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“White people in North America live in a social environment that protects and insulates them from race-based stress. This insulated environment of racial protection builds white expectations for racial comfort while at the same time lowering the ability to tolerate racial stress, leading to what I refer to as White Fragility. White Fragility is a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves.” -Robin DiAngelo, White Fragility Remember…

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Poet-performer Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s love of soccer is a heritage story. As a child of Haitian immigrants, the blissful freedom of the soccer field represented the race toward the American dream. Using spoken word and fútbol-inspired choreography, /peh-LO-tah/ (MAY 1-5)travels from the pickup games in rural Haiti to the World Cup stadiums of Rio de Janeiro and Johannesburg, all while combating the discrepancies of a game that promises freedom yet suffers from racial inequities. While…

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Keith Hamilton Cobb’s American Moor (APR 10-21) is filled with references to current events and figures beyond Shakespeare’s most classic works. Cobb tackles timely issues facing our nation today highlighting the plights of African American men in traditional literature, as well as in the current political and social climate of the United States. Here is a reference guide to check out before seeing American Moor to help you fully appreciate the performance. Walter Lee Younger…

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On March 26, 2019, the creative community will come together for Creativity Connects: MASSCreative Arts Advocacy Day to show our state political leaders that arts and creativity should be an expected, recognized, and valued part of everyday life. The day will begin at the Emerson Paramount Center, with ArtsEmerson’s Executive Director, David C. Howse, moderating a panel of arts advocates, including Emerson College President Lee Pelton, Executive Director of MASSCreative Matt Wilson, Executive Director of Mass Cultural…

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An Inspector Calls (NOW-MAR 24) has traveled the world since it was revived in the early 1990s. Multiple tours and several theaters later, touring the An Inspector Calls set still remains an incredible feat of engineering and technical design. We had the opportunity to interview Iain Gillie, the current producer of An Inspector Calls, who has been with the production for over 20 years in several roles. Check out the video below and be sure…

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