It’s already become a standard joke that the first month or so of this year has surely been one of the longest decades any of us have lived through. But the alerts on our phones, the decorations in the stores, and the unflappable, implacable calendar remind us that 2020 is really just getting started. And maybe, just maybe, that will turn out to be a good thing IRL (vote early and often, Reader). I can say with confidence that there...Read more
In 1954, Maya Angelou performed in a production of George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess that toured through Italy. This United States-sponsored initiative brought African American performance to European stages in an effort to combat Soviet propaganda about American racism. As Melanie Masterton Sherazi shows in her contribution to this cluster, Angelou’s own memoirs of the trip recall not only the staged productions on the tour, but also...
Oct 15, 2019