America’s Forgotten Landscape Painter: Robert S. Duncanson

Beloved by 19th-century audiences around the world, the African-American artist fell into obscurity, only to be celebrated as a genius a century later

Featuring the musical and comedic talents of African-American performers for decades, the landmark Harlem theater transformed popular entertainment.

Show Time at the Apollo

A stellar roster of African-American singers, dancers and comedians got their start at the venue, celebrating its 75-year history

Maurice Hines, left, joins his brother Gregory (now deceased) in the finale of the smash 1981 Broadway musical Sophisticated Ladies.

Maurice Hines on the Legacy of the Apollo Theater

The legendary dancer talks about starting his career in Harlem and his upcoming Sammy Davis Jr. project

Literature, says poet, novelist and playwright Rita Dove, will look "for different ways to distinguish itself from mass media."

Rita Dove on the Future of Literature

The Pulitzer-Prize winning poet discusses how new technologies will affect the creative process

Herman Leonard photographed jazz icons such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Dizzy Gillespie.

Herman Leonard’s Eye for Jazz

In the 1940s and 50s, photographer Herman Leonard captured icons of the jazz world, including Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington


Portraits of Resistance

The inaugural show of the National Museum of African American History and Culture


Celebrating Resistance

The curator of a portrait exhibition discusses how African Americans used photography to resist stereotypes


The Architectural Wonders of Bagan

Nearly a thousand years after the Burmese kingdom was formed, visitors enjoy panoramic views of the sprawling city

Thomas Allen Harris with his family in the Bronx, NY (circa, 1977).

Interview with Thomas Allen Harris

Director of "Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela"

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dream Assignment

Photographer Bob Adelman's picture of Martin Luther King, Jr., taken 40 years ago, captures one of the greatest speeches in American history

Maya Angelou by Ross Rossin, 2013.

Growing Up Maya Angelou

The famed writer discusses her childhood, her writing and the importance of family


Pearl's Secret: A Black Man's Search for His White Family

Capturing America's Fight for Freedom

Smithsonian experts help the makers of Mel Gibson's new movie, The Patriot, create scenes and bring the conflict's many factions into sharper focus

Art car festival in San Francisco

Designing Your Own Set of Wheels

Sporting faux fur to gold to the front lawn, old clunkers are getting decked out as art cars the ultimate vehicles of self-expression

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