| Apr 4, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Covered in tattoos and gold jewelry, MC Guime took the stage at a Sao Paulo club where patrons pay up to $4,500 for the VIP area, his lyrics fitting right in with the ostentatious surroundings.
"Top of the line! Nike Shox sneakers, Oakley shorts, Oakley...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 12:45 PM
It’s turning into mea culpa week, first with Drake apologizing for his tweet complaining about being replaced on the cover of Rolling Stone by Philip Seymour Hoffman following the actor’s death, and now Nicki Minaj humbling herself for using...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Can a jazz guitarist grow up idolizing Stevie Ray Vaughan? That may be a question for the purists in considering “Golden Age,” the debut album from Nir Felder, who took up guitar at age 13 and still plays the $250 Stratocaster he bought with...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 9:21 PM
When Jack Valenti, the president of the Motion Picture Assn. of America, asked historian and public television host Richard Heffner to oversee the group's controversial movie ratings system, Heffner turned it down, saying his mother "did not raise me to...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 12:41 PM
Amiri Baraka died Thursday after weeks of failing health, a family spokeperson confirmed. He was 79.
A playwright, poet, critic and activist, Baraka was one of the most prominent and controversial African American voices in the world of American...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 2:41 PM
Never shy about his revolutionary views, Amiri Baraka gave New Jersey's governor fair warning of possible fireworks when he was named the state's poet laureate.
"You're gonna catch hell for this," said Baraka, who began his lengthy literary career as...
| Oct 29, 2013
Recently my daughter who now lives in Manhattan and I sat at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Malcolm X Boulevard in the Harlem neighborhood having dinner. This was my first visit to Harlem and I delicately tried to share with my...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 1:15 PM
The best scenes in "Lee Daniels' The Butler" — a family farewell at a bus station; a few drinks and a few dangerous glances among friends in an ordinary Washington, D.C., living room — steer clear of the White House and keep a comfortable...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 10:39 AM
Actor-director Mario Van Peebles has sold his wooded compound in the Hollywood Hills for $1.225 million.
The nearly half-acre rustic retreat includes an early-1960s main house, patio space and a guesthouse. Custom details include stairway handrails made...
| Aug 20, 2013
| 6:30 PM
Spike Lee has added "Boardwalk Empire" regular Michael K. Williams and Stephen Tyrone Williams to the cast of his Kickstarter-funded movie opposite Zaraah Abrahams.
Lee announced the castings Tuesday, the day before the fundraising effort concludes....
| Aug 23, 2013
| 4:32 PM
Aug. 28 will be the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington, the Aug. 28, 1963, gathering for human rights that saw Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. deliver his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial, an event...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 11:24 AM
To hear it from the Gish Prize Trust, Spike Lee did the right thing.
The trust announced Wednesday that Lee -- the firebrand writer-director-actor-educator behind such films as 1992’s “Malcolm X” and the hit “Inside Man”...