Amid controversy over not hiring enough African American comedians on
the show, NBC's iconic Saturday Night Live variety show has added Sasheer Zamata to its 2014
lineup. Over the past 38 years since the show began, it has only had
four African American women onboard including the hilarious Maya Rudolph
who left in 2007.
African Americans gathered around the city for a weeklong celebration of
Kwanzaa. Observed by an estimated 28 million people worldwide from December 26 to January 1, the holiday is marked by storytelling, music and
Raltat and Blue Caprice were two of the 73 films shown by
the African Diaspora International Film Festival. They were both
inspired by true events; Raltat is an international film by African
American filmmaker Al Robbins and Blue Caprice was directed by Alexander Moors. Both address real human-interest issues that hit close to home.
Presenter of thought-provoking theories and analyses of societal trends, journalist
and author Malcolm Gladwell arrived on the literary scene in 2000 with
his first book, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, followed by 2005’s Blink: The Power
of Thinking Without Thinking. Now, he's on a book tour discussing his latest book, David & Goliath: Misfits, Underdogs and the Art of Battling Giants.
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.