Emily Belz

Emily is a senior reporter for WORLD Magazine based in New York City. Follow Emily on Twitter @emlybelz.

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Due honors

Religious Liberty | Barry Black, the first African American chaplain of the U.S. Senate, receives an award for defending religious liberty
by Emily Belz
Posted 5/28/19, 04:50 pm

A New York moment:

Last week, Catholics, Mormons, Protestants, Native Americans in full ceremonial feather regalia, and others swished into the Pierre Hotel on Fifth Avenue for Becket Law’s annual gala. The party celebrates an individual who has defended religious liberty in the United States—this year, Becket’s Canterbury Medal went to U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry Black, who has been in his post for 16 years and opens each daily session of the Senate with prayer.

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DENIZEN PICTURES

Baptists on the big screen

Film | The Tribeca Film Festival’s top jury award winner focuses on a Baptist church
by Emily Belz
Posted 5/22/19, 05:08 pm

A New York moment:

I enjoy the Tribeca Film Festival because it gives more space to projects from film-world outsiders, unlike the New York Film Festival, which tends to showcase films from famous directors that already have theatrical distribution and Oscar prospects. Tribeca feels like a place where anything can happen, where you can find a documentary about a pastor in North Dakota or a feature film in Romanian

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Behind the curtain

Theater | For a musical, the path to Broadway is long and winding
by Emily Belz
Posted 5/14/19, 05:56 pm

A New York moment: 

How does a musical make it to Broadway or to off-Broadway theaters (100-499 seats) in New York? Answer: It goes through extensive workshopping. I got a peek at one step in that process when I recently saw a workshop performance of a new musical, Medusa

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