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Christopher Smith

Amazing Grace: A Few Notes Short of a Sweet Song

Danny Groner | Posted 07.17.2016 | New York
Danny Groner

It's hard to imagine a play focused on slavery putting slavery second, but that's what Amazing Grace does in favor of telling the redemption story about the man who penned the famous hymn. John Newton is a compelling character in his own right, but his undoing in this show comes from too much focus on the love story between him and his beloved Mary.

Despite Honest Attempts at Universality, "Amazing Grace" Falls Short

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 07.17.2016 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

As the curtain closes, Amazing Grace gets a standing ovation, with shouts and tears to boot. Maybe, I missed something. Maybe, I don't understand. It's okay that I don't like it because someone else did. But for me, it is not enough. It's too trapped in "history" to acknowledge the history that resides inside us.

Aisle View: Fall from Grace

Steven Suskin | Posted 07.16.2016 | Arts
Steven Suskin

The authors and producers seem to be very much in earnest in this anti-slavery, pro-faith tale of the mid-18th century. They provide something of a history lesson, based on the life, adventures and religious conversion of slave trader John Newton (1725-1807).

Matt Ferner

Couple Build (Very) Tiny Home, Seek A New American Dream | Matt Ferner | Posted 11.22.2013 | HuffPost Home

The size of the average American home has more than doubled since the 1950s, but just how big does a home need to be? A Boulder, Colo., couple dec...

160 Million Missing Females: PRENDA and Misogyny

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics
Soraya Chemaly

Because of gender bias and sex discrimination, there are an estimated 160,000,000 girls and women missing from the planet today. This isn't man-bashing or "victim feminism." It's just a documented statement of fact. By virtually any measure, this is dystopian.

WATCH: Could You Live In Only 125 Square Feet?

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 10.09.2013 | Denver

Could you live in only 125 square feet? That's exactly what a Boulder, Colo. couple are doing now that they have completed building their brand new, t...

GOP Dials Back the Clock on Progress for Women

Sen. Richard Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Richard Blumenthal

It is troubling to see lawmakers who champion limited government in every other circumstance become the champions of government overreach when it comes to a woman's choice over her medical options.