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Melanie Dantzler, president of the African American Quilt Circle of Durham, N.C. and past vice president Teena Crawshaw, stand in front of the quilt "Recalling Slavery Days" at QuiltCon 2024. Sea Stachura hide caption

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The enduring story for Underground Railroad Quilts

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The Apollo Chamber Players create concerts in response to book banning, the refugee crisis, the war in Gaza and other world events. The members of the Houston based ensemble are Matthew Dudzik, left, Aria Cheregosha, Matthew J. Detrick and Anabel Ramírez. Lynn Lane/The Apollo Chamber Players hide caption

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Rapper Danny Brown talks Adderall and pickleball

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'Wait Wait' for March 2, 2024: Live in Austin with Danny Brown!

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Louisville's statue of French King Louis XVI was removed after it was vandalized during protests in 2020. The 200 year-old monument was a gift from Louisville's sister city of Montpellier, France. Stephanie Wolf/Louisville Public Media hide caption

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Does climate change exist? And does a character know it? The Oscar-nominated films Nyad, left, Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One and Barbie met the criteria for a new challenge inspired by the famous Bechdel Test. Liz Parkinson/Netflix; Christian Black/Paramount Pictures and Skydance; Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption

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There's a new 'Climate Reality Check' test — these 3 Oscar-nominated features passed

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Alyssa Milano says that celebrity activism is at its best "when we are able to hand over the microphone" to the "incredible heroes" doing activism work day to day. She's pictured above in July 2018 at a protest following President Trump's meetings with Russia's Vladimir Putin. A longtime activist, Milano says it's impossible to avoid "the vitriol," especially when talking about the Middle East. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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When celebrities show up to protest, the media follows — but so does the backlash

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The American Library Association had its annual conference in Chicago last year. Several states have moved to disassociate with the ALA amid what some conservatives say has been politicization of the group. ALA officials deny having a political agenda. Claire Savage/AP hide caption

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In Georgia, a bill to cut all ties with the American Library Association is advancing

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Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya are Paul Atreides and Chani in Dune: Part Two. Niko Tavernise/Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption

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Staggering action sequences can't help 'Dune: Part Two' sustain a sense of awe

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And the Oscar for best picture doesn't go to ... horror!

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"I remember any time I traveled to Mexico and other countries in the continent, I felt like, 'I'm Latina, but I'm not exactly like the people here,' Arocena tells NPR. "When I came to Puerto Rico, it was like, 'okay, now I understand.' " Alex Alaya/Brownswood Recordings hide caption

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Mel Brooks' satirical Western Blazing Saddles got mixed reviews when it opened in February 1974, but it became the year's biggest box office hit. Above, Cleavon Little, left, as Sheriff Bart and Gene Wilder as the Waco Kid. Warner Bros./Getty Images hide caption

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50 years ago, 'Blazing Saddles' broke wind — and box office expectations

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A growing number of gamers are LGBTQ+, so why is representation still lacking?

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