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Ella Fitzgerald’s flirtation with reefer songs

It’s Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday this week. Just as Fitzgerald’s career was taking off, jazz was under attack for its purported connection to drug culture. If she wanted to become a mainstream superstar, she needed to make a choice.

Aaron Hernandez Hangs Himself in Prison

Aaron Hernandez — convicted murderer, acquitted double-murder suspect, and former million-dollar NFL star — is dead. Hernandez hanged himself in his prison cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correction Center, a maximum-security prison about …..

Chuck Berry Was Still Alive, Yes, But Now He’s Dead

Chuck Berry, the groundbreaking guitarist who’s on nearly everyone’s Mount Rushmore of rock ‘n roll, died today. If your first thought is, “Chuck Berry was still alive?”, you’re not alone. That was our …..

Bill Paxton Biography: From JFK to ‘Big Love’

Actor Bill Paxton has died, quite suddenly, at age 61. His family said in a statement that “It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed …..

Abraham Lincoln’s Bromance with Joshua Speed

Guest post by Charles B. Strozier, City University of New York   [ Editor’s note: As Prof. Strozier discusses more deeply in his book and in other articles, he finds no …..

Black History Month: Allison Davis, pioneering scholar of racism

His landmark contributions to anthropology have faded from memory, despite real-world policy impact during the mid-20th century. He was the first African-American full-time professor at a predominantly-white university, and his research was cited in Brown v. Board of Education.

Donald Trump’s Children: An Easy Guide

President Donald Trump has five children by his three wives, and with his inauguration as president on January 20th, we’ve been seeing more questions about the Trump kids. Here’s a guide …..

Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher, 1956

Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher: PHOTOS

Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, fellow actors as well as daughter and mother, have died one day apart. Fisher died of a heart attack on December 27th, and the next …..

Holiday Cheer: 90+ and Still Entertaining

2016 brought us some sad deaths, from David Bowie to Muhammad Ali, but The Hollywood Reporter is ending the year with a happier feature: Entertainers who are still going strong …..

Photo of Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro Dead at 90 (or Maybe 89)

Cuban rebel, dictator and Máximo Lider Fidel Castro has died. No cause of death was given in the announcement by his brother, Cuban leader Raúl Castro: “I say to the people …..

Karen Pence Biography: New!

Our biography of Karen Pence, the wife of vice president-elect Mike Pence, is now live. A few things to know about her: Karen Pence is 58 years old. She was …..

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