August 17, 2020

Grandma Plays Inspiring Piano Solo in Home Damaged by Explosion in Beirut

There are countless videos online that attest to the unexpected and utterly devastating destruction from the August 4th explosion in Beirut. Many also highlight the vast range of emotions and chaos that unfolded in the wake of the incident. But in a popular video created by May-Lee Melki, featuring her grandmother and a piano, emotions of hope and optimism are also put on display.

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August 1, 2020

The Story of Why The Beatles Refused to Play in Front of Segregated Audiences

In 1964, a persistent hurricane-stricken Jacksonville, Florida crowd gathered excitedly to watch The Beatles step foot on stage. Little did they know just how close the concert was to being canceled. The U.S. was in the full throws of segregation and a civil rights movement. It was a time when, as historian Dr. Kitty Oliver remembers, “public accommodations were separate, inequities were rampant, and opportunities were stifled.

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