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Ta-Nehisi Coates’s 2015 memoir/essay/correspondence to his son Between the World and Me exerted a huge influence over how discussions of race are now framed in the United States. He helped elucidate for a mass audience a vocabulary centered around understanding people as bodies, and particularly the reflexive violence that institutions bring against Black bodies. In 2018, the Apollo Theater adapted the book as a stage show. It expresses Coates’s words through a multitude of actors, turning a singular perspective into a chorus of voices.
The Apollo’s executive director, Kamilah Forbes, has now adapted the show as a special for HBO. In the transition from page to stage to screen, Coates’s thoughts undergo yet another evolution, with the chorus no dispersed throughout time and space, featuring not just the actors but also relevant historical footage spliced in. The cast has an all-star roster that includes Angela Davis, Oprah Winfrey, Mahershala Ali, Courtney B. Vance, Joe Morton, Angela Bassett, and many more. In the years since the book’s initial publication, a rising tide of protest for Black lives and rights has made Coates’s ideas even more pressing, and this special seeks to convey that urgency.
Between the World and Me premieres on HBO November 21 and will then be available to stream via HBO MAX.
The University of Virginia researchers wrote that the data “provides compelling evidence that these symbols are associated with hate.”
We are waiting for spectacle and when the quotidian, yet incongruous actions occur I wonder whether there is any real payoff coming.
Hear from Holly Jean Buck, Carolina Caycedo and David de Rozas, Simon Denny, Elizabeth Hoover, Renee Kemp-Rotan, Joseph Kunkel, and more at this free public event.
Tanega’s approach to mark-making comes across as stream of consciousness, as if she’s engaged in a conversation with herself.
Starting Monday, readers can borrow one of 50 rare and out-of-print titles, mailed to them completely free of charge, from Saint Heron Library.
EFA Open Studios offers a portal into the creative habitats of over 65 artists working in Manhattan’s longest-running studio program, including Dannielle Tegeder, Wafaa Bilal, Cui Fei, and Anina Major.
This is Yuskavage’s great gift, turning upside down our settled ways of thinking and seeing and, with ease, transforming the vulgar and ridiculous into the sublime.
51 international publishers and galleries showcase their latest editions in prints and artists’ books at this free public fair, which is fully online this year.
While hardly about the pandemic, or any of the other crises so afflicting us, all are invoked in this exhibition, which is also often tender and profoundly soulful.
These glowing, dynamic artworks reproduce something of Bosch’s chaotic energy, but on an immersive, multi-sensory scale.
This week, addressing a transphobic comedy special on Netflix, the story behind KKK hoods, cultural identity fraud, an anti-Semitic take on modern art, and more.