Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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Truck bomb takes massive toll in Somalia

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 12/28/19, 12:28 pm

A truck laden with explosives detonated at a busy checkpoint in Mogadishu on Saturday, killing dozens of people. The number of reported deaths stood at 78 in the aftermath of the attack, but officials expected it to rise as more than 100 people sought treatment for injuries. Many of those killed were students returning to class after the holiday break. Witnesses described bodies and body parts strewn through the street alongside the burned-out frames of vehicles.

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Year in Review: Making a statement

Arts | Entertainers used their platforms for political, religious, and social messages
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 12/27/19, 12:25 pm

The personal lives and beliefs of artists and athletes took center stage in 2019. In the social media era, celebrities risk falling into irrelevance if they don’t stand for something off-camera. Most of the time, they are parroting predictably liberal stances on politics, marriage, and sexuality, but some celebs broke from the pack this year, risking their A-list status in the process. Here’s a look at the biggest entertainment headlines of the past 12 months.

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Toxic tradition

Arts | Lessons from Russia’s blackface ballet
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 12/20/19, 03:49 pm

Russian director Vladimir Urin scoffed last week at one ballerina’s public criticism of a tradition his famed Bolshoi Ballet has kept up for more than 100 years. “The ballet La Bayadere has been performed thousands of times in this production in Russia and abroad, and the Bolshoi Theatre will not get involved in such a discussion,” Urin told Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency.

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