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The X Files: Elizabeth Acevedo and the Poetry of Young Identity

On February 1, poet Elizabeth Acevedo was performing in the midtown office of Catholic magazine America. She had hopped straight on a bus from her home in Washington, D.C., to make the 7 p.m. event, which was filled to capacity. Acevedo, … Continue reading

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In “Black Panther,” American Dreams and American Nightmares Clash

Marvel’s lavish, Africa-set superhero adventure opens on the streets of Oakland in 1992. Black Bay Area youth shoot basketballs into makeshift scrap-hoops. Above them, N’Jobu (Sterling K. Brown) code-switches between American and African inflection as Wakandan royalty comes knocking to … Continue reading

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When Sonny Rollins Rose in the West

The image is indelible. Sonny Rollins — not yet 30 years old and at the top of the jazz world in 1959 — walks away from the music industry to think, to be alone, and to hone his already fine … Continue reading

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Metrograph Celebrates the Inventive Truth-Telling of St. Clair Bourne

This long President’s Day weekend, Metrograph commemorates what would have been the 75th birthday of the Harlem-born documentary filmmaker St. Clair Bourne (1943–2007) with a must-see four-day program. Highlighting crucial pieces from across the auteur’s career, the series also includes … Continue reading

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