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'12 Years a Slave' Nabs Nine Oscar Nods; Other Top Black Films Shut Out

With such great African-American films as "The Butler," "Fruitvale Station," "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" and "12 Years a Slave," many critics labeled 2013 as the year of the black movies. Apparently, Academy Award voters weren't too impressed.

Actress Kym Whitley Chooses D.C. Interior Designer Via Social Media

What started as a casual encounter via social media, turned into a serendipitous opportunity for a local interior designer to decorate actress and comedienne Kym Whitley's Los Angeles home.

Suggestive Appearances Make Up for Lack of Talent

Simply put, pop star Beyonce's new album counts as another attempt to sell an age-old idea instead of substance in a world heavy on video vixens and extremely light on musical talent.

Belafonte and Civil Rights Icons Honored

The Phi Beta Sigma fraternity’s Centennial Founders Ball had a distinctive Civil Rights flavor as more than 1,000 fraternity members and supporters celebrated the organization’s first 100 years.

Robert Freeman Exhibit on Display at Zenith Gallery

The works of renowned artist Robert Freeman will be on display through March 1 at the Zenith Gallery in Northwest.

Amiri Baraka, 79, Renowned Artist and Activist, Dies

Amiri Baraka, the longtime activist and former poet laureate of New Jersey, died at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Thursday, officials confirmed. He was 79.

BOOK REVIEW: 'True Story' by Ni-Ni Simone

Sometimes the hardest choice can backfire the worst.

Remembering James Avery: 1948-2013

James Avery, the lovable but stern family head on Will Smith's popular television series "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air," died on New Year's Eve following complications from open heart surgery.

Maysa Celebrates Her First Grammy Nomination

After a career that's spanned nearly a quarter of a century in which she stands as one of the elite voices in music, Maysa Leak has never been nominated for a Grammy Award. Until now.

Lifestyle: 2013 in Review

The Informer covered lifestyle and entertainment from around the globe in 2013 that included one-on-one exclusives with performers such as Idris Elba and Denzel Washington.

Chef Hosts Party, Collects Thousands of Toys

Thousands of industry magnates, elected officials, and socialites danced and enjoyed southern-style cuisine during a recent holiday soiree and toy drive at an historic library in Northwest.

Rap Star Common Performs in Silver Spring

Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist Common not only realizes his place as a role model, he embraces it.

BOOK REVIEW: 'A Reader's Book of Days' by Tom Nissley

Did you ever wonder how your favorite author filled his or her time? Did you ever imagine what life-changing events made someone’s story unfold? Browse through "A Reader's Book of Days" by Tom Nissley, and you'll peek at literary lives.

Maurice Hines Taps Down Memory Lane

Performing in the nation’s capital has always been akin to being at home, said acclaimed tap dance star Maurice Hines.

New Girls' Program Unveiled at Holiday Tea

More than 150 people, primarily pre-teen and teenage girls accompanied by their teachers, parents or grandparents, recently gathered at tables draped in white linen inside the District's Woman's National Democratic Club dining room in Northwest.

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