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BOOK REVIEW: 'Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga' by Pamela Newkirk

Observing these creatures caged, it's easy to believe that wild animals shouldn't be penned like this — and in the new book "Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga" by Pamela Newkirk, neither should humans.

TV One's 'Runaway Island' to Premiere Saturday

"Runaway Island," written by the 2014 American Film Festival screenplay competition winner Christopher Brandt and directed by Oscar nominee Dianne Houston, explores the challenges facing a group of troubled strangers who seek refuge from their woes on a secluded island.

Blues Alley Turns 50

Blues Alley patrons and jazz and blues connoisseurs won't want to miss the Blues Alley Club's 50th anniversary concert Saturday at the Strathmore Music Center in North Bethesda, Maryland.

'Pardons of Innocence' Film Explores Challenges of Wilmington 10

The Thurgood Marshall Center Trust celebrated what would be United States Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall's 107th birthday on July 2 by screening the documentary film "Pardons of Innocence: The Wilmington 10" in the gymnasium of the historic Thurgood Marshall ...

50 Cent Files for Bankruptcy after Losing Sex-Tape Suit

Rapper 50 Cent filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday, just weeks after being declared one of the richest figures in the music industry.

BOOK REVIEW: 'A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety' by Jimmy Carter

Nanu-Nanu and Pet Rocks. Mood rings, platform shoes, CBs, and May the Force Be with You. Saturday Night Fever, Pac-Man, disco suits, and Olivia Newton John on roller skates. If you’re of a certain age, these things bring back memories, ...

Hip-Hop and Theater Converge for Festival

This week, hundreds of aficionados of various ages in the District celebrated the culture and pondered its future during the Hip-Hop Theater Festival, an annual showcase of theater, dance and music.

Charlie Wilson Tells All in Memoir

Charlie Wilson, the former lead singer for the 1980s Grammy Award-winning trio The Gap Band, has long been urged to share his story — one that includes homelessness, drug addiction, poverty and pain.

D.C. OKs $200K for Arts, Culture Initiative

The D.C. Council has approved up to $200,000 for the development of a citywide Cultural Plan, which will aim to foster the arts and cultural activity within the District.

Bill Cosby Firestorm Refueled by Drug Revelations in Court Docs

The sex-abuse scandal surrounding legendary comedian Bill Cosby has reached its zenith with the release of a decade-old deposition where the beleaguered superstar admits that he plied women with drugs to have sex with them.

'Cooley High' Feted on Film's 40th Anniversary

Decades after its release, the accolades and fond memories continue to pour in for the hit 1975 film "Cooley High" as it marks its 40th anniversary.

An Unforgettable Evening with Gladys Knight

Gladys Knight, who recently turned 71, has been singing since she was four, and given her stellar performance a few weeks ago in downtown Detroit, it looks like she has no plans to retire to the red clays of Georgia ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Twisted: My Dreadlock Chronicles' By Bert Ashe

The path to something important is never straight.

Ballerina Misty Copeland Dances Her Way to History

Famed ballerina Misty Copeland made history this week when she was named the first-ever African-American principal dancer of the American Ballet Theatre.

Chink Santana, Steve Francis Headline 'Dana's Lane' Premiere in D.C.

A who's who of local celebrities and entrepreneurs came out to Northwest D.C. this month for the star-studded premiere screening of media personality and entrepreneur Dana Dayne's talk show "Dana's Lane."