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President Obama Jokes That Morgan Freeman Is Always Playing Black Presidents

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 09.22.2016 | Politics

President Barack Obama isn’t pleased that Morgan Freeman frequently plays presidents in his movies. The Oscar-winning actor was among this year’s ...

Mel Brooks, Morgan Freeman To Receive Arts Medal From Obama

Reuters | Andrew Hart | Posted 09.14.2016 | Politics

President Barack Obama will recognize the comedic talents of Mel Brooks, the Motown sound of Berry Gordy and the iconic voice of Morgan Freeman on Sep...

After 17 Years of Devotion, Ella Baff Exits Jacob's Pillow

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 08.20.2016 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

But while Baff's physical imprint on the property has been huge, it's her realized vision of Jacob's Pillow as a breeding ground for art that has made the largest impact on dance.

Virginia Gentlewomen

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 06.06.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

The daughter of a free white man and an enslaved black woman, she sued for her freedom. Through petition, her case was sent to the Virginia General Assembly and she was freed in 1656.

Happy Birthday, Al Pacino!

Posted 04.25.2012 | Fifty

Oscar winning actor/director Al Pacino is 72! Pacino has had an extensive acting and directing career, spanning from the late 1960s. He is perhaps ...

National Medal Awards at the White House

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 05.01.2012 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

Every visit to the White House is special, but there is something very exciting about witnessing this event. Perhaps it is because I am a painter and I understand the years of work that went into what they have achieved and I can rejoice with them in their successes.

Two Latinos Are Awarded With National Humanities Medals

Posted 02.16.2012 | Latino Voices

In a ceremony held on Monday at the White House, President Barack Obama awarded the National Humanities Medal to nine honorees. Among them were two La...

Forbes: The 10 Most Powerful Women Authors

Forbes | Posted 08.08.2011 | Books

The women selected for this list are powerful because of their ability to influence us through their words and ideas....

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival Receives National Medal of Arts

Debra Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Debra Levine

On a high after her White House visit, Ella Baff, executive and artistic director of Jacob's Pillow, told us how President Obama visited her in the Green Room prior to the ceremony.