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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.
| 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
| September 02, 2011
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
| 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
| 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.
| April 01, 2011
Our 9th President
Hoopleville goes over President William Henry Harrison's brief stint in office.
| 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.
| 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?
| May 21, 2010
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
| 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
| July 03, 2009
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