Elizabeth Blair

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Jill Murphy, Author Of 'The Worst Witch' And 'Five Minutes Peace,' Has Died At 72

Friday, August 20, 2021

Children's book author and illustrator Jill Murphy created The Worst Witch and The Large Family series, among many others. She was known for capturing a range of human emotions in her whimsical tales.

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Lawsuit Alleges Sexual Abuse By Bob Dylan

Monday, August 16, 2021

Bob Dylan is accused of drugging and sexually abusing a minor in 1965, according to a complaint filed in Manhattan Supreme Court on Friday. A Dylan spokesperson denies the claims.

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Aretha Franklin's Multitudes Come To Life In Director Liesl Tommy's 'Respect'

Friday, August 13, 2021

South-African born director Liesl Tommy says all of her art is political. That includes her new movie Respect starring Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin, focusing on the women in the singer's life.

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'The Lorax' Warned Us 50 Years Ago, But We Didn't Listen

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Call it fate or an unfortunate coincidence that Dr. Seuss' eco-parable marks its 50th anniversary just as the United Nations releases a report on the dire consequences of human-induced climate change.

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So Much For 'Hot Vax Summer.' Delta Puts A Damper On Festivals And Concerts

Friday, August 06, 2021

As summer festivals and massive concerts returned this month amid the promise of "hot vax summer," the surge in the delta variant has disrupted plans for carefree live music.

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The Music Industry Is Holding DaBaby Accountable

Wednesday, August 04, 2021

After making homophobic comments during a performance, rapper DaBaby has been widely criticized and dropped from multiple festivals. The fallout could mark a cultural shift in the music business.

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Chappelle Fans Flock To D.C. Live Events As New Mask Mandate Is Announced

Monday, August 02, 2021

Dave Chappelle drew sold-out crowds to his live, indoor appearances in Washington, D.C. — 3,500 attended his show at the concert venue The Anthem and more than 2,000 came to the Kennedy Center.

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Director Richard Donner, A Pioneer In The Action-Adventure Genre, Has Died

Monday, July 05, 2021

Donner directed 1978's Superman — which is in the National Film Registry — as well as The Goonies and the Lethal Weapon franchise. He was 91.

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Bill Cosby Urges Howard University To Support Phylicia Rashad's Freedom Of Speech

Monday, July 05, 2021

The comedian defended Rashad's freedom of speech after the actress came under criticism for defending Cosby after his sexual assault conviction was overturned.

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Arts Venues Find Ways To Celebrate Joy And Process Grief As Vaccination Numbers Rise

Saturday, July 03, 2021

As vaccination rates increase, this summer promises many more options for live entertainment than last and arts organizations are trying to figure out what audiences want for their "hot vax summer."

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Bill Cosby's Release Could Have A Silencing Effect On Victims, Advocates Say

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Visceral reactions to the news that Bill Cosby has been released from prison include shock from victims' advocates and #MeToo activists to support from his friend and TV co-star Phylicia Rashad.

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Record Label Chief, Theater Director Among Biden's National Council On The Arts Picks

Thursday, June 24, 2021

John Prine's widow, Fiona Whelan Prine, and the executive producer of the Apollo Theater, Kamilah Forbes, are among the nominees to the group that advises on National Endowment for the Arts projects.

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New Grants Are Available For Arts Groups Sidelined During The Pandemic

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

The American Rescue Plan set aside $135 million for arts and culture, nearly doubling the amount that was available in President Trump's CARES Act, and makes more groups eligible for funding.

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What's Ahead For The Group That Approves U.S. Arts Projects, From Monuments To Coins

Thursday, June 17, 2021

The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts meets today to review designs for all kinds of American cultural symbols. It's the first such meeting for four new commissioners recently appointed by President Biden.

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This Year's Kennedy Center Honorees Have A 'Jolly Romp' At The White House

Friday, June 04, 2021

President Biden has resumed the tradition of inviting Kennedy Center honorees to the White House. In a year of "profound loss and pain," Biden says, "the artist's vision is as important as ever."

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Kennedy Center Honors Will Air On CBS, With Pandemic Changes

Friday, June 04, 2021

The Kennedy Center Honors broadcast airs on CBS on June 6th. Recipients include Debbie Allen and Dick Van Dyke. It was a very different event this year.

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Biden Just Purged 4 On The Arts Panel That Advises Congress On Public Architecture

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

On Tuesday afternoon, President Biden announced four new appointees to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, replacing four commissioners appointed by former President Donald Trump.

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Muscle Shoals Drummer Roger Hawkins Dies At 75

Friday, May 21, 2021

Roger Hawkins, drummer and cofounder of Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, has died. He played on albums for everyone from Aretha Franklin to Wilson Pickett.

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Remembering Marvin Gaye's Iconic 'What's Going On'

Friday, May 21, 2021

Marvin Gaye released his landmark album What's Going On 50 years ago today. We hear from artists and activists who were deeply inspired by the album's music and its messages.

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The Man Known As The 'Godfather Of Modern Black Comedy' Has Died

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Paul Mooney spent decades behind the scenes writing for such shows as Saturday Night Live, In Living Color and, along with his friend Richard Pryor, Sanford and Son starring Redd Foxx. He was 79.

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