Roxbury Rep’s ‘Crucible’ a new take on an old tale

By Talia Whyte

The Bay State Banner

Have you ever seen a play and wondered what it would look like if it was staged differently, or if the characters were of a different race, ethnicity or religion? The Roxbury Repertory Theatre explores these possibilities in its first official performance, a production of Arthur Miller’s classic play “The Crucible,” opening Oct. 25 at Mainstage Theater at Roxbury Community College.

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‘Leila Khaled’ explores the meaning of terrorism

By Talia Whyte

The Bay State Banner

Everyone has someone they look up to as an idol, whether it is a Hollywood actor, a high-profile politician, or just an ordinary person who did something extraordinary. But what if you had the chance to meet your idol and they turned out to be something you didn’t expect?

Filmmaker and journalist Lina Makboul had this experience when she met a not-so-ordinary person: Leila Khaled, the world’s first female hijacker.

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Johnson calls on community to help reform Boston schools

By Talia Whyte

The Bay State Banner

New Boston Public Schools (BPS) Superintendent Dr. Carol Johnson said that it is up to students, parents, educators and the community at large to share responsibility for reforming education during a forum at Freedom House in Roxbury on Saturday.

Johnson’s remarks came one day after the release of a new Boston school system report revealing that nearly half of Boston students don’t graduate from the city’s public high schools in four years.

Serving notice that she will not be the “lady sheriff” doing all the work to improve the present system, Johnson said, “The city has to come together. It is our collective energy and work together that will help our students be successful.”

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