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Ferguson On My Mind

by Miriam Axel-Lute September 11, 2014

  Outside my house, two young African-American boys, maybe 9 or 10, scoot by on skateboards. One is carrying something on a leaf and stops to show me a giant slug. We chat about it a ...

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Making Reparations

by Miriam Axel-Lute June 5, 2014

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  I bought my house with the help of a downpayment from my parents. My parents got help to buy their house from my father’s parents. At the time when my father’s parents bought their house, ...

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Terribly True

by John Rodat November 6, 2013

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  First, the easy stuff: Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave is very powerfully and efficiently written, tremendously well cast and acted and deliberately and surely directed. In short, it’s an excellent movie, which is not ...

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Shout, Sister, Shout

by Shawn Stone April 24, 2013

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  It turns out that it wasn’t just Bob Hope and Ann-Margret putting on shows for the American troops in Southeast Asia in the 1960s. The Sapphires tells the story of four young Australian aboriginal women ...

Memphis

by The Staff April 11, 2012

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Loosely based on the story of real-life DJ Dewey “Daddy-O” Phillips, Memphis, the hit musical coming to Proctors this week, brings to life the story of a young white man who becomes a popular radio personality ...

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They Fight

by John Brodeur January 26, 2012

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The story of the Tuskegee Airmen is one of the great narratives of World War II. Trained near the end of the war, they were the first African-American pilots in a still-segregated military. The sole ...

Feel-Good Pabulum

by Laura Leon August 18, 2011

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I know I’ve written this before, but when my sister Pamela and I first watched Gone With the Wind when it debuted on network TV in the late 70s, we had a major falling out ...