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Renee Graham

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Renee Graham is pop culture correspondent for WBUR’s Here & Now and The ARTery, and contributes to Boston Globe Opinion. Renee was a longtime arts writer and pop culture columnist for The Boston Globe.

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In ‘Jackie Robinson,’ Ken Burns Shows A Civil Rights Champion As Well As A Baseball Icon

April 11, 2016
Former baseball star Jackie Robinson grabbed a sign and joined a picket line in Cleveland, Ohio, to protest discrimination against blacks at southern lunch counters, 1960. The picketing was organized by the NAACP. (AP)

‘Jackie Robinson’ premieres Monday and Tuesday at 9 p.m. on PBS.

The Grisly Details Of ‘The Perfect Crime’ And Its Cultural Aftermath

February 09, 2016
Group portrait of Nathan Leopold Jr., Richard Loeb and Clarence Darrow, defense attorney for Leopold and Loeb, in a crowded courtroom in Chicago, during the Leopold and Loeb murder trial. Benjamin Bachrach, defense attorney, is seated in front of Darrow. (Courtesy of Chicago History Museum)

WGBH’s “The Perfect Crime” is a straightforward retelling of the infamous acts of Leopold and Loeb, whose names have become synonymous with thrill killers.

10 Moments From The Year In Pop Culture

December 31, 2015
Stephen Colbert hosts the premiere episode of "The Late Show," Tuesday Sept. 8, 2015, in New York. Actor George Clooney and Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush were the guests for Colbert's debut. (Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS via AP)

Renee Graham takes a look back at the year we said goodbye to “Stephen Colbert” and hello to Stephen Colbert, hate-watched all those GOP debates with all those GOP presidential candidates, and everybody bought Adele’s new album.

With First ‘Late Show,’ The Real Stephen Colbert Emerges — But Who Exactly Is He?

September 09, 2015
Stephen Colbert hosts the premiere episode of "The Late Show," Tuesday Sept. 8, 2015, in New York. Actor George Clooney and Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush were the guests for Colbert's debut. (Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS via AP)

Stephen Colbert’s first night at “The Late Show” didn’t quite impress, but we’ll give him another shot, writes pop culture critic Renee Graham.

Today’s (And Tonight’s) Spotify Playlist Brought To You By The President Of The United States

August 19, 2015
The White House is launching an official channel on Spotify with a pair of playlists it says President Barack Obama created himself. Obama appears here in a file photo from a campaign event in Ohio in September 2012. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

Last week, President Obama jumped into the musical pool, posting his first Spotify playlist — 40 songs divided into two parts, for “Day” and “Night.”

‘Nurse Jackie’s’ Ugly Truths Are Better Than Fiction For Sunday Nights

April 24, 2015
Matt Maher as Matt and Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton in "Nurse Jackie." (Courtesy David M. Russell/Showtime)

Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie” comes to a conclusion in its seventh season, but the end might not be so tidy.

‘The Colored Museum’ Takes No Prisoners At The Huntington

March 12, 2015
Capathia Jenkins, Ken Robinson, and Nathan Lee Graham in "The Colored Museum" at the Huntington Theatre Company. (T. Charles Erickson)

Director Billy Porter sets a brisk pace for “The Colored Museum” at the Huntington Theatre Company.

Music To Our Eyes — ‘Saturday Night Live’ Has Rocked For 40 Years

February 13, 2015
Lady Gaga performing on "Saturday Night Live" (Dana Edelson/AP)

“Saturday Night Live” celebrates its 40th anniversary on-air and we take a look back at some of the hilarious, shocking, and most unforgettable moments that happened in its skits and especially in its musical performances.

‘Breath And Imagination’ Gives Majestic New Voice To Roland Hayes

January 31, 2015
Elijah Rock and Harriet D. Foy in "Breath and Imagination"

Daniel Beaty, Elijah Rock and ArtsEmerson make beautiful music together in an impressionistic biography of singer Roland Hayes.

Beyond The Melodrama, ‘Empire’ Boldly Tackles Homophobia

January 28, 2015

In the popular new FOX show ‘Empire,’ Lee Daniels uses the hip-hop industry setting to expose the destructiveness of homophobia.

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