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Tracy Letts on writing his play and then having to act in it

May. 18, 2022 10:21 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Playwright and actor Tracy Letts was inspired to write his latest Tony Award-nominated play while watching one of those old black-and-white Frankenstein movies. It wasn't the hideous monster or its wide-eyed creator that drew his attention. It was the...

Jury convicts Virginia family of forced labor conspiracy

May. 14, 2022 10:41 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal jury convicted on Friday three members of a Virginia family of conspiring to coerce another family member to perform domestic services by verbally assaulting and physically abusing the victim over 12 years, according to a federal prosecutor. Zahida...

Unearthing memories of chef who died in Baltimore in 1801

May. 08, 2022 09:08 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — We know only a little about James Hemings, the French-trained chef who died in Baltimore in 1801. We know that, like his more famous sister, Sally, spent the majority of his life enslaved by Thomas Jefferson. We know he was working at a restaurant downtown the last year he was...

New reparations focus: Black enclaves lost to development

May. 06, 2022 01:19 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Terrell Osborne knows well what happens when urban renewal comes to communities of color. As a child growing up in Providence, Rhode Island, in the 1950s and 1960s, huge swaths of his neighborhood of Lippitt Hill, a center of Black life at the foot of the...

Juneteenth bill moves to Lamont after emotional House debate

May. 05, 2022 02:06 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Following an emotional debate over a new state holiday to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States, Connecticut lawmakers approved legislation Wednesday night making it the latest state to officially recognize “Juneteenth” Black legislators...

California couple gets federal prison in forced labor case

May. 02, 2022 17:21 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California couple was sentenced Monday to several years each in federal prison for conspiring to force a Guatemalan relative and her two daughters to perform long hours of physically demanding work every day of the week for little or no pay. ...

Teacher under fire for cotton, cuffs in class on slavery

Apr. 30, 2022 13:33 PM EDT

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Rochester school officials are investigating allegations that a white teacher told his class of mostly Black students to pick seeds out of cotton and put on handcuffs during lessons on slavery in a seventh-grade social studies class. “It made me feel bad to...

Harvard report brings joy, grief for descendants of enslaved

Apr. 28, 2022 11:08 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Egypt Lloyd couldn’t hold back tears when she saw the names — her ancestors, Tony, Cuba and Darby — in a study chronicling Harvard University’s involvement in America's slave trade. Lloyd grew up nearby, in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood, but her family...

Harvard pledges $100M to research, atone for role in slavery

Apr. 26, 2022 18:30 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Harvard University is vowing to spend $100 million to study and atone for its extensive ties with slavery, the school’s president announced Tuesday, with plans to identify and support the descendants of enslaved people who labored at the Ivy League campus. President...

Legacy of Ulysses S. Grant complicated 200 years after birth

Apr. 25, 2022 11:35 AM EDT

The legacy of Ulysses S. Grant isn't getting any less complicated 200 years after his birth. Grant battered the slave-owning South into surrender as President Abraham Lincoln's top Union general, yet he owned at least one enslaved person before the war. A Native...