| Jun 1, 2014
| 1:27 PM
I cannot recall in what grade I was when the teacher put "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" on the required reading list. But I'll never forget how I felt after finishing it.
In reading Maya Angelou's first memoir, I felt something of a...
| Jun 2, 2014
| 12:18 PM
I was listening to a local radio news program when I heard the anchor say that Dr. Maya Angelou had passed. To make sure the report was accurate, I called a friend, who knows her through a close friendship with Angelou's grandson. She confirmed what I was...
| May 19, 2014
| 10:30 AM
The American Film Institute is awarding honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts degrees to screenwriter Robert Towne and actress Cicely Tyson.
The honors, which recognize their "contributions of distinction to the art of the moving image," will be presented...
| May 22, 2014
| 2:44 PM
The latest Pew Research Center poll shows that 54% of Americans favor legalizing marijuana.
If you are part of that 54%, you must be on cloud nine (high, in other words).
First came states allowing medical marijuana dispensaries.
Then in the November...
| Jul 28, 2014
| 5:06 PM
A poet once told me that to enjoy poetry, you must read it aloud to appreciate the nuances of the word choices and hear the rhythms that bring the stories to life.
If that's true, Hampton Roads poetry fans can count themselves among the fortunate. There...
| Apr 24, 2013
| 12:25 PM
A lecture by author Maya Angelou scheduled for May 2 at Chrysler Hall has been postponed.
According to a news release, Angelou’s health is the cause of the delay. Angelou turned 85 in early April.
The talk was to coincide with the Norfolk...
| Feb 9, 2013
| 12:51 PM
For the Urban League of Broward County, the road to hosting the annual gathering of one of the nation's oldest civil rights organizations will involve raising lots of money, recruiting hundreds of volunteers and strategic planning to welcome thousands....
| Jun 10, 2013
| 1:28 PM
Live with vultures, become a vulture; live with crows, become a crow.
Why did the crow cross the road? The giggle answer that rose up was "to get to the other side," of course. As the black bird with the wide stance...
| Jun 14, 2013
| 4:28 PM
It's an age-old question with as many answers as there are muffin-topped men afraid to talk about their feelings wandering the barbecue aisle at Home Depot on Saturday:
What to do for Father's Day?
So here to aid, abet and entertain you is "The...
| Feb 1, 2013
| 3:10 PM
When Richard Blanco was named as the 2013 inaugural poet, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith said in an email that the White House had made an ideal choice, citing the scope of his poems, "their beautiful fidelity to private experience, to...
| Feb 8, 2013
| 8:31 PM
James DePreist, artistic advisor to the Pasadena Symphony and Pops and one of the few African American conductors to lead major orchestras in the United States and abroad, died Friday at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 76.
The cause was...