| Nov 25, 2014
| 10:22 AM
Half a century before protests and violence racked Ferguson, Mo., racial clashes in a south Chicago suburb followed a similarly tragic scenario. Both situations included petty shoplifting — allegedly cigars outside St. Louis, a bottle of gin in...
| Nov 9, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Harry Belafonte gave one of the all-time great acceptance speeches at Saturday night's Governors Awards, citing Hollywood's often-shameful power to influence attitudes, and challenging the heavy-hitters in the room to instead create works that allow...
| Nov 4, 2014
| 8:20 AM
Journalism is by nature an art – or a craft, depending on your take – of the present, that old cliché about it being the first draft of history. I see it more as snapshots of time, and it’s interesting sometimes to go back through some...
| Oct 25, 2014
| 2:00 PM
Archibald J. Motley Jr. was an artist intrigued by the night. It is there in a large number of his paintings, which tap into the joys and dramas of life after dark, onstage and backstage, in the streets of Chicago or during a feverish nighttime church...
| Oct 22, 2014
| 11:51 AM
In the November issue of Vanity Fair, Bruce Handy has a long piece about the history and future of Paris’ Shakespeare and Company bookstore, my call for greatest bookstore in the world. A warren of rooms and bookshelves that fill a 17th century...
| Oct 16, 2014
| 8:33 AM
More than 80 people were robbed across Baltimore during the week ending Oct. 11, a 20 percent jump from the previous week, statistics show.
The 82 reported robberies included three that occurred downtown, four in Mid-Town Belvedere, and six in...
| Oct 11, 2014
| 12:50 PM
Three men were wounded by gunfire in separate incidents late Friday and Saturday in West Baltimore, city police said. The men are expected to survive their injuries.
About 11 p.m. Friday, police found a man shot in the groin in the 500 block of W....
| Oct 10, 2014
Who I am
Dr. Haki R. Madhubuti, author, poet, retired university professor and founder of Third World Press, the oldest independent African-American publisher in the country.
One unique thing about me
I started reading literature seriously at 14...
| Oct 1, 2014
| 7:27 AM
Jamie Mattos enrolled at Goodwin College to get a nursing degree, but along the way, she discovered a talent for writing poetry.
"I always loved art and poetry, but I didn't know I could write poems until I tried," said Mattos, whose work has appeared...
| Aug 29, 2014
| 7:50 PM
William Greaves, the Emmy-award winning co-host and executive producer of a groundbreaking television news program and a prolific filmmaker whose subjects ranged from Muhammad Ali to the Harlem Renaissance to the black middle class, has died. He was 87....
| Sep 27, 2014
| 3:45 PM
J. California Cooper, who illuminated the struggles of black women in novels and short stories prized for their folksy wisdom and original voices, including those of an unborn child and a dead slave, died Sept. 20 in Seattle. She was 82.
The cause was...