For a public figure as visible, controversial and outspoken as the Rev.
Al Sharpton, whose every move and words are scrutinized by the media, a
book by him would appear to be redundant. But it has been a decade or so since he last stopped to summarize his
often tumultuous life and those moments here provide a neat update,
particularly when divulged within a format of 23 life lessons.
Bird watchers, not those ornithologists armed with binoculars looking
for the latest rare specimen on wing, but jazz lovers eagerly awaiting
the arrival of Stanley Crouch’s study of Charlie “Yardbird” Parker, the
wingless immortal, can now exhale. Crouch’s biography, Kansas City
Lightning—The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker is finally here after
some thirty years of gestation.
The Associated Press is reporting that President Barack Obama has
appointed television producer Shonda Rhimes to the board of the Kennedy Center for the
Performing Arts, America’s National Cultural Center.