First came Black Friday, then Cyber Monday and, earlier this week, Green Monday. These sales are sending us straight into a self-indulgent holiday. Discounts are fun, I know. But as you trim your trees and wrap your gifts, be thankful and just know that it feels good to give back, too. I mean this is the season when the giving gets easy.
Award-winning illustrator Shane Evans has always wanted to nurture community through his art, and Chocolate Me, his book with longtime best friend and actor Taye Diggs, is his vehicle.
Hectic holiday schedules make hanging out with friends hard. Between Black Friday and Christmas, calendars feel the crunch. And so do our wallets, what with all of the traveling and long lists of loved ones to shop for. Thats why I like the idea of giving an experience as a gift.
Soak this in: I have never once been able to give my mama a greeting card with a brown child and a white mother. She loves the cards I give her; the sentiment is always there. And I know thats what its about the love. Until you spend a lifetime feeling invisible.
For the Bonny family, Thanksgiving is a way of life. A little more than a year ago, they decided to unplug from our culture of false connectivity. It may sound strange for a couple in their early 30s, but for them, it is freedom.
Every week through Christmas, you can find tips and gift guides of the non-Black Friday variety. Today: The gift of good food and drinks. Never underestimate the power of taste. And you dont have to shop on Thanksgiving to score gift cards that come with a bonus.
Imagine if you and some co-workers were told to step on a scale. In front of everyone. Mortifying, right? Now picture doing this at age 10.
No matter how high her spaceship flies, singer Janelle Monae, a native of Kansas City, Kan., never forgets where she comes from. And on Friday, she and her android alter ego, Cindi Mayweather, are landing at the Uptown Theater. Its no surprise everyone wants to hear her sing.
For the first time in a long time, a steady flow of movies and television shows are featuring diverse casts. In fact, last years box-office hits Think Like a Man and Jumping the Broom led to The Best Man Holiday, a sequel of that rom-com that we fell in love with so long ago. This year has been one for the books when it comes to black-oriented films.
A passing of the plates is how I like my brunch to look: People I love, talking and laughing and sharing food. The word itself is a fusion of breakfast and lunch, a coming together. I think thats why more and more you see brunch on Saturday menus. Its a party.
Keisha Austins name became a source of jokes. There was a hint of racism and ignorance embedded in their comments. Its like they assumed that I must be a certain kind of girl, she says. Like, my name is Keisha so they think they know something about me, and it always felt negative. So she changed her name.
Im happy about the new Federal Aviation Administration rules and all, but I just want to play Words With Friends.
Halloween is only as happy as you make it. Me? I pull out all of my tricks and treats at the last minute. For good reason, too
Its haunting and harrowing, but its not a Halloween movie. 12 Years a Slave, in KC theaters Friday, is a different kind of scary. It wraps around your heart and squeezes it to the point of discomfort. It makes Roots seem small. It pushes Django into pop fantasy land.
There was a time when being a mom was about raising your kids. But somewhere between Demi Moores naked baby bump and Kate Winslets new, unreal Vogue cover, motherhood has been reduced to glam.
I admit it. I was late to the party. But honey, when I finally read Divergent I danced all night. And now Allegiant, the final book in the trilogy, hits shelves on Tuesday.
For all its blood and eerie superpowers, Carrie isnt just a scary movie. Its the cinematic poster child for bullying. So its fitting that now, during National Bullying Prevention Month, comes not only a remake of Brian De Palmas classic movie but also Carrie: The Musical, Egads! Theatre Companys campy yet serious look at the problem.
As members of Westboro Baptist Church gear up to picket Josh Groban this week in Kansas City, a New York musical called "God Hates This Show" is sending them to burn for eternity. Amen to that. God Hates This Show: Shirley Phelps-Roper in Concert, Live From Hell, opens Wednesday for a five-day run. Its creators hope to bring it to Kansas City, where weve long been forced to endure the Topeka-based churchs cascades of hate.
People want to focus on the big, brash and extreme things that come out of Kanye Wests sparkling mouth, but there are lot of important truths about classism, celebrity and honesty buried beneath the wild and rude intensity that boiled between him and Jimmy Kimmel this week.
Halloween put on its mask before the back-to-school aisles were empty this year, but theres so much more to do in October. Im talking Afrolicious at the Record Bar (Oct. 21) and a new candy store, Itsugar, opening on the Plaza. Here are a few more things to pack your calendar.
Once again, adults have brought their jaded minds to the kids aisles. This Naughty Leopard toddler Halloween costume is less trick and more treat. How will these overwrought parents react when Santa asks if their kids have been naughty or nice?
I wanted to hate Bennett. A white teen who claims to be a Crip, degrades women and says the N-word freely because he thinks hes part black? Not someone I wanted to know. And I was prepared to hate KC rapper Mac Lethals book Texts From Bennett. But I dont.
I wasnt surprised at the news that profits are down at Red Lobster and Olive Garden. For me, theyre more of a novelty now somewhere to go for nostalgia or a random Wednesday night. Even though I still love the bread, the places just arent the same.
Are boobs really a threat to American family values? I mean really, its time to end the war on boobs. Not even a bronze, lifeless statue at the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens can bare its breasts without someone crying shame.
The couple say this month is the busiest in the history of the Baldwin brand. But on a recent afternoon, they found time to steal away for happy hour at one of their favorite places: Westport Cafe and Bar, 419 Westport Road. It feels like a vacation right here in the city.