Little Robots

L’Orcio Turns 15

by Markeshia Ricks | Feb 21, 2018 2:08 pm

Markeshia Ricks PhotoChef Francesco D’Amuri and Alison DeRenzi opened their restaurant L’Orcio on State Street 15 years ago, the winter months made them wonder what they had done moving away from Florence, Italy.

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“Sunset Baby” Looks Back In Anger

by Brian Slattery | Feb 20, 2018 7:46 am

Brian Slattery PhotoDamon is a drug dealer and a robber, but a scholar too. He reads academic treatises in his spare time, it turns out. It’s enough to surprise former revolutionary Kenyatta Shakur. First they trade street talk. Then they trade ideas. Shakur has been out of the fight for decades. “We need soldiers like you out here now,” Damon says.

Then they start talking about Nina. Kenyatta’s estranged daughter. Damon’s girlfriend. Nina has letters that Kenyatta and her mother Ashanti wrote to each other while Kenyatta was in prison, letters that a lot of academics want to get their hands on now that Ashanti has passed. Letters that Kenyatta wants even more than they do. Problem is, he needs to somehow reconnect with Nina to get them, and there’s a lot of hurt in the past to get through first.

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Welcome To Wakanda

by Markeshia Ricks | Feb 19, 2018 6:18 am | Comments (4)

Markeshia Ricks PhotoThere is so much I want to tell you about my recent trip to the world of Wakanda ... or rather a special Saturday showing and celebration in New Haven of the highly anticipated new film Black Panther.

But I can’t. No spoilers allowed during Black History Month. (All bets are off if you don’t see it before March 1.)

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