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Stokely Carmichael, shown here in 1967, helped popularize the term "Black Power!" in 1966. AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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How Stokely Carmichael and the Black Panthers changed the civil rights movement

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Random House

Salman Rushdie's 'Victory City' is a triumph, independent of the Chautauqua attack

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Penguin Random House

A showbiz striver gets one more moment in the spotlight in 'Up With the Sun'

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A repurposed school bus from Control Group Productions' climate change-focused immersive theater experience, The End. Katie Weisberger/Control Group Productions hide caption

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Theater never recovered from COVID — and now change is no longer a choice

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Beyoncé accepts best dance/electronic music album for RENAISSANCE during the 65th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles Sunday. The prize gave her 32 Grammys, the most of any artist in the awards' history. Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for The Recording Academy hide caption

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Beyoncé, accepting the Best R&B Performance award during the 63rd annual Grammy Awards held in Los Angeles in March 2021. Kevin Winter/Getty Images hide caption

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The Economics of the Grammys, Explained

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The Wife of Bath from The Ellesmere Manuscript, one of the earliest manuscripts of Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. The Huntington Library hide caption

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The Huntington Library

A Wife of Bath 'biography' brings a modern woman out of the Middle Ages

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Ill-informed TV correspondent Philomena Cunk (Diane Morgan) travels around the world in Cunk on Earth. Andrea Gambadoro/Netflix hide caption

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Clunky title aside, 'Cunk on Earth' is a mockumentary with cult classic potential

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Iryna Zhalovska and other dancers with The United Ukrainian Ballet train at The Kennedy Center. The company is performing Giselle there this week. Keren Carrión/NPR hide caption

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60 dancers who fled the war now take the stage — as The United Ukrainian Ballet

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Rémi (Gustav De Waele) and Léo (Eden Dambrine) are childhood friends who begin to pull apart from each other in the Belgian film Close. Lukas Dhont/Kris Dewitte Menuet hide caption

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If you had a particularly 'Close' childhood friendship, this film will resonate

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Knopf Books for Young Readers

'Hot Dog' wins Caldecott, Newbery is awarded to 'Freewater'

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Lesley Manville stars in Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris. Dávid Lukács/Ada Films/Focus Features hide caption

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Walter Arlen in Chicago, pictured circa 1942. Walter Arlen hide caption

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Walter Arlen

Forensic musicologists race to rescue works lost after the Holocaust

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