Carnie and husband Rob Bonfiglio need to find bigger digs, but since Carnie likes the new and fabulous while Rob likes the old and rustic. It's going to be tough finding something that suits them both. They visit a Mediterranean-style mansion, a Tuscan-designed domestic dream, and an eastern-style West Coast wonder. All three are gorgeous, but each has a downside, so Carnie and Rob will have an agonizing time deciding.
The rapper and his glamorous wife decide to upgrade from their New Jersey penthouse and hunt for the perfect Jersey house. They want funky design and, of course, a huge closet for all of Coco's shoes. They inspect a 6,000-square foot Zen Mansion--a cutting-edge crib with five bedrooms, four bathrooms, and a wine cellar--and a nine-bedroom Preppy Palace complete with disco dance floor. Have the two found their ultimate crash pad?
Now that Corey Feldman's a single father, he and his son, Zen, go looking for a new Feldmansion Fortress. Corey checks out a massive estate complete with game room, bar, parlor, outdoor stage, private bistro, extensive garden, and three guest houses. Is this the right playpen for Corey and Zen, or is it more than they can handle?
After a successful, life-long career on Beverly Hills 90210, and Charmed, Shannen Doherty is ready to fully settle down with her husband of one year, Kurt Iswarienko. The newlyweds set up a temporary home on the Malibu, California waterfront after a home they purchased turned out to be a little more than a fixer upper, but are ready for a more permanent upgrade. Shannen has enlisted the help of her long-time friend, Chris Cortazzo (aka "Mr. Perfect,") in the hopes of finding a new home for herself and her husband. Since she has spent most of her life in Malibu, Shannen keeps it close to home viewing beachfront dream houses and a sprawling ranch where she could keep her horses. Shannen is no stranger to writing large checks for her real estate, but some of these mansions leave Shannen with a case of sticker shock and a bit of uncertainty about her final decision.
Barry Williams is moving to Branson, Missouri for his new one-man show, but before he leaves California, he wants to find the perfect vacation home in Malibu. With his laidback energy and playful attitude, Barry needs a place with open spaces and tons of light to reenergize him each day, a room for his son, and since he's a surfer from birth, access to the beach. Barry first looks at an $8 million house in a contemporary gated community sitting on the beach. The second home is a remodeled house with exquisite architecture and curved balconies wrapping around the east and west sides of the house. The last is an 11 acre ranch complete with its own recording studio and artist's workshop. All three are gorgeous and tempting places that fulfill Barry's requirements, making the decision immensely difficult.
Debbie Gibson needs a New York pad that has a place of honor for her prized Liberace piano, plus an awesome kitchen. She looks at three possibilities: A $7.6-million apartment that seems to be worth every penny; an all-glass penthouse that has everything she requires but is a little pricey; and an artistic wonderland with a full backyard, private entrance and eat-in kitchen. Which one will become Debbie's dream house?
Many African-Americans left their country to escape the confines of racism, segregation and McCarthyism in the United States. As a result, an entirely new African-American subculture sprouted up in Europe, Africa and other countries abroad. A street in Paris is named after Josephine Baker, who found acceptance and fame in France that she couldn't achieve in the still-segregated United States. Marcus Garvey was a leader of the Back-to-Africa movement. And singer Nina Simone lived in several different countries, including Liberia, Switzerland, England and Barbados before eventually settling down in the South of France. Find out more about these African-American expats, and the new lives they made for themselves abroad, on Biography.com.
From film to television to the stage, African-American actors have been credited with a wide range of acclaimed and pioneering cinematic works, including Malcolm X, The Last King of Scotland, Remember the Titans, Training Day, Man on Fire, Ali and Ray. Explore our collection of famous black actors, including Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, Forest Whitaker, Jamie Foxx, Will Smith and Richard Pryor.
Spanning jazz to soul to funk, to more contemporary genres like R&B, rap and pop, African-American musicians are responsible for chart-topping hits like "I Feel Good," "Respect," "Georgia on My Mind," "Let The Good Times Roll," "Good Golly Miss Molly" and "Thriller." Explore our collection of famous black musicians, including Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, B.B. King, Duke Ellington, James Brown, Little Richard, Beyoncé Knowles, and more.
With its roots in the blues, jazz has been referred to as America's classical music, yet has also become a major global phenomenon, branching off into a variety of forms. Earlier pioneers like Scott Joplin and Jelly Roll Morton paved the way for the swinging big-band sounds of Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. In contrast, contemporaries Dizzie Gillespie, Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk developed bebop, with its speedy, dissonant harmonies and improvisations. And Miles Davis heralded the birth of cool jazz, modal jazz and fusion at different points in his career. Famous jazz instrumentalists have tended to be male, yet women have been at the forefront of the genre when it comes to vocalization, from the brassy blues of Bessie Smith to the haunting eclecticism of Nina Simone.
Saxophonists have been an integral part of the American jazz scene, with the timbres of their chosen instrument often at the center of layered compositions. Coleman Hawkins was the first American jazz saxophonist to become famous during the 1920s-30s. Jimmy Dorsey and Johnny Hodges also had major success with big bands during jazz's heyday as a popular music juggernaut, while Lester Young popularized the West Coast, cool style. Later, soprano and tenor saxophonist John Coltrane created pioneering works that ranged from "sheets of sound" bebop to unbound, rhythmically complex free jazz. And Branford Marsalis has taken his sax to great heights in non-jazz arenas; he's toured with rock artist Sting and served as musical director for The Tonight Show.