Set in New York City in the 1970s, “If Beale Street Could Talk” is the film adaptation of a James Baldwin novel about Tish and Fonny, a devoted young couple almost torn apart by racism and wrongful imprisonment. Jeffrey Brown…
When it comes to movies, we tend to focus on actors and directors. But many other factors help determine whether a film resonates with audiences. In commercial and critical blockbuster “Black Panther,” for example, superhero suits recall actual African heritage.
By Jeffrey Brown
Wolitzer, author of "The Wife," says that in hearing a writing instructor tell the class to write what was important, she started to ask her 19-year-old self, "What’s important to me?"…
By Elizabeth Flock
Part comedy, part tragedy, the Oscar-nominated movie "Vice" is all raw politics. The film paints a portrait of former Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne. Jeffrey Brown sits down with director Adam McKay and star Amy Adams to…
By Jeffrey Brown
Erica Dawson, a professor and writer, said she was surprised while on book tour recently to be faced with the same question over and over again, about speaking for “the black experience.” Black poets "never went away. We don’t only…
Can more diverse nominees, Michelle Obama, and big wins for women help the Grammys bounce back from last year’s criticism? To answer those questions and more, the PBS NewsHour will host #NewsHourChats on Twitter at 3 p.m. ET Feb. 11.
By Jeffrey Brown, Frank Carlson
Country music singer and songwriter Kacey Musgraves is nominated for four awards at this weekend's 61st annual Grammy Awards. Just 30 years old, the Texas-born musician is enjoying her journey in the music industry -- and doing it on her…
By Dan Cooney
Musgraves, nominated for four Grammys, said her version of country music is inspired by its roots. But she also loves a huge range of other artists.
For poet Hala Alyan, year 29 was an "emotional border" comprised of necessary endings and new beginnings.
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