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Talking about—and praying for—Jussie Smollett

Culture | Finding a Biblical anchor in a stormy sea of outrage
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 2/22/19, 04:57 pm

First liberals said the racist, anti-gay attack on Empire actor Jussie Smollett, which turned out to be a hoax, proved that hatred and cruelty fuels supporters of President Donald Trump. When police revealed that Smollett, who is African-American and openly homosexual, planned the attack himself to get publicity, conservatives hit back, accusing liberals of groupthink and hysteria in their rush to believe the worst about Trump supporters.

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Fran Kaufman

A Lutheran and a jazz composer

Arts | Revisiting Martin Niemöller’s poem ‘First They Came’ at a New York jazz concert
Posted 2/19/19, 03:46 pm

A New York moment: 

I went to the Jazz Standard, a New York jazz club, to see Mingus Big Band, a band that plays mostly Charlie Mingus compositions. Mingus’ widow (his fourth wife) manages the band, and several members of the band played with Mingus back in the day. Mingus is one of my favorite jazz composers. Sometimes I get so caught up in my everyday scramble that I forget I live in a city where people who played with Charlie Mingus perform jazz on a weekly basis. 

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New or recent releases

by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 2/14/19, 03:33 pm


Mumford & Sons

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