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A London-based American journalist covering arts, culture, education and development stories for publications including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN and National Public Radio.

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New York Times: A Smithsonian Museum Sharpens Focus on the History of Slavery

On a Sunday stroll up 16th Street in Washington, D.C., years ago, Lonnie Bunch got a hug and a gentle talking-to from an African American woman.Mr. Bunch — who at the time was the director of the National Museum of African American History…
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New York Times: What to Do When a Once-Beloved Art Piece Has Lost Its Luster

LONDON — Several years ago, Bari Shaffran and her husband were meandering around Frieze London when they came across the booth of Berlin-based gallery Eigen + Art.While not avid collectors, the couple had purchased works at art fairs before.…
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New York Times: For Vulnerable Art, Help Making a Fresh Start

LONDON: As the first of Vincent van Gogh’s paintings to become part of a public museum collection, the provenance of“Poplars Near Nuenen” is easily traceable. The landscape’s restoration history, however, has not been as straightforward.Painted…
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New York Times: A Nigerian Doctor’s Fight for Equitable Access to Vaccines

LONDON: Dr. Ayoade Alakija, an infectious disease specialist based in Nigeria, is co-chair of the African Union’s Vaccine Delivery Alliance (AVDA). In December 2021, Dr. Alakija, nicknamed Yodi, was put in charge of accelerating equitable…

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