Tracee Ellis Ross discusses self acceptance and building up women

Growing up, actress/activist Tracee Ellis Ross, star of TV’s “blackish,” didn’t find many female role models embodying “the black experience” on television. Her favorite shows were “Cagney & Lacey,” “The Bionic Woman,” “Wonder Woman” and “Kate & Allie.” “Now, none of them looked like me — that’s a whole other conversation that needs to be addressed. I think in the … read more

A jumpsuit designer’s persistence brings runway attention

The prettiest storefront in downtown Derby’s prettiest building belongs to fashion designer Agathe Ngo Likoba, whose chic boutique is a shrine to the women’s jumpsuit. Likoba isn’t the only designer who creates jumpsuits, but she’s the rare couturier who zones in on them exclusively. Even rarer, she’s the only international fashion designer on Elizabeth Street in blue-collar Derby. She installed … read more

Off the page: Silvermine Arts Center showcases paper in art

A new exhibit, “Paper 2019,” is set to debut at the Silvermine Arts Center with the goal to highlight a particular material — prints, drawings, photographs, artists’ books, and handmade paper as well as three-dimensional works made with paper —and consider it in the broadest terms. “We took a look at our history and Silvermine used to have big photography … read more

PechaKucha Night promotes story telling

Retracing a grandfather’s road trip across America, recalling a grandmother’s inspiration, praising the sense of adventure in a dying mother and highlighting the solace and peace found in a forest. These were some of the sentiments shared during PechaKucha Night on March 21 at Bridgeport’s Barnum Museum, when people were invited to share personal stories in six minutes and 40 … read more

Tracee Ellis Ross to speak in Greenwich

Star of the hit ABC television show, “black-ish,” Tracee Ellis Ross has long used her platform and voice to champion causes important to her, advocating for equity, inclusivity and acceptance, which closely align with the core values and mission of the Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s Fund for Women & Girls. The Emmy-winning actress, producer and activist will be the keynote … read more

Twenty years of SOJA

It was more than 20 years ago that a group of high school students spent afternoons in a basement teaching each other how to play reggae music, and eventually, be good enough to play live in their hometown near Washington, D.C. SOJA’s singer/songwriter Jacob Hemphill leads the band, with Bobby Lee, Ryan Berty, Hellman Escorcia, Patrick O’Shea, Rafael Rodriguez, Ken … read more

Mike Mains’ new album branches out

If you scratch below the surface of catchy pop melodies, Mike Mains & The Branches bares its soul with deeply personal lyrics that resonate with the listener. The band brings its high energy and heartfelt performances to the Fairfield Theatre Company on March 27. Mike Mains spoke with Andrea Valluzzo about the show. Andrea Valluzzo: What can the audience expect? … read more

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