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The Mardi Gras Indian Of 'Lemonade'

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 12:10pm

In "Lemonade," Beyoncé's much-discussed visual album, a girl resplendent in white plumage appears. It's a nod to the pop star's New Orleans roots and loaded with the region's racial history.

Beyonce's 'Lemonade' Turns A Somali-Brit Poet Into A Global Star

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 10:20am

Queen Bey reads some of Warsan Shire's writings about love and loss. The young poet also tells stories about refugees and immigrants from Africa, where she was born.

'Plain Houses' Is A Spellbinding Story Of Witchcraft And Disobedience

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 6:00am

Julia Franks' debut novel is set in Depression-era North Carolina, where young farm wife Irenie is sneaking off to the woods for moments away from her husband — who's convinced his wife is a witch.

VIDEO: Chocolate Bars With A Political Bite

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 1:35pm

It's often said that Washington, D.C., is a town obsessed with politics. Apparently, that obsession extends to its chocolatiers. We visit a factory making politically inspired chocolate bars.

Tom Hanks Says Self-Doubt Is 'A High-Wire Act That We All Walk'

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 12:19pm

"No matter what we've done there comes a point where you think, 'How did I get here?' " Hanks says. He plays an American businessman working in the middle of the Saudi Arabian desert in his new film.

Kelly Ripa Comes Back To 'Live'

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 10:30am

Kelly Ripa returned to Live With Michael And Kelly Tuesday morning following a tumultuous week in the wake of the announcement of Michael Strahan's departure.

'Sleeping Giants' Kicks Off A New Series In Style

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 6:00am

Sylvain Neuvel's debut begins with a young girl who falls into a hole in the ground and is found soon after, sitting on a 20-foot-long mechanical hand. And that's just the (finger) tip of the iceberg.

Meryl Streep's First Acting Gig: Becoming Pretty And Popular In High School

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 4:03am

In a new biography called Her Again, author Michael Schulman says that at 14, Streep decided to reinvent herself — and before she was an Oscar-winner, she was homecoming queen.

Before Diving Into The Raging Flood Of New Beyoncé Thinkpieces, Read This

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 12:52pm

Beyoncé did a thing over the weekend, which means there are a million thinkpieces on the Internet today — on blackness and feminism and celebrity — for you to wade through. But start here.

'Alter Egos' Dissects Hillary Clinton's Tenure As Obama's Secretary Of State

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 12:31pm

Mark Landler of The New York Times discusses Clinton and Obama's contrasting views on America's role in the world. Clinton, Landler says, was often the hawk, more willing to intervene with force.

'Wake Up You!' Explores The Transitional, Post-War Rock 'N' Roll Of Nigeria

Sun, 04/24/2016 - 4:25pm

In the 1970s, a crop of young rock bands with "a new sense of fury and fuzz" arose in the aftermath of the country's civil war, says historian Uchenna Ikonne.

In The Lines Of Ocean Vuong, Echoes Of His Family's Past In Vietnam

Sun, 04/24/2016 - 4:25pm

Award-winning poet Ocean Vuong spoke about his new book Night Sky with Exit Wounds, which weaves growing up in America with his family's memories of a war-torn Vietnam.

In Honor Of #NationalPoetryMonth: Your Favorite Poems About Food And Farming

Sun, 04/24/2016 - 1:13pm

Gastronomy and poetry are a natural pairing. After all, both provide necessary nourishment. We asked you to share your favorite selections about farming and food and gathered them up here.

The Gospel According To Wendell Berry, On Screen

Sun, 04/24/2016 - 7:19am

America's foremost farmer-philosopher, Wendell Berry, is the subject of a new documentary. It celebrates the writer's work, and the rural community in Kentucky in which he's rooted.

Lorene Scafaria Pays Tribute To Mother In 'The Meddler'

Sun, 04/24/2016 - 7:19am

Lorene Scafaria's new film is a valentine to her mother, and mothers everywhere. Rachel Martin talks to Scafaria about the film, which follows a widow remaking her life after the death of her husband.

When It Comes To Prom Dresses, Teen Blogger Knows What's In Style

Sun, 04/24/2016 - 6:33am

It's prom season! And that means dresses — lots of dresses. Justina Sharp has been blogging about fashion since she was 13 years old, and she tells NPR's Rachel Martin what's trending this year.

Why 'Will From Warwickshire' Never Lost His Touch

Sun, 04/24/2016 - 6:00am

William Shakespeare may have died 400 years ago, but he'll always be there when we need him. The Bard is still a personal friend to actors and casual readers alike, uncannily able to understand us.

Mother-Son Tag Team Design A Line Of Clothes For Kids With Disabilities

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 4:01pm

Tommy Hilfiger recently added a clothing line for kids with disabilities. Fashion designer Mindy Scheier and son Oliver talk about Scheier's nonprofit Runway of Dreams and how the concept came about.

After Two Intense Dramas, Lupita Nyong'o Says She's Ready For A Change

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 2:00pm

The actor is now starring on Broadway in Eclipsed, a searing story of young women held captive in Liberia. After that and 12 Years a Slave, Nyong'o says she's ready for some lighter material.

Worldwide Celebrations On The 400th Anniversary Of Shakespeare's Death

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 11:10am

People are celebrating the Bard's life and enduring legacy around the world. Here's a look at how they're doing it, and how you can get engaged.

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