Arts and Culture

Review: Where's the rebellion in '12 Years a Slave'?   |   March 25, 2014
By Marc Norton, Labor Notes "12 Years a Slave," the story of a free black man kidnapped by slave traders, has won an Oscar for Best Picture and a slew of other awards,...

 

The power of Southern song: How the South shaped Pete Seeger   |   January 31, 2014
Before he became a folk music legend, Pete Seeger wanted to be a journalist. It was this perspective as a reporter and storyteller that defined Seeger's approach to singing...

 

NC Music Love Army releases Moral Monday benefit album   |   November 22, 2013
North Carolina's Moral Monday movement inspired more than 900 people to get arrested for engaging in civil disobedience while protesting the extremist policies of the current...

 

Indian Santa: Garnering support for the United Houma Nation through an award-winning documentary   |   November 26, 2012
By Adam Crepelle, Bridge the Gulf "Indian Santa" is a short documentary about, as the name suggests, Indian Santa. The tradition was started in 1985 when Hurricane Juan...

 

VOICES: Stetson Kennedy and the pursuit of truth   |   August 30, 2011
By Paul Ortiz Stetson Kennedy passed away on Saturday, Aug. 27. He was 94 years old. Stetson died peacefully in the presence of his beloved wife, Sandra Parks, at Baptist Medical...

 

CENSUS WATCH: In Louisiana, the Census gets a dose of Cajun pride   |   March 1, 2010
There's an effort underway in Louisiana to use the 2010 Census to pull in federal funding for Cajun and Creole cultural programs, and it's stirring up some controversy over how to...

 

FAIR WEATHER FAITH? Southerners are religious, but how many actually go to church?   |   January 11, 2010
What makes people religious: How important faith is in their lives, or how often they actually attend services? According to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, there's a...

 

Thanksgiving's surprising Civil War roots   |   November 25, 2009
While its mythology might lead us to imagine America has been celebrating it ever since the Pilgrims joined with their Indian neighbors to throw a feast of gratitude after...

 

CULTURE BEAT: Old Hat Records preserves the musical heritage of North Carolina's Depression-era textile mills   |   November 13, 2009
It was more than a decade ago that music collector Marshall Wyatt established Old Hat Records, an independent label based in Raleigh, N.C. that's devoted to quality reissues of...

 

CULTURE BEAT: Moonshine and Rainbows: Queer, young and rural   |   September 25, 2009
By Mandy Van Deven, (reprinted from Wiretapmag.org) Living in cities like New York and San Francisco has become a modern-day marker of queer authenticity, and media...

 

Wal-Mart's history of destroying sacred sites   |   September 3, 2009
A re-consecration ceremony was held this past weekend at a damaged Indian mound in Oxford, Ala. As we reported last month, the 1,500-year-old sacred and archaeologically...

 

Book Review: Four Years Later: "Still Here, Stories After Katrina"   |   August 28, 2009
By Khalil Abdullah, New America Media In the first photograph in Still Here: Stories After Katrina, Earl Slaughter stands at the edge of a pond. There is an arc of an open area...

 

CULTURE BEAT: After the Deluge   |   August 28, 2009
Stories of people surviving Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath continue to flood bookstores. One new book paints a literal portrait of the days before and after the storm, and...

 

CULTURE BEAT: Prom night in black and white   |   July 24, 2009
I grew up in a small, rural town in southwest Louisiana. At the time I went to high school (and it's still the case today) black kids and white kids had separate proms. All...

 

5 great songs for July 4   |   July 4, 2009
Happy Independence Day! Here at Facing South, we have a July 4th tradition of posting two thought-provoking pieces -- Patriotism's Secret History, which originally appeared in The...

 

The Man in the Mirror: Remembering Michael Jackson   |   June 26, 2009
Long before anyone could read into Michael Jackson's cubist, etiolated face a work of performance art, the wounds of internalized racism, or the excess of boredom and wealth, all...

 

Institute board member wins Women's Media Center award   |   June 19, 2009
A big congratulations to Pam Spaulding for receiving a Women's Media Center award this week for her fabulous blog Pam's House Blend, which covers lesbian, gay, bisexual and...

 

CULTURE BEAT: Moving a mountain school with music   |   June 19, 2009
Music lovers and activists working to stop mountaintop removal mining will gather in North Carolina this weekend for a benefit concert to help schoolchildren imperiled by a...

 

CULTURE BEAT: Novelist Dave Eggers to release new book about Hurricane Katrina   |   June 12, 2009
Novelist and McSweeney's-founder Dave Eggers has written a new nonfiction book detailing the riveting story of a Syrian-American family who lived through Hurricane Katrina in New...

 

CULTURE BEAT: Straight talk from a Kentucky poet   |   June 5, 2009
By Dallas Lee, Georgia Online News Service Emily Dickinson's dictum "Tell all the truth but tell it slant" is wise counsel for writers sidling into the thickets of politics...

 

On the passing of Father Thomas Berry, noted ecological thinker   |   June 2, 2009
Thomas Berry, a Catholic priest and self-described "Earth scholar," passed away June 1 in Greensboro, N.C., where he was born in 1914. He was 94 years old. A member of the...

 

CULTURE BEAT: A new play celebrates bounce music and New Orleans' culture   |   May 29, 2009
By Jordan Flaherty Catch Dat Beat, a unique, only-in-New-Orleans theatrical event, played for one weekend last month at Ashe Cultural Arts Center. It sold out its several hundred...

 

CULTURE BEAT: The legends of the Old West...and Old South   |   May 22, 2009
By Eleanor Ringel Cater, Georgia Online News Service  "This is the West, Sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend."  It may be one of the most famous...

 

CULTURE BEAT: Walt Whitman, the sublime and the Bibb County Dump   |   May 15, 2009
By Dallas Lee, Georgia Online News ServiceAll things seen are real, said Walt Whitman, and in that spirit three decades ago, the Academy of American Poets presented the annual...

 

The progressive roots of Mother's Day   |   May 10, 2009
Today is the 101st anniversary of Mother's Day as we know it. Over at Beliefnet, popular religion scholar Diana Butler Bass reminds us of the progressive origins of Mother's Day,...