| Apr 28, 2013
| 7:19 PM
The breakout success of the Chicago rap scene last year—headlined by the buzz and controversy of Chief Keef--;exposed America to new faces creating sounds unfamiliar to the current rap landscape. Played-out narratives of cars, women, and money...
| Jun 24, 2013
*** (out of four)
“I don’t want a walk,” Minnesota rapper/singer Dessa declares on “Fighting Fish,” “I’d rather swing and miss.” That song, a spitfire of head-nodding purpose, is one of the highlights of...
| Jun 21, 2013
| 3:44 PM
Running off at the typewriter. …
I got a text message the other day from Victor Gray, the ultra-popular and talented UCF defensive lineman and Dr. Phillips High School product who will not get to play his senior season because of a rare spinal...
| Jun 18, 2013
***1/2 (out of four)
When was the last time you saw Kanye West smile? He was once a schoolyard dick-joke rapper; now he’s “all black everything,” every day, constantly dressed for a funeral and fighting the paparazzi with Kim...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 6:25 PM
I can't decide whether I love, hate or love to hate HBO's "True Blood" (8 p.m. CT June 16, HBO; 2 stars out of 4). With its many repeated plot points and an ever-increasing roster of supernatural beings, it doesn't seem to be aging as gracefully as its...
| Jun 15, 2013
| 6:46 AM
There was a time when you couldn't walk past a news stand without tripping over a new Kanye West interview. Times have changed. News stands have basically ceased to exist, and Yeezy's a little more judicious about who gets to publish his thoughts. (Also,...
| Jun 7, 2013
Dear Amy: I am a 22-year-old woman, and I'm having issues with a friend. She and I have been very close friends for half of our lives, but as time goes on she is changing.
I can't figure out if I should start to keep my distance from her because I...
| Jun 6, 2013
| 8:32 AM
“Graceland” star Daniel Sunjata decided to become an actor partly because he would get to experience different challenges on the job. At the time he may not have been thinking he’d have to surf.
“My surfing? As Daniel, not so...
| Apr 30, 2013
Pitbull, a Billboard Top 20 artist and a spokesperson for Bud Light, can include a song called “Everybody F***s” on an album without incident. Yet visual evidence of that asterisk-altered title often inspires giggles, judgment and scorn.
| May 5, 2013
| 1:52 PM
Once again, it's on.
The Bulls and Miami will square off in the playoffs for the second time in three years, renewing an intense rivalry these teams have shared since the 2010-11 season, when LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined Dwyane Wade on South...
| Apr 4, 2013
Mike Rice had to be fired. He repeatedly demeaned young men. He abused his position of authority. He not only violated the ideals of coaching, he ran roughshod through the boundaries of common human decency.
Yet here's the thing. If ESPN "Outside the...