February

U.S. denies visas to Grammy winners

Ibrahim Ferrer, with the CD “Buenos Hermanos,” and Manuel Galbán and Ry Cooder, with “Mambo Sinuendo,” have both won 2004 Grammys in the Traditional Tropical Music and Instrumental Pop categories, respectively.

U.S. artists defend British whistleblower

An array of high-profile Americans – including Rev. Jesse Jackson, feminist Gloria Steinem, Daniel Ellsberg, and artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Danny Glover and Martin Sheen – released a joint statement Jan. 29 in support of Katharine Gun, a British whistleblower. Gun faces two years in prison in England for alerting the public about U.S. spying on United Nations diplomats aimed at securing U.N. approval for war against Iraq. An excerpt of the statement follows:

Academy celebrates Carmen Jones at 50

NEW YORK – The 1954 Academy Award-nominated musical “Carmen Jones” will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a screening here on March 1.

Red Scare didnt dampen their creativity Red Scare didnt dampen their creativity

Book Review Hide in Plain Sight: The Hollywood Blacklistees in Film and Television, 1950–2002 By Paul Buhle and David Wagner Palgrave Macmillan, 2003 Hardcover, 320 pp., $27.95