Empress of the stage

Empress of the stage

Reminding her audience that she could put on and take off roles as she chose, Bessie Smith sidestepped an old type, making room for the new.
How Toni Morrison changed fiction

How Toni Morrison changed fiction

It is by her literary invocations of an unlovely past and troubling anticipations of the present that Morrison’s narratives can make even the harshest tale bearable and perhaps just a little more knowable.
Protect our human rights, not gun rights

Protect our human rights, not gun rights

Missouri voters have shown they care about their human rights, and that they want the Legislature to adopt the kind of reasonable gun control measures the state had throughout most of its history. The Legislature must do so before a tragedy in this state becomes just another grisly episode on the nightly news.
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