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At Folklife, Troupe Celebrates African Heritage With Pulse-Pounding Beats

An all-girl group called the Taratibu Youth Association celebrates their cultural heritage while simultaneously building the confidence and character of its dancers.

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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, July 6

Chickasaw storytelling, Silly Symphonies, and summer concerts in Germantown.

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Jamaica Does Literary Fest With A Caribbean Twist

Rasta men, international literati and jerk chicken are just some of what you'll find at Jamaica's Calabash Literary Festival, an event that is reinventing the lit fest tradition by adding a distinctly Jamaican spirit. You may never look at those other wine-and-cheese shindigs in the same way.
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AIDS In Black America: A Public Health Crisis

AIDS is the primary killer of African-Americans ages 19 to 44, and the mortality rate is 10 times higher for black Americans than for whites. A new Frontline documentary explores why.
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Life In Juxtopia

Linton Weeks describes the strange moments taking place in Juxtopia — the world where technological devices coexist with a lack of easily acquired power to run them.
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In Lean Times, Creative Bakers Turn To Desperation Pies

Vinegar pie and green tomato pie don't usually top the list of America's favorite sweets. But in Depression-era America, these and other desperation pies that survive today showed off home cooks' ingenuity.
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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, July 5

Paris Opera Ballet, the Castleton Festival and Ansel Adams.

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August 'Snow-Storm' Brought Devastation To D.C.

Washington, D.C., in the 1830s was a city of ferment. Free blacks were moving in, eventually outnumbering the city's slaves — a development that made whites very nervous. Those tensions came to a head in the now-forgotten race riot of 1835, an episode detailed in author Jefferson Morley's new book.
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Meet Al Black: Florida's Prison Painter

When the officials at a Florida prison realized who Al Black was, they gave him a paintbrush and the walls as a canvas.

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