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Arts Mar 166 books that remember women’s oft-forgotten WWI contributions
This year marks 100 years since the end of World War I, the first time women were directly involved in the war effort. A detailed estimate of women’s total efforts is hard to come by, but these books shed light…
Arts Mar 09‘A Wrinkle in Time’ director Ava DuVernay picks 3 must-see movies by black directors
“A Wrinkle In Time,” the highly anticipated film adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved novel, opens today under Ava DuVernay’s stewardship. We asked the director for her recommendations on must-see films by black filmmakers.
Arts Mar 05At Oscars 2018, #MeToo dominates conversation — and ‘The Shape of Water’ wins best picture
'The Shape of Water' won best picture, and Frances McDormand won best actress in a supporting role. See the full list here.
Arts Feb 22David Grann reflects on the painstaking research that sparked his true-crime book
In researching “Killers of the Flower Moon." author David Grann says he found the most telling information in boxes of unorganized archives.
Arts Feb 1613-year-old founder of #1000blackgirlbooks shares some of her favorite reads
Marley Dias, a 13-year-old girl who has collected more than 11,000 books that showcase black female lead characters, can now add her own book to her list.
Nation Jan 305 important stories you may have missed
These days, it’s hard to stop news from Washington, D.C., from flooding your news feed. We take a moment every week to bring you important stories beyond the White House and the Capitol. Here’s what we’re reading now.
Arts Jan 26‘Grease’ is 40 this year. Here are 6 more pop musicals to watch
It’s been 40 years since Sandy told Danny that he “better shape up” in the 1978 movie “Grease,” based on the Tony award-winning Broadway show. Theater critic Ben Brantley recommends six musicals that followed in its wake.
Arts Jan 19‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ has been inspiring other movies for 50 years. Here are 6 to watch
Director Stanley Kubrick’s landmark space saga, “2001: A Space Odyssey,” turns 50 this year, remaining remarkably relevant and influential even 17 years after surpassing its titular year. Here are six movies Kubrick helped influence.
Arts Jan 17Jesmyn Ward on the moment in ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing’ that changes her character forever
Author Jesmyn Ward isolates a pivotal moment from her novel, and explains the writing choices she made.
Arts Jan 126 books to read with your kids that celebrate differences and diversity
Children’s books can offer vital visibility and representation, as well as teach us to see experiences beyond our own.