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Jacket CopyThe Library of Congress' list of 88 books that shaped America includes poetry, novels, nonfiction, a play, a polemic, books of science and grammar, cookbooks and children's books. What's it missing?...
Pop & HissSoprano Kathleen Battle sang African American spirituals at UCLA on Saturday. The anguish and the joy in an evening of songs was brought out by Kathleen Battle's exceptional voice....
Connie Rice was 13 and her father was a test pilot at Edwards Air Force Base when the family drove from the high desert to church at First AME in L.A. She saw the city's ghastly gray air and said to herself, "Well, I'll never live here." Not only has...
Top of the TicketDemocrat promises $850 million in aid to help historically black schools of higher education....
It Speaks to Me: Kristen Morgin on Thurgood Marshall wax figure at Oran Z’s Pan African Black Facts & Wax MuseumCulture MonsterThis is one of the first things I was able to focus my eyes on when I visited the museum, which looks like a garage crammed with someone’s collection. You’re bombarded with so much stuff: wax figures of Frederick Douglass......
Special to the Los Angeles TimesHearts Touched by Fire The Best of "Battles and Leaders of the Civil War" Edited by Harold Holzer Modern Library: 1,264 pp., $38 The Civil War The First Year Told by Those Who Lived It Edited by Brooks D. Simpson, Stephen W. Sears and Aaron Sheehan-...
Los Angeles TimesThe first great American autobiographies both appeared in the 19th century, were born of conflict and written by public men — "The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass" and "The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant." Since then, what we might...
Special to the Los Angeles TimesPreaching With Sacred Fire An Anthology of African American Sermons, 1750 to the Present Edited by Martha Simmons and Frank A. Thomas W.W. Norton: 976 pp., $45 The Anthology of Rap Edited by Adam Bradley and Andrew DuBois Yale University Press:...
On Oct. 9, 2009, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs woke up at dawn and received startling news from Oslo. President Obama, only 48, had just received the Nobel Peace Prize. Usually, this most prestigious of awards honors lifetime accomplishment...
Culture MonsterIt was an evening of awe. They stood in the corridor, instruments in hand; their soft whispers wondered what it was like on the other side. Then, as 100 or so pint-size musicians of the YOLA EXPO Centre Youth Orchestra......
Jacket CopyThe website M + E -- run by author Emma Straub and her husband, Michael Fusco -- is selling a new series of four literary posters, each with an illustration of a writer's home (with address). The illustrations by Aislinn......
Culture MonsterDennis Larkins can be forgiven his feeling of dÃ©jÃ -vu, as he strolls through the new Grateful Dead exhibit at the New York Historical Society. Thirty years ago, he and Peter Barsotti created an iconic poster for the bandâs 1980 shows......
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