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Dana Canedy Is First Black Person To Head Major Publishing Imprint

NPR

Simon & Schuster has named Dana Canedy executive vice president and publisher of its namesake imprint. She is the first Black person and the third woman to hold that position.

Privilege Takes Many Forms In 'Friends And Strangers'

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J. Courtney Sullivan's new novel examines the relationship between a mother and her child's caregiver — both women with significant degrees of privilege, despite their surface economic differences.

Padma Lakshmi, Model, Actor And TV Host, Says Above All, She's A Writer

Fresh Air

The Top Chef host started out as a model/actress, never intending to have a career in food. But she loved to cook and to write down recipes. Her new show, Taste the Nation, explores immigrant cooking.

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D. L. Hughley: 'Everybody Knows' Independence Day Didn't Free Us All

In his new book, Surrender, White People!, Hughley suggests we consider whether our national holidays speak to the entire nation — along with other bitingly funny ideas for addressing injustice.

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Pitch-Perfect 'Mexican Gothic' Ratchets Up The Dread

Silvia Moreno-Garcia's latest is true Gothic horror; set in 1950s Mexico in a creepy, isolated house where a young bride believes her new husband is poisoning her, and that ghosts walk through walls.

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The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences Invites More Women, Minorities

Of the 819 artists and executives invited to join this year, the Academy says 45 percent are women and 36 percent are from underrepresented ethnic and racial communities.

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Oregon's Historic Theaters Get Financial Boost For Preservation

For a handful of historic Oregon theater venues, recent financial help from the state will support some needed improvements while their doors are closed.

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Government Arts Boost 'Does Not Come Close To Meeting The Demand,' Says NEA Head

Nearly a thousand arts organizations across the country are receiving funds from the CARES Act. But the National Endowment for the Arts says the $44 million in grants it announced today is not enough.

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'Do Right By Us': Black 'Survivor' Alums Say The Reality Was Harmful Stereotypes

Alums of the unscripted CBS hit say the show routinely stereotypes Black contestants. They state its production is hampered by systemic racism that makes it tougher for Black participants to succeed.

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So Much For 'Please Touch,' After COVID-19, Kids' Museums Will Be Less Hands-On

With their emphasis on interactive exhibits, children's museums must balance safety and survival in their decisions to reopen. Several have permanently closed since the onset of the pandemic.

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Rudolfo Anaya, A Founding Father Of Chicano Literature, Dies At 82

Anaya's 1972 classic Bless Me, Ultima — about a young Mexican American boy and his curandera mentor in New Mexico in the 1940s — inspired a generation of Chicano writers.

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Carl Reiner, Actor, Director, Writer, Producer And Mensch, Dies At 98

Reiner belonged to a generation of Jewish comics who helped define 20th century American comedy. He created the Dick Van Dyke Show and collaborated often with his longtime friend, Mel Brooks.

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'Hamilton' Comes Home, Just In Time For The Fourth Of July

The very good movie version of Hamilton, filmed with the original cast at the height of the show's popularity, will perk up faithful cast album fans — and new viewers, too.