Whenever I've interviewed Janet Jackson, I've always had the sense that I was speaking with a very grounded individual for someone who was born inside the bubble of celebrity and has lived her whole life in the limelight. Thus, I am not surprised to discover that she would seem as real and equally accessible in her autobiography
One thing they never teach you in school is that America has a two-tiered system of justice, or that if you are African-American, you never want to find yourself caught in its duplicitous clutches. But all you need is a little common sense to know that there has been a surge in the incarceration rate of brothers over the last quarter-century
Unafraid of controversial issues, author Alexus Rhone writes to grab and hold the attention of young people, especially teens who rarely read. The Skanner interviewed Alexus Rhone by telephone Jan 7.
For most folks, the end of the holiday eating season stretching from Thanksgiving to Christmas marks the time when we make another New Year's resolution to shed a few pounds. If you're serious about winning the battle of the bulge, may I heartily recommend "Mind Your Own Wellness: Turning Thoughts into Reality."
Pulitzer prize winning civil rights historian Taylor Branch will headline the annual Cannon Beach Arts Symposium, which this year will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides of 1961. Appearing with Branch, for the first time, will be University of Washington Professor Quintard Taylor, author of "Civil Rights in the Northwest," and Joseph Stevenson, one of the original freedom riders.
During these dire economic times when the overall unemployment rate in the U.S. is at 9.8 percent, you can be sure that that figure is at least double in the African-American community. And after the Democrats took what President Obama referred to as a "shellacking" on Election Day, they appear prepared to capitulate to the Republican demand that the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy be extended.
In his groundbreaking book, "The Rage of a Privileged Class," published in 1993, Newsweek Contributing Editor Ellis Cose eloquently illustrated how the American Dream has remained a dream deferred for many Black college grads, even those with advanced degrees.
DJ OG One held a book release on Friday, Nov. 5 at Champions Barbershop, 3827 NE MLK Jr. Blvd. The book, "The Man Behind the Music: Life and Times of David William (O.G. One) Jackson Jr." by Rochell D."Ro Deezy" Hart chronicles the Portland-based DJ who has rubbed shoulders with some of the music industry's greats.
All over the country nowadays, we're witnessing a frightening decline in civility ... Weighing-in on this disturbing trend is comedienne Whoopi Goldberg, herself no stranger to such controversy.
In 1818, Victor Cousin, as a visiting lecturer at the Sorbonne in Paris, coined the phrase "Art for art's sake," thus introducing the then novel notion that art ought to be appreciated on its own merits, meaning simply for its intrinsic beauty independent of serving any didactic function.