| Nov 7, 2013
| 9:30 AM
The 1977 TV blockbuster "Roots" features a scene in which the slave Kunta Kinte, played by LeVar Burton, is whipped unmercifully until he acknowledges that his name in captivity will be Toby. The sequence is not only distinguished by its brutality, but...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 12:59 PM
Slavery is a hot topic, with the success of "12 Years A Slave" and "Django Unchained."
Now History is seeking to capitalize by remaking the historic 1977 miniseries "Roots."
The cable channel announced that it will reboot the groundbreaking miniseries...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 2:11 PM
Johnny Knoxville has been at the center of the lowbrow "Jackass" series of bad-boy comedy films and cable TV shows. His format gathers a collection of silly, stupid skits that are so seriously R-rated they defy description in a family newspaper. The...
| Sep 7, 2013
| 7:00 AM
TORONTO -- Brad Pitt didn't say much during the question-and-answer session that followed the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of "12 Years a Slave" on Friday night, just a short comment on why he produced and co-starred in the Steve McQueen...
| Oct 26, 2012
| 3:21 PM
LeVar Burton speaks with the clarity and conviction of a man with an audience. His indignations are righteous. “I'm pissed at the current state of education in America. The fact that we've spent way too much money on war and not enough on our kids?...
| Jun 10, 2013
| 10:28 AM
The legendary Cicely Tyson stole the Tony Awards on Sunday evening with her moving acceptance speech after being named best actress in a drama for the revival of Horton Foote's "A Trip to Bountiful."
It was the 79-year-old actress' first Tony and her...
| Aug 31, 2012
| 5:41 AM
Johnny Winter, one of the greatest blues guitarists of all time, is on the road somewhere in Massachusetts, delivering terse answers by phone to a wide range of questions.
What was Muddy Waters like as a bandleader?
"He was very strict. If he didn't...
| Aug 19, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Lee Meriwether never had any intention of becoming a beauty queen. But thanks to a fraternity at the City College of San Francisco, she became not only Miss San Francisco, but later Miss California and finally Miss America in 1955.
Meriwether was a...
| Aug 7, 2013
| 12:19 PM
Historian and Harvard University scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. can still remember how moved and inspired he was as a high school senior watching a documentary about black American history narrated by Bill Cosby. The film was a key in launching his elite...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 5:00 AM
They say that television is a writer's medium, so it makes sense that the Writers Guild of America would have its own list of the 101 greatest TV shows of all time.
At the top of the list is "The Sopranos," HBO's multiple award-winning hit series that...
| Feb 13, 2013
Author My Haley's "The Treason of Mary Louvestre" tour continues
In case you missed it in our earlier story, author My Haley is currently touring to discuss her book, "The Treason of Mary Louvestre" (Koehlerbooks, 2013), which tells the story of a...