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  • 17 years ago

    For Barbara Chase-Riboud—known to most as the literary emancipator of Sally Hemings, slave-wife to Thomas Jefferson—1999 will be the sort of crowning year that most artists live out only in their dreams. Accomplished as both a writer and...

  • 17 years ago

    We cruise the aisles at Wal-Mart and eat chicken-fried steak at Shoney's. This routine alone is enough to keep me coming back, but really why I go is to hear the same family stories told year after year. A favorite involves my great-great-grandfat...

  • 17 years ago

    Years ago I vowed not to waste any more brain cells critiquing Hollywood versions of the black experience, but the sitcom, or better yet, "slave-com," The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer (UPN), has had me foaming at the mouth. After keeping the s...

  • 17 years ago

    The evidence: styling gel, a pair of scissors, a page torn from an appointment book, and a single hair clip. On July 1, three undercover investigators from California's Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA), posing as state police officers, staged ...

  • 17 years ago

    I have been transported. I'm in Blockbuster Video eyeing a wall-high display of videotapes of the film Soul Food. In Barnes & Noble I'm thumbing through scores of books under the banner "African American Heritage Cooking." I go restaurant-hopping ...

  • 18 years ago

    Like Milli Vanilli's and Matty Rich's, hers had been a short yet glorious reign. But the New Year was here, and there was no more avoiding it. She had healed her inner child; now the time had come to pull the plug on her inner hostess. Fly the mud...

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