Opening Day

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For me, the start of a new sports season is about hope. Each season brings with it a fresh start, a time when the disappointment of bottom of the ninth inning losses haven’t… Continue reading

In Pretreatment

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I remember when a guy I was dating thought a night on his bed watching the HBO show, In Treatment was a romantic gesture. After the episode, we watched “The Notebook” and though… Continue reading

Are We What We Tweet?

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Twitter provides a platform upon which opinions feel safe. We are shielded by a screen, and we Tweet things we might normally not say out loud. I set up my own Twitter account… Continue reading

Transforming Grief into Art: An Interview with Artist Katie Ruiz

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RAW:Natural Born Artists features Katie Ruiz of Paloma Art. She sat down with Delen Arts to talk identity, emotion, and the creative process. Ruiz’s work will show at Public Assembly February 21 and 22.… Continue reading

A Woman’s Guide to Man Up

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Echoing the reality of coming of age in America, Man Up addresses aspects of race and racism, of skin color, of sexuality, of masculinity, of femininity, and of love. Carlos Andrés Gómez uses… Continue reading

The Piano Sublime, August Wilson’s Play Extended Again

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August Wilson’s “The Piano Lesson” is playing at SignatureTheatre until January 20. Boy Willie embodies the idiom to wear the heart on the sleeves. He is a heart brimming with a dream that… Continue reading

A Moment of Silence

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This past weekend, Jovan Belcher, a starting linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs, shot and killed his girlfriend and mother of his child, Kasandra Perkins. He then drove down to the Chiefs stadium… Continue reading

Notes on “Teaching the N-Word”

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Eight years ago, Delen Arts, was an idea, unformed and undiscovered, and Emily Bernard, a Black professor,  was teaching an all-White class at the University of Vermont. Seven years ago, The American Scholar,… Continue reading

Seeing through Colorblindness

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“Teaching the N-Word” montages memory. Emily Bernard carefully assembles personal history across time, place, and people. She describes the ways in which we uphold and subvert our constructions of race, traversing an emotional… Continue reading

N-Word 2.0

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Maria’s recent post about Emily Bernard’s essay, “Teaching the N-word” is richly haunting like reading a slave narrative or a bill of sale for a Negro wench or YouTube comments about President Obama’s… Continue reading