By Charles Green
BASED ON Charles M. Blow’s 2015 memoir Fire Shut Up in My Bones, which is about growing up poor and Black in Louisiana, as well as being sexually abused, Terence Blanchard’s emotionally charged opera opened the Met’s 2021–22 season … making it the first opera by a Black composer to appear at the Met.
By Kristina Ebanez
I’ve left my hometown in Hawai’i three times. The first time was when I was fifteen. The second move was when I was eighteen. The last and hopefully final time was when I was twenty-six years old. Each time I left, I got asked the same question: “Why did you leave?”More