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Author Keith Boykin probes persistent questions of race
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Author Keith Boykin probes persistent questions of race
Keith Boykin wasn’t planning on writing a book in 2022 when the idea for “Why Does Everything Have to Be about Race?” took hold.
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Speakeasy Stage Company opens Boston premiere of 'Fairview' Feb. 17
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Arts & Culture
Speakeasy Stage Company opens Boston premiere of 'Fairview' Feb. 17
On Feb. 17, Speakeasy Stage opens the Boston premiere of “Fairview,” a probing comedy by playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury. Running through March 11, the show uses unexpected twists to investigate both the theater experience and its larger societal reflection.
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Cartoonist, ‘Woke’ creator Keith Knight returns to Salem State
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Local News
Cartoonist, ‘Woke’ creator Keith Knight returns to Salem State
Cartoonist and Malden native Keith Knight, whose semi-autobiographical series, “Woke,” is airing its second season on Hulu, has been tapped to deliver the graduation address at his alma mater, Salem State University.
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Opinion
More than a slap, a teaching moment
“I am a Black man in Hollywood — in order to sustain my position, I can’t get caught slipping, not even once.” Will Smith wrote this in his candid memoir. They were perceptive, spot-on words.
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Claudia Rankine: Seeking real dialogue on racism and whiteness
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Arts & Culture
Claudia Rankine: Seeking real dialogue on racism and whiteness
Author Claudia Rankine recently took part in a virtual conversation hosted by Harvard Bookstore in Cambridge. Joining her in the online event was Kierstan Carter, a doctoral student in African and African American Studies at Harvard.
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In conversation with Ibram X. Kendi
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Arts & Culture
In conversation with Ibram X. Kendi
Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, eminent scholar and youthful intellectual, brimming with ideas and a willingness to apply academic rigor to urgent matters of community, has arrived in Boston to become the founding director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. The Banner spoke with Dr. Kendi in early July about racism and the arts.
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Parking tickets, accessibility vetted at City Council meeting
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Local News
Parking tickets, accessibility vetted at City Council meeting
At the Feb. 26 City Council meeting, Councilor Julia Mejia proposed a hearing order regarding cutting parking ticket costs for low-income families. She issued a hearing order to discuss possibilities for the tickets to be income-adjusted.
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Get out the black vote
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Black History
Get out the black vote
New restrictions on voting such as the closing down of polling places, purges of voter data rolls, restrictions on voting days and language access all amount to a valid attempt to take away the right to vote for minorities and people of color.
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When it’s dangerous to be yourself
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Black History
When it’s dangerous to be yourself
Afrocentric hairstyles such as natural crowns, elaborate braids, twists and locs are beautiful, but natural hair wearers are often met with discrimination in the workplace and at school.
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Why Black History Month is still important
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Black History
Why Black History Month is still important
Black History Month began as a “Negro History Week” in 1926. Scholar and historian Carter G. Woodson chose the second week in February, as it contained the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, to bring awareness to African Americans’ role in shaping U.S. history. President Gerald Ford decreed Black History Month a national observance in 1976.
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There goes the neighborhood
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Local News
There goes the neighborhood
The boundaries of Boston’s neighborhoods have long shifted in response to changes in the racial, ethnic and religious makeup of the city’s residents.
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Opinion
Wealth gap could cost economy $1.5 trillion
New research analyzes the strong connection between disproportionate wealth and financial services and products that are either shared with or denied to consumers of color.
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