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Arts & Culture
11:52 am
Sat October 25, 2014

TLC's 'Honey Boo Boo' Cancellation Shows Dangers Of Exploitative TV

June "Mama June" Shannon jokes with daughter Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson, star of TLC's unscripted series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.
John Bazemore AP

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 11:17 am

It's easy to slip into gloating mode, now that cable channel TLC has finally canceled a show so many of us critics have hated for so long: Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.

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The State of Things
11:45 am
Tue August 12, 2014

New Museum Exhibit On LGBTQ Perspectives On Equality

The Levine Museum of the New South is hosting a historic exhibit on the LGBTQ community of Charlotte.
QNotes

The Levine Museum of the New South recently unveiled a historic exhibit that spotlights the LGBTQ community of Charlotte. 

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The State of Things
12:30 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

A Dance For A Warrior

Gregory Maqoma in Exit/Exist
Credit John Hogg

South African choreographer Gregory Maqoma grew up hearing the story of his ancestor, a 19th century Xhosa warrior. The man is remembered for his long fight to preserve cultural traditions and resist colonial rule. In the dance piece, "Exit/Exist," Maqoma explores the connections between his past and present while live musicians sing in the Xhosa language.

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The State of Things
9:43 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Setting Up Shop In Historic Places

2014 Piedmont Laureate Carrie Knowles
Credit Carrie Knowles

  

Carrie Knowles, the 2014 Piedmont Laureate, is tasked with encouraging North Carolina residents to come together to celebrate the art of writing. 

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Arts & Culture
5:03 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

'My Father Told Me I Was Crazy As Hell' - Potter Sid Luck Wins NC Heritage Award

Pottery by Sid Luck
Credit Sid Luck

There's a potter in North Carolina who can trace his roots by the generations of family members who've spun clay.

Sid Luck's great-great-grandfather, William Henry Luck, began turning pots in Seagrove just after the Civil War. This week, five generations later, Sid Luck was awarded a North Carolina Heritage Award from the NC Arts Council for his work as a potter.

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Arts & Culture
9:54 am
Wed April 30, 2014

The Poets Of North Carolina: A Healer, A Student, A Teacher, A Transplant

Jacinta White, poet, and coordinator of The Word Project.
Credit PoetryHeals.com

For National Poetry Month, we talked with four different North Carolina poets about their work and their relationship with the art form.

Name: Jacinta White

Location: Kernersville, NC

Organization: The Word Project, using poetry workshops to help with personal and community healing.

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The State of Things
11:49 am
Wed April 23, 2014

A New Take On The Diary Of Anne Frank

Josh Martin as Peter van Daan and Samantha Rahn as Anne Frank
Burning Coal Theatre

While Anne Frank’s story is familiar to many, the production currently on stage at Raleigh’s Burning Coal Theatre is a bit different. 

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The State of Things
12:19 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Meet Michele Tracy Berger

Michele Tracy Berger

  

When Michele Tracy Berger was a young girl, her mother gave her a gift: a walk-in closet. Looking back, she thinks of this space as her first portal to creativity. Creativity served as a survival tool for her during a difficult childhood involving abuse and poverty. Today, she's a creativity coach and professor of women's studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

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Arts & Culture
11:57 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Why Did It Take 7 Years For SNL To Hire A Black, Female Cast Member?

Sasheer Zamata, newest cast member of SNL
Credit NBC

  

The recent decision by Saturday Night Live to hire an African American woman underscores the lack of diversity on the show and in the wider media landscape.

In fact, Sasheer Zamata will be only the fourth African American woman to ever be a cast member on the show. She will be the first since Maya Rudolph left in 2007. Zamata makes her debut January 18.

Why do minorities still get short shrift in the entertainment industry?

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The State of Things
11:38 am
Mon June 17, 2013

What Is The Relationship Between Art And Advertising?

Image of George W. Bush from the series Culture of Corruption.
David Alsobrooks

When Nike used the Beatle’s song “Revolution” in an ad campaign, the Beatles sued. Their lawyer released a statement: “The Beatles’ position is that they don’t sing jingles to peddle sneakers, beer, pantyhose or anything else.” 

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