Oscars 2016

Photograph by Patrick T. Fallon for The New York Times

As Black History Month wraps up (Women’s History Month is up next!) a word about the Oscars seems warranted.

While the #OscarsSoWhite debate continues to rage and (hopefully) spur change in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Haggerty Library will continue adding movies featuring people of color as often as possible.

To follow roving thoughts about African Americans in Hollywood, head to the Shadow and Act blog (named for a book by Ralph Ellison) at Indiewire. It has been covering these issues long before the past couple of years of nominees warranted a deeper discussion.

To read a transcript of Chris Rock’s fiery, but fair monologue, click here. To watch it and selected Rock moments, click here.

And to find hope in 2017 nominations, go here.

The 2016 Election

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Image from govote.org

It’s primary day in New Hampshire, and a week past the Iowa Caucuses, and since election coverage will be forced upon us through November, we humbly direct you to our Election Guide.

Full of state and local election resources and voting and sites to explore, it’s a good way to burrow past the media noise.