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<music> WEDNESDAY, JAN. 21 Margo & The Pricetags The New Vintage 2126 S. Preston St., 749-4050 newvintagelouisville.com $8; 8 p.m. A great singer can make a room that’s not even built for acoustics seem like you’re sitting behind the board at a studio, wearing headphones. It’s one of the great conquests of a live performance: … Continued

Requiem for a King

Longtime Metro Council President Jim King didn’t just purport to love Louisville; he proved it by tirelessly toiling to improve our quality of life. Countless challenges kept him awake at night. While most of us slept, Jim puzzled over problems. He viewed politics as the art of the possible. Much to our benefit, he exhaustively … Continued

‘Selma’ and the human Martin Luther King, Jr.

As we remember my Morehouse brother Martin Luther King, Jr. (Class of 1948) this year we also have the opportunity to engage director Ava DuVernay’s cinematic take on one of the greatest protest sites of the American civil rights movement — Selma (probably only eclipsed by Birmingham) and the last great march of the movement. … Continued

On Parody vs. Satire: The Shadow of Charlie Hebdo

Here is what I know about Charlie Hebdo. I know that 17 people were killed because someone didn’t feel the satire of this publication was funny. They were offended by the disrespect to the prophet of their religion. Those of us who watched it on the news cannot measure the magnitude of such a tragedy. … Continued

Leaderless

Words and symbolism are powerful tools of great leaders. Speeches can define an event for the ages. Images and courage can compel action. Great leaders create and transform opinions and move people. Winston Churchill addressed his nation in June 1940 as Nazi Germany stood ready to invade England: “We shall go on to the end, … Continued

Kentucky’s kick in the ass

In case you missed it, a couple of years ago Kentucky (unofficially) adopted a new state motto: “Kentucky Kicks Ass.” This new adage is apparently intended to better capture what Kentucky is all about — more so than “Unbridled Spirit” — as well as “increase tourism, foster pride, attract new business and diminish stereotypes.” I … Continued

Misplaced Mission

I took a road trip to end 2014. I drove to Charlotte to cover my Louisville Cardinals at the Belk Bowl for KentuckySports.com. On New Year’s Eve, I ventured to Washington, DC to celebrate the 30th birthday of my beautiful cousin, LaShonda, then embarked on a nine hour drive back to the ‘Ville. I needed … Continued

Hot for teacher

Omigod you guys, I’ve got the hugest crush on this amazing woman! Her name is Tamar Gendler, and she has got me completely under her spell. Sigh. And she doesn’t even know I’m alive. I first caught a glimpse of her while I was working out on the treadmill. I know, such a cliché, right? … Continued

Je ne suis pas Charlie

Last Wednesday morning I received a text message saying: “I would advise that you avoid any Muslim snarkiness for the time being.”  I responded: “Good call. When did I do that… Oh! the Paris shooting.” It has been an interesting week in the media world, and an even more interesting month in the world of … Continued

A kinder, gentler New Year

Last year when it came time for the New Year’s wrap-up/resolution column I was not in a great place. I was grouchy, grading papers and feeling weary of new motherhood. It was so bad that I neglected to greet the New Year, became an emotional knot and subsequently bemoaned my discontent in my column. Not … Continued