| 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...
| Feb 23, 2014
| 8:15 PM
One man was killed and another was injured in two separate shootings in Baltimore Sunday night, police said.
Police found a man lying in the street with a gunshot wound to his head in the 5100 block of Cordelia Ave. in the Langston Hughes neighborhood...
| Feb 22, 2014
| 12:00 PM
SAN DIEGO — With an assured and intimate voice, playwright and novelist Ayad Akhtar's stories cleverly slide across religion, tradition, sexuality and the dangerous if sometimes comical predicaments endured by Muslims in a post-Sept. 11 world...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 1:30 PM
The routes American railroads follow were laid out almost exclusively in the 19th and 20th centuries, when trains were symbols of modernity and industrial power. And today, riding a train — especially in the United States — can feel like...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 9:30 AM
Although he would hardly cause a blip on cultural radar screens today, Carl Van Vechten was, at various stages of his long and storied life, a journalist, provocateur, novelist, nightlife denizen, music and theater critic, confidant to Gertrude Stein,...
| 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...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 1:16 PM
Cellist Leyla McCalla was playing Bach on a New Orleans street corner when she was approached by Carolina Chocolate Drops manager Tim Duffy, who subsequently asked to represent her. She played with the Carolina Chocolate Drops for two years. McCalla's...
| 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,...
| 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...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 9:35 AM
Zora Neale Hurston, celebrated Tuesday in a Google Doodle, died in 1960 in a welfare home after giving the world some of its greatest literature. Although her greatest renown came after death, in life the African American novelist and anthropologist was a...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 2:30 PM
In 2013, Hollywood saw big box office hits with Jennifer Lawrence in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," Sandra Bullock in "Gravity" and Melissa McCarthy (and Bullock again) in "The Heat." But none of these girl-power sagas were directed by a woman.