| Dec 19, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Shortly before the actor David Oyelowo began shooting the part of Martin Luther King Jr. in the new historical drama "Selma," he set out on a video-hunting mission. Oyelowo was searching for something that would help him get under the skin of his...
| Dec 22, 2014
| 6:26 PM
The contemporary immigrant rights movement has commanded attention through civil disobedience, student walkouts and intensive lobbying. But there's another tactic — increasing immigrant clout by allowing all noncitizens to vote — that also...
| Dec 31, 2014
| 8:02 AM
Watch birds return to their night rookery at Trout Lake Nature Center in Eustis.
During the winter months large numbers of double-crested cormorants and anhingas fly in over the lake and settle in bald cypress trees. Wood ducks, egrets, great blue herons...
| Dec 30, 2014
| 2:18 PM
It is no crushing insult to Ava DuVernay's "Selma" that experts dispute its accuracy. In today's movie culture, accuracy only matters when the movie is worth arguing about.
Guardians of President Lyndon B. Johnson's memory are upset that he is portrayed...
| Jan 3, 2015
| 5:00 AM
The powerful film “Selma” is stirring audiences across the country with its compelling portrayal of Martin Luther King Jr. and the heroism of ordinary African Americans as they demanded the right to vote a half century ago.
But the movie...
| Dec 30, 2014
| 9:44 AM
You can scan any director's resume at your peril, because their work is on the screen, and in the right circumstances, as with director Ava DuVernay's fine, full and confident "Selma," the work speaks for itself.
DuVernay's previous films include the...
| Jan 8, 2015
| 6:46 AM
In the mid-1960s, Congress passed and President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a series of laws that came to be known as the Great Society, which set in motion the most transformative period of social change of the last half-century and delivered on many...
| Jan 7, 2015
| 2:30 AM
WASHINGTON -- As the uproar died down over the Hollywood comedy that depicted the fictitious assassination of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, another movie came under fire for taking liberties with the truth. The film in question, "Selma," seemed to...
| Nov 25, 2014
| 2:31 PM
When we look back on what happened in Ferguson, Mo., during the summer of 2014, it will be easy to think of it as yet one more episode of black rage ignited by yet another police killing of an unarmed African-American male.
But that has it precisely...
| Nov 12, 2014
| 7:41 AM
Those standing in line outside Hollywood's Egyptian Theatre on Tuesday night for the 9 p.m. screening of Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper" heard a loud roar go up from inside the historic building shortly after 8.
It was the sound of Ava DuVernay's...
| Nov 17, 2014
| 9:48 AM
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Committee Inc. of The Villages will present its 12th annual Commemorative Awards Breakfast scheduled for 9 a.m. Jan. 10 at the Savannah Center at 1545 Buena Vista Blvd. in The Villages.
This year's theme...