| Apr 30, 2015
| 8:23 AM
Toward the end of a recent moderated discussion of his new book, "Michelle Obama: A Life," Northwestern University journalism professor Peter Slevin was asked whether the biography would have been different if he were a black man. "It certainly would have...
| Apr 28, 2015
| 6:59 PM
On Tuesday night, the Obamas hosted the eighth state dinner of their seven-year administration, welcoming visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Washington, D.C., with plenty of pomp and circumstance — new presidential china, a sake toast...
| Feb 25, 2013
| 5:30 AM
Any uncertainty that surrounded Seth MacFarlane's ability to host the biggest night in movies was put to rest quickly when he took the stage Sunday at the 85th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Showing considerable poise, MacFarlane, a man best known as...
| Aug 8, 2012
| 4:44 PM
The conventional wisdom about the Olympics has always been that it turns its viewers into wannabe athletes. Every time the Games roll around, particularly the Summer Games with their relatively easy-to-try-at-home events like track and swimming , we start...
| Nov 29, 2011
Earlier this month, the left-wing magazine the Nation highlighted Joe Therrien as a symbol of the Occupy Wall Street movement. A New York City public school drama teacher, Therrien was frustrated with the shortcomings of the school system. So he quit...
| Feb 25, 2013
| 6:45 AM
Now that the dust has settled and cold reality has replaced airy speculation, it's clearer than ever that as far as the 2013 best picture Oscar was concerned, Hollywood's directors gave and took away.
Not content with being the powers on the set, the...
| Feb 10, 2013
| 4:19 PM
Awards handed out Sunday before the evening Grammy Awards telecast sometimes set the stage for what happens during the national TV broadcast. This year, the Black Keys got the momentum rolling by having a hand in three awards early on, including rock...
| Sep 25, 2012
| 6:45 AM
HALEIWA, Oahu - If you've vacationed in Hawaii, you know the come-hither scent of flowers, the trade winds cooling the peaks and the warmth of the southern ocean.
Now imagine growing up here, where Barack Obama was born, exposed from the first to a...
| Jul 5, 2012
| 5:06 AM
Shelonda Stokes has a vision for this year's African American Festival — and it's a whopper.
In her second year producing the festival, she's already excited about one of its new features: a fitness-craving flashmob, with enough people to earn a...
| Jun 2, 2011
| 11:42 AM
Federal officials are replacing the food pyramid with a full plate — and while experts say that the new approach is an imperfect solution, it's a vast improvement on the much-maligned My Pyramid.
At a news conference Thursday morning, First Lady...
| Jun 15, 2011
Newborns today are more likely to be breast-fed than were babies from generations in the recent past, experts say.
But the sight of a mom breast-feeding her hungry baby in a public space — even discreetly — is still unacceptable to some and...