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Justin Hopkins sings during a tribute show for Booker Wright, who worked in a whites-only restaurant in the Mississippi Delta. Brandall Atkinson/Courtesy of Southern Foodways Alliance hide caption

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A Musical Tribute For A Waiter Who Spoke Out Against Racism

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Documentary Recalls The Talented, Difficult Life Of Bing Crosby

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Chad Coleman, left and Sonequa Martin-Green star as Tyreese and Sasha on AMC's The Walking Dead. Frank Ockenfels /AMC hide caption

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Diversity On 'The Walking Dead' Wasn't Always Handled Well

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Mae West is said to have worn these super platform shoes both on screen and off. Brian Sanderson/Courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston hide caption

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Gold-Plated Gowns And 8-inch Pumps: The Stuff That Made Starlets Shimmer

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"To utilize the chorus as the internal parts of characters ... is still fairly startling," says Stephen Sondheim. "The unsophistication of the writing, unfortunately, does it in." Rodgers & Hammerstein: An Imagem Company hide caption

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Reviving 'Allegro': Even Rodgers And Hammerstein Had Flops

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For Alan Cumming, Life Is (Once Again) A Cabaret

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"Singing for me is sweet relief. It is the only time when I feel fluent." - Megan Washington Jean-Jacques Halans/TED hide caption

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How Does Singing Help Achieve Stillness?

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Mike Nichols, seen here in 2013, died Wednesday at 83. Dario Cantatore/AP hide caption

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Mike Nichols: Remembering The Ellipses After The Story Ends

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Mike Nichols was an ultimate Hollywood insider who won every major show business award directing for stage, film and TV. But his life in America began as an immigrant from Germany. Nichols was honored with an AFI Life Achievement Award in June 2010. Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI hide caption

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Renowned Theater And Film Director Mike Nichols Dies

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Hema Ramaswamy prepares backstage for her performance. She studied with Chitra Venkateswaran (right) for 4 1/2 years in preparation for this recital. Preston Merchant hide caption

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How Hema Ramaswamy Found Healing Through Traditional Indian Dance

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"I think that we think that language is something neutral and not at all political" — Jamila Lyiscott courtesy of TED hide caption

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What Does It Mean To Be 'Articulate'?

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"This is my art. I strive for authenticity, even if it comes in a shape that we might not usually expect" — Hetain Patel James Duncan Davidson/TED hide caption

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How Can First Impressions Mislead Us?

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"Stand-up comedy is really like therapy ... by finding the funny in it, it helps you cope" — Maz Jobrani James Duncan Davidson/TED hide caption

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Can Comedy Break Stereotypes?

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"I think all this tidiness isn't doing us any good. It just spills out anyway" — Sarah Jones James Duncan Davidson/TED hide caption

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What's The Line Between Stereotyping, Celebrating Culture?

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