I had my young sons sit on the couch with me five years ago, each of them tucked neatly at my side. I remember thinking that if I can just sustain a glimmer of a smile, then the announcement that our family is breaking apart can be over, and the healing will begin. Why can't it ever be that simple.
Housing over a quarter of the country's population, Skopje is Macedonia's largest and most diverse city. With a long history marked by Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman rule, the region boasts a wealth of ancient sites and intriguing relics.
Quincy Jones moved to Seattle as a child and discovered a passion for music that would bring him global success as a musician, composer and producer. He talks to CNN about music, working with Michael Jackson, and the city he grew up in.
The Toronto Film Festival has been the launching pad for many an Academy Award-winning movie. "Ray," the gripping tale of legendary singer Ray Charles' rise to fame and his battle with drug addiction, was unveiled at the festival several years ago. So was "Crash," the gritty saga of racial and social strife in Los Angeles.
Eager to learn what makes Jones tick, we showed up at the wrought-iron gate of his 53-acre estate in Carmel. Flanked by four-foot-tall marble elephants, the gate opens onto a winding stone drive, lit by replicas of the lampposts in London's Trafalgar Square, which lead the visitor to a 27,000-square-foot mansion built in the style of an English country manor. He spent seven years and $20 million renovating the property.
For most people, Post-it Notes are disposable, ordinary office papers used for note-taking and reminders. But for 19-year-old David Alvarez of Leavenworth, Washington, they were the perfect medium for a 10-foot-tall mosaic depicting Ray Charles.
From distinctive sounds to literary eminence, African-American performers, artists and writers have transformed their respective fields. The following is just a sampling of African Americans whose contributions have changed the arts.
Some record producers like to dominate a song, piling on the instruments, echo and sonic devices. Think of Phil Spector with his Wall of Sound, Trevor Horn piloting Frankie Goes to Hollywood or Max Martin's teenybopper confections, for example.
"Sideways," the story of two men grappling with maturity, led the Golden Globe nominations Monday morning, picking up seven nominations, and Jamie Foxx earned three acting nominations, including best lead actor in a musical or comedy for his performance as Ray Charles in "Ray."
Director Taylor Hackford and star Jamie Foxx hit all the right notes -- from the brightest trebles to the most brooding basses -- in "Ray," a remarkable movie showcasing the symphony of Ray Charles' life.
When Harold Dee retired from the aerospace industry in 1999, he and his wife Doris were living on the 48th floor of a tony Chicago skyscraper. They had season tickets to the Lyric Opera and were members of the Art Institute of Chicago. Three years and 2,000 miles later, life for the Dees is, well, a little different. How different? Says Doris: I can't get the deer to stop eating my garden.