| Feb 9, 2014
| 4:47 PM
Vincent van Gogh cut off his own ear. Georgia O'Keeffe suffered a nervous breakdown. Claude Monet lived in abject poverty.
If hard times inspire great art, Haywood Green should be famous. The Orlando portrait artist has spent six years behind bars and...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 8:30 PM
Animated films may dazzle with feats of artistic achievement, but it takes the voices of actors working in relative solitude in a sound booth to give the characters and the stories real depth. The process can take years of sporadic recording, and the...
| Mar 28, 2014
Arely Baugh's bicep is decorated with the self-empowerment tattoo "Forever Strong." Amy Lou Grande's upper back contains a birdcage flanked by budding flowers and the title of Maya Angelou's autobiography "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings." Ashley...
| Feb 15, 2014
| 5:14 AM
Young buck. Buck wild. Make a buck. Buck the system. The buck stops here.
"Buck" stops here.
In his office at Morgan State University, MK Asante, the youngest professor ever to receive tenure at the school, is reflecting upon his teen years in the...
| Apr 7, 2014
| 7:51 PM
Bryan Mejia has some advice for the Los Angeles Board of Education.
He isn't a gadfly or political consultant. He isn't running for office — he can't even vote.
Mejia is a high school student. And he wants to help fix what he and other...
| Apr 8, 2014
| 8:35 PM
Disadvantaged students in L.A. Unified stand to benefit from a multimillion-dollar infusion for more tutoring, counselors, English language coaches, nurses, librarians and other support under a budget plan presented Tuesday.
In the opening salvo in a...
| Apr 19, 2014
| 5:00 AM
"What's my motivation?" is a standard laugh line satirizing the acting profession, a livelihood in which it's not always clear why one is doing what one needs to do.
At the moment, Daniel Beaty and Keith David may be the two American actors least likely...
| Apr 24, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Tavis Smiley has what could be deemed the perfect talkshow host name -- upbeat and amiable -- but growing up, he was often the butt of belittling schoolyard jokes.
"When I was a kid, I hated my name," says the Midwesterner whose childhood pipedream was...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 4:24 PM
Maya Angelou may have said "there is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic," but in today's world, it is difficult to grow up as anything otherwise.
At school, we learn about ecosystems and the fragile interaction of species; how the greenhouse effect...
| Feb 23, 2014
| 6:55 AM
Author and Baltimore teacher Sheri Booker has won the NAACP Image Award for outstanding literary work by a debut author.
Booker, a teacher at Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women and a graduate of both Notre Dame of Maryland University and...
| Feb 26, 2014
| 4:31 PM
I don't have a recording of the first poetry feature I ever gave, but part of me is glad I don't. As I recall, I was dreadful.
Like any nervous undergraduate facing a big-time venue — well, Alta Coffee in Newport Beach, although it might as well...