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By Harvey Cohen | February 27, 2001
WASHINGTON -- More than100 years after his birth, we are still coming to appreciate the enormity of Duke Ellington in both his contributions to the cause of civil rights and to American culture. Organized marching, protests and other confrontations did not represent the only ways blacks struggled against discrimination, though they are the methods of resistance on which historians have concentrated the most. Ellington's efforts in this area showed that those who were quiet on political issues could push the boundaries of racism and black participation at the higher reaches of society and culture.
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By Peter Goodman and By Peter Goodman,Special to the Sun | November 17, 2002
Most people think of Bing Crosby -- when they think of him at all -- as the ultra-square pop crooner who was overtaken by the very hip Frank Sinatra and eventually thrust aside by the raw power of rock and the growth of cynicism and distrust in American society. Almost nobody knows that the young Crosby was one of the hottest jazzmen around. He was the first singer to popularize a gentle, conversational style speckled with held notes like groans, a pioneer who traded innovations with good friend Louis Armstrong and may very well have been the single most influential American musician of the 20th century.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Cameron Morfit and Cameron Morfit,New York Times News Service | December 2, 2001
A telling measure of the success of The Joy of Painting, the hypnotic half-hour television show in which the endearingly goofy Bob Ross unfailingly produced a piece of kitsch on canvas, was what happened in Holland in 1997. After all, it's one thing to ask people to watch an artist paint on TV -- like "an invitation to watch someone grow cobwebs," as Walt Kowalski, the president of Bob Ross Inc., said recently. It's another to ask them to listen to a man paint on the radio. "A Bob Ross-certified instructor went to the studio and painted a picture," said Bert Effing, who is in charge of European distribution for Bob Ross Inc. "The DJ was interviewing the painter, who was talking about happy little trees and such for three hours on live radio, during the hit parade."
NEWS
By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | December 28, 1998
ROME -- When Heather Parisi fainted at the end of a dance number on a popular Italian variety show, it was reported on the front pages of Italy's leading newspapers. Wendy Windham, a blond and buxom sidekick on yet another popular variety show, was mobbed by paparazzi as she went Christmas shopping in the Piazza Navona. Justine Mattera, who does a pale impersonation of Marilyn Monroe on a talk show, is a household name in Italy. So is Randi Ingerman, who recently got her own sitcom, "Men Are All Alike."
NEWS
By Frank P. L. Somerville and Frank P. L. Somerville,Staff Writer | January 26, 1994
The challenge of racial and ethnic diversity was probed yesterday by 82 Christian audiences across the country via a television hookup that included about 30 men and women meeting at Baltimore's Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation.Dr. Ann Belford Ulanov, professor of psychiatry and religion at Union Theological Seminary in New York, drew on her interpretations of patients' dreams to suggest that spiritual and physical health comes from acceptance of "the other," such as unfamiliar images of God or cultures different from one's own."
NEWS
August 17, 1993
Pope John Paul II's four-day stay in Denver ended Sunday on a more conciliatory note than many observers had predicted. Rather than conclude his visit with an exclamation-point of a speech deriding American moral values, the pope addressed the 400,000 worshipers at a four-hour Mass in terms that for the most part were upliftingly pastoral.To be sure, his prepared text for the occasion included direct condemnations of abortion and euthanasia as examples of this century's "culture of death."
NEWS
December 27, 1996
EARLIER THIS MONTH, the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that heralds the clash of language and culture that already marks political life in parts of the United States. In 1988, voters in Arizona approved an amendment to the state's constitution requiring all the state's business be conducted in English and that state employees use only English on the job.A state worker sued, claiming the provision violated her free speech rights. Questions from the justices indicate that they are more likely to decide this case on narrow procedural grounds than on the broader issues it entails.
NEWS
By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,Sun Staff Writer | May 7, 1995
Carroll educators are set to administer the state's annual school performance tests next week, but this year students will be asked what they think, along with what they know.In addition to the now-familiar Maryland School Performance Assessment Program (MSPAP) tests, students will be completing a survey that counties all over the state are adapting to find out how well local schools are incorporating different cultures into their curricula.Another version of the survey will be given to some teachers and other staff members, and yet another survey will go home to some parents, community members and business leaders.
FEATURES
By Glenn McNatt | March 15, 1998
I WAS INTRIGUED by reports that black theater professionals met at Dartmouth College last week to continue the debate sparked by playwright August Wilson's 1996 call for a separate black theater. Wilson's idea strikes me as a little muddled, but it is interesting nevertheless.Wilson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," "The Piano Lesson" and other plays, shocked the theater establishment two years ago when he delivered an address at Princeton University denouncing what he called "cultural imperialists who seek to propagate their ideas about the world as the only valid ideas, and who see blacks as woefully deficient not only in arts and letters but in the abundant gifts of humanity."
NEWS
By Harvey Cohen | July 15, 2001
AMID THE comment and celebration that accompanied Bob Dylan's recent 60th birthday, few observers viewed him as part of a larger American artistic thread. Because Mr. Dylan has developed counter to the usual expectations concerning American musical artists, his most enduring qualities, the ones that link him to the traditions of American culture, have often gone unrecognized. That voice, for one. Critics and audiences have dismissed it, put off by surface roughness and lack of technical perfection.
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