Always thought if I didn't get tenure I would shoot myself or strap a bomb to my chest and walk into the faculty cafeteria, but when it happened I just got bourbon drunk and cried a lot and rolled into a ball on my office floor. A couple days of this and I couldn't take it so I ended classes a week early and checked into the Akwaaba Bed and Breakfast in Harlem to be among my own race and party away the pain. But mostly I just found myself back in that same ball some more, still on the floor, just at a more historically resonant address.
When I married Hewitt, I didn't realize — among other things — that I would become a member of that mewling and defensive group of people known as Interracial Couples. And who could fault them their mewling? Everywhere I went with Hewitt, strangers commented — in subtle and not so subtle ways — on the fact of our unlikely union: me, a white woman, married to him, a black man.
Joseph Arthur began singing at age 21, although his fondness for music and the guitar began earlier than that. Having grown up in Akron, Ohio, Arthur relocated to Atlanta for its thriving music scene, and eventually made his way to Brooklyn. Peter Gabriel discovered Arthur in the late 1990s, and the songwriter's career began to take off.
<strong>Stomp The Yards:</strong> Graphic designer Daniel Goldstein turned neighborhood rabble-rouser to take on Brooklyn's proposed Atlantic Yards project, which would have demolished his condo to make room for 16 skyscrapers and a new basketball arena.
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When Brooklyn's Atlantic Yards project was announced some seven years ago, its boosters — who included Mayor Michael Bloomberg, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and Borough President Marty Markowitz — touted the scheme's extraordinary potential. But there was nothing unusual about the developer-politician alliance recounted by Battle for Brooklyn. The way this deal went down exemplifies how urban redevelopment is done all over the United States.
Deshon Marman, a 20-year-old University of New Mexico football player, ended up in jail because of the way he wore his pants.
Albuquerque's KRQE reports that Marman was boarding a U.S. Airways flight Wednesday at San Francisco International Airport when an airline employee asked him to pull up his pants, "because she said, they were 'below his butt and his boxer shorts were showing.'"
Tanglewood patrons enjoy music on a balmy evening.
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For classical music fans, summer is a feast. It's not just about the garden-fresh foods and sparkling beverages you take along to a lawn concert. Summer performances will carry you through winter's cold, from familiar favorites to exciting and invigorating premieres.
Whether you're planning a serious road trip or are making a quick escape, here are some highlights from more than a dozen festivals stretching from coast to coast this summer.
Attendees of this morning’s premiere of the short movie Building Bridges with Benny Breeze were asked to sign an oath saying they would listen to all sides of the debate over the Ohio River Bridges Project and be respectful of anyone with differing opinions. At the end of the movie, the star—Chris Saunders playing Benny Breeze—faced the camera and told the dozen people who signed the oath and stayed for the show that they were either for progress (meaning they were in favor of the bridges project) or against it. And if they were against it, they should “get the f*** out of this region.”