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Shabazz Palaces' new record, Lest Majesty, comes out July 29....
As hip-hop morphed and evolved through the 1980's and into the 90's, a trio called Digable Planets was one of a handful to marry jazz with rap. At the end of a slick-tongued verse on the group's...
Darren Tompkins, founder and president of the Houston Zombie Walk and dresse...
Darren Tompkins attended his first comic convention (or comic con) in Roanoke, Va., back in the mid-1980s. At the time, these gatherings were only for die-hard comic fans — people who might invest in...
Every Wednesday for a decade, Tim Bomba has been helping people in Santa Mon...
Tim Bomba is a tall, rangy guy with a quick smile and a penchant for off-color jokes. He's a marathoner, a triathlete (he's done two Ironman races), and every Wednesday morning for the last decade,...
A Hamas supporter holds her mobile phone during a public rally in Gaza City ...
The deadly war in the Gaza Strip and Israel is being fought with rockets and guns. It's also being fought with tweets and viral videos.Propaganda has always been a part of conflict; social media has...
Njoki Wa Ndegwa, left, mixes with fans of Jambo Boston Radio in Alabama last...
There are about 100,000 people born in Kenya who are now living in America. Over the last 50 years, there's been a growing number of Kenyans immigrating to America. In fact, the number is doubling....
Harper Lee, pictured in 2007 before receiving the Presidential Medal of Free...
In 1960, Harper Lee published To Kill A Mockingbird, won the Pulitzer Prize, and overnight became one of America's most beloved writers. But Lee was overwhelmed by the media blitz that followed. She...
Jenny Lewis is set to release her latest album, The Voyager, on July 29....
Once upon a time, Jenny Lewis was one of those child actors you might have seen on shows like Growing Pains and Mr. Belvedere. But then she started making music, and in the late '90s that started...