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PBR Production Manager James White Gives the Lowdown on Transforming Arenas into Bull Riding Venues

What do the actors of The Gracias Christmas Cantata, and R&B songstress / America Idol winner Fantasia Barrino have in common with Professional Bull Rider, Ezekiel Mitche...

The headlines spread across newspapers in June 1919 documented the bloodshed, turmoil and racial unrest that saw thousands injured or murdered through white mob violence in U.S. streets.  Similar savagery took place across cities in the United Kingdom where Black, Arab...

For decades American public broadcasting networks introduced select British programming to U.S. audiences.  Through their efforts, classics like Are You Being ServedAs Time Goes By, and the soap opera, EastEnders, found loyal audiences in the States.  With the launc...

Acumen would be remiss for allowing Women’s History Month to pass without mentioning the celebration of Barbie’s 60th anniversary by the luxury candy shop, Sugarfina.   The iconic doll, manufactured by Mattel, has transformed many times – documenting the transitions of...

I have never been a fan of child actors.  To clarify, this aversion rarely had to do with the talent of the young craftsman, but an anxiety that the development of the children was somehow compromised by the demands of an industry that required they deliver “on cue.”...

What happens when the dreams and aspirations of one’s youth become yoked by the demands of reality?  In the case of Juanita Lewiston, a second-shift nurse in the cancer ward of an Ohio hospital, the desire to travel lost appeal when marriage, three children, divorce an...

December 8, 2018

“The greatest struggle of any oppressed group in a racist society is the struggle to reclaim collective memory and identity. At the level of culture, racism seeks to deny people of African, American Indian, Asian and Latino descent their own voices, histories and tradi...

November 19, 2018

When Good Girls Get Dirty with Microphones or The Jill / Tina Effect 

Social media exploded recently when a video of Jill Scott’s sex-capades during a 2007 live performance surfaced.  While performing the hit Crown Royal, the Philadelphia-native simulated fellatio on a...

In 1986 when Tina Turner  introduced Erwin Bach to the world as her first serious suitor since divorcing Ike Turner, few gave the relationship a second glance.  Bach, at 17-years her junior, working as an executive for EMI Records (a subsidiary of her label Capital), a...

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