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.
Learn more about black history's most esteemed legal professionals, from African-American pioneers such as George Washington Williams and Constance Baker Motley, to legendary Supreme Court justices Clarence Thomas and Thurgood Marshall, to high-profile Harvard grads Barack and Michelle Obama, and many more. Explore our list of famous black lawyers, including full biographies, photo galleries and videos, only on Biography.com.
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.
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.
Like in Gone With the Wind, The Sun Also Rises after Twilight, even in a Pet Cemetary Where the Wild Things Are. But let's not be too morbid and discuss creepy things like The Satanic Verses or try to get an Interview With a Vampire from The Stranger Who Professes 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.' Going round in round like this, you may never know Where the Sidewalk Ends, and that would be unfortunate since Uncle Tom's Cabin is just around the corner...
Okay, we could go on, but we won't torture you. You get the point. Our attempt at creative writing is nothing compared to the imaginative minds of our Famous Fiction Authors Group.
During the early 20th century, African-American poets, musicians, actors, artists and intellectuals moved to Harlem in New York City and brought new ideas that shifted the culture forever. From approximately 1918 to the mid 1930s, talent began to overflow within this newfound culture of the black community in Harlem, as prominent figures—Langston Hughes, Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday, to name a few—pushed art to its limit as a form of expression and representation. These are some of the famous African Americans who shaped the influential movement known as the Harlem Renaissance.