Category: Arts

A Russian Road Less Travelled

LONDON AND LIPNYAGOVA VIA FACEBOOK—It was an early snowy morning in the tiny Siberian village of Lipnyagova, just north of the Russian-Kazakh border and Olga Lyebedeva-Skachkova, 36, was off to milk her cow Zvyozdochka.…

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Meet Phy– A Kenyan Singer on the Rise

NAIROBI, KENYA—Some people just have that je ne sais quoi charismatic quality that draws you in and Kenyan singer Phy (real name Phyllis Mwihaki Ng'etich), 23, has that in spades.…

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A United Nations Exhibition Celebrating Female Empowerment and Cultural Diversity

NEW YORK CITY--Beneath layers of red, gold, green, blue and violet oil paint, and through the translucent images of blossoming flowers and green foliage, the portraits of 15 women appear.…

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Ghanaian Artist Elisabeth Sutherland on Theater, Traditions and Technology

ACCRA, GHANA—Elisabeth Sutherland is descended from cultural royalty here in Ghana. The 25-year-old artist and theater director is the granddaughter of Efua Sutherland, one of Ghana’s best-known playwrights and children’s…

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Photographer Redefines What It Means for Girls to Be Pretty

DENVER AND ATLANTA VIA PHONE—Atlanta-based photographer Kate T. Parker is a force of nature. The self-described mom, wife, photographer and Ironman is challenging advertising and media norms, and redefining what…

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Betty Who: Pop Music’s Classically Trained Star

LONDON AND NEW YORK VIA PHONE—For a famous pop singer, Betty Who (real name: Jessica Anne Newman) is refreshingly open, warm and bubbly. And when I share that I met her…

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Romanian Theater on the Rise: An Interview with Playwright Elise Wilk

LONDON AND BRASOV VIA EMAIL—In the last several years, Romanian culture has had something of a renaissance internationally. Their film industry has produced award winning films like “Beyond the Hills” (2012)…

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The Dangers of a Disney Princess

DENVER--On March 17, Disney will release a live-action remake of its animated film “Beauty and the Beast.” While the cast is a new one and padded with stars (Emma Watson…

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