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Out of the chaos, a beat: ‘Rubble Kings’ explains how gang violence gave way to the creation of hip-hop

It’s easy, when watching “Rubble Kings,” the new documentary from director Shan Nicholson and narrated by John Leguizamo, to ask yourself, “what does this have to do with hip-hop?” The answer is “everything.” Nicholson tells the story of the social and political climate that created the horrendous conditions in the Bronx that would eventually lead […]

‘Big Brother’ is a terrible show — but here’s why I’ll never stop watching

When I tell people I watch “Big Brother” every summer, it usually yields one of two responses. First: “That show’s still on?” Or the more common one, coupled with a look of disgust: “Why?” How to even explain this addiction to CBS’s reality competition series, which premiered Season 17 on Wednesday night? On the surface, […]

A new way to find just the poem you want

Split This Rock, the Washington-area organization devoted to poetry and social justice, has unveiled an online site to keep its best verse alive and available. The new site, called the Quarry, provides a searchable archive of more than 300 poems published by Split This Rock’s “Poet of the Week” series. The site also includes contest winners […]

Philanthropist David Rubenstein is appointed trustee of the National Gallery of Art

Businessman-philanthropist David M. Rubenstein will become a trustee of the National Gallery of Art beginning July 1, museum officials announced Wednesday. At the same time, the museum said Victoria Sant will become a trustee emerita after 15 years on the board. Rubenstein, co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, is a native of Baltimore who is an […]

Can Diddy outrun his demons?

When Sean Combs delivered the commencement speech at Howard University in 2014, he talked about learning how his father Melvin died. Combs’ mother Janice had always told her son that Melvin Combs, who died when Sean was just three years old, had been killed in a car accident. But something told Combs to research his father himself, […]

What we learn about Christian Grey from the ‘Fifty Shades’ spin-off novel

“Grey” is nearly identical to “Fifty Shades of Grey.” The only difference is that the narrator — Christian instead of Anastasia — uses naughty words instead of heartland interjections like, “Holy cow!” The whole point of the book is for readers to get a better sense of Christian’s personality. Ha, just kidding! The whole point […]

Marriage saved Ben Affleck’s career. Now what?

Ben Affleck’s professional life has long been inextricably intertwined with his love life. It was true in the early-2000s when his overexposed, roller coaster romance with Jennifer Lopez dovetailed with a series of cinematic bombs — and it’s just as true in recent years, with his astonishing Hollywood comeback largely tied to his picture-perfect marriage to the […]

Kennedy Center imports London leader for new vice president of artistic planning

The Kennedy Center has selected an arts leader from London to promote collaboration and foster interdisciplinary programming as its first Senior Vice President of Artistic Planning. In the newly created position, Robert van Leer will...Show More Summary

‘Pretty Little Liars’ recap Season 6, Episode 4: ‘Don’t Look Now’

This week’s PLL sent me on a walk down memory lane or, rather, Fear Street. I kind of feel like I stumbled into one of the R.L. Stine books I devoured as a pre-teen. Unstable sibling: Check. Family secrets: Check. Inability to trust pretty much anyone: Check. Last week, Kenneth DiLaurentis was forced to tell Ali and Jason about […]

Albert Evans, trailblazing New York City Ballet dancer, dies at 46

The New York City Ballet is reeling from the untimely death of one of its stars: Albert Evans, 46, a retired principal dancer and a current ballet master. Evans, tall and dignified with a playful streak, was one of the highest-profile African American ballet dancers. He was the second black principal dancer at NYCB, following […]

Why it’s a big deal that Kelsea Ballerini has the No. 1 song on country radio this week

Even if you weren’t aware that new country music singer Kelsea Ballerini had the No. 1 song on country radio this week with “Love Me Like You Mean It” (topping both the Mediabase and Billboard airplay charts) you may have noticed that other artists seemed extremely excited about the news: Looks like @KelseaBallerini has a #1 […]

Which TV shows most accurately portray veterans? ‘Dancing With the Stars’ and ‘Modern Family’

Military veterans have gotten sick of the same old story being told in pop culture: Men and women heroically go off to battle and return broken, unable to reintegrate into society. That’s where the 6 Certification comes in. The certification program was started by veteran advocacy group Got Your 6, which decided to reward movies […]

Is Taylor Swift a hero or a hypocrite? Some photographers say it’s the latter.

Taylor Swift may currently be basking in the glory of being the artist who took on Apple and won, but to a group of photographers, she’s nothing but a hypocrite. Less than 24 hours after Swift slammed Apple for its plan to not pay artists for music their customers listened to during free three-month trials of […]

‘Orange is the New Black’ star Matt McGorry would really like you to stop calling him a deadbeat dad

  (This post contains spoilers about Season 3 of “Orange is the New Black.”) Want some pure comedy? Head over to “Orange is the New Black” star Matt McGorry’s Instagram account. For the past week or so, the actor has been bombarded by angry messages from fans of the Netflix drama. Some people are very […]

Can $1 million from Bloomberg help the former “murder capital” become an artsy dining destination?

They will light up hundreds of vacant houses in run-down sections of Albany, Troy and Schenectady, turn a downtown building in dilapidated Gary, Indiana into a restaurant incubator with eye-catching art and install works along the Los Angeles River to remind people of the city’s perpetual water problems Bloomberg Philanthropies is funding these projects and […]

‘Bombshell’ for real?

So “Bombshell” really may be a thing. The musical-within-a-musical on NBC’s defunct “Smash” is now being developed by the network as a full-fledged stage musical. This may eventually mark the first move to Broadway by a musical that really wasn’t a musical, it just played one on TV. The development, first reported by the New York Times, […]

Who Are the New Welders?

The playwrights who banded together in 2013 to form The Welders built an unusual mandate into their company’s story: term limits.  Not by setting an expiration date for the overall concept–a collective of writers producing their own plays in Washington–or for the entity itself. The idea from the beginning was that the five dramatists, assisted by […]

Hear Janet Jackson’s new song ‘No Sleeep’

Ms. Jackson is back. Janet Jackson released the full audio for her new single “No Sleeep” today. It’s the first tease from her forthcoming new album and accompanying North American tour, which kicks off in late August. “No Sleeep,” which was produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, sounds exactly like you would expect a 2015 […]

Which ‘Inside Out’ scene made you cry the most?

Everyone knows Pixar animated films are adult sobfests disguised as kids’ movies, so I braced myself when I went to a screening of “Inside Out.” Little did I know my tears would be a result of an adorable family moment in the theater. At one point, a young girl sitting next to me (probably about 8 or 9-years-old) started crying during […]

Taylor Swift shames Apple Music into changing its policy: Why Apple needs her more than Spotify

You never want to be publicly shamed by Taylor Swift. Apple learned this the hard way Sunday when the pop superstar tweeted a Tumblr post titled “To Apple, Love Taylor” to her 59 million followers. Swift harshly chastised the company for its plan to not compensate artists during a three-month free trial for its new streaming service, Apple Music. Swift acknowledged that […]

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