| 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 9, 2014
| 6:30 PM
Amiri Baraka, the militant man of letters and tireless agitator whose blues-based, fist-shaking poems, plays and criticism made him a provocative and groundbreaking force in American culture, died Thursday at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark,...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Can a jazz guitarist grow up idolizing Stevie Ray Vaughan? That may be a question for the purists in considering “Golden Age,” the debut album from Nir Felder, who took up guitar at age 13 and still plays the $250 Stratocaster he bought with...
| May 1, 2014
| 11:02 AM
When Nicki Minaj was cast in “The Other Woman,” she had never been in a movie before. But the hip-hop artist was no stranger to playing make-believe.
The 31-year-old -- born Onika Tanya Maraj -- has long had a penchant for the dramatic,...
| Apr 13, 2014
| 2:07 PM
Ralph Dawson Matthews Jr., a former managing editor of the Baltimore Afro-American who worked closely with Malcolm X in the early 1960s and once shared a house with a young Miles Davis, died April 3 at the Adelphi House assisted living facility in...
| Apr 4, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Covered in tattoos and gold jewelry, MC Guime took the stage at a Sao Paulo club where patrons pay up to $4,500 for the VIP area, his lyrics fitting right in with the ostentatious surroundings.
"Top of the line! Nike Shox sneakers, Oakley shorts, Oakley...
| Jun 23, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"I'd like to rip her throat out!"
This is what the great Meryl Streep supposedly said -- all in good actorish fun -- when Madonna's tireless campaign to play the lead in the movie "Evita" came to pass in 1997.
But that might be the only role Miss Streep...
| Jun 26, 2014
| 6:30 PM
With her eyes set on a career in trauma nursing, Maria Resendiz pays the bills by working as an emergency medical technician while studying at Malcolm X College.
"It's the fast response" that has fueled her enthusiasm during two years with ATI...
| Jun 3, 2014
| 8:59 PM
A famous Life magazine photograph from 1965 shows Malcolm X lying on the stage of a New York City ballroom moments after assassins had shot him down. One of the first people who rushed to his side was a petite Asian woman in glasses who is seen cradling...
| Jun 6, 2014
She bought her clothes for their colors in secondhand shops — "beautiful reds and oranges, and greens and pinks, and teals and turquoise" — and wore them in happy mismatch. She danced feathers and a few sequins to Alvin Ailey's leopard print...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 12:45 PM
It’s turning into mea culpa week, first with Drake apologizing for his tweet complaining about being replaced on the cover of Rolling Stone by Philip Seymour Hoffman following the actor’s death, and now Nicki Minaj humbling herself for using...