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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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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Christianity Today calls for Trump’s removal

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 12/20/19, 12:24 pm

President Donald Trump on Friday said the editors of Christianity Today would “rather have a Radical Left nonbeliever, who wants to take your religion & your guns, than Donald Trump as your President.” In an editorial published online Thursday, editor in chief Mark Galli, who is set to retire on Jan.

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