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Lorraine Hansberry

American Families in Crisis

George Heymont | Posted 09.03.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

While each of these dramas deals with weighty issues, it's no surprise to hear the audience frequently laughing during the performance. Is it because one man's tragedy is another man's comedy? Or because human beings, in their most fallible moments, are a constant source of wonder and entertainment?

Lesbians and Their Husbands

Rosamond S. King, Ph.D. | Posted 08.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Rosamond S. King, Ph.D.

Sexuality need not be the focus of the stories written about either Chirlane McCray or Lorraine Hansberry; their accomplishments took place outside of their bedrooms. But sexuality is part of who they are -- who we all are -- it's an important part of the story, and it matters how that story is told.

Lorraine Hansberry's Random List of Likes and Hates Is Everything You Need Today

Colorlines | Posted 03.21.2014 | Black Voices

I’m not sure what kind of day Lorraine Hansberry was having on April 1, 1960, but whatever was going on led her to come up with this lengthy list of...

On the "A" w/Souleo: Black Fashion Designers Need Help Too

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 04.22.2014 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

From black fashion designers to everyday people dealing with identity politics, the fight goes on.

Single Ladies' Dayna Lynne North: A TV Scribe to Watch

Xaque Gruber | Posted 02.03.2014 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

In an industry that has been difficult for women writers to establish themselves, let alone non-white writers, Dayna Lynne North has cemented a reputation as a significant voice in the growing ranks of terrific African-American TV writer/producers.

First Nighter: 'After Midnight' Is a Revue You Absolutely Mustn't Miss

David Finkle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Why go on about the spectacular After Midnight, other than to say that for pure entertainment it comes as near being worth every penny charged as anything does in this gold-plated ticket era of ours?

Issa Rae To Portray Nina Simone In New Biopic

Posted 06.05.2013 | Black Voices

Up-and-coming filmmaker and actress, Issa Rae has been tapped to portray Nina Simone in the forthcoming "unconventional biopic" on "A Raisin in the Su...

In Clybourne Park, President Obama Would Be an Impossibility

Carla Seaquist | Posted 08.27.2012 | Arts
Carla Seaquist

Imagine it again: Not just a few but a majority of those voting in 2008 were enlightened hearts and they made electoral history. But not one of them is onstage in Clybourne Park. How then is this play, as The New York Times' theatre critic claims, "ferociously smart"?

'Clybourne Park': The Old Neighborhood Returns

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 06.20.2012 | Home
Wilborn Hampton

Clybourne Park first appeared on America's literary map in 1959's A Raisin in the Sun. In his boisterous play Clybourne Park, Bruce Norris conducts a then-and-now tour of the old neighborhood that finds rabid racism still rages beneath a veneer of bonhomie.

Behind the Scenes at the Chicago Literary Awards

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 01.01.2012 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

It is wonderful to live in a city so rich of history, so rich of character, so rich of talent and art. But do we celebrate it enough?

Clybourne Park Explores Other Side of Raisin in the Sun

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein | Posted 12.31.2011 | Chicago
Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

Unfortunately, the work's power is diluted by the characters' generally unappealing nature -- I found myself drawn to perhaps two of the actors in each act -- and the stiff way in which they carried themselves.

Chicago Literary Hall of Fame's First Induction Ceremony Honors Our Greatest Writers

Donald G. Evans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Donald G. Evans

It was like any party, I guess, except this was a party for dead people. Six dead people. Six dead writers.

Books That Sell

Laurence Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Laurence Hughes

Twitter was all atwitter about a recent Wall Street Journal opinion piece which argued that the increasingly difficult economics of the publishing business will soon lead to advertising in ebooks.

`Clybourne Park' Examines Race And Real Estate

AP | MICHAEL KUCHWARA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

NEW YORK — Race and real estate. No shortage of opinions about either one. Intertwine the two and you get "Clybourne Park," Bruce Norris' remar...