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What Makes a (Hu)man: Allegiance Back in Theaters Feb. 19

allegiance-poster-8db536d51dd5614df272e6bcf48a9e8dOn Sunday, February 19th, Allegiance will be broadcast in theaters for a second time. The one night only event last December broke records for Fathom Event sales. “The premiere was its highest-grossing one-night Broadway musical event to date, the 14-year-old company said, bringing in more than $1 million in ticket sales in about 600 theaters.” The filmed Broadway musical focuses on the experiences of Japanese-American citizens in internment camps during WWII. The musical stars George Takei, Lea Salonga, and Telly Leung, and partially draws from Takei’s own experiences.

In the wake of executive orders trying to protect the country from interior and exterior threats, this story feels all too familiar. There are those Americans rallying against the “Muslim Ban” and those who either don’t see a problem with it or don’t feel it’s their place to speak up.  Allegiance is technically a look at the past, but it’s also a frightening possibility for our future.  Continue reading What Makes a (Hu)man: Allegiance Back in Theaters Feb. 19

Inauguration Got You Down? MARCH to Your Nearest Book Store

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Last weekend, John Lewis announced that he would be missing the 2017 inauguration, the first he would miss in thirty years.  This comment incited controversy.  One of the articles that came up told me that Lewis’s books were selling out in stores across the country, and I was reminded that I still had not read the third volume of Lewis’s comic book trilogy, which was co-written by Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell.  I immediately went to the store and purchased a beautiful boxed set of all three books.  March is John Lewis’s story during the Civil Rights Movement.  Hopefully, you can read this article without needing to be warned about spoilers.

March Vol. 1 starts with Lewis getting ready to attend President Obama’s inauguration and flashes back to his childhood up through his initial involvement with the Civil Rights Movement.  Volume 2 continues in this style, and Volume 3 wraps it up.

Here’s the part where I review the trilogy:  It’s amazing.  Seriously.   Continue reading Inauguration Got You Down? MARCH to Your Nearest Book Store

The Gal-lery: National Women’s History Month.

March might be known for coming in like a lion and out like a lamb, but it’s also National Women’s History Month, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. If you’d like to read-up on NWHM, you can view the website for the National Women’s History Project here— the site is chock-full of wonderful information and resources.

In keeping with the theme of women’s history, for this week’s Gal-lery, I asked some of our editors and contributors here at The Daily Geekette to share with us which woman from history they found intriguing, whom they perhaps most admired or found utterly inspirational. Keep reading to discover who Brianna, Kayla, Sarah and I would love the chance to meet!

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The Gal-lery: Elizabeth Keckley.

With awards season upon us, the question on the tip of many red carpet hosts’ tongues is ‘Who are you wearing?’ Nowadays, thanks to an omnipresent media coverage and the breakneck speed at which information travels, we’re privy to the designers of the famous and rich members of the world, from Michelle Obama and Kate Middleton, to the starlets of the red carpet brigade and beyond.

Of course, over the years, well-known designers and dressmakers have been trying to make their brands as ubiquitous as possible, but, long before even the technology of radio was available to the masses, individual dressmakers made their livings, frequently in their immediate locale, and in the process becoming lost in or simply overlooked throughout the course of history. Thus, in the hopes of shedding some light on these artisans, for this week’s Gal-lery, I present to you Elizabeth Keckley (although it is sometimes alternately Keckly), personal seamstress to a First Lady with whom many are familiar.

Elizabeth Keckly.
Elizabeth Keckley.

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