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Friday, January 14, 2022

Sidney Poitier: actor, activist, and trailblazing heartthrob by Karen Grigsby Bates

Tributes have cascaded in since Sidney Poitier died. And so they should have. He was an unparalleled actor, a committed activist, and a beloved family member. He was also, frankly, a heartth…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 04:42PM
Thursday, September 20, 2018

Remembering Dancer And Choreographer Arthur Mitchell by Karen Grigsby Bates

Arthur Mitchell was the founding director of the Dance Theater of Harlem, the country's first black ballet company. He died Wednesday at the age of 84.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 07:04AM
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Play Gives Woman At The Center Of Emmett Till's Murder Case A Voice by Karen Grigsby Bates

Two friends, one black, one white, produced a short play about Carolyn Bryant, the white woman who accused Emmett Till of whistling at her. Since his murder, racial tensions exist six decade…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 09:33AM
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

On Fashion Runways, Inclusion Is About More Than Color by Karen Grigsby Bates

It's a tricky thing, casting. Directors have a vision for their lines — but what if that vision doesn't include a more inclusive palette?

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 05:42PM
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

From Football To Opera: Singer Morris Robinson Takes Center Stage by Karen Grigsby Bates

Once Morris Robinson dreamed of fame on the football field. Now, he's moving audiences across the world with the power of his voice, and changing the face of opera.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 01:10PM

All that Chat

Sep 14, 2021: Chicago - Ambassador Theatre
Oct 17, 2021: Dana H. - Lyceum Theatre
Mar 28, 2022: Plaza Suite - Hudson Theatre
Apr 17, 2022: The Minutes - Studio 54
Apr 28, 2022: Macbeth - Lyceum Theatre