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MacArthur Fellow Courtney Bryan’s Musical Resilience

Composer Courtney Bryan could be considered a musical architect, highly gifted in crafting intricate, introspective, and oftentimes politically charged compositions that immerse you into her sonically compelling world.

The New Orleans native is one of this year’s MacArthur fellows. The MacArthur Fellows Program awards exceptionally talented individuals to continue their creative, intellectual, or professional endeavors that contribute to the benefit of human society.read more.

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Marilyn Bergman/Barbra Streisand: Melding Hearts, Minds & Voices

Today, January 8, 2022 – on the second anniversary of her death at age 93 – we remember songwriter Marilyn Bergman.

Marilyn (almost always in collaboration with her husband Alan) is responsible for some of the greatest song lyrics in film history. Throughout their long career, Alan & Marilyn also collaborated with powerhouse composers such as Marvin Hamlisch and Michel Legrand, and, most significantly, with songstress Barbra Streisand.read more.

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The Historical Connection Between Jane Addams & Kristin Lems

Today is Jane Addams Day in Illinois! In celebration, we’re taking look at the career of the fabulous musician, Kristin Lems, whose life and work is inextricably linked with Jane’s. 

Kristin Lems is a singer-songwriter, feminist, author,  and educator. Born in Evanston (Illinois), Kristin studied music from a young age, performing in choruses and orchestras.read more.

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Living at the Precipice: Sydney Sprague’s New Album

I knew I would love Sydney Sprague’s new album somebody in hell loves you before it came out, and I was right. 

Do you ever feel that way about records? You just know it’s going to be good? You just know it’s going to be exactly what you need, at the time when you need it? That’s exactly how I felt in anticipation of this album, and when it was finally out in the world, I certainly wasn’t disappointed. read more.

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Olivia Colman’s Activism Sweetens Her Acting Success

Today, on the fifth anniversary of the U.S. release of The Favourite, FF2 celebrates the incredible talent of actress Olivia Colman. The Favourite, a drama by director Yorgos Lanthimos, sees Olivia as the timid yet dramatic Queen Anne of England. Olivia’s acting intensity and comedic timing, both traits which have defined her career, gleam in the strange and wonderful queer epic.read more.

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‘Ladies First’ Chronicles 50 Years of Women in Hip Hop

Fifty years ago, hip hop was born amidst a raging summer in the Bronx (NY). This cultural phenomenon has sky-rocketed into a billion-dollar industry, changing the fabric of music, film, fashion, politics, and even sports. In commemoration of hip hop’s 50th birthday, Netflix released Ladies First: A Story of Women in Hip Hop.read more.

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