation Popcorn’ Explores How U.S. Vietnam War Policy Shaped Allies’ Identities


The film follows a bizarre series of events that ultimately results in 10 Hmong leaders and a retired U.S. Army officer facing conspiracy charges.

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Anna Deavere Smith Gives a Crash Course in the School-to-Prison Pipeline


Her solo show examines how favoring incarceration over education puts marginalized minors at risk. 

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Finally, a Teen Comedy About Asian Kids With an Asian Cast


Director Benson Lee, a Korean-American, was inspired by the ’80s teen angst movies of the late John Hughes. But you won’t find any of the stereotypical Asian characters that tended to turn up in Hughes’ movies—that is, when Asians appeared at all.

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