| May 10, 2014
| 2:38 PM
"Letters from Zora," Gabrielle Denise Pina's multimedia, one-woman play starring Vanessa Bell Calloway as iconic novelist Zora Neale Hurston, opens at the Pasadena Playhouse on Sunday, a return engagement after last year's popular limited run....
| Mar 14, 2014
| 9:09 AM
Even if it's out of season, this holiday-themed drama - a revision of a Langston Hughes play - offers a positive message that's always timely.
Jacob Latimore plays a Baltimore teen sent by his much-challenged mother (Jennifer Hudson) to spend time...
| Mar 18, 2014
| 1:34 PM
Few poets have captured the feeling of jazz – its rhythms, its cadences, its sense of freedom – more lyrically than Langston Hughes. The music courses through his words, which carry backbeats and melodies as seductive as those in any solo by a...
| Mar 26, 2014
| 10:50 AM
The winners of the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf awards were announced Wednesday with prizes of $10,000 each. Since 1935, the Anisfield-Wolf awards have been presented to books and authors who confront racism and explore diversity.
The Lifetime Achievement...
| Apr 3, 2014
| 8:30 PM
Denzel Washington's rabid fans won't be seeing their idol in this heart-stopping revival of Lorraine Hansberry's ground-breaking 1959 play, "A Raisin in the Sun." They'll be seeing Walter Lee Younger, the scion of a hard-working black family who sees...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Heard about the 55-year-old trying out for the Dallas Cowboys' cheerleading squad?
Sharon Simmons, a Carollton, Texas, grandmother of two, sashayed over to Dallas last week, along with hundreds of other (younger) hopefuls, because she figured a dream...
| Nov 1, 2013
| 7:00 AM
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 6
A Case of You
A young writer smitten with the barista at his local coffee shop scours her Facebook profile for intel and tries to transform himself into her dream guy. With Justin Long and Evan Rachel Wood. Written by Long....
| Feb 14, 2014
Oba William King plays a djembe drum, a kufi covers his bald head, and West African Anansi folk tales are in his repertoire. And although King's work is inspired by ancestral art forms, it would only be part of the story to label King an African...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 11:12 AM
"Hunger Games: Catching Fire" is making Thanksgiving box office history after generating big ticket sales over the holiday.
After taking in $20.8 million in domestic ticket sales on Wednesday, the Jennifer Lawrence action movie made $14.9 million on...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 12:41 PM
Amiri Baraka died Thursday after weeks of failing health, a family spokeperson confirmed. He was 79.
A playwright, poet, critic and activist, Baraka was one of the most prominent and controversial African American voices in the world of American...
| Feb 9, 2014
| 4:05 AM
She was called the Queen of Off-Broadway but you could call her the Queen of Way-Off-Broadway, too, by way of Connecticut.
She was Lucille Lortel, and The Courant described her as "a woman of vim, vigor and vinegar. ... With Lortel's aggressive charm,...