“I am a woman of color serving a community of children of color and that helps me understand challenges that they might be experiencing. But it also inspires me to see what happens when communities that have been historically underserved get the opportunities and resources to be able to reach their full potential.”
What I’m emphasizing here … is the fact that they have called a transgender pastor. And part of that is to say: ‘Hey, this is a safe place for folks in the LGBTQ+ community, so safe that this congregation not only says you can come and sit in the pews, but we’ll even call you as pastor.’
There aren’t many people who can say the president of the United States has described them as “a friend, a confidant, and a brother,” as he wrote of Souza in the foreword to Obama: An Intimate Portrait.
Judy Roderiques and Lucy Bly have been time-traveling back to the 19th century for 15 years, portraying Abby Almy and Ruth Bly at the Whaling National Historical Park.
“I think that there’s an opportunity for them to just come in and make a change in society and the way that we’re headed. I think the future is obviously in their hands and we’re going to need them to step up.” — Manuel DeBrito
“I was raised by my great grandmother, who was an avid baker. I can remember her putting out her pie mat for Thanksgiving and rolling out her pie dough. … So I do feel very blessed to have those experiences.” — Brandon Roderick
Sangha New Bedford wants “to meet you where you’re at, to be comfortable enough that you can step into any class at the studio or any class in any studio and have a sense of belonging. And knowing what’s going to happen and how you’re going to be.”
The Westport native’s versions of the Friday the 13th brand have earned him admiration from fans and a reputation amongst peers, marking the start of a career that has taken him Hollywood to the fertile trappings of his South Coast homeland.
“It’s about living in gratitude, and I think that’s the No. 1 thing that I’ve learned in my experience here, is to live in gratitude, even during the dark times.”
“I can tell you how pleasantly amazed I am that it has become as generally popular as it is. I really wasn’t sure that a folk festival would catch on in the area, but it did.”