‘Great day in my life': Spike Lee is marathon grand marshal
He’s a noted filmmaker, a teacher, an honorary Oscar winner, a crazy New York sports fan and now this: Spike Lee is the next grand marshal of the New York City Marathon. “It’s gonna be a great day in my life,” Lee said in an interview about his new... Read more
‘Star Wars’ and diversity could draw more Oscar viewers, film academy president says
Every year, the producers of the Oscar telecast have to please two distinct audiences: the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences sitting inside the Dolby Theatre and the nearly 40 million regular moviegoers tuning into the show at home. At February’s Oscars, the producers may... Read more
Levar Burton recalls tv roles while touting power of education
With an English teacher for a mother, LeVar Burton grew up in an environment where reading was “mandatory.” “In my house, you either read a book, or she hit you upside the head with one,” he told a group of several hundred at the Scranton Cultural Center on Tuesday.... Read more
Author Wil Haygood examines Supreme Court nomination of Thurgood Marshall
Journalist Wil Haygood has profiled a range of prominent African-Americans: Sammy Davis Jr.; Adam Clayton Powell Jr.; Sugar Ray Robinson; and Eugene Allen, the man who served as butler to eight U.S. presidents. But the Columbus native feels a special connection to the subject of his most recent book.... Read more
Ali, Holder, rapper Nas among 2015 DuBois Medal recipients
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and rapper Nasir “Nas” Jones are among the 2015 recipients of Harvard’s W.E.B. DuBois Medal. This year’s winners will gather Wednesday at Harvard for an awards ceremony and panel discussion. Ali, who is battling Parkinson’s disease, will appear via a... Read more