By the time Heath Ledger's performance as the Joker in Christopher Nolan's 2008 The Dark Knight was finally seen by critics and audiences, talk of a posthumous Oscar reached a fever pitch. Naturally, the inclination to compare Ledger's work to past posthumous landmarks proved tempting, and many list ... More >>
I'll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March Up Freedom's Highway is both a music biography and a lively slice of American history. Pops Staples, the group's patriarch, grew up in turn-of-the-20th-century Mississippi, with a grandfather who had been a slave and a father who ... More >>
Dennis Brown and Deanna Jent suss out local theater
The Black Rep's Mahalia preaches to the choir.
The fierce and uncompromising Nina Simone could never be contained
Reaves-Phillips offers a phenomenal sampling of six legends
Week of June 5, 2002
Grandpa's Ghost baffles New York listeners.