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EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Director Courtney Laine Self on Presenting Mae West’s 1927 Broadway Hit ‘SEX’

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Mae West wrote 'SEX' in the mid-1920s, just after the peak of first-wave feminism hit with the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920. First-wave feminism was about suffrage and other basic political inequalities. 'SEX' more directly challenges gender roles and expectations and illustrates the hypocrisy and tragic consequences of societal gender inequities. So, West was more in line with second-wave feminism – which didn’t happen until the 1960s! Read More »

Halloween and the Lost Art of Divination

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Though it’s still very summery in much of the country, with the opening of a number of haunted attractions, costumes and candy overflowing shelves in stores, and spooky programming easing onto screens big and small, the Halloween season is upon us. Amidst the noisy, colorful pop cultural extravaganza that is contemporary Halloween in America, an element central to the extended history of Halloween — all the way back to the pre-Christian Celtic celebration of Samhain — has virtually been lost: the art of divination. Read More »

Friendship Between Tennessee QB and Six-Year-Old Cancer Survivor Inspires Entire State

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And at the heart of that community is the story of a little boy and his best friend. AJ Cucksey has all the adoration a kid has for an older brother who does amazing things. Josh Dobbs is a role model for AJ: an aeronautic engineering major with an outstanding scholastic record, a famous quarterback for a storied program, and a young man with a history of doing all he can for people in his community. Read More »