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Bridging the Arts Gap

June 14, 2018

Jayden Hairston was frustrated. More than anything in the world, he wanted to learn how to sing. His elementary school in Yonkers—just north of New York City—didn’t offer the music instruction he needed. So he begged his parents to sign…


8 Questions for Amanda Gorman

April 27, 2018

Amanda Gorman is the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate. She says poetry can give voice to a new generation of leaders. Has poetry always been a part of your life? I began writing songs when I was 5. In middle…


Painting History

February 26, 2018

Before leaving office in January 2017, President Barack Obama chose artist Kehinde Wiley to paint his official portrait. First Lady Michelle Obama chose Amy Sherald to paint hers. These are the first African-American artists picked to paint official presidential portraits.…

Symphony for a Broken Orchestra


Making Music Again

February 16, 2018

A project to repair damaged instruments is bringing music back to public schools. In December, 400 musicians, young and old, marched onto a stage in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. One had a trumpet wrapped in duct tape. One hauled out a cello…

Movies and Television

Making a Splash

January 8, 2018

For nearly 20 years, SpongeBob SquarePants has entertained TV audiences. Now, SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, THE BROADWAY MUSICAL brings Bikini Bottom and its ocean inhabitants to life. “When you walk into the theater, you walk into Bikini Bottom,” Lilli Cooper told…


Leading the Way

December 4, 2017

Last year, artist and filmmaker Vashti Harrison challenged herself to draw one notable African-American woman every day during Black History Month. “I really wanted to focus on women who are not often spoken about,” Harrison told TFK. Her whimsical…


Winter 2017 Book Reviews: Part One

November 13, 2017

Title: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Author: Rick Riordan Reviewed by: TFK Kid Reporter Aanand Mehta Genre: Fantasy Number of pages: 432 pages What’s the basic story line? Magnus Chase, the son of Frey, god of peace…


Winter 2017 Book Reviews: Part Two

November 13, 2017

Title: Saving Marty Author: Paul Griffin Reviewed by: TFK Kid Reporter Christopher Nguyn Genre: Fiction Number of pages: 195 What’s the basic story line? Eleven-year-old Lorenzo Ventura, a.k.a. Renzo, lives with his mom and grandfather on a peach farm.…


Finding Your Fierce

November 13, 2017

For as long as she can remember, ALY RAISMAN has kept a journal. She has also loved gymnastics. Now, the two-time Olympic champion is hoping to inspire young readers with her first book, Fierce: How Competing for Myself Changed Everything.…


King of the Court

November 6, 2017

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a 7-foot-2-inch activist, actor, film producer, and best-selling author. He’s also a six-time NBA champion and the league’s all-time leading scorer. But before all the awards and fame, Abdul-Jabbar, now 70, was just a shy kid from…