Toni Morrison - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Toni Morrison David Lynch to receive medal from MacDowell artist colony NEW YORK (AP) — David Lynch is this year's winner of the Edward MacDowell Medal in the Arts, a prize bestowed by the venerable MacDowell Colony for artists. MacDowell officials announced Sunday that the maker of such acclaimed films as "Mulholland Drive" and "Blue Velvet" and the TV series "Twin Peaks" will receive the medal Aug. 13 at a public ceremony at the colony, based ... Mon, 15 May 2017 02:02:00 GMT 2017-05-15T02:02:00Z Christie signs bill inspired by 'Snooki' to cap speaker fees TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday signed legislation inspired by former "Jersey Shore" star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi that limits how much state universities can pay speakers. The new law puts a $10,000 cap on the amount of state money that can be spent on speakers, but the Republican governor said it is essentially symbolic sinc... Mon, 08 May 2017 18:19:00 GMT 2017-05-08T18:19:00Z In Demme's eclectic career, a nonstop rock 'n' roll beat NEW YORK (AP) — Through Jonathan Demme's freewheeling filmmaking life sounded a steady rock 'n' roll beat. Music was his first love and his first credit. Long before he was an Oscar-winning director, he was music coordinator for a little-seen 1970 thriller called "Sudden Terror." And Demme's death Wednesday morning at the age of 73 mean... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:13:00 GMT 2017-04-26T22:13:00Z Nobel laureate Toni Morrison honored with literary award CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Nobel literature laureate Toni Morrison is collecting another prestigious prize. The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist is scheduled to be presented with the American Academy of Arts and Sciences' Emerson-Thoreau Medal. The prize was established in 1958 and is awarded to individuals to recognize a lifetime of litera... Thu, 06 Apr 2017 04:30:00 GMT 2017-04-06T04:30:00Z Acclaimed and off-beat magazine The Believer has new owner NEW YORK (AP) — A highly praised and proudly off-beat literary magazine, where contributors have ranged from Nick Hornby and Anne Carson to Leslie Jamison and Daniel Handler, is changing ownership. The Believer, a San Francisco-based publication and five-time finalist for the National Magazine Award, has been purchased by the Black Mountain Institute at The University of Nev... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:13:00 GMT 2017-03-30T15:13:00Z Even if 'Snooki' bill approved, university to pay speaker TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Even if New Jersey's governor approves a measure inspired by former "Jersey Shore" star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi to cap what state public universities can pay speakers, Rutgers University is still offering $35,000 for this year's commencement speaker. Rutgers says that the honorarium offered to actor and musician Steven Van Zandt is pa... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:52:00 GMT 2017-03-24T15:52:00Z Bill inspired by Snooki caps public university speaker fees TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A bill inspired by former "Jersey Shore" star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi to cap what state public universities can pay to speakers was approved by lawmakers Thursday and now heads to the governor's desk. The Democrat-controlled Assembly unanimously passed the legislation to cap the spending of state money at $10,000. The legislation is n... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:08:00 GMT 2017-03-23T22:08:00Z GOP lawmakers to meet with leaders of black colleges WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are planning to meet with leaders of historically black colleges and universities in the nation's capital to discuss ways to help the schools survive in challenging times. The meeting, spearheaded by South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott and Rep. Mark Walker of North Carolina, will bring leaders from the nation's 100-plus HBCUs to th... Tue, 07 Feb 2017 23:08:00 GMT 2017-02-07T23:08:00Z In 'I Am Not Your Negro,' fire of Baldwin's words burns anew NEW YORK (AP) — One of the surest ways to see the power and relevance of James Baldwin's words today would be to look at some of the signs of recent protesters. "If I love you I must make you conscious of things you do not see," read one. "The only way to be really despicable is to be contemptuous of other people's pain," read another. Or you could see Ra... Wed, 01 Feb 2017 21:59:00 GMT 2017-02-01T21:59:00Z Review: In 'Barry,' a young Obama, long before 'hope' Not since young Abe have the early formations of an American president inspired as much moviemaking as Barack Obama's early life. Vikram Ghandi's "Barry," a snapshot of Obama as a college student, is the second of the year, following Richard Tanne's "Southside With You," a presidential rom-com about Obama's first date with Michelle. These films may be just the start of the w... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 22:38:00 GMT 2016-12-15T22:38:00Z