December 13, 2010 Ballet's history is not just about choreography and technique — it's also a history of nationalization, the changing ways we view the body, shifting gender norms and class struggles. Historian Jennifer Homans chronicles the art form in a new cultural history, Apollo's Angels.
November 4, 2010 Director Tyler Perry's new film, For Colored Girls, is an adaptation of a 1977 Broadway play and tells stories of abuse and empowerment. Host Michel Martin speaks with actress Kimberly Elise about her role as Crystal and criticism that the film unfairly demonizes black men.
October 21, 2010 NPR producer Veronica Miller says it's been a great week for girls of color. Two videos — one with a muppet, the other by a budding child star — are circulating the web and helping young girls celebrate their beauty and individuality.
September 8, 2010 After years of being called vaporware and a Shakespearean development story, Duke Nukem Forever is finally being released.
July 19, 2010 When he returned from active duty in Fallujah, Iraq, Marine Sgt. Roman Baca choreographed the ballet Homecoming inspired by letters from loved ones to Americans serving in Iraq. Baca says he felt that focusing on the wives and girlfriends and mothers "would in turn highlight the soldier, but tell the story from a very human view."
December 13, 2009 Unless the South African Ballet Theatre finds sponsors for its budget, it will have to close down in the next three months. That would also mean ending its youth outreach programs that take ballet into five black townships and give young dancers a start.