Now Playing: I Am Not Your Negro
Feb13

Now Playing: I Am Not Your Negro

The Fire This Time The writer and social critic James Baldwin died 30 years ago, but his powerful critiques of authority, ignorance, and racial injustice in America are still cited by poets, parents, protestors, and many others who feel, now more than ever, the need to fight for progressive ideals. As Baldwin’s legacy continues to slide more fully into mainstream culture — where his essays and books, including Notes of a Native Son...

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Cinemadope: The Eagle Huntress
Feb13

Cinemadope: The Eagle Huntress

All Ages Show For years now, the Academy of Music in Northampton has played host to the annual KidsBestFest film festival. It’s a free week-long event (donations are welcome) that mixes great kid-centric movies from around the world with a local event known as YouthFilm, which gives youthful local filmmakers the chance to have their work shown on the Academy’s big screen. The festival is scheduled to coincide with the school vacation...

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Basemental Music Review: Thee Arcadians
Feb13

Basemental Music Review: Thee Arcadians

December brought with it not one, not two, but three releases from Florence psych punks Thee Arcadians — Ian St. George on guitar, Nico Lapinski on bass, and Elliot Hartmann-Russell on drums. Sure, it sounds like maybe they just put up a mic in band practice, but there is an ocean of material that demonstrates musical depth, musical sea creatures, and musical water pollution. Whether or not said ocean is acidified is up for listeners...

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Missed Connections: ‘we were both wearing Edelman jerseys’
Feb13

Missed Connections: ‘we were both wearing Edelman jerseys’

If you’ve never checked out Craigslist’s Missed Connections section, you really should. The Western Mass forum is full of wistful near-meEts and longing. Below is a compilation of  “missed connection” items from craigslist.org.  Entries include post date.  Fireman cutie today west housatonic st station (Pittsfield) I couldn’t help but notice you while I was cleaning my car across the street. You are hot and manly tall dark and...

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‘It’s my own country’ In Springfield, an undocumented immigrant talks about fear and why he’s here
Feb13

‘It’s my own country’ In Springfield, an undocumented immigrant talks about fear and why he’s here

Juan is a 40-year-old Springfield resident who is married with two children under age seven. He works construction jobs when he finds them across the state and had just arrived back in the city after working a job in Marlborough when he spoke with the Valley Advocate. Juan, whose name has been changed for this article due to his undocumented resident status, said he lives in fear of deportation back to Mexico and being separated from...

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Back Talk: What is Trump Doing in Holyoke?
Feb13

Back Talk: What is Trump Doing in Holyoke?

What is Trump Doing in Holyoke? As a teacher at Holyoke High School, I applaud your positive news piece about the students at Holyoke High School working to bring about more awareness to stop violence in our school community (“Between the Lines: What Do You Expect From Holyoke?” Feb. 2-8, 2017). However, I am perplexed as to why you would insert two paragraphs about Donald Trump into the article, which insinuates that this student...

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