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Da'Vine Joy Randolph is up for an Oscar for her role as Mary Lamb in The Holdovers. Conrad Khalil/Focus Features hide caption

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Fatima Robinson has been a choreographer for over 30 years - and she's seen a lot of changes in how we dance. Andrew Macpherson hide caption

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Author and cultural critic bell hooks poses for a portrait on December 16, 1996 in New York City, New York. Karjean Levine/Getty Images hide caption

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Benny Safdie, Nathan Fielder and Emma Stone star in Showtime's The Curse. Richard Foreman Jr./Beth Garrabrant/A24/Paramount+ with SHOWTIME hide caption

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Anna Deavere Smith takes on the words of real Americans - and emulates them on stage. Maury Phillips/Getty Images for The Broad Stage/Photo courtesy of Anna Deavere Smith hide caption

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Ross Gay on inciting joy while dining with sorrow

Looking for joy? Then it might be worth exploring your sorrow. In his collection of essays, Inciting Joy, poet Ross Gay considers the breadth of joy, arguing that it can be found – and even strengthened – in life's hardest moments. After all, those are the times when we rely on one another. Brittany Luse sits down with the poet to discuss the complexity of joy and creating meaning in life.

Ross Gay on inciting joy while dining with sorrow

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The IBAMmys: The It's Been A Minute 2023 Culture Awards Show

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