| 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...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 2:57 PM
[<a href="//storify.com/latimes/nelson-mandela-dies-at-age-95" target="_blank">View the story "Nelson Mandela dies at age 95" on Storify</a>]<h1>Nelson Mandela dies at age 95</h1><h2>South Africa's first black president and...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 5:00 PM
The year is 1992. Nelson Mandela, two years beyond his release from 27 years of political imprisonment and two years before he will be elected president of South Africa, stands before a classroom of Soweto children.
A rare moment is being captured by...
| 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...
| 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...
| May 22, 2014
| 2:30 PM
Angela Bassett will make her directorial debut with a Lifetime Original Movie based on the life of Whitney Houston, Lifetime announced Thursday.
Scheduled for a 2015 world premiere under the working title of "Whitney Houston," the pic chronicles the...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 2:52 PM
A few years ago in the New Yorker, Tina Fey, in an essay about her time as a writer on “Saturday Night Live,” broke down the show's writing staff into two fundamental groups: “Harvard Boys and Improv People.” The latter (which...
| Jan 30, 2014
| 5:25 AM
What do you drink with a 75-foot-long Cuban sandwich? When you’re the guy responsible for creating the world-record Dagwood on Saturday at the inaugural Hallandale Beach Hispanic Festival, the answer is odd and understandable.