Mandalit del Barco As an arts correspondent based at NPR West, Mandalit del Barco reports and produces stories about film, television, music, visual arts, dance and other topics.

For decades, Kodak's Shirley cards, like this one, featured only white models. Kodak hide caption

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How Kodak's Shirley Cards Set Photography's Skin-Tone Standard

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Phil Stanton (from left), Chris Wink and Matt Goldman are the founders of the theatrical performance troupe Blue Man Group. Jemal Countess/Getty Images hide caption

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Sacred, Sad And Salacious: With Many Meanings, What Is True Blue?

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Manolo (voiced by Diego Luna, left) meets Carmen Sanchez (voiced by Ana de la Reguera) in the Land of the Remembered. 20th Century Fox & Reel FX hide caption

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Animated 'Book Of Life' Celebrates Día De Los Muertos

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Hollywood, Broadway Icon Lauren Bacall Dies At 89

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Lauren Bacall in 1946. Keystone/Getty Images hide caption

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Hear Mandalit Del Barco's Remembrance Of Bacall

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Biker Ron Hamberg says he's read Dickens, Twain and Gandhi's autobiography, but as for books about motorcycles, "I just ride 'em, I don't read about 'em." Solvejg Wastvedt hide caption

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Vroom, Vroom, Hmmmm: Motorcycles As Literary Metaphor

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Amazon Relents: Begins Selling Rowling's 'Silkworm'

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Settlement Brings An Early End To Apple's Price-Fixing Case

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Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee at the 1989 Cannes Festival for the showing of Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing. Courtesy of David Lee/All Rights Reserved hide caption

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Ruby Dee: An Actress Who Marched On Washington And Onto The Screen

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'Lego Movie' Caught In Amazon's Battle With Warner Home Video

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'Nerdfighters' Mobilize For Film Premiere, Armed With Favorite Lines

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In Hollywood, 50 Is The New 80: What Happens When 'It Girls' Get Old

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Authors Angered Over Amazon's Dispute With Publisher Hachette

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The 85 musicians in the Santa Cecilia Orchestra are paid professionals who play with other symphonies and in Hollywood studios. Courtesy of the Santa Cecilia Orchestra hide caption

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How Do You Get Latino Kids Into Classical Music? Bring The Parents

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Calif. Gov. Brown Urged To Expand Tax Credits For Movie Industry

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