In 2006, at the peak of the housing boom, a three-bedroom house in a well-established middle class area of south Los Angeles, sold for $550,000. The same property is currently in foreclosure and Rudy offers the bank $170,000 cash--offer accepted. Rudy can handle the shoddy roof and crooked foundation, but when the US Marshals show up at the house across the street to investigate a possible foreclosure scam, it doesn't bode well for the neighborhood. Add to that a misplaced gas meter that requires several weeks to negotiate city permits, late nights working at his restaurant and Rudy wonders whether the big profit potential is worth the trouble.
Scott purchases a hoarder's house that should be the easiest flip of his career, but his plan to simply clean out the junk then immediately relist the property gets foiled when Amie insists on elaborate upgrades.
Winter is approaching and Dave doesn't want to spend it flipping an old lady house with a leaky roof so he persuades Pete to take on a quick condo flip instead. Pete's jaw hits the floor when he see the tiny space--it's only 350 square feet! But once the creative juices start to flow Pete has visions of turning the boxy studio into a sleek bachelor pad with all mod cons. The boys set the clock for one week but the tight quarters prove challenging for the big personalities on Pete and Dave's crew. While Dave is busy scheming to off-load the old lady house tempers start to fray at the condo and soon the sparks are flying. Can Pete and Dave hold the crew together long enough to get their bachelor pad on the market?
They were radical, rebellious, experimental…and had a way with words. Starting in the 1950s, the Beat Generation rose to prominence in America, inspiring a culture of nonconformity and social revolution. Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac were some of the more famous faces synonymous to the group, as was William S. Burroughs. Their musings—both "beat up" and "beatific"—left highly influential marks in literature, music, film and ecology.
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.
They are the famous African-American writers who have fearlessly examined cultural stigmas, provided intimate life details, presented new ideas and created remarkable fiction through literary works. For their prophetic genius, these men and women have received Pulitzer Prizes, NAACP awards and even Nobel Prizes, among other honors. Our list of prominent African-American authors includes Toni Morrison, who has detailed the lives of black characters who struggle with identity amidst racism and hostility; Langston Hughes, a founder of the Harlem Renaissance; and Maya Angelou, who has eloquently chronicled various eras of her life through her autobiographies.
"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.
After the Civil War, many of the country's best and brightest black advocates, artists, entrepreneurs and intellectuals moved to the New York City neighborhood of Harlem. Thanks largely to the efforts of these residents, Harlem became both the cradle of a cultural revolution and the heart of the civil rights movement. Meet some of the many people who gave—and continue to give—this neighborhood a voice, simply by calling it home.
America wouldn't be what it is today without Hollywood, and it certainly wouldn't be the same without its armed forces. Military veterans make the ultimate contribution to society—they put their lives on the line for their country. Since the nation's founding, the dedication and bravery of soldiers has been the a key pillar on which the United States stands. From Revolutionary War heroes to Vietnam veterans, here's a look at famous military veterans.
In entertainment, where the line between fiction and reality is often blurry, names are a crucial part of a celebrity's image. Stage names are often chosen to make an actor or musician's name easier to pronounce or remember, or simply to make it sounds more attractive. Here are famous celebrities who have changed their names.