Wench

For an intriguing, eye-opening look at the cruelties and complexities of slave-era relationships between slave mistresses and their masters (and among the slave mistresses themselves), take a trip via Dolen Perkins-Valdez’ novel Wench (HarperCollins, 2010) to an Ohio resort that catered to these peculiar couples. Over three summers, four slave women meet during their “vacations” with their masters, share the challenges of their lives, their men, their children and the tension caused by their knowledge that while in Ohio they are in a free state but still the chattel of their masters. Moving stories, lyrically written.

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Las Vegas was the last stop on Bruno Mars’ and Janelle Monae’s Hooligans in Wondaland Tour, and they finished strong at The Pearl at the Palms on June 16. Monae hit the stage in her signature tuxedo wardrobe and her immaculately coiffed hair. Her petite frame bounded about as she showcased her James Brown-like footwork and powerful vocals on songs “Tightrope” and the rock-infused “Come Alive (War of the Roses.” She ended her high-energy performance by crowd-surfing.

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