| Jan 9, 2014
| 2:41 PM
Never shy about his revolutionary views, Amiri Baraka gave New Jersey's governor fair warning of possible fireworks when he was named the state's poet laureate.
"You're gonna catch hell for this," said Baraka, who began his lengthy literary career as...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 4:11 AM
When the United States government needed a voice that could speak with eloquence and authority “on behalf of the American people” to honor the life of revered South African human rights champion Nelson Mandela, it is no surprise the call...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 1:04 PM
Hampton Roads remembers slain civil rights hero Martin Luther King Jr. with a variety of musical salutes, parades and gatherings. Here are news releases containing details of some events taking place Jan. 17-20, 2014.
| Nov 7, 2013
| 8:31 AM
For all the outreach that happens in downtown Fort Lauderdale’s FAT Village, many folks who live around the area remain hesitant to dip a toe in. Even the monthly Art Walk is a challenge for those people able to walk without falling down, but...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 7:43 AM
The National Book Foundation has announced that Maya Angelou is this year's recipient of the Literarian Award, an honorary National Book Award for contributions to the literary community.
Over Angelou's 50-plus years as a writer and poet, she has won...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 3:19 PM
The plumeria tree outside Linda Garcia's house gave and gave again. Its soft, five-point blossoms pulsed color from its boughs, shining out to the sidewalk and the dog walkers who passed the house on their daily rounds.
One day, it was gone. Someone...
| Nov 20, 2013
| 7:54 PM
James McBride won the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction for “The Good Lord Bird,” a satirical account of pre-Civil War America that features a cross-dressing slave who gets caught up in John Brown’s famous anti-slavery rebellion....
| Nov 21, 2013
| 9:08 AM
On Wednesday night, the National Book Awards were presented at a black-tie dinner at Cipriani Wall Street in Manhattan. “The Oscars of the Book World,” host Mika Brzezinski called it, although, as Fran Lebowitz once sniffed, “It’...
| Nov 23, 2013
| 5:30 PM
With her dark skin and "unconkable kinky hair," Wanda Coleman found growing up in Los Angeles in the 1950s often felt like torture.
"The stultifying intellectual loneliness of my 1950s and '60s upbringing was dictated by my looks," she wrote years...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 3:18 PM
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This week's TV Movies
The Blacklist Tom (Ryan Eggold)...
| Dec 8, 2013
| 6:37 PM
The 17-year-old high school senior lives in a neighborhood south of downtown where crime is still high, police sirens are ever-present, and fast-food joints line the block. She rarely leaves the area, never once having been to the beach with her family....