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LAS VEGAS – Nevada state Sen. Kelvin Atkinson says he didn’t plan to come out of the closet as a gay man before the entire state Senate, and the nation, this week. It just worked out that way. The 44-year-old Democrat, who represents North...
Presidents Day, which falls between the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, celebrates the contributions of those presidents. But here's a nomination for another president worth remembering on this long weekend: Harry Truman, the first...
Jazz trumpeter and band leader Donald Byrd, whose clean, elegant phrasing made his reputation in the 1950s and '60s before he began experimenting in the '70s and '80s with jazz-funk-R&B fusions on discs such as "Black Byrd" and "Thank You ... for F.U.M.L....
Tags: John Coltrane, Entertainment, Thelonious Monk, Nas, Miles Davis
Jazz musician Donald Byrd, a leading hard-bop trumpeter of the 1950s who collaborated on dozens of albums with top artists of his time and later enjoyed commercial success with hit jazz-funk fusion records such as "Black Byrd," has died. He was 80. He...
WASHINGTON — The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the president’s former pastor whose sermons touched off a firestorm in the 2008 political campaign, urged Monday that President Obama heed the words of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and transform...
All eyes will be on Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor when they take the stage at Monday's presidential inauguration. But they're far from the only major artists partaking in the festivities. A slew of performing artists will be taking the...
Tags: John Legend, James Taylor, Kelly Clarkson, Moby, Andrew Bird
Catherine O'Neill, a social worker turned political activist and advocate for refugee women who co-founded the watchdog group now called the Women's Refugee Commission, died of cancer Wednesday at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She was 70. Her death...
Ron Palillo Actor played Arnold Horshack on 'Kotter' Ron Palillo, 63, an actor whose signature role was Arnold Horshack in the 1970s TV sitcom "Welcome Back, Kotter," died Tuesday of a heart attack in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., said his agent, Jackie...
Tags: Entertainment, White House, Obituaries, Tom Brokaw, Gerald Ford
Retired Lt. Cmdr. Wesley Brown, the first African American graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, died Tuesday in Silver Spring, Md., the Naval Academy's alumni association announced from Annapolis, Md. He was 85 and had cancer. A 1949 graduate, Brown was...
Raymond L. Johnson Sr., an attorney, civil rights activist and former Tuskegee Airman, died Dec. 31 in Los Angeles of complications of pneumonia and heart failure, said his wife, Evelyn. He was 89. Johnson, who practiced law for nearly 50 years, was a...
Robert L. Carter, who as an NAACP civil rights attorney was an architect of the legal strategy used in the cases that led to Brown vs. Board of Education, the landmark 1954 Supreme Court decision that declared school segregation unconstitutional, has...
When Berry Gordy Jr. wanted to borrow $800 from his family to found Motown Records in 1959, he knew that the most formidable resistance would come from his oldest sister, Esther. "You're 29 years old and what have you done with your life?" his sister...
Tags: Artists, Marvin Gaye, Motown Records, Museums, History
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