| Feb 11, 2014
Black History Month reminds me of a really great golden oldies station, always blaring the same handful of terrific tunes. Every February, it plays Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and Harriet Tubman soul — with a chorus or two of the George...
| Nov 11, 2013
| 8:23 PM
SAN FRANCISCO — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says she will recommend that President Obama act alone if necessary to create new national monuments and sidestep a gridlocked Congress that has failed to address dozens of public lands bills.
| Nov 1, 2013
| 2:30 PM
No joke about it: Russell Simmons is determined to celebrate more black comics. The hip hop artist and producer/co-creator of the HBO's former "Def Comedy Jam" series has created the ADD Comedy Live stand-up event every Wednesday at the Chinese Theatre'...
| Sep 6, 2013
As the days grow shorter and the temperatures drop, the theater scene offers its own bountiful fall harvest. From heirlooms to hybrids, homegrown treats to intriguing imports, the list below highlights just a few of the toothsome possibilities on the...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 9:32 AM
This is probably not the type of publicity Russell Simmons was hoping for with his new YouTube channel, All Def Digital.
The media mogul has apologized for and taken down from the channel a comedy video titled "The Harriet Tubman Sex Tape." The spoof...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 12:21 PM
Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams have made no secret of the fact that their massive summer hit “Blurred Lines” is influenced by the classic Marvin Gaye song “Got to Give it Up.”
Now they are suing to protect themselves from...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 9:56 AM
With tension rising in the house, "Big Brother" was the most-watched and highest-rated telecast Thursday night, bringing in an average 6.87 million viewers and a rating of 2.3 in the key 18-49 demographic, according to early numbers from Nielsen.
| Aug 17, 2013
| 4:32 PM
"The last few dayz I have been speaking to some of the direct descendants of Harriet Tubman. (Rita and Geraldine Daniels)," Russell Simmons tweets. "They have not only accepted my apology but we agree that we should begin immediately to develop the...
| Aug 21, 2013
| 10:30 AM
Maker Studios, a major YouTube multichannel network, has signed an agreement to acquire online video company Blip but the deal is not officially done yet, according to sources close the deal.
Maker Studios declined to comment. Blip reps did not...
| Oct 19, 2012
| 7:18 AM
Viola Davis has won two Tony Awards for her Juilliard-trained stage work in the August Wilson plays "King Hedley II" and "Fences." She has been Oscar-nominated twice, first for a supporting role in "Doubt," more recently for a much larger role, in "The...
| Nov 5, 2012
| 2:35 PM
If there's anyone who can sympathize with east coasters recovering from Hurricane Sandy, it's people from New Orleans. Whether its advice or just words of comfort, Katrina survivors are reaching out online to help.
Andy Kopsa started a website called...
| Apr 9, 2012
| 5:00 AM
Elizabeth Catlett, a sculptor and printmaker who was widely considered one of the most important African American artists of the 20th century despite having lived most of her life in Mexico, has died. She was 96.
Catlett, whose sculptures became symbols...