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  • A poet with soul: The ballads of Gil Scott-Heron

     
    The late Gil Scott-Heron was many things -- poet, activist, icon, cipher -- but it’s easy to forget: He could sing, too. Following his passing on May 27, a parade of accolades have lauded his achievements as a cultural figure,...
  • Stephen King on TV, from 'Salem's Lot' to 'Bag of Bones'

     
    On Sunday, the two-part miniseries “Bag of Bones” premieres on A&E, the latest in a very long line of efforts to bring Stephen King’s unique vision to TV. Mick Garris, the director and King's most established TV collaborator, discusses...

    American Swing: 4 of 5 stars

    Here's a documentary about a piece of history many won't believe ever happened. In the late 1970s through the mid-'80s, there was a much ballyhooed club for "swingers" in Manhattan, a place where the beautiful and the buzzed, the homely and promiscuous,...

    Mario Van Peebles Gets Soapy

    We're not sure what route, exactly, takes you from "New Jack City" to "All My Children," but Mario Van Peebles has traveled it. Van Peebles is joining the cast of the ABC soap opera later this month. It's his second foray into daytime drama; one of his...

    African American activists, including Jeremiah Wright and Cornel West, blast Cuba on racism

     
    Black luminaries, including Cornel West, Ruby Dee and Melvin Van Peebles, are condemning persistent racism in Cuban society, prompting a rebuke from the Havana government.