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Alice Neel’s Portraits of the People, for the People

Today we’re celebrating portrait artist Alice Neel, on the anniversary of her death in 1984. 

Alice Neel was an American visual artist known for her portraits of people around her, from close friends, family, lovers and colleagues to absolute strangers. No matter who she was painting or how well she knew them, Alice was able to capture the soul of her subject and put it on a canvas.read more.

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Faith Ringgold’s Work Weaves Activism with Artistry

Happy birthday, Faith Ringgold! Today we are celebrating this multimedia artists’ activism. 

Faith Ringgold practices many mediums of art including painting, sculptures, performance art and even children’s books. She is perhaps best known for her quilts, which bring racial justice and gender equality into their vibrant and intricate designs.read more.

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Novelist Annie Ernaux wins the 2022 Nobel Prize in Literature

Today we celebrate Annie Ernaux, who has just won the 2022 Nobel Prize in Literature. Congratulations Annie! 

Annie Ernaux is a French author who writes fiction and memoir, and sometimes a little of both at once. She is known for her autobiographical writing, which is intimate and personal while expertly contextualizing her life within a broader history and society; her written experiences are not just hers, but a part of a larger collective social consciousness.read more.

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Cat Power never strays from what makes her an incredible musician

On the anniversary of the release of her album Wanderer, we’re celebrating Charlyn Marie “Chan” Marshall, a singer-songwriter, musician, and model best known by her stage name, Cat Power. 

Cat Power was originally the name of Chan’s first band, but she later took on the name as a solo artist. She is known for her unique sound, which is a mixture of blues, punk, folk, and some influences from hymns and gospel music. read more.

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Act Now to Stream Award-Winning Short ‘Forgotten Voices Heard’

Congratulations to Kelly Hall-Tompkins from everyone on Team FF2!

Since March 31, 2021 — the night of the premiere at Carnegie Hall — Kelly’s short Face to Face: Forgotten Voices Heard has received 6 International Film Festival wins and 8 official selections. It will be available for streaming only through October 2nd, so be sure to watch it while you can!… read more.

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BW’s 2022 ‘Funny Girl’ Revival & the “Star is Born” Glow of Julie Benko

On May 4th (~ 2 months ago), FF2 posted my review of standby Julie Benko’s opening night performance as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl.

Although I have seen many Broadway performances, Julie’s performance was a rare chance to actually see a star being born, and watching her debut is a memory I will always treasure. Since then, Julie has earned many more fans.read more.

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