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Dev Patel plays Sir Gawain, King Arthur's nephew, in The Green Knight. A24 hide caption

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Cross-Cultural Casting: Noteworthy For Hollywood, But Not Exactly New

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Lady Danbury (Adjoa Andoh) and Simon Basset (Regé-Jean Page) in Bridgerton. Liam Daniel/Netflix hide caption

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The Only 'New' Thing About Cross-Cultural Casting Is Who's Getting The Roles

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Ruben Santiago-Hudson and Jeannie Santiago attend the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall. Playwright Ruben Santiago-Hudson will both star in his own one-man play, "Lackawanna Blues" and direct "Skeleton Crew" this year. Jemal Countess/Getty Images hide caption

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Italian singer and TV host Raffaella Carrà being lifted by dancers in a 1983 performance. Mondadori Portfolio/Mondadori via Getty Images hide caption

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Raffaella Carrà, Glittery Queen Of Italian TV, Has Died At 78

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Bill Cosby gestures outside his home in Elkins Park, Pa., on June 30, 2021, after being released from prison when the Pennsylvania's supreme court overturned his sexual assault conviction. Cosby expressed support for former TV co-star Phylicia Rashad's freedom of speech after she defended him in a tweet. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption

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With in-person shows cancelled, costume designer Ivania Stack has been making personalized coasters to make a little extra money during the pandemic. Courtesy of Ivania Stack hide caption

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New Grants Are Available For Arts Groups Sidelined During The Pandemic

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Renée Elise Goldsberry describes making Girls5Eva as "a labor of love, if you can even say labor." She's pictured above at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2019. Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP hide caption

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'Hamilton' Star Renée Elise Goldsberry Becomes A 1-Hit Wonder In 'Girls5Eva'

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The Lincoln Center campus, presently adorned in a green carpet of synthetic grass, hosts a Juneteenth experience June 19. Sachyn Mital/Lincoln Center hide caption

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In New York City, A Juneteenth Event Examines The Meaning Of Freedom

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Singer and actor Leslie Grace stars as Nina Rosario (center), the beloved and brilliant neighborhood sweetheart in the film adaptation of the musical In the Heights. Macall Polay/Warner Brothers hide caption

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Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, seen here in the "Vax Live" fundraising concert held in May, performs at Madison Square Garden in June. VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Bo Burnham, pictured here at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, wrote, directed and performed the entirety of his new Netflix special, Inside, by himself. Rich Polk/Getty Images hide caption

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Pianist, composer and coder Dan Tepfer confronted pandemic isolation with ingenious technological solutions. Josh Goleman/courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Hear Bach's Music Like You've Never Heard It Before: Upside Down

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The Skagit Valley Chorale in Washington held a rehearsal in early March of 2020 that became a superspreader event for COVID-19. Dicken Bettinger hide caption

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After Its Superspreader Rehearsal, A Community Choir Struggles To Sing Together Again

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After more than a decade away from the recording studio, Nnenna Freelon returns with Time Traveler, an album she describes as a love letter to her late husband. Chris Charles/Origin Records hide caption

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Jazz Singer Nnenna Freelon Works Through Grief With New Album And Podcast

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Singer Allison Russell Shares Personal Saga Of Trauma And Triumph On 'Outside Child'

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American composers and musicians Noble Sissle, center left, and Eubie Blake, on piano, perform with a group of women on stage in the early 20th century. Sissle and Blake wrote the score for Shuffle Along. Anthony Barboza/Getty Images hide caption

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'Shuffle Along' Changed Musical Theater 100 Years Ago

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