Patti LaBelle, the Doyenne of Philadelphia Soul

BORN PATRICIA HOLTE — her family called her Patsy — on May 24, 1944, LaBelle was raised in the Eastwick neighborhood in southwest Philadelphia, a largely Black working-class community, by her parents, Henry and Bertha Holte. She was the second youngest of five children: Her brother, Thomas, was the eldest, …

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Hidden in Plain Sight: The Ghosts of Segregation

The six faded letters are all that remain, and few people notice them. I would never have seen them if a friend hadn’t pointed them out to me while we walked through New Orleans’s French Quarter. I certainly wouldn’t have realized their significance. On Chartres Street, above a beautifully arched …

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The Luxury E-Commerce Wars Heat Up

According to Mr. Cohen, the brand had received “messages from customers asking why such expensive pieces were selling on Amazon.” Yet going it alone is also increasingly untenable. LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the largest luxury group in the world, has publicly rejected the idea of working with Amazon, but …

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Noah Hawley Isn’t Done with ‘Fargo’

Art Blakey’s “Moanin’” features prominently in the last two seasons, in two different formats. What about that album resonates with you? Percussion has always been really attractive to me as a sonic element. When it came time in Season 1 to introduce Mr. Wrench and Mr. Numbers, I asked [the …

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