December 23rd, 2011
02:48 PM ET

'Undocumented' play reveals immigrants' hidden lives

Kat Chua wrote the play "Undocumented," about the experiences of undocumented immigrants living in the United States. It was inspired by a project she worked on as a student at New York University - and her own story. Chua was born in the Philippines, and brought to New York at age 8.

Although the play's characters think the DREAM Act could change their futures, the play isn't really about the legislation, Chua said.

"It's not about one solution fixing everything," she said. "It's about the fact that there is a population of the country, of this world, that isn't represented, that is trying to obtain rights."

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December 23rd, 2011
10:48 AM ET

Engage: How will Ron Paul's racially charged newsletters play in Iowa?

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Maya Angelou defuses feud with rapper Common over 'N' word
Common's "The Dreamer/The Believer" features Maya Angelou, but she wasn't expecting him to use the "N" word.
December 23rd, 2011
05:14 AM ET

Maya Angelou defuses feud with rapper Common over 'N' word

It was reported earlier this week that Dr. Maya Angelou was upset with the rapper Common over his use of the "N" word on his new album, but Angelou has since clarified that there isn't a dispute.

Common's just-released "The Dreamer/The Believer" features Angelou, 83, reciting a poem on the track "The Dreamer." The New York Post reported Sunday that Angelou was "horrified" that the rapper would have her appear on a song in which he uses the term.

The legendary poet was quoted as saying that she was "surprised and disappointed," adding, "I don't know why he chose to do that. I had never heard him use that [word] before. I had admired him so because he wasn't singing the line of least resistance."

On Monday, Angelou called in to BET's "106 & Park," where Common was talking about his new album, and, according to a statement, said "disappointed" was the wrong word.

Read the full story on CNN's Marquee blog