Fri, 09 Jun 2006 00:00:00 EDTOn Saturday, Laurel resident Audene Harvey did something reckless and hopelessly retro.
Fri, 13 Jan 2006 00:00:00 ESTMost people have an immunity problem.
Fri, 30 Dec 2005 00:00:00 ESTThis holiday season, the two most heartfelt romances in movie theaters are between a couple of hunky cowpokes and a big ape and a blonde.
Fri, 23 Dec 2005 00:00:00 ESTChristmas is no time for your dog to die.
Fri, 09 Dec 2005 00:00:00 ESTTwo months after Yvette Cade's estranged husband allegedly filled a 20-ounce Sprite bottle with gasoline, walked into the bustling cell phone store where she worked and doused her before lighting a match, Cade lies in a bed at the Washington Hospital Center burn unit. Through excruciating pain, endless operations and bitter memories of cavalier comments made by the Prince George's County judge who dismissed the restraining order she hoped would protect her, the Suitland resident quietly endures.
Fri, 18 Nov 2005 00:00:00 ESTOn Monday, Oprah Winfrey celebrated 20 years on the nation's airwaves with a special episode featuring the best and worst moments of her gargantuanly popular talkfest. The next day, she released "The Oprah Winfrey Show: 20th Anniversary Collection," a six-disk DVD on which she highlights favorite interviews and tells viewers "what I was really thinking."
Fri, 11 Nov 2005 00:00:00 ESTThree days ago, before House Republican leaders were forced to scuttle a vote yesterday on a $54 billion budget-cutting bill that would have scaled back Medicaid, food stamp and student loan programs, I stood in line at the Nashville airport, wondering why so few Americans seemed outraged by this threat to some of our nation's poorest children.
Fri, 04 Nov 2005 00:00:00 ESTWhen it comes to activism, some of us are sitters.
Fri, 28 Oct 2005 00:00:00 EDTAwa Nur, 18, loves rap music's seductive rhythms and irresistible beats.
Fri, 21 Oct 2005 00:00:00 EDTYou know when you hear stifled tears in the voice of your son -- the mellow, easygoing one who takes most stuff in stride -- something horrible has happened.
Fri, 07 Oct 2005 00:00:00 EDTOn Wednesday, Burke software sales executive Rita Etter and a pal were in the middle of a night of chicken fajitas and chitchat when Etter's friend lifted a crimson-filled wineglass to her lips.
Fri, 30 Sep 2005 00:00:00 EDTMost people learn the recipe for rumor in grade school:
Fri, 16 Sep 2005 00:00:00 EDTGod help the run-of-the-mill poor.
Fri, 09 Sep 2005 00:00:00 EDTWashington is a thousand miles from New Orleans, but most of us have at least one post-hurricane "memory," one scene that plays and replays in our minds.
Sun, 04 Sep 2005 00:00:00 EDTLife, Xavier University freshman Keisha Rogers has discovered, can be strange.
Fri, 02 Sep 2005 00:00:00 EDTWhen it happens to you, you have to bear witness.
Fri, 12 Aug 2005 00:00:00 EDTAdmittedly, a hotel lobby packed with people attending last week's National Association of Black Journalists conference in Atlanta is an odd place for two African American writers to discover a surprising, shared secret:
Fri, 29 Jul 2005 00:00:00 EDTEven in a hypocrisy-steeped culture, some things stand out. The cover of a book purportedly designed to boost girls' self-esteem and convince them that dressing like sexy pop icons and sleeping around to get ahead are questionable choices features this:
Fri, 22 Jul 2005 00:00:00 EDTWarning: No heart-stopping news or ire-producing opinions about "important" issues will be found in this column. It's about real life, which is -- surprise! -- boring.
Fri, 15 Jul 2005 00:00:00 EDTTalk about the "Power of Love."
Fri, 08 Jul 2005 00:00:00 EDTThree weeks ago at the town hall meeting for the "Africans in America" national conference on African refugees, local black leaders spoke movingly about the sometimes powerful, sometimes hair-slim ties that bind black Africans to their American brothers and sisters.
Fri, 24 Jun 2005 00:00:00 EDTThe thirtysomething woman complaining at the beauty shop was gorgeous and eloquent, the type that folks once called "a catch." Yet her words suggested that all she's caught recently is hell.
Fri, 17 Jun 2005 00:00:00 EDTI thought I'd heard every possible take on Michael Jackson's surprising-but-not-really acquittal -- until I asked a no-nonsense friend her opinion. Not missing a beat, she said, "I wondered why he was spared."
Fri, 10 Jun 2005 00:00:00 EDTThe two young women sitting inches from each other in a Silver Spring living room grew up half a world apart. The French girl, an exchange student studying at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, and her Costa Rican guest, a former exchange student who'd recently returned to the United States, had just met.
Fri, 03 Jun 2005 00:00:00 EDTWhat do you get the moment a long-provocative question is answered?
Fri, 20 May 2005 00:00:00 EDTYou've had a long day at work, a hellish commute and finally have arrived home. Stepping inside, you notice instantly that a previously closed window is ajar. You know:
Fri, 13 May 2005 00:00:00 EDTBefore we get to black Hollywood of yesteryear, let's acknowledge a question on the lips of millions of today's movie fans:
Fri, 06 May 2005 00:00:00 EDTEight decades ago -- before I existed or had any idea of what a mother was -- there was a little girl.
Fri, 22 Apr 2005 00:00:00 EDTAs human beings, we are our stories. So I'll start with this one:
Fri, 15 Apr 2005 00:00:00 EDTEvery high school, I bet, has at least one Cheryl Saunders. A girl who isn't just one of the prettiest around, but one who has the nerve to be smart, popular and even nice.
Fri, 01 Apr 2005 00:00:00 ESTShopping at Hecht's recently, I overheard a snatch of conversation that I couldn't ignore. A young female voice was saying how painful childbirth is "supposed" to be, but that somehow "it wasn't that bad." Looking up, I saw a pretty, wide-eyed woman, who continued, "My boyfriend and his mother were there, and . . . "
Fri, 25 Mar 2005 00:00:00 EST"Let us pray."
Fri, 11 Mar 2005 00:00:00 ESTI am the mother of a 9-year-old boy. The other night, I went out to dinner with my husband.
Fri, 04 Mar 2005 00:00:00 ESTA twentysomething man wearing neat dreadlocks, work boots and a huge parka is standing at the front desk of the Domestic Violence Intake Center at the D.C. Superior Court. His words to the receptionist dispel any impression of hip-hop bravado that his appearance suggests: "I had to put my car in the garage so [my girlfriend] wouldn't do anything to it."
Fri, 11 Feb 2005 00:00:00 ESTThe love stories recounted in author Betty DeRamus's new book, "Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories From the Underground Railroad," are more than a century old. But they still have the power to make listeners' hearts race, break -- or sing.
Fri, 31 Dec 2004 00:00:00 ESTIt's hard enough finding compassion for certain people. But during a conversation about diets, my friend Denise actually asked me:
Fri, 17 Dec 2004 00:00:00 ESTIt was in a newly remodeled Giant supermarket that I realized the insidiousness of the "you do it" culture.
Fri, 10 Dec 2004 00:00:00 EST"M om, we may need to stay at your place tonight. The well ran dry."
Fri, 03 Dec 2004 00:00:00 ESTNow that the painful subject of teenage traffic fatalities is back in the news, Phil Berardelli wants moms and dads to consider the obvious:
Fri, 19 Nov 2004 00:00:00 ESTThere are many reasons to love Bill Cosby.
Fri, 12 Nov 2004 00:00:00 ESTIs anyone surprised that accusations of voter disenfranchisement and irregularities abound after the most passionately contested presidential campaign in memory? Is anybody stunned that the mainstream media appear largely unconcerned?
Fri, 05 Nov 2004 00:00:00 ESTI had just finished speaking at a Northern Virginia church when an attractive young woman with a pixie haircut introduced herself, saying she'd just moved here from Boston.
Mon, 01 Nov 2004 00:00:00 ESTAs this maddening presidential election whirls toward its conclusion, our ever-spinning candidates -- and the dizzy media tracking them -- have put God on the agenda.
Fri, 22 Oct 2004 00:00:00 EDTPresident Bush is so certain of his course that in the second debate, he couldn't conjure a single mistake he's made as president.
Fri, 08 Oct 2004 00:00:00 EDTLast week, after days of going back and forth over whether to watch the first presidential campaign debate, I sat before the TV at the appointed time and turned to a favorite channel.
Fri, 01 Oct 2004 00:00:00 EDTCuddling her fluffy white Maltese dog in her Silver Spring living room, Joan Biren explains why on Election Day, she and five friends will be in Philadelphia doing something that most Americans believe happens only in corrupt foreign governments:
Fri, 24 Sep 2004 00:00:00 EDTSome people might see the new movie "Woman, Thou Art Loosed" because -- for their own cathartic reasons -- they want to see a victim of child sexual abuse exact revenge on her abuser before she starts healing her psychic and spiritual wounds.
Fri, 17 Sep 2004 00:00:00 EDTSo tell me: If you were a resident of Ward 8 -- a section inevitably described as the District's poorest despite having its share of tax-paying homeowners -- whom would you want to represent you on the D.C. Council?
Fri, 10 Sep 2004 00:00:00 EDTRecently, a dear friend -- we're godparents to each other's elementary-age kids -- treated my son and me to dinner. With school expenses looming, we decided that dinner should be inexpensive.
Fri, 03 Sep 2004 00:00:00 EDTEverybody has a story.
Fri, 13 Aug 2004 00:00:00 EDTAppearance-wise, many, if not most, couples look like they're a match. Like they belong together.
Fri, 06 Aug 2004 00:00:00 EDTI'm unsure exactly what made my eyes moisten, suddenly and unexpectedly, at the National Association of Black Journalists convention in Detroit back in 1982. I was so new in the business, so unsure of my talents, that any colleague's "You can make it!" speech could have dissolved me.
Fri, 30 Jul 2004 00:00:00 EDTSuddenly, we're awash in heroes.
Fri, 16 Jul 2004 00:00:00 EDTWe never know how we appear.
Fri, 09 Jul 2004 00:00:00 EDTDistrict resident Lewis Geer is 97 and has lost most of his hearing. But he knows plenty.
Fri, 18 Jun 2004 00:00:00 EDTRecently, I noticed that an upbeat friend seemed off her game. Asked why she appeared sad, she answered with a jumble of words: the war in Iraq, innocent kids getting shot, the world having gone crazy. But she'd be fine, she said.
Sun, 13 Jun 2004 00:00:00 EDTThe ritual is familiar: A larger-than-life figure dies. Shocked, we mull the many ways that person touched us, how he or she evolved: Princess Diana from vulnerable bride into sophisticated do-gooder; JFK Jr. from saluting toddler into graceful hunk.
Fri, 04 Jun 2004 00:00:00 EDTThe 7-Eleven on Silver Hill Road in Suitland is, well, a 7-Eleven. Like every other one.
Sun, 30 May 2004 00:00:00 EDTWe didn't know that Bill Cosby was speaking at our son's graduation. And we had no idea about the magna cum laude thing, either.
Fri, 21 May 2004 00:00:00 EDTWhen Francine Ward told me that self-esteem isn't achieved through contemplation or self-directed pep talks but by walking through our fears, I did what many people would do: reflected upon some things of which I'm proud.
Fri, 14 May 2004 00:00:00 EDTThe nation is at war. But you could almost forget it when the arrival of cicadas is hyped as being slightly less momentous than the Second Coming, and the finales of "Friends" and "Frasier" are treated like the deaths of beloved companions. As one who will miss "Frasier" and who's grossed out by the popeyed bugs on my screened porch, I understand.
Fri, 07 May 2004 00:00:00 EDTJust in time for Mother's Day, the world has been treated to photos of a petite young woman in fashionably baggy pants holding a leash. Attached to it is neither a cute poodle nor a frisky terrier but a man lying naked on a prison floor. In another photo, the female soldier grins as she offers a thumbs-up with one hand while pointing the other at the genitals of a man wearing only a black hood.
Fri, 23 Apr 2004 00:00:00 EDTWhenever I visit languorous Los Angeles, it's tempting to wonder:
Fri, 19 Mar 2004 00:00:00 ESTSome ideas, you're unsure of. You listen to them, weigh them and, even if you're unconvinced, you think, "Maybe that makes some sense."
Fri, 12 Mar 2004 00:00:00 ESTThose of us who've never smoked can only imagine the pull of cigarettes on people for whom smoking is a hated habit. We'd be tempted to feel superior to them -- if we'd never eaten.
Fri, 05 Mar 2004 00:00:00 ESTWhy don't we care more about Haiti?
Fri, 27 Feb 2004 00:00:00 EST"This is the hotel business. People come to hotels to do dirty things. It's our job to make them pretty again."
Fri, 13 Feb 2004 00:00:00 ESTIn a recent column about a new report on urban teenagers' sexual attitudes, I purposely left out the finding that most surprised researchers:
Fri, 06 Feb 2004 00:00:00 ESTWhat is "good hair"?
Wed, 04 Feb 2004 00:00:00 ESTSo I was sitting at my desk Monday, studying an Internet photo enlargement of Janet Jackson's breast. Wondering whether its superstar owner was the innocent victim of a "wardrobe malfunction" or had conspired with rumored ex-beau Justin Timberlake to flash The Breast -- and its metal, nipple-encircling starburst -- to 90 million stunned Super Bowl viewers.
Fri, 30 Jan 2004 00:00:00 ESTOscar, bless him, is sneaking up on 80. So were you surprised that Sofia Coppola's Best Director nomination for "Lost in Translation" was the old boy's first-ever directing nod to an American woman?
Fri, 23 Jan 2004 00:00:00 ESTWhy is it that when good news surfaces, bad news often lurks close behind? Why is it that what we "know" -- about people, events, our own kids -- is so often wrong?
Fri, 16 Jan 2004 00:00:00 ESTWe don't always rush toward what's good for us.
Fri, 02 Jan 2004 00:00:00 ESTJust before Christmas at Montgomery Mall, I was making a hurried pit stop in the Nordstrom ladies' room when I was confronted by something no woman expects -- or wants -- to see in a women's restroom: