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Today in history: radical Dada artist Man Ray is born

ARTnews magazine named Man Ray one of the 25 most influential artists of the 20th century.

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Racism as a pigment of your imagination: “Citizen: An American Lyric”

The cutting-edge new play, with its ripped-from-the-headlines topicality, is, sadly, already in need of updating.

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"Who is Gil Scott-Heron?" is tribute to late poet-musician

A new film is being screened in select cities this summer that focuses on the life of the late poet-musician, Gil Scott-Heron.

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Today in history: Fidel turns 89, poem by Che

"If iron stands in our way, we ask for a sheet of Cuban tears to cover our guerrillas bones on the journey to American history . . . "

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“The End of American Labor Unions” examines roots of anti-unionism

"The End Of American Labor Unions" is a good little book, packed with insight and analysis. 

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Today in history: Uncle Ruthie Buell born 85 years ago, still performing

Tomorrow, Aug. 8, marks the 85th birthday of an extraordinary performing artist who is still very much among us and active.

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Today in history: Jazz artist Ramsey Lewis premieres new concerto at 80

Ramsey Lewis, iconic leader in the contemporary jazz movement for 60 years, was born on May 27, 1935.

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Today in history: Actor-activist Martin Sheen celebrates his 75th birthday

Martin Sheen has stated, "While acting is what I do for a living, activism is what I do to stay alive."

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Today in history: Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling turns 50

She's best known as the author of Harry Potter, which has achieved worldwide reknown, won multiple awards, and sold more than 400 million copies.

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More than a review: The importance of "Jimmie Higgins" work underlined

"He was not one of the speakers, of course - he would have been terrified at the idea of making a speech; but he was one of those whose labor made the speaking possible."

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