Arts and Culture

Thanksgiving's surprising Civil War roots

November 25, 2009 - While its mythology might lead us to imagine America has been celebrating it ever since the Pilgrims joined with their Indian neighbors to throw a feast of gratitude after surviving a brutal winter, Thanksgiving as a national U.S. holiday is actually a more recent tradition — first proclaimed by President Lincoln in the midst of the Civil War.

CULTURE BEAT: Prom night in black and white

July 24, 2009 - I grew up in a small, rural town in southwest Louisiana. At the time I went to high school (and it's still the case today) black kids and white kids had separate proms. All the black kids went to the "official" school prom, in a streamer-filled high-school gymnasium, and all the white students threw their own separate prom across town in a party space paid for by their parents.