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Today in black history: Actor Sidney Poitier born

Born to Bahamian parents in Miami, Fla., while they were selling produce from their island farm, Poitier began life in humble working-class circumstances, which he never forgot.


Guthrie still lives in Minnesota

Many grow up learning to sing "This Land Is Your Land," but you likely didn't learn the little-known verses with Guthrie's critique of inequality.


Martin Sheen touts, Occupy Wall Street, Obama presidency

Actor Martin Sheen credits the Occupy Wall Street movement with changing the debate in the country and creating a new framework for this year's election.


First black actor to win an Oscar: Hattie McDaniel

Roles in film for African Americans at the time were almost exclusively as maids and servants. McDaniel excelled at appearing in such roles, for which she received wide criticism.


Chris Rock says he’s willing to pay higher taxes

Jesus would support taxing the rich, said President Barack Obama at this week's national prayer breakfast.


Don Cornelius, creator of “Soul Train,” dead at 75

Don Cornelius, creator of the iconic "Soul Train" television show, was found dead on Wednesday at his California home. He was 75.


Martin Sheen, George Clooney call for more support for Obama

Sheen said, "Steady, steady: You're talking about a very special man," and continued, "I don't think he's getting a lot of help. He's done a great job."

Will Ellen DeGeneres make it on American Idol?

Before every American Idol fan and entertainment writer goes nuts buzzing online about how it's a bad idea that Ellen DeGeneres has joined the show's judging table, let's all just take a deep breath and give the lady a chance.