“Ugly” Turns To “Beautiful,” “Stupid” To “Smart”

by Allan Appel | Apr 6, 2017 3:14 pm

Allan Appel Photo “Who can share a word someone said about you?”

It didn’t take long for “ugly” and “stupid” to emerge as answers to that question from the circle of 25 jumpy pre-teen girls.

Then author Sakina Ibrahim led the girls in a dance movement to propel those words out, way out the window.

And let their opposites in.

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Dixwell’s History Comes Alive On New Tour

by Allan Appel | Mar 23, 2017 1:39 pm

Allan Appel Photo When Diane Petaway visited her grandmother in the 1950s in the Dixwell neighborhood, she never knew about Curry’s Confectionery, a sweet shop whose chocolates were so delicious local white merchants sold them as their own. They carried the subterfuge as far as to require James and Ethel Curry to deliver their candies at night so customers would not know the original candy makers were African-American.

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“Smart People” Invade Library

by Lucy Gellman | Mar 21, 2017 7:53 am | Comments (1)

Shakespearian actress Valerie Johnson was on a gurney, blood trickling from a gash on her face onto her corset. After sustaining a backstage injury, she’d waited three hours for a medical professional.

When Dr. Jackson Moore showed up, Johnson assumed he was a nurse — because he was black. Moore, in return, assumed she’d been Johnson had been beaten — because she was black, too. 

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Dorsey Plows Through

by Lucy Gellman | Feb 10, 2017 9:16 am | Comments (5)

Lucy Gellman Photo Honking his horn once, Lynwood Dorsey came to a stop on Frances Hunter Drive and rolled down his truck window. On the other side, a woman with a snow shovel, long skirt, boots and hat took a break and put a hand on her hip.

“Please don’t shovel snow into the street,” Dorsey implored, the slightest edge to his voice. He’s been up since 4 a.m. and on the roads since 5. He needed to clear the street.

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