October 6, 1995 |
Hailing "a distinguished group of Americans who have lived their lives as builders," President Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday presented the nation's most prestigious arts and humanities awards to entertainer Bob Hope, Southern California arts patrons B. Gerald and Iris Cantor and 15 other recipients.
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May 6, 2000 |
Doris Curran, who created UCLA's Poetry Reading Series three decades ago and turned it into a nationally recognized program for poets, has died at 67. Plagued by a host of health problems, Curran died April 27 at UCLA Medical Center. The poetry series has attracted a who's who of poets, including Gwendolyn Brooks, Tess Gallagher, Louise Gluck, Seamus Heaney, Galway Kinnell, Stanley Kunitz, W.S. Merwin and Robert Pinsky.
January 9, 2014 |
Amiri Baraka died Thursday after weeks of failing health, a family spokeperson confirmed. He was 79. A playwright, poet, critic and activist, Baraka was one of the most prominent and controversial African American voices in the world of American letters. He was born Everett LeRoi Jones on Oct. 7, 1934, in Newark, N.J. A gifted student, he graduated from high school two years early and went to college at New York University and Howard University. After serving in the Air Force for more than two years, Baraka -- then Jones -- was dishonorably discharged for reading communist texts.
January 29, 1995 |
I wish "Black Women in America: An History Encyclopedia" had been around when I was growing up. What little African-American history I was taught focused mostly on men--the three M's, mostly: Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey. The women I learned about were primarily white. This is not news. To be both female and black has always been a struggle against invisibility. I often think of the black feminist anthology edited by Patricia Bell-Scott, Gloria Hull and Barbara Smith, with the intricate title "All the Women Are White, All the Blacks are Men, but Some of Us Are Brave: Black Women Studies."
July 19, 1993 |
The Los Angeles Festival has finalized its 1993 program schedule and this week will begin distributing its promotional brochure detailing highlights of the monthlong event. The celebration of African, African-American and Middle Eastern cultures begins Aug. 20 and continues through Sept. 19. In 1990, the festival's colorful but confusing brochure was virtually unreadable and the target of many complaints.
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February 12, 1997 |
Aside from the dozen scholarly tomes he's written, another thing brings USC professor Stephen Toulmin distinction in academia: where he lives. In a dorm. At age 74. What's more, the British-born philosopher and historian has a dining hall set aside one evening a week so he and fellow dorm residents can dine and chat in the intimate style of his days at Cambridge. It's not all highbrow talk over the spinach linguine. At the last dinner, he stood up to announce an upcoming whale watching trip.
November 11, 2003 |
The Holloway Park Veterans' Memorial, which will be formally dedicated today at 11 a.m. in West Hollywood, is considerably different from the plan that originally was chosen for construction in 1999. That scheme suggested a place of contemplative respite within the city. The final design, at the busy intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and Holloway Drive, is anything but. What it has sacrificed in quietude, though, it has gained in simplicity.
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April 29, 2000 |
If you hung out at independent bookstores like Esowon in Inglewood, Dutton's in Brentwood or the Midnight Special in Santa Monica, you might have noticed an older African American man in corduroy slacks and patch-sleeve jacket who wore his silver hair in a ponytail. Toting a briefcase and a worn leather journal, he went to every book-signing by a black author that he could. Often, he was the only person in line for an autograph.