| Mar 25, 2013
| 2:13 PM
I saw the beginning of the end of the traditional Grand Old Party back in 1980 when the Reagan campaign invited the religious right to occupy a central role in Republican politics. Until then, they had been dismissed as a fringe element too extreme for...
| Mar 26, 2013
| 6:26 AM
The eyes of the world (or at least much of the nation) will be on the U.S. Supreme Court the next two days as it hears oral arguments on gay marriage equality, but don't bother looking for any video of the proceedings.
The U.S. Supreme Court still...
| Oct 30, 2012
| 2:31 PM
They are three of the biggest living icons in popular music. Make that aging icons. Still, their images are indelible, their music timeless and their popularity remarkably undying. In fact, when it comes to ticket sales, these geezers are as hot as Justin...
| Sep 6, 2012
| 2:06 PM
Arizona governor Jan Brewer is pretty happy about a court ruling on her state’s immigration laws.
Federal judge Susan Bolton of the U.S. District Court of Arizona refused to bring the hammer down on the 'show me your papers' provision of the...
| Dec 28, 2010
Long before she became an '80s funk-pop infanta, or Rick James' protégé and lover, Teena Marie was a Motown-enamored schoolgirl in one of L.A.'s last historic black enclaves.
The singer-songwriter, who died Sunday at her Pasadena home at age 54, grew...
| Aug 28, 2011
When Berry Gordy Jr. wanted to borrow $800 from his family to found Motown Records in 1959, he knew that the most formidable resistance would come from his oldest sister, Esther.
"You're 29 years old and what have you done with your life?" his sister...
| Jan 28, 2011
When a record label's female vocal groups include the Supremes and Martha and the Vandellas, it's easy to see why the Marvelettes are often relegated to footnote status. But the Detroit group has a unique distinction in the saga of Motown Records —...
| Feb 10, 2012
| 10:42 AM
From A Losing Proposition -- Why gay-rights leaders don’t want their big Prop 8 victory to go to the Supreme Court By Will Oremus(Slate) It’s still a risk-reward calculation. The most likely positive outcome, should the 9th Circuit’s...
| Feb 10, 2012
| 11:06 AM
In putting together this overview of the five-decade career of Diana Ross, who this Saturday will be presented with a lifetime achievement award by the Recording Academy, her first-ever Grammy, the goal was to speak to people across disciplines and...
| Feb 11, 2012
| 9:39 PM
The death of Whitney Houston at the age of 48 is a deep loss for the music world. But it also has reverberations in another artistic realm--the movies. Houston had recently finished shooting "Sparkle," the remake of the 1976 Irene Cara film that, eerily,...
| Feb 13, 2012
| 4:38 PM
The movie “Sparkle,” Whitney Houston’s final recorded work, has been the subject of intense interest since the pop star died in Beverly Hills on Saturday....
| Feb 26, 2012
| 4:42 AM
Diva is a word that's often associated with Diana Ross, the iconic star that helped define the Motown sound in the 1960s and remains the voice of the Supremes almost 50 years later. She seemed a lot tougher than that on Saturday, though, as she...