| Aug 18, 2013
| 2:05 PM
Long before he became a Grammy-winning songwriter and hip-hop music mogul, before he reached millionaire status and before he began to hobnob with the likes of Oprah, Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama, Kevin Liles was a kid growing up in a West Baltimore...
| Aug 4, 2013
| 5:59 PM
Baltimore won’t get to host the Sept. 5 NFL regular-season opener, but it will get Keith Urban.
The Grammy-winning country music star will perform a live, free concert in the Inner Harbor on Sept. 5 as a lead-in to the Ravens’ game in...
| Feb 5, 2013
| 3:00 AM
Since the beginning of the republic, there has been a dynamic tension between constantly expanding diversity driven by immigration and the relentless homogenizing force of common American culture. And there's nothing like a long drive on an interstate...
| Jan 18, 2013
| 5:59 AM
Not sure what's better -- the auditions or the nutty antics between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey? Regardless of which, this season has proven to be very entertaining so far.
Auditions were held in the Windy City -- the same town that gave us Jennifer...
| Jan 17, 2013
| 5:34 AM
Oh, "American Idol" Season 12. Where else would the show premiere but in "The City That Never Sleeps," and New York offered up its biggest and brightest budding stars.
Enter the judges: Randy Jackson, country heartthrob Keith Urban and the two "ladies"...
| Dec 12, 2012
| 10:15 AM
On Tuesday night’s episode, America sent home Trevin Hunte, leaving only Nicholas David, Cassadee Pope and Terry McDermott in the running for next week's finale.
America, I understand. I really do. Trevin being constantly praised was getting old,...
| Apr 2, 2012
| 8:12 PM
Week 3 and tonight's the first night I'll lament not hearing the announcer say "Navratilova" in that special way. And as if that's not sad-making enough, it's "their most memorable year" night. Hope your heartstrings are screwed in tight because they're...
| Apr 4, 2012
| 8:25 AM
This recap of "The Voice" is brought to you by several pots of coffee and the frantic distractions of Election Eve in the newsroom. Bear with me, and this all-too-brief blog post.
The deal: The six members of Team Christina and Team Blake all...
| Dec 13, 2011
| 3:20 PM
Santa Claus and two of his elves pedaled their bicycles across Fort Avenue and up Woodall Street, stopping beside an apartment across from the Domino Sugar Factory.
With Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" blasting from a boombox — and...
| Dec 13, 2011
| 5:38 PM
All I want for Christmas is a black-and-white "Glee" holiday special .. .and a purple Christmas tree.
This year, Gleeks were treated to a show within a show. The glee kids, because of some cancellation of a yuletide log special on a local channel, are...
| Sep 5, 2012
| 3:24 AM
I'm probably taking this show a little too seriously over here, but some presentation as to how the 24 acts are divided up into two groups would be nice, because the second week of the semi-finals is full of acts that could never compete with the ones...
| Jan 22, 2012
| 11:10 PM
“The 'American Idol' auditions are in a … boat, I’m guessing?” wondered one Idol hopeful.
A very large one at that, as the San Diego auditions of "Idol" were held aboard the USS Midway, complete with jets flying above ("Top Gun,"...