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Lyric Stage navigates Big River

Compared to the mighty Mississippi, Big River is just a Tony-winning tributary. But to borrow a lyric from its composer, Roger Miller, the show climbs on the river's back and rides.
Finn tuning
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 16, 2011

Indentured servitude and other keys to the Rhode Island recovery

Despite the continual awarding of tax breaks to various upper-income types, we Rhode Islanders are told our business climate is still near bottom. So I make these seven modest suggestions for addressing the problem.
Dollars and Sense
By BARRY SCHILLER  |  September 02, 2011
the help short take

Review: The Help

As it turns out, according to Tate Taylor's adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's bestseller, the Jim Crow era was not due to centuries of institutionalized racism, but to Hilly Holbrook (Bryce Dallas Howard) and her hang-up about "colored" servants going to
Steel Magnolias  version of the civil rights movement
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 12, 2011

NAACP, others bristle after GOP Senator censors anti-private-prison testimony

What is it with some Republicans and racial issues, anyway?
Words ‘slavery,’ ‘racism’ banned
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  April 30, 2011

Rewriting the history of capitalism

Brown University president Ruth Simmons has made it hard to ignore the school's ties to slavery — and by extension, the ties of well-known Providence families.
By MARION DAVIS  |  April 01, 2011

Our 9th President

Hoopleville goes over President William Henry Harrison's brief stint in office.
By DAVID KISH  |  February 18, 2011

Cowardly new world

I know that the ancient Mayan calendar indicated the world may end in 2012, but I doubt it. Instead, let me illustrate how bad it might get, starting in that year.
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  May 28, 2010

Freedom Watch: Speak no evil

It wasn’t the first time members of the Congressional Black Caucus had heard – and done nothing about – Sudan’s dirty secret. Even before a recent House international-relations subcommittee hearing on human-rights violations in Sudan, they knew that kid
Why are African-American leaders silent about slavery in Sudan?
By TIM SANDLER  |  May 21, 2010

Deep cuts

The beauty of Kara Walker's silhouettes lies in their concurrent brutality and daintiness, and in her unabashed exploration cutting to the meat of the black-and-white binary in American contemporary culture.
Kara Walker's emotional film at Bowdoin College Museum of Art
By ANNIE LARMON  |  November 27, 2009

Moving Off the Plantation?

Rhode Island, whatever its obsession with history, has only lately begun to come to terms with the darkest stain on its past: slavery.
Rhode Island's identity crisis
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  July 03, 2009