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CBLDF and Kids’ Right to Read Project Stand Up for Manga

February 8, 2019
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CBLDF and Kids’ Right to Read Project Stand Up for Manga

CBLDF reported last week that popular manga, Assassination Classroom by Yusei Matsui was pulled from a school library on Staten Island, without adhering to the New York City Department of Education guidelines. The comic is currently pending review by an evaluation committee, but in the meantime, it remains unavailable to readers who may find insight…

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Cuomo Ditches Flawed Prison Directive

January 16, 2018
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Cuomo Ditches Flawed Prison Directive

On January 12th, 2018, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo tweeted he would rescind directive 4911A, which greatly restricted inmates access to books as well as fresh fruit and vegetables. The directive was a pilot program designed to roll out to all state prisons by September 2018, which forced inmates families to use six pre-approved…

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Swastikas Removed From High School Production of The Producers

March 18, 2016
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The Producers

Out of fear of misinterpretation and parental upset over the offensive nature of the symbol, a school superintendent in Orangetown, New York made the executive decision to remove all swastikas from the school’s production of the award-winning musical The Producers—an act that has many people are calling foul due to the irony of the situation.…

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Brooklyn Community Archive Features Protest Movement Comics in New Exhibit

February 5, 2016
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Brooklyn Community Archive Features Protest Movement Comics in New Exhibit

CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein recently had the opportunity to tour the current exhibit Our Comics, Ourselves: Identity, Expression, and Representation in Comic Art at Brooklyn’s Interference Archive. Impressed by the visit, he wrote it up for The Beat. Interference Archive is a volunteer-run, community-funded collection of “objects that are created as part of social movements…

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Controversial Crocheted Cover Leads to Upset in New York

January 13, 2016
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When I Was the Greatest

Some parents in New York City, New York have fallen into the age-old trap of judging a book by its cover. Included on the Department of Education’s recommended reading list, Jason Reynold’s award-winning young adult novel When I Was the Greatest has come under attack for depicting a gun crocheted out of colorful yarn on…

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Batman Paints the Town Black and White in Society of Illustrators Exhibit

October 20, 2015
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Batman Paints the Town Black and White in Society of Illustrators Exhibit

Last week the New York Times featured an array of comic art exhibits currently running in NYC, and right at the top was CBLDF advisory board member Chip Kidd’s collection of Batman: Black and White sketch covers, commissioned from a variety of comics luminaries and currently on display at Society of Illustrators in Manhattan. If…

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New York Venue Censors Neil LaBute’s Anti-Censorship Monologue

May 22, 2015
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Tribeca Film Festival 2015 Portrait Studio - Day 6

The New York theater scene is known for putting on some of the most controversial plays, but not when it comes to the monologue Mohammed Gets a Boner. The Sheen Center for Thought and Culture in Greenwich Village made a recent decision to cancel Playwrights for a Cause, a benefit supporting the National Coalition Against…

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