Tanya Ballard Brown

Tanya Ballard Brown appears in the following:

Should You Do The Do-Over If There's A Chance For A Second Chance?

Monday, September 29, 2014

As world-class violinist Joshua Bell plans a second Washington, D.C. Metro performance, we reflect on the rare opportunity to try something again.


People Be Triflin', From 'Bills, Bills, Bills' To The Bible

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The word "trifling" (or, as it may be more commonly said, "triflin'"), used to blast folks as lazy, good-for-nothing cheaters, goes back quite a ways.


How 'Sassy' Came To Mean Something Both Sweet And Sour

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Since the new Lifetime show Girlfriend Intervention has resurrected the tired old cliche of the "sassy black woman," one black woman decided "sassy" needed some scrutiny.


TMM Editor: Esperanza Spalding's 'I Know You Know' Is My Theme Song

Monday, July 14, 2014

As Tell Me More enters its final weeks of production, editor Tanya Ballard Brown shares her favorite songs for the program's 'In Your Ear' series.


Michael Jackson, We Barely Knew You

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Five years after his death, a new book about the King of Pop written by two of his former security guards provides a new look at the famous — and sometimes infamous — musician's life.


Beyonce, Jay Z And Solange Walk Into An Elevator ...

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Video of a fight between the rapper and his sister-in-law surfaced this week, and many of us watched, pointed and laughed. But is it any of our business, really?


The Origin (And Hot Stank) Of The 'Chitlin' Circuit'

Sunday, February 16, 2014

This network of performance venues — nightclubs, bars, juke joints and theaters — formed during Jim Crow because black performers in the U.S. didn't have access to white-owned clubs. But what did chitlins have to do with it?


Hey Hey Hey! Historian Draws Attention To '70s Black Animation Art

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Pamela Thomas grew up during the 1970s watching cartoons that featured African-American characters. Now, she relives her childhood Saturday mornings through her collection of black animation art on display at the Museum of UnCut Funk!


Dear Internet, It's Christmas. Please Stop Fighting About 'Love Actually'

Friday, December 20, 2013

Guys. Seriously. Why so much hate over a 10-year-old British movie? Let's just agree to disagree and focus on something we can all get behind: Whether you're Hugh Grant or Nina Totenberg, everybody's gotta dance.


The Case For — And Against — Loving 'Love Actually'

Saturday, December 14, 2013

These past few weeks, a battle over why you should love or hate the film has bubbled up on the Internet. We wade in.


Why Didn't The Store Just Let Oprah Buy The $38,000 Handbag?

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Can you ever be rich enough or famous enough or beautiful enough to not be racially profiled while shopping?


Awkwardly Awaiting The Zimmerman Trial's Outcome

Friday, July 12, 2013

Officials are trying to head off possible violent reactions to the verdict, but isn't it weird to be sitting around discussing human behavior like weather patterns?


Stuff You Might Have Missed In The Paula Deen Brouhaha

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Some people are ready to batter and fry the Food Network star after reports that she admitted in a deposition to using racial slurs in the past. But there's other, well, interesting stuff in the deposition transcript. We share some of it here.


If This Cute Cheerios Ad Causes Drama, What Won't?

Saturday, June 01, 2013

When an advertiser seems to do everything right and still draws complaints, it makes you wonder: Is there any way to market to diverse communities without stepping on toes?


Easy Rawlins Is Alive, Or Is He?

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

After six years, author Walter Mosley breathes life back into his detective hero Easy Rawlins — thought dead after crashing his car off a cliff. Easy embarks on another case, but as the lines blur between death and dying, he may discover answers to questions he hadn't thought to ask.


American Tribe Fights To Halt Artifact Auction In Paris

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Seventy objects sacred to Arizona's Hopi tribe are scheduled to hit the block Friday. Tribal members say the items were taken illegally and have asked U.S. officials to help stop the sale, which French auctioneers estimate the sale may bring in $1 million. A court hearing is set for Thursday in Paris.