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?
African-Americans have a long history of activism in America, from fighting for the right to vote to pushing for integrated public spaces. Activists like Stokely Carmichael organized freedom rides, James Meredith fought to integrate blacks and whites at the University of Mississippi, and Rosa Parks instigated the Montgomery Bus Boycott. These protests were often legal and nonviolent, and made a powerful impact on civil rights in the United States. With the help of activists like these—and many others—the country slowly worked to acknowledge the basic rights and contributions of African-Americans. Activists outisde of the U.S. include Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela, who have fought against apartheid in South Africa. Learn more about the many black activists who fought against the odds in order to achieve equality.
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.
From Whitney Houston's unbelievable vocal range to Michael Jackson's spot-on pitch and unforgettable choreography, these are the famous black singers who, together, have unequivocally defined pop culture for the masses for more than a century. Explore this group to learn more about some of the world's most renowned African-American vocalists, including Josephine Baker, Whitney Houston, Sammy Davis Jr., Aretha Franklin, Beyoncé Knowles, Chuck Berry, Nina Simone, Mary J. Blige, André 3000, Janet Jackson and Gladys Knight.
"Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love." Stated by legendary civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., these words represent a basic human philosophy to which black history's greatest leaders have passionately subscribed. Learn more about the world's most revered civil rights activists, known for their fight against social injustices and lasting impact on the lives of black citizens, including Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Nelson Mandela, Nina Simone, Mary McLeod Bethune, Lena Horne, Marva Collins, Rosa Parks, W.E.B. Du Bois, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.
The quest for civil rights for people of all races and economic backgrounds has been a fundamental part of U.S. history. Those who have worked directly in community organizing and empowerment, such as Dorothy Height, Marian Wright Edelman and Dolores Huerta, inspire us with their vision and strength of character. Then there are those who use the arts to create poignant messages on justice. Whether using music, literature or sculpture, figures like Joan Baez, June Jordan, Miriam Makeba, Augusta Savage and Alice Walker have imparted wisdom to last through the ages.
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American society experienced a revolution in the late 1960s and early 70s, especially for African-Americans and women. Janis Joplin was the finest white blues singer of her generation; female singer-songwriters like Carole King and Joni Mitchell shared their innermost thoughts and feelings; Aretha Franklin emerged as the Queen of Soul; and Bonnie Raitt established herself as both a strong vocalist and a brilliant guitarist. Through their music, the women of this era created the soundtrack of social progress.
They make music with instruments they were born with - their voices. Gifted vocalists have entertained audiences across musical genres from the tour de force arias of Luciano Pavarotti to the classic crooning of Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett to the soulful vocals of artists like Aretha Franklin and Mahalia Jackson. With their powerful lyricism, singers like Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and Bruce Springsteen became poet laureates of American music while artists including Joan Baez and Joe Strummer used their voices to prompt social change while they entertained. Rockers from Elvis Presley to The Beatles to Kurt Cobain helped define their generations through their songs while icons like Michael Jackson, Cher and Whitney Houston shaped pop culture with their larger-than-life voices and personas. See these and more famous singers who have struck a chord in musical history.