| Dec 19, 2011
Common seems to have reached that sweet spot in a rap career where he can get away with a “man of many faces” act on a record and it not ring hollow. I mean, you know an album is going to be an interesting one when one of the first things...
| Oct 19, 2012
Several weeks ago, I wrote about seeing award-winning poet Nikki Giovanni speak at TNCC. During that talk, Giovanni told us she was looking forward to an upcoming event at Virginia Tech to honor her friend, celebrated author Toni Morrison. The event,...
| May 2, 2012
| 4:00 AM
The number was untraceable - almost.
On Election Night in 2010, The Baltimore Sun's switchboard lit up with reports of a suspicious "robocall": it told voters to relax, that President Obama and Gov.Martin O'Malley had been successful, and that there...
| May 18, 2012
| 11:25 AM
Earlier this year, when Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed a 100-book required reading list for his compatriots, it provoked anxiety, rekindling memories of Soviet-era censorship. The furor underscored an important point: that literature plays a...
| Jan 14, 2012
| 2:56 PM
A truncated quote carved into a Washington memorial to slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. that drew criticism for not reflecting the spirit of his full remarks will be corrected, the Interior Department said on Friday.
| Jan 15, 2012
| 5:03 AM
This has been a monumental year for the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose life and works we celebrate Monday across this great nation.
It was 48 years ago that King delivered his “I Have a Dream Speech” on the steps of...
| Jan 16, 2012
| 4:04 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The nation pauses Monday to remember the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights icon who would have turned 83 this year had a bullet not cut short his life.
President Barack Obama will mark the holiday with a service project at...
| Jan 30, 2012
| 10:43 PM
Here's a look at February's TV premieres, including new and returning series, speicals and movies. If you notice I've missed something, leave me a message in the comments. I'll continue to add to the list
Thursday, Feb. 2
7 | "Love Etc.," OWN...
| Sep 29, 2012
Celebrated poet and author Nikki Giovanni helps to expand and enrich young minds in Blacksburg, where she's a professor of English at Virginia Tech. Still, she's not exactly cloistered in her mountain-top, ivory tower. She gets around.
Giovanni, who grew...
| Sep 22, 2012
| 2:52 PM
African-American authors from as far away as Atlanta and Cleveland converged on the Bridge of Life church in downtown Hagerstown on Saturday to participate in the inaugural Urban Book Festival.
Event organizer Ladetra Robinson said she used Facebook...