Arts & Entertainment


Today in history: 'Wizard of Oz' songwriter & socialist Yip Harburg is born

"I am a rebel by birth," Yip said, "I contest anything that is unjust, that causes suffering in humanity."


Today in women’s history: Queen Latifah’s birthday

Dana Elaine Owens was born on this March 18, 1970, in Newark, New Jersey.


Today in women’s history: Musical theater diva Julia Migenes is born

Julia Migenes, the American mezzo-soprano working primarily in musical theater repertoire, was born on this date.


NYU exhibit highlights Communist role in American music

A new exhibit highlights the CPUSA's role in the renaissance of folk music and U.S. popular music in general during the 30s and beyond.


Today in African American history: Happy birthday, Fats Domino!

World-renowned performer Antoine "Fats" Domino was born on this date in New Orleans in 1928. 


“This Land is Your Land”: 75 years and the fight’s still on

"I have decided long ago that my songs and ballads would not get the hugs and kisses of the capitalistic experts." - Woody Guthrie


Lead Belly discography released

Did he really sing his way out of Southern prisons twice? Did he really travel and sing with the legendary Blind Lemon Jefferson?


Today in African American history: A double birthday

Sir Sidney Poitier, Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE), was born in Miami, Fla., on February 20, 1927, of Bahamian parentage.


Today in African American history: Dr. Dre turns 50

Dr. Dre, record producer and Grammy-winning rapper, born Andre Romelle Young in Compton, Calif., in 1965, turns 50 today.


“Billy Elliot”: Broadway musical meets proletarian drama

Combines a commercial, crowd-pleasing form of expression that also roots the characters and plot firmly in class conflict and consciousness.

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