| Feb 15, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Poet, novelist and social activist Langston Hughes would have celebrated his 111th birthday this month. In honor, local artist Katro Storm has curated A Tribute to Langston Hughes, a collection of performance, visual and video art on display at the Sumner...
| Mar 4, 2013
| 3:00 AM
The Census Bureau announced last week that it is dropping the use of the term "Negro" to describe black Americans in its population surveys. I suspect few will mourn the word's passing.
Today Americans of African descent, especially younger ones, almost...
| Mar 1, 2013
| 6:53 PM
Where to begin in addressing the most pressing needs of the children of homeless families, whose members lack necessities most people take for granted?
Do not underestimate the ability of a mystery story to lift and empower even these children, whose...
| Mar 7, 2013
| 5:45 AM
The Ravinia Festival has announced the remainder of its programming for the 2013 summer season. The schedule comprises more than 120 classical, popular, jazz and dance events, presented almost nightly from June 6 to Sept. 15 at Ravinia Park in Highland...
| Aug 24, 2013
| 7:30 AM
In 1928, William Nickerson Jr., along with Norman Houston and George Beavers, founded the Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Co. in Los Angeles to provide insurance to black people unable to purchase policies from white-owned institutions. The company...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 9:06 AM
The idiosyncratic, Pulitzer Prize-nominated Miami poet Howard Camner is also a humorist and something of a performance artist. Here he is in a best-of look at the tweets at @hcamner. He has made 20 in four years.
July 17, 2009: “Turbulence at 67...
| Apr 1, 2013
| 10:01 AM
Today marks the start of National Poetry Month, the monthlong celebration of the verse inaugurated in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets. The April initiative aims to highlight the legacy and achievements of America's poets, and is among the largest...
| Apr 3, 2013
| 9:16 AM
As part of the Wadsworth Atheneum's First Thursday party, the Hartford-based HartBeat Ensemble will present a new 15 minute piece about the Harlem Renaissance -- “The Cotton Club on My Mind: A Harlem Renaissance Reminiscence,” based on “...
| Apr 12, 2013
From his stove, Nelson Algren saw a dark shape stumble out of the bar across Wabansia Avenue. It teetered once, then slumped under the Nectar Beer sign, sizzling neon in the bitter February cold. Eight degrees, an army fatigue jacket, and too many shots...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 8:11 AM
A 19-year-old man was found fatally shot inside a car in an alley in Northwest Baltimore early Wednesday morning, continuing a violent stretch that has seen nearly a killing per day for the past month.
The victim, identified as Delonta Harrison, was...
| Nov 26, 2013
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Around the holidays, you could go to church or you could go to “Black Nativity,” a 90-minute sermon posing as a movie.
There’s nothing wrong with a film advocating gratitude and forgiveness, of course. But written...