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“Did you see the photo of the president shaking hands with Castro? Oh, I meant the photo of Richard Nixon shaking hands with Fidel Castro. He put the five-finger grip on Mao Tse-tung, too. Their records on human rights are pretty well known, but somehow the Republicans have a bad case of memory loss about those photos. McCain slipped Muammar Gaddafi ‘five’ also, but he seems to have forgotten that while taking Pres. Obama to task for his greeting to Raul Castro.”
Not your grandpa’s a cappella singers, this Grammy award-winning group melds perfect harmony with funky rhythms in a unique blend of gospel, jazz, R&B and pop as they perform music from their Christmas album along with original selections.
A child is born, a family is healed, and a sermon on forgiveness is delivered with sledgehammer subtlety in "Black Nativity," a bold but clumsy attempt to bring Langston Hughes' popular musical to life onscreen.
Some cooks like to change up the Thanksgiving meal — a sous vide turkey here, a sweet potato souffle there. But on a holiday dedicated to tradition, innovation can spark revolt.
Rarely has a story about an angelic schoolgirl been narrated by Death. But such is the case in the dark, yet wondrous Nazi Germany-set "The Book Thief." ''Here's a small fact: You are going to die," we're told via voiceover by the Grim Reaper as we meet our young heroine, Liesel Meminger, played exquisitely by 13-year-old French-Canadian newcomer Sophie Nelisse.
Is America’s center rising again? It certainly seems that way.
Is it possible to convey, through the experience of just one man, the sweep and enormity of the horror that was American slavery?
RICHMOND, Va. — With terrain varying from the mountains to the coast, Virginia offers an array of fall colors for leaf-peepers. But before or after your drive along one of the state's many scenic byways, consider a fix of Southern city living with a visit to the state capital, Richmond. Located along Interstate 95, it's an easy stopping-off point. And whether you like the outdoors, art or history, there's plenty to do here — and you don't have to spend a dime.
The letter (Tribune, Sept. 18) written by the four African-American males in response to Linda Turley-Hansen is replete with even more extreme “assumptions, presumptions, and downright racist stereotypes” than they accuse Turley-Hansen of employing.
As African-American males in Arizona, we are stunned, though not altogether surprised, at the bold assumptions, presumptions, and downright racist stereotypes Linda Turley-Hansen offers in “Not racism, and not guns; it’s moral absence that’s doing the killing” (East Valley Tribune, Sept. 1; also available at evtnow.com/5ua).
Neal A. Lester, PhD, is a foundation professor of English and director of Project Humanities at Arizona State University.
Jeremy Brown-Gillett is an MFA candidate in performance at Arizona State University.
Matthew C. Whitaker, PhD, is a foundation professor of history and director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Arizona State University.
Rashaad Thomas is a United States Air Force veteran and student at Arizona State University, majoring in justice studies and minoring in African and African-American studies and women and gender studies.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will make a stop at Arizona State University on Sept. 11 to discuss two issues related to the college experience.
As we observe National Suicide Prevention Week (Sept. 8-14) and World Suicide Prevention Day (Sept. 10), we have the opportunity to gain a better perspective on people struggling with thoughts of ending their lives and on those most at risk of doing so.
Whew! Thank goodness for Linda Turley-Hansen! There is NOTHING more important or more relevant to the black community and “black leaders” than old, white women telling them just what they are doing wrong! I sure hope they are suitably greatful to Master ... er ... Ms. Turley-Hansen, I mean, for setting them straight.
This week’s 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s March on Washington is being observed with marches, speeches, and speculation on what causes Dr. King would embrace today.
HAVANA — Each summer, microscopic dust particles kicked up by African sandstorms blow thousands of miles (kilometers) across the Atlantic to arrive in the Caribbean, limiting airplane pilots' visibility to just a few miles and contributing to the suffering of asthmatics trying to draw breath.
Education administrators from the East Valley and the state highlighted their success and the challenges they face in their efforts to improve Arizona’s test scores during an event hosted by the Chandler Chamber of Commerce last week.
“So 50 years ago we had the ‘peace march on Washington.’ Funny, 50 years ago I could walk the streets in my Midwestern hometown. Not today. Wonder why not.”
I went through the “Top of the Class 2013” lists for all of the East Valley High Schools in the Chandler, Gilbert, Higley, Tempe and Mesa school districts.
The Valley’s own New Orleans style jazz band performs Dixieland, gospel, pop and swing in a free concert.
“Only in liberal America could a Latino kill an African American in self defense, be acquitted of murder by an all women jury, and still have the blame put on the white man!”
There are NO winners in the Zimmerman trial. Both sides are suffering. But where was the Hispanic community support?
Saying challengers have no right to sue, Attorney General Tom Horne asked a federal judge Tuesday to throw out a challenge to Arizona's ban on abortion because of the gender or race of the child.
“Bill Richardson (Commentary, July 17 Tribune) is wrong in claiming race is not a factor in the Martin verdict. Obviously if Zimmerman had ended up dead, and Martin the shooter, Martin would have been locked up for the rest of his life never to be heard from again. It would have been just one more shooting among many across the country that night. The real question in this case is: are we a nation of laws or a nation of vigilante justice? Does Florida’s stand your ground law allow someone like Zimmerman, patrolling the neighborhood with a big gun, appoint himself judge, jury and executioner?”
Some Arizona lawmakers are willing to take another look at the state's "stand your ground'' law in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting and trial in Florida but are deeply divided whether the statute needs revision.