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Hidden Figures

“Hidden Figures” Is the Movie America Needs Right Now

When we meet our three heroines in Hidden Figures, their car is broken down on the side of the road yet they’re not stranded. Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer) is underneath the hood with a wrench. Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) tests the ignition. Mary Jackson (Janelle

moonlight movie

“Moonlight”: A Heartbreaking Meditation on Masculinity, Sexuality & Race

Sprinting through the backstreets of 1980s Miami, a young Chiron (Alex R. Hibbert) breaks into a condemned building in search of refuge from some bullies. A local drug dealer named Juan (Mahershala Ali) unexpectedly comes to his rescue. When Chiron refuses to speak, Juan eventually

31 Concept Albums You May Have Missed

As long as there have been records, there have been concept albums. As early as Frank Sinatra’s In the Wee Small Hours, with its songs about lost love, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass’ themed albums (Going Places, Whipped Cream and Other Delights), and Ella

The Wonder of Stevie

When I spent way too much time dating in the 90s, I came across a great quote that changed who and why I dated. American author and social activist bell hooks spoke of making love while listening to the genius that is Stevie Wonder. I

A Delicious “Cuppa” Southern Culture

So I stumbled across a Facebook post about Little Richard that linked to an amazing article about his storied career and current state (living in a hotel in Nashville?). But that article then led me further into its host site. Oxford American bills itself as