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Four-time National Poetry Slam champion Taylor Mali connects stage and page.

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Sam White head shot

Courtesy of Sam White

Sam White loves Shakespeare and loves her hometown Detroit. So she emptied her bank account and started a site-specific professional theater company, Shakespeare in Detroit. It’s amazing.

Actor Tonya Beckman: a core member of the Taffety Punk Theater Company
and a Riot Grrrl in good standing.  Classical theater with a difference.

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Deborah Bond headshot with a butterfly mask covering half of her face.

Photo by Christopher Barclay

Dual Lives:
Deborah Bond sings like a dream, has three cds and tours internationally.
But she still needs a day job to pay the bills.

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Tayari Jones head shot.

Photo courtesy of Algonquin Press

Tayari Jones: an author who loves the process of writing.

Historian Raymond Arsenault reflects on the significance of Marian Anderson

Raymond Arsenault's book The Sound of Freedom examines the 30 minute concert that helped move a nation forward.

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Sam Pollard headshot

Sam Pollard © LaMont Hamilton Photographic Imaging

Filmmaker Sam Pollard talks about his new documentary August Wilson: The Ground on which I Stand.

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Thomas W. Jones II

Thomas W. Jones II.  Courtesy of Metro Stage

Writer, director, and actor

Makes sense of the world through theater.

A storyteller in cloth

Carolyn Mazloomi shines a powerful light on the African American community through narrative quilts.

Creating art from found objects, including car parts

Auto Mechanic Harold Kyle plays with movement, balance, and shadows in his sculpture.

Holistic Urban Planner, Member of the National Council on the Arts

Maria Rosario Jackson talks about urban planning with art at its heart.

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Dr. Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw and John Vick standing side by side facing the camera

Dr. Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw and John Vick, curators of Represent: 200 Years of African American Art at the PMA

With a new exhibit and catalogue-- both titled REPRESENT, the Philadelphia Museum of Art puts its extensive collection of African American art on view

Organizing curator John Vick and consulting curator/editor Dr. Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw tell us about its rich history.

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Dinaw Mengestu head shot.

Photo credit: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Dinaw Mengestu moves between Uganda and the American Midwest in his recent novel All Our Names

In All Our Names, Dinaw Mengestu explores unlikely love in the midst of conflict.

After 29 years, Barry Bergey is moving on…

Barry Bergey shares some memories about a lifetime immersed in folk and traditional arts.

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