Born to Bahamian parents in Miami, Fla., while they were selling produce from their island farm, Poitier began life in humble working-class circumstances, which he never forgot.
Many grow up learning to sing "This Land Is Your Land," but you likely didn't learn the little-known verses with Guthrie's critique of inequality.
Actor Martin Sheen credits the Occupy Wall Street movement with changing the debate in the country and creating a new framework for this year's election.
Roles in film for African Americans at the time were almost exclusively as maids and servants. McDaniel excelled at appearing in such roles, for which she received wide criticism.
Jesus would support taxing the rich, said President Barack Obama at this week's national prayer breakfast.
Don Cornelius, creator of the iconic "Soul Train" television show, was found dead on Wednesday at his California home. He was 75.
Sheen said, "Steady, steady: You're talking about a very special man," and continued, "I don't think he's getting a lot of help. He's done a great job."
Before every American Idol fan and entertainment writer goes nuts buzzing online about how it's a bad idea that Ellen DeGeneres has joined the show's judging table, let's all just take a deep breath and give the lady a chance.