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LOOK: First Official 'Downton Abbey' Season 4 Photo

Posted 03.04.2013 | TV

"Downton Abbey" may have just ended here in the US, but Michelle Dockery has already slipped back into her Lady Mary costume and is at work on Season ...

Shirley MacLaine Is Headed Back To 'Downton'

AP | FRAZIER MOORE | Posted 05.02.2013 | TV

NEW YORK — Shirley MacLaine will be returning to "Downton Abbey" next season, and opera star Kiri Te Kanawa is joining the cast. MacLaine will ...

Timbuktu Before the Storm

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi | Posted 05.01.2013 | Black Voices
Dr. Tukufu Zuberi

My first trip to Timbuktu occurred in 2003, long before this current conflict. I arrived in Timbuktu and the air emitted a certain respect for history. The architectural structure reminded me that I was in the midst of a city of knowledge that had existed for hundreds of years.

From The Voice to PBS: Reality TV Might Save Arts Education in America

Chris Mann | Posted 04.30.2013 | Entertainment
Chris Mann

I was halfway through the press line answering questions like, "What's your favorite Christmas song? What was it like singing with Christina Aguilera? What's your favorite holiday memory?" Then I was hit with an unexpected question: "Do you think there are too many singing competition shows on television?"

Make Way for the "Makers" -- Meet the Warriors of the Women's Movement

Marlo Thomas | Posted 02.26.2013 | MarloThomas
Marlo Thomas

This evening, PBS will premiere "MAKERS: Women Who Make America," a television special that tells the compelling saga of the American women who led the march to equality over the past half-century. I attended a screening of the film earlier this month, and, well, here's a spoiler alert: You will be moved to tears.

What Took So Long? Women's History From Those Who Made It

Martha Burk | Posted 04.27.2013 | Women
Martha Burk

February 26 marks the premiere of MAKERS: Women Who Make America, a documentary about how women took to the streets to transform society. Narrated by Meryl Streep, the series highlights women who have done extraordinary things.

Free To Be… Me

Dyllan McGee | Posted 04.27.2013 | Women
Dyllan McGee

I spent my early years in New York City, went to college, got married, had kids and just assumed this is how my life would be and how it has always been. It wasn't until I listened to the stories that are a part of MAKERS that I realized how these choices were privileges by any other name.

New Film Tells Story Of Unsung Civil Rights Leader

AP | SUZANNE GAMBOA | Posted 02.23.2013 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON -- Just before the March on Washington in 1963, President John F. Kennedy summoned six top civil rights leaders to the White House to talk ...

Sheryl Sandberg's Lessons to Succeed and Savor Work and Life

Kare Anderson | Posted 04.23.2013 | Women
Kare Anderson

Taking stands for what you believe in is core to Sandberg's credo in her new book, Lean In. She urges women to "lean in" to their career and not hold back, as she feels that women have been conditioned to do.

'Downton Abbey' Goes Out On Top

The Huffington Post | Chris Harnick | Posted 02.19.2013 | TV

The "Downton Abbey" ratings are in and the period drama went out on a high note. According to PBS, the third season finale of "Downton Abbey" boas...

Crabby About Downton Abbey?

Lev Raphael | Posted 04.21.2013 | TV
Lev Raphael

So, even though I'd heard about the ending of Downton Abbey's Season 3 and knew what was coming, I found the fatal car accident at the end gratuitous, pointless, and lazy on the part of the writers.

'Downton Abbey's' Cousin Oliver?

Posted 02.19.2013 | TV

There's new blood coming to "Downton Abbey" in the form of Lady Rose MacClare, played by Lily James, the Dowager Countess' great niece. Viewers le...

Who Said What On 'Downton Abbey'?

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 02.16.2013 | TV

As the Season 3 finale of "Downton Abbey" draws closer, we've been looking back fondly on the heartbreaking and hilarious episodes that have made this...

Watch: BBC Far Behind PBS in Celebrating Parks at 100

David Tereshchuk | Posted 04.17.2013 | Media
David Tereshchuk

From London, BBC World Service Radio is promoting, world-wide of course, a forthcoming special devoted to a quintessential bit of American history. Trouble is, the BBC's timing is just a little off -- or at least a tad late.

Why It's Better To Work Downstairs On 'Downton Abbey'

Posted 02.15.2013 | TV

Fancy dresses and spacious dining rooms only go so far on "Downton Abbey." According to Lesley Nicol, who plays Mrs. Patmore, the cook, on the PBS ...

17 Parenting Lessons From 'Downton Abbey'

Grown And Flown | Posted 04.12.2013 | Parents
Grown And Flown

What the PBS drama can teach us about unconditional love, loyalty and reinvention.

Remembering The Best Miniseries Of The '70s And '80s

Next Avenue | Posted 02.10.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By John Stark The golden era of the TV miniseries lasted from the mid-1970s to the late 1980s. They couldn’t go on mu...

'Downton Abbey' Recap: Snobs Get Served

Mike Hogan | Posted 02.03.2013 | TV
Mike Hogan

Sybil's body isn't even cold, yet the residents kept scheming, especially Matthew, who just can't wait to get cracking on his plan to reform the estate. And speaking of Matthew, there sure was a lot of foreshadowing in that one scene, wasn't there?

Rosa Parks Centennial -- Untold Story Clouds Legacy

David Tereshchuk | Posted 04.03.2013 | Media
David Tereshchuk

The U.S. Senate has designated Monday February 4, as Rosa Parks Day, but meanwhile, seven years after her death, her own records of her extraordinary life lie hidden and inaccessible to the public and scholars alike, in a drab New York City warehouse.

Not On Netflix Anymore

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 02.01.2013 | Technology

Everyone's favorite show about British lords and servants will soon find a permanent home on Amazon. Amazon just signed a deal for exclusive strea...

The Premiere of My First Film on African Independence

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi | Posted 01.31.2013 | Black Voices
Dr. Tukufu Zuberi

I started teaching sociology at the University of Pennsylvania in 1988. I continue to appreciate the intellectual engagement that this profession affo...

Reproductive Rights and Race; Immigration Reform Has Next; Low-Top Boxes and Abolitionists; Bad Investment Advice

Janell Ross | Posted 03.31.2013 | Black Voices
Janell Ross

The news of the day certainly rotates somewhere around immigration reform. The President is expected to deliver a speech in Las Vegas this afternoon o...

I Am So Psyched That Quentin Tarantino Is Going to Direct Downton Unchained

James Napoli | Posted 03.24.2013 | Comedy
James Napoli

SPOILER ALERT: This entire article contains tons of spoilers about how every member of the upper-class family of Downton Abbey is systematically eliminated in various ways in slow-motion by an uprising of the servant class until the walls of Downton are soaked in aristocratic blood.

Harriet Beecher Stowe's Prophetic Engine

Joan D. Hedrick | Posted 03.17.2013 | Religion
Joan D. Hedrick

The fact that Christian ministers maintained a timid silence in face of the Fugitive Slave Law both infuriated Stowe and propelled her to speak out.

Long Wait Ahead For 'Downton Abbey' Season 4

The Huffington Post | Chris Harnick | Posted 01.15.2013 | TV

Brace yourselves, "Downton Abbey" fans: "Downton Abbey" Season 4 won't premiere in the US for another year. Yes, it's the usual wait time for the new ...