| Jul 14, 2014
| 6:15 PM
From childhood, Nadine Gordimer understood the cruelties of apartheid.
"I went to the Convent of Our Lady of Mercy," the daughter of poor South African whites recalled years ago, "but there was no mercy for blacks. I went to dancing classes, blacks were...
| Jul 14, 2014
| 7:20 AM
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer, an uncompromising moralist who became one of the most powerful voices against the injustice of apartheid, has died at the age of 90, her family said on Monday.
| Jul 14, 2014
| 2:15 PM
Nadine Gordimer, who died Sunday at age 90, understood the power of writing as a moral force. Not only in terms of literature (although that too) but also politically, in a country -- apartheid-era South Africa -- where such commitment carried a high...
| Jul 17, 2014
| 8:30 PM
The 35th Durban film fest kicked off July 17 with the crime drama "Hard to Get," pictured above, a steamy, Bonnie-and-Clyde-style romance set on the mean streets of Johannesburg that marked an auspicious debut for first-time helmer Zee Ntuli.
| Jul 18, 2014
| 12:53 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn took part in a ceremony Friday morning to name a West Side street in honor of Nelson Mandela on what would have been the late South African leader's 96th birthday.
The governor joined other officials at the corner of Chicago and Cicero...
| Jul 6, 2014
| 12:27 PM
Documentary filmmaker and film historian Michael Henry Wilson, whose films and books focused on directors such as Martin Scorsese and Clint Eastwood, died June 26 at home in Westlake Village. He was 67.
The cause was lung cancer, said his wife, Carole...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 6:30 PM
The Durban Intl. Film Festival, which runs July 17-27 in the South African city that lies along the Indian Ocean coast, has unveiled its full program. With a focus on 20 years of post-Apartheid democracy in South Africa, many local filmmakers will be...
| Jun 26, 2014
| 5:19 AM
BOONSBORO -- In three months on the Appalachian Trail, Jim Parkins has met a federal judge, a doctor, countless Boy Scouts, marijuana-smoking college graduates, and a married couple who celebrate their anniversary each year by feeding hikers for a week....
| Jun 5, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl appeared "drugged" and "very weak" in a Taliban video shown to senators Wednesday during a classified briefing, the administration's most broad-ranging consultation with lawmakers after a controversial prisoner swap.
| Aug 20, 2014
| 1:56 PM
For jazz lovers, it's the best week of the year: a riot of activity starting Monday, as a lead-up to the Chicago Jazz Festival, which runs Thursday through Aug. 31.
From a programming standpoint, the 36th annual Chicago Jazz Festival looks strong,...
| Aug 9, 2014
| 6:58 PM
Tucked inside the files at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston are State Department notes from the 1960s detailing racial discrimination along U.S. 40 in Maryland — and warning the president of its implications for the Cold War.