September 21, 2016 |
Idris Goodwin reaches back to the roots of hip-hop - and his own roots as a kid growing up in a growing hip-hop culture - for his play How We Got On . After an open dress rehearsal Wednesday at the Azuka Theatre at the Drake, it gets its full-on world premiere Saturday with a four-actor cast directed by Raelle Myrick-Hodges. The play started as a burst of writing almost a decade ago. "It was 2007," Goodwin says, "and I began to draw from the well of my experience: growing up in Michigan and Illinois, writing and recording rap music.
September 4, 2016
A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis By J.D. Vance HarperCollins. 272 pp. $27.99 Reviewed by Dan Simpson J .D. Vance came from a family from Jackson, Ky., where the men worked in the coal mines until there weren't any. Then he moved to Middletown, Ohio, to jobs at Armco Kawasaki Steel, until that went away. Vance got out, serving as a Marine in Iraq and then attending Ohio State University and then Yale Law School before ending up at a Silicon Valley investment firm near San Francisco.
July 29, 2016 |
IT WAS A CHANCE meeting at a college party that led to the birth of Brooklyn neo-soul duo Lion Babe. Since releasing their first collaboration, 2012's "Treat Me Like Fire, " singer Jillian Hervey and producer Lucas Goodman have been creating genre-fusing music and growing an eclectic fan base. Lion Babe (the name stems from Hervey's voluminous mane and Goodman's zodiac sign, Leo) has kept the momentum going with tracks like "Jump Hi, " featuring Childish Gambino, which masterfully samples Nina Simone, as well as " Wonder Woman" and "Jungle Lady.
July 22, 2016 |
As Hollywood and the rest of America mourn Garry Marshall's passing, our movie critic Steven Rea and TV critic Ellen Gray weigh in on why he mattered -- right up to the end. On the big screen: Julia Roberts, Beaches, Anne Hathaway By Steven Rea, Movie Critic It's a safe bet that Julia Roberts would have become Julia Roberts, beaming movie star glamorpuss, even if Garry Marshall hadn't come along to direct her in 1990's smash...
July 22, 2016
REGARDING SOLOMON JONES' column about Melania Trump's alleged plagiarism ("Whites have long stolen, benefited from black culture"): Solomon Jones, are you nuts? What in the world are you thinking? Are we trying to start a race war or trying to keep peace? I swear, you writers only want to keep tension in and around our city. You associate plagiarism with slavery, huh? I don't even think one (plagiarism) existed when the other (slavery) was even around. It was 51 words out of 1,500, and you call that clear proof of plagiarism.
July 21, 2016
VIDEO EVIDENCE clearly indicated that a portion of Melania Trump's speech to the Republican National Convention was copied from a passage of Michelle Obama's 2008 speech to the Democratic National Convention. The plagiarism, we can forgive. After all, the stolen passages dealt with the principles of keeping one's word, working hard and dreaming big. Such words are laudable, whether Democrats or Republicans utter them. But once the plagiarism was proved, Donald Trump's campaign manager, Paul Manafort, arrogantly told us that it was "beyond absurd" to believe that Melania Trump would steal Obama's words.
July 19, 2016
ISSUE | TERRORISM IN FRANCE Rooted in cultural bias While there is no way to accept the horror and barbarism of the Bastille Day assault in Nice, France, there is more than sufficient evidence to help us understand the conditions that nurture violence ("Attack kills 80 in France," Friday). Migration from North Africa to France was a key component of post-World War II France. The government sought workers for factories across the country. Migrant men were kept in segregated housing built by companies that enjoyed the patronage of Gaullist politicians.
July 14, 2016
ISSUE | SHOOTINGS It is who we are - like it or not I disagree with President Obama's statement, and Sunday's headline, "Not who we are. " It's exactly who we are. We live in a country that is becoming more racially divided, where black men are killed at a Minnesota traffic stop for a broken taillight or selling CDs in front of a Louisiana convenience store. That is who we are because it is happening. It is who we are when the presumptive Republican presidential nominee is a misogynous, narcissistic bully who draws big crowds.
July 10, 2016
Name: KidsTravel Books.com. What it does: You can browse children's books from all over the world to learn about other cultures, prepare for a trip, read book reviews and author interviews, get family travel tips, and more. What's hot : The depth of global coverage on Kids TravelBooks is unexpected and comprehensive, with books arranged by continent and country. I want to go to the Dominican Republic, but I'm not quite ready to book a flight. I wondered if it had any kids' books on it, clicked the link, and found four books that I could buy that might help me make a decision.
July 9, 2016 |
Question: I am secure in the fact that I don't want kids, and at 35 and very single, I have learned how to be alone without feeling lonely. I date when I want to, but don't make that my focus. I've been successful at work and recently expanded my hobbies by starting my own website and creating a community of people around that. In short, I usually know what I need to do to fix feelings that don't feel good. However, I can't get past this feeling of sadness of losing friends. At this point, all of my friends have different priorities.