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The Mannington Middle School Band

$40K Save the Music Foundation Grant Enhances Arts at School

MANNINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Next fall, the Mannington Middle School band will have brand-new instruments, thanks ...
U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona

Education Chief Says Music Can Rebuild Connections to School

Nashville, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona's household as a child was filled ...
Chinese American actor Anna May Wong

‘Momentous’: Asian Americans Laud Anna May Wong’s US Quarter

More than 60 years after Anna May Wong became the first Asian American woman to receive ...
Yurok tribal members lead a redwood canoe tour on the lower Klamath River

California, Tribal Leaders Announce New Tourism Initiative

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In a state with the second-most federally recognized Indigenous tribes in the ...
James Earl Jones

Broadway Theater Renamed in Honor of James Earl Jones

NEW YORK (AP) — The newly restored Cort Theatre on Broadway has been renamed after James ...
visitors stand outside the Touro Synagogue

Judge: Congregation at Oldest US Synagogue Can Stay, For Now

The Rhode Island congregants who worship at the nation's oldest synagogue won't be evicted, as a ...
Janie Pochel

As Inflation Soars, Access to Indigenous Foods Declines

CHICAGO (AP) — Blueberry bison tamales, harvest salad with mixed greens, creamy carrot and wild rice ...
A dog named Kaloua sits next to freshly caught salmon

Columbia River’s Salmon Are at the Core of Ancient Religion

ALONG THE COLUMBIA RIVER (AP) — James Kiona stands on a rocky ledge overlooking Lyle Falls ...
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Gaming Community Cooperates to Raise Money for Mental Health

The professional gaming industry isn't well known for philanthropy, but a streaming organization dedicated to improving ...
Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, one of the curators of the new Kapaemahu exhibit at Bishop Museum

Hawaii Museum Revisits History of Gender-Fluid Healers

HONOLULU (AP) — More than 500 years ago, Hawaiians placed four boulders on a Waikiki beach ...
Astrid Cardona kisses her mother Ufemia Tomas

A Migrant Survivor of the Trailer: ‘They Couldn’t Breathe’

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The advice of a friend to stay near the door of a ...
FILE - Author Jesmyn Ward attends the 68th National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner in New York on Nov. 15, 2017. The 2022 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction has gone to Jesmyn Ward, who at 45, is the youngest person to receive the library’s fiction award for her lifetime of work examining racism and social injustice. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Author Jesmyn Ward Wins Library of Congress Fiction Prize

The 2022 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction has gone to Jesmyn Ward, who at ...
Erica Mancini, an accordionist

A Viral Reprise: When COVID-19 Strikes Again and Again

For New York musician Erica Mancini, COVID-19 made repeat performances ...
Gigi Hadid walks the runway during the Marc Jacobs Fall 2022 presentation at the New York Public Library on Monday, June 27, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Jocelyn Noveck)

Marc Jacobs finds his Nietzsche at the NY Public Library

NEW YORK (AP) — It's not every designer who can pull off framing a fashion show ...
Participants cheer during the 51st Chicago Pride Parade in Chicago, Sunday, June 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Jon Durr)

Pride Parades March on With New Urgency Across US

NEW YORK (AP) — Pride parades kicked off in New York City and around the country ...
Mingo Beach, in Beverly, Mass

Efforts Spotlight Slave Who Inspired Beach Name, Local Tale

BEVERLY, Mass. (AP) — An enslaved Black man, the tall tale he inspired and the beach ...
A Toney Award

Prize-Winning Texas Drama Teacher to Get Special Tony Award

NEW YORK (AP) — The special Tony Award that honors educators will go to a drama ...
Jenny Leung, executive director of the Chinese Culture Center

Chinatowns More Vibrant After Pandemic, Anti-Asian Violence

The last week of April was a whirlwind for San Francisco's Chinatown ...
American sculptor Simone Leigh, right, and curator Eva Respini

US Artist Leigh Recasts Colonial Imagery at Venice Biennale

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Simone Leigh's sculptures are making a monumental impression at the Venice Biennale ...
actress Oprah Winfrey

Oprah, Smithsonian Channel to Explore Health Care Inequities

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oprah Winfrey and the Smithsonian Channel are partnering to highlight racial disparities ...
"Kitsugi Sisters," by Amanda Youngblood

Oak Trees Torn Down by Hurricane Reborn in Art Exhibition

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Shortly after Hurricane Sally wreaked havoc on Mobile's Bienville Square in September ...
The exterior of the Metropolitan Museum

Met Announces Mexican as 1st Female Architect for Wing

MEXICO CITY (AP) — New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art announced Monday that a Mexican architect ...
Cars drive by as media and attendees gather around the River Oaks Theater during a press conference announcing the small movie theater reopening in Houston on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022. (Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Historic Houston Theater’s Pandemic Rescue a Public Good

HOUSTON (AP) — After a historic Houston theater seemingly closed for good last year due to ...
Person reading books

Activism Grows Nationwide in Response to School Book Bans

NEW YORK (AP) — Until a year ago, Stephana Ferrell's political activism was limited to the ...
Colonial Williamsburg coachman

Museum Begins Honoring Black Coachmen From the Jim Crow Era

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Black men who drove horse-drawn carriages through the streets of Colonial ...
Stolen antiquities

Manhattan DA Returns Artifacts Worth $20 Million to Greece

NEW YORK (AP) — Dozens of looted antiquities seized from billionaire hedge fund founder Michael Steinhardt ...
Vince Ermita, from left, Alayna Martus, Sydney Elise Russell and Bonita J. Hamilton

Inside a Special Black History Month Rite at ‘The Lion King’

NEW YORK (AP) — During February, a special ritual takes place backstage at "The Lion King" ...
Howard University campus

Howard Gets $2M Grant to Digitize Black Newspaper Archive

Howard University has received a $2 million donation to digitize a major collection of Black newspaper ...
a scene from "Q-Force."

TV Study: LGBTQ Characters Rise in Number with Streaming

LOS ANGELES (AP) — LGBTQ representation on scripted TV series has grown along with the footprint ...
Bronze Age logs from the timber circle known as Seahenge

Stonehenge Through The Ages: Exhibit Brings Builders to Life

LONDON (AP) — For a monument that has been drawing crowds for thousands of years, Stonehenge ...
Camp Amache

Utah Senator Blocks Internment Camp Designation, Draws Ire

DENVER (AP) — On the eve of the 80th anniversary of the forced internment of 120,000 ...
Jacqueline Stewart

TCM’s Jacqueline Stewart Puts Black Film History in Focus

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Film scholar Jacqueline Stewart makes a rich contribution to TCM for Black ...
The back side of a statue depicting Chief Tomochichi

Muscogee Dismayed by Nearly Naked Statue of Georgia Ancestor

ATLANTA (AP) — There's a problem with putting someone on a pedestal: Exposed on all sides, ...
Autherine Lucy Foster, center, the first Black person to attend University of Alabama, discussing her return to campus following mob demonstrations in Birmingham, Ala

Alabama Building to Share Names of KKK Leader, Black Student

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A University of Alabama building named for a former governor who led ...
The executive director of the Madison County Library System, says Ridgeland, Miss., Mayor Gene McGee is withholding $110,000 from his city's library because LGBTQ genre books similar to these, photographed Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, in Ridgeland, are on the shelves of the city's library. The director of the county said the mayor had received citizen complaints about a handful of books that depicted members of the LGBTQ community. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi Mayor Withholds Library Funds Over LGBTQ Books

RIDGELAND, Miss. (AP) — The director of a Mississippi library system says a mayor is withholding ...
This cover image released by Pantheon shows "Maus" a graphic novel by Art Spiegelman. A Tennessee school district has voted to ban the Pulitzer Prize winning graphic novel about the Holocaust due to “inappropriate language” and an illustration of a nude woman. (Pantheon via AP)

Holocaust Novel ‘Maus’ Banned in Tennessee School District

ATHENS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee school district has voted to ban a Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic ...
Naseer Shamma

Iconic Musician Seeks to Rebuild Iraq Through Music

BAGHDAD (AP) — War kept him away from his beloved homeland for decades. Now, virtuoso oud ...
FILE - Cleveland Indians owner Paul Dolan speaks to the media as the new Indians logo is displayed, Friday, July 23, 2021, in Cleveland. The Cleveland Indians have resolved a lawsuit filed by a local roller derby team over rights to the name Guardians, the final hurdle for the Major League Baseball team to continue its changeover. The sides jointly announced an “amicable resolution” on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021, saying both organizations will continue to use Guardians.(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Indians Officially Changing Name to Guardians This Week

CLEVELAND (AP) — A new era of big-league baseball in Cleveland is about to start. The ...
FILE - Sesame Street's Big Bird participates in the ceremonial lighting of the Empire State Building in honor of Sesame Street's 50th anniversary on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, in New York. When Big Bird tweeted he had been vaccinated against COVID-19, conservative politicians immediately pushed back, including Ted Cruz who grilled Big Bird for what he called “government propaganda.” (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Big Bird Backlash: Vax Lands Even Muppet in Political Flap

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Smokey Bear taught kids the importance of preventing wildfires. McGruff the Crime ...
This image released by PBS shows elephants approaching a waterhole in Tsavo East National Park, Kenya in a scene from the documentary series "Nature." The PBS series is celebrating its 40th anniversary this season. (Waterhole Films Ltd/PBS via AP)

Drones, Viral Videos Help ‘Nature’ Thrive After 40 Years

NEW YORK (AP) — Forty years ago, the programmers at PBS were eager to experiment, so ...