With the recent publication of her 400th book, renowned author Jane Yolen ’60 adds up the gifts of her writing life.
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Tracks for Our Times
Critics can’t get enough of Boston-based rapper Billy Dean Thomas ’14’s new seven-track EP, For Better or Worse, which continues their exploration of social justice, identity and the political landscape, set to in-your-face beats and infectious rhythms.
A notable track, “Trump vs. Biden,” was censored on social media in the run-up to the election for ostensibly persuading voters—despite the fact that it’s politically neutral and concerned with issues, not candidates. The Boston Herald says For Better or Worse has all the makings of great art: “complexities, conflicts and nuance.”
FOR BETTER OR WORSE
Billy Dean Thomas '14
This story appears as part of the Smithies Create column in the Winter 2020-21 issue of the Smith Alumnae Quarterly.