A lesson for every year of the decade

At the start of this decade I was 19 going on 20. Now, I am a newly minted 30. The sprinting growth and leaps of faith that being 20-something require make life joyful and terrifying. In my 20s, I spent most of my time figuring out my career and building a healthy mental and spiritual foundation. It has been an…

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A report from the American Theatre Critics Association 2019 convening in NYC

Last weekend, the American Theatre Critics Association hosted its fall convening at MCC Theatre in midtown Manhattan. The days were packed with panel discussions and vigorous discussions about the state of theater criticism and the urgent need to diversify the field. The group is still very much divided on these issues as many veteran theater critics in the field see…

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My favorite theater quotes about freedom

Nowadays celebrating freedom can seem trite since so many people are taking other people's away. On this 4th of July in America, there are children in cages at the southern border, a war with Iran is brewing, our veterans are homeless, and families dread Thanksgiving because of who they voted for. Still, our default setting as humans is freedom and…

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Reflections of a “Well-Read Black Girl”
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Reflections of a “Well-Read Black Girl”

I recently started listening to Glory Edim's anthology Well-Read Black Girl on Audible. The book derives its title from Edim's book club, which spawned into an organization with national chapters and a festival that takes place in Brooklyn annually. For the book, she asked renowned, black women authors in all genres of literature to write essays based on the question:…

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