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  1. PhotoThe University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology has announced that it will open a notorious collection of 1,300 human skulls, including some from enslaved people, to repatriation claims.
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    What Should Museums Do With the Bones of the Enslaved?

    As one museum has pledged to return skulls held in an infamous collection, others, including the Smithsonian, are reckoning with their own holdings of African-American remains.

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  2. PhotoViola Davis as Ma Rainey. The Oscar-nominated movie focuses on her anxieties rather than her artistic contributions.
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    Critic’s Notebook

    Why Is It So Hard to Show Black Women’s Musical Genius Onscreen?

    Oscar-nominated performances this season put the emphasis on the trauma, not the artistry, of Billie Holiday and Ma Rainey. The most insightful movie might just be “Soul.”

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    1. PhotoMonica Majoli’s installation for the Huntington Art Museum’s “Made in L.A. 2020: a version.” Her series “Study for Blueboy,” named after an early gay magazine, focuses on centerfolds from 1976 to 1979, the halcyon years of gay liberation.
      CreditThe Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens; Joshua White

      The Huntington Gets Hip

      “Made in L.A.” represents an effort by the Huntington to expand its contemporary art programming and present more artists of color.

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Oscars 2021

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  1. PhotoJodie Foster, left, with her wife, Alexandra Hedison, looked the way most viewers did — only she was accepting a Golden Globe.
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    The 6 Best Speeches of Awards Season So Far

    From a pajama-clad Jodie Foster to the teary “Minari” child star Alan S. Kim, they managed to make their acceptance speeches work from home.

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  2. PhotoClockwise from top left, Daniel Kaluuya in “Judas and the Black Messiah”; Chadwick Boseman in “Ma Rainey's Black Bottom”; Yuh-Jung Youn in “Minari”; and Viola Davis in “Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.” All four were winners at the SAG Awards and could repeat at the Academy Awards.
    CreditClockwise from top left: Warner Bros.; David Lee/Netflix; A24; David Lee/Netflix

    Will People of Color Win All Four Acting Oscars This Year?

    Plenty of Academy Awards history could be made at this year’s ceremony, especially if the SAG Award winners repeat. Here are some records that could fall.

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