| Apr 16, 2010
Civil rights leader Benjamin L. Hooks, a lawyer, minister and pioneering judge who revived a flagging NAACP after he became its executive director in the late 1970s, has died. He was 85.
Hooks died Thursday at his Memphis home after a long illness,...
| Apr 8, 2010
| 4:35 PM
It's no surprise that Charles B. Rangel, the gravelly-voiced Democrat from Harlem, has attracted a primary challenger. After all, when the House Ethics Committee admonishes you for accepting gifts from corporations for your junkets to your retreat in...
| Nov 12, 2008
Like everyone else at the Old Dominion Literary Festival, Southern California poet Douglas Kearney had turned his ringer off. So when a stranger called and left an undecipherable message, Kearney, preparing for his reading, didn't think much of it. As a...
| Apr 21, 2010
| 6:34 PM
Dorothy Height, who was called the queen mother of the civil rights movement through seven decades of advocacy for racial equality — including 41 years as president of the National Council of Negro Women — has died. She was 98.
| Aug 30, 2009
Some artists know their calling from the get-go. They skip out of school and get started as quickly as possible. Others come to art late in life, after many years working unrelated jobs. Few artists do both.
But that's exactly what Albert Contreras has...
| Jan 29, 2010
Paul R. Jones, a collector of African American art who donated troves of works to universities in Delaware and Alabama, has died. He was 81.
Jones died in Atlanta on Tuesday after a brief illness, said University of Alabama spokeswoman Angie Estes. The...
| May 25, 1997
NEW YORK -- Behind the glass at Sean "Puffy" Combs' midtown Manhattan recording studio, singer Faith Evans fights back tears as she lays down the plaintive chorus to "I'll Be Missing You," a duet single dedicated to her slain husband, gangsta rap star the...