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In Midst Of Breakthrough Year, Laverne Cox Speaks Out On Gender Identity And Self-Love

by Tara Jefferson with additional reporting by Karen R. Long "Kent State University, how ya feeling tonight?" actress and LGBT activist Laverne Cox boomed as she took the podium in the university student center. Dressed in a bright green shift dress and black cardigan, Cox thanked an audience that waited hours in line to hear her speak.  With her high-wattage smile and impeccable grooming, Cox is reveling in the spotlight of a breakthrough year. In June, she became the first transgender person to land the cover of Time magazine. A few months later, she broke another barrier: nabbing an Emmy nomination for her role as Sophia Burset on the Netflix comedy ensemble, "Orange is the New Black."  In November, Cox will accept a woman-of-the year award from Glamour Magazine, alongside U.N.... Read More →

New Photography Exhibit Provides Never-Before Look At Black Student Life In The 1960s

A preview of the photographs on display at the Kent State exhibit Toledo attorney Lafayette Tolliver, 65, estimates there were fewer than 300 black students on the campus of Kent State University during his four years a half-century ago. "We pretty much knew everyone there because that's how few of us there were," he said. "We were there, we did it, we graduated. It was quite an exhilarating time."  Interested parties can glimpse that mid-American black student experience in a new photography exhibit, "Coming of Age at Kent 1967-1971: A Pictorial of Black Student Life." Culled from Tolliver's personal collection, these images depict a pivotal time on college campuses, as black students at predominately white institutions began organizing for more resources, taking cues from the... Read More →

Young Poet, Essence Cain, Performs at 2011 Anisfield-Wolf Ceremony

Visiting the Flower MarketSince 2009, an emerging young poet from Northeast Ohio is celebrated along with the winning authors at the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards ceremony in Cleveland. At the 2011 ceremony, Essence Cain, a sixth-grader at Miller South School for Visual and Performing Arts in Akron, Ohio, recited “In the Flower Market,” a poem she and her classmates wrote for “Speak Peace,” an international youth arts program created by Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center. American children in the program wrote poems in response to paintings created by Vietnamese children. The exhibit of paintings and poems is traveling nationally through 2013. Essence has appeared in plays and musicals at venues throughout Ohio. She was a contributing writer and reader for the animated e-greetings of the 2009... Read More →
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