| Sep 11, 2012
| 8:07 AM
If you ever wanted to get inside Omar's head, here's your best shot.
Actor Michael K. Williams, who played everyone's favorite gay hitman on "The Wire," has just shared with New York Magazine the songs that he'd play to get himself in the Omar mood.
| Jul 29, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Pop star Jay-Z will bring his art gallery what-is-it project "Picasso Baby" to television audiences with a new documentary airing on HBO starting Friday.
"Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film," debuting Friday at 11 p.m. on the premium cable channel,...
| Jul 26, 2013
| 9:23 PM
True to her reputation, Beyoncé — Mrs. Carter — delivered Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Belting out every note infallibly, dancing each synchronized step perfectly, Queen Bey makes us wonder if her music videos each...
| May 11, 2013
| 4:04 PM
One detail I didn't have room to include in last weekend's Arts & Books feature on the soundtrack to "The Great Gatsby" was just how the film's director, Baz Luhrmann, recruited Jay-Z to help him assemble the music for the movie.
In an interview...
| Aug 21, 2013
| 4:18 PM
A Costa Mesa family visiting Zoomar's Petting Zoo in San Juan Capistrano saw 3-week-old kittens without a mom. The zoo staff complained about the many stray cats, and the family agreed to take the kittens home.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z, two black kittens...
| May 4, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Baz Luhrmann didn't want to answer the question.
"I can't really say it about myself," he said. "But yes, I do."
The Australian director behind this month's hip-hop-inspired adaptation of "The Great Gatsby" had been asked if he thinks his movies...
| Jun 23, 2013
Baseball, football, wrestling
ACT: 34. GPA: 4.88/4.0.
Athletics: All-Suburban Christian Blue football 2012, baseball 2012-13. 138-pound regional runner-up, wrestling 2013.
Academics: IHSA All-State Academic 2012-13,...
| Jul 3, 2013
| 12:15 PM
We're not sure where Kanye West and Jay-Z's duel of self-mythologizing will end up -- perhaps with a "Yeezus" sequel titled "I Am Cthulhu"? But Jay-Z has escalated matters with his newest promotional gambit.
His new album, "Magna Carta Holy Grail," has...
| Jul 5, 2013
| 5:00 AM
It's possible to pare down the gist of "Magna Carta Holy Grail," the 12th solo studio album from New York rapper/businessman/new dad Jay-Z, to three simple words uttered in a track called "Tom Ford."
"I'm so special," declares the rapper, 43, and anyone...
| Jul 3, 2013
Jay-Z has been on top for so long that sometimes it’s hard to remember where he began.
The rapper, who grew up in New York’s Marcy projects, started from the bottom and now he’s chilling with the President. Some people say the Jigga Man...
| Jul 8, 2013
** 1/2 (out of 4)
Jay-Z has been rapping about having a lot of money for a long time: "Without rap, I was crazy straight/partner, I'm still spending money from '88" he spat on "Dead Presidents II" in 1996. Back then, though, there was a populist tilt...