| Oct 18, 2010
| 9:32 PM
The nominations for the 2010 Ovation Awards were announced Monday evening at the Autry National Center for the American West. The awards, organized by the Los Angeles Stage Alliance, are intended to honor excellence in L.A.-area theater productions in...
| Oct 17, 2010
| 9:32 PM
3 stars (out of 4) Bob Dylan arrived in New York at the age of 19 in 1961, and the evidence presented on âThe Bootleg Series Vol. 9 -- The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964â (Columbia) suggests that he already knew the......
| Jun 2, 2010
This crumbling Delta town, set amid cotton fields, abandoned railroad tracks and cypress-studded bayous, is a hard place.
So hard that the plaintive sound of a local musician drawing a knife blade across the strings of his guitar gave birth to the...
| Jul 30, 2010
On a recent sweltering day, the Aquatic Park in Alsip was packed with kids and adults splashing in the pool and soaking up the sun.
The inviting oasis, which includes the outdoor pool, mushroom fountain for youngsters, playground and tanning hill, is...
| Oct 27, 2010
| 4:22 PM
"Simeon’s Story: An Eyewitness Account of the Kidnapping of Emmett Till"
By Simeon Wright with Herb Boyd Lawrence Hill Books, 144 pages, $19.95
In the summer of 1955, when Simeon Wright was 12, nothing excited him more than the coming arrival...
| Apr 24, 2011
Emmylou Harris is trailed by a ragtag parade of eager dogs when she answers a knock at the door of the comfortable two-story home on a fenceless parcel a few miles from downtown Nashville, where she lives with her 89-year-old mother, Eugenia.
| Jul 8, 2011
| 5:37 PM
The former director of historic Burr Oak Cemetery was sentenced to 12 years in prison Friday for her role in a macabre scheme reselling occupied burial plots and dumping their first human remains in a hidden field.
Carolyn Towns, 51, of Blue Island, pled...
| May 15, 2011
| 5:00 AM
We are on the 2011 Student Freedom Riders bus rolling toward Augusta, Ga., watching "The Murder of Emmett Till," a PBS documentary on the savage 1955 lynching of a black boy in the nothing town of Money, Miss. On the old newsreel footage, white person...
| May 11, 2011
| 9:48 AM
"American Experience" observes the 50th anniversary of a seismic event in the American civil rights movement in "Freedom Riders," an electrifying two-hour documentary premiering Monday, May 16, on PBS (check local listings).
Based partly on historian...
| Nov 7, 2011
| 10:34 AM
Do you think it gives Clarence Thomas a warm, fuzzy feeling to know he is one of Ann Coulter's blacks?
That is how Coulter put it on Fox "News" while defending Herman Cain against sexual harassment charges that threatened to engulf his campaign last...
| Dec 19, 2011
When I first heard that former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin had said it was "too easy" to criticize the White House for inviting rapper Common to an event, I thought, "Of all the rappers proudly repping the most negative aspects of their backgrounds,...