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Picking Up the Pieces: Tracy Morgan: Back from the edge, returning to stand-up

A gruesome highway accident followed by months of pain and rehab. That’s no laughing matter.

The Oscars Blackout - Black Hollywood reacts to lack of diversity among Oscar nominations

A year after host Neil Patrick Harris quipped that the Oscars were honoring Hollywood’s “best and Whitest,” the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled yet another all-White slate of acting nominees on Jan. 14, prompting a dismayed revival ...

Faith, Forgiveness: The importance of letting go of bitterness

Longtime legendary television journalist Merri Dee of Chicago knows what it’s like to overcome adversity. Having survived child abuse and homelessness as a teenager, she had no idea that the battle of her life was still ahead.

Exhibit captures evolving styles of Harlem-born Norman Lewis

There are two questions Ruth Fine has heard repeatedly from visitors emerging from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts’ comprehensive retrospective of work by Harlem-born artist Norman Lewis.

Tamara Harris offers the Sisters hope

The fate of Black women has been publicly discussed by just about everyone – conservative pundits, hip-hop superstars and talk show hosts – but perhaps not enough by Black women.

Naughty but Nice: There’s no holiday like Christmas at a South Dallas juke joint

In the musical Naughty but Nice, The Soul Rep Theater Company – and “Ms. D,” the fictitious proprietor of equally fictional The Yellow Rose Lounge and Grill – offered audiences the flavor of a South Dallas juke joint last week ...

Foster care unconstitutionally ‘broken’

A federal judge ruled Thursday that the Texas foster care system for nearly 30,000 children is unconstitutionally broken, saying that children rescued by one of the largest child protection agencies in the U.S. often leave state custody in worse shape ...

Tis the season for heartwarming treats

The holiday season is never complete without friends and family gathered around for festive cheer and merriment. Whether you’re the hostess with the mostest or an extroverted elf whose calendar is bursting at the seams, there’s no need to stress ...

Five ways to save money during vacation

Vacations are a great way to relax, reconnect with family and escape the daily grind of work. But they can also quickly drain your savings account. So here are five of our favorite tips to save a bit of cash ...

Spike Lee uses classic to reveal cycle of violence in Chi-Town

In his latest film, Chi-Raq, which draws from the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, director Spike Lee has managed to successfully capture a similar innovation for the big screen as the sensation West Side Story created on Broadway in ...

Grocers leave food deserts bare

As part of Michelle Obama’s healthy eating initiative, a group of major food retailers promised in 2011 to open or expand 1,500 grocery or convenience stores in and around neighborhoods with no supermarkets by 2016. By their own count, they’re ...

A Man Called Jon

Faith is an important part of many people’s lives. Every weekend, millions of people practice their faith by attending church to worship and praise God with their fellow parishioners.

Swap salt for herbs, spices in 2016

Making a New Year’s resolution? Don’t forget salt. Most Americans consume about a 1,000 milligrams of sodium over the amount recommended by nutrition and health experts. New research shows cooking with spices and herbs could help you ditch the salt ...

Creed: The story continues 40 years later

“Why would you pick a fighter’s life if you didn’t have to,” asks the old, retired ex-boxer Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone). He would know. The life, it ain’t easy. Yet as he stares into the eyes of Apollo Creed’s son ...

A brighter season for families in need

For many of us, a cozy winter’s night isn’t complete without milk and cookies or a warm cup of hot cocoa. But families in need in your community may be missing out on milk and its nine essential nutrients.