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Helaine Williams

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Features reporter, columnist

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KREWE OF OUACHITA: Party Gras: Hot Springs Jazz Society gets into Carnival spirit at annual fundraiser

posted: 02/18/2018 2:34 a.m. Gallery Discuss

HOT SPRINGS -- It wouldn't be Mardi Gras without the Costume Ball & Contest, a yearly fundraiser for the Hot Springs Jazz Society that always precedes Fat Tuesday.

ALL IN A LIFE'S WORK: Business Hall of Fame hails four inductees during dinner

posted: 02/18/2018 2:32 a.m. Gallery Discuss

The Arkansas Business Hall of Fame gained four new inductees during a dinner held Feb. 9 at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.

LET'S TALK: Olympics for rest of us all in 2018

posted: 02/18/2018 2:24 a.m. Discuss

Regular readers may recall that the Aug. 14, 2016, column -- which ran during the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro -- was a suggested list of "Olympics for the Rest of Us." That column was an updated version of a similar offering on Aug. 9, 1992.

DRESSING ROOM: Africa inspires fashion that heralds heritage

posted: 02/11/2018 2:24 a.m. Discuss

February is Black History Month ... a month during which the contributions of Americans of African descent are celebrated as well as a month during which African-influenced fashions take center stage.

RUNNING HIS OWN SHOW: Aglow about Joe: Little Rock premiere of native son’s movie satisfies a sold-out crowd

posted: 02/11/2018 2:23 a.m. Gallery Discuss

The premiere of Then There Was Joe -- written, produced, directed, co-edited and co-starring Little Rock native Justin Warren -- was a standing-room only sellout, thanks to a host of family, friends, fans and associates who gathered Feb. 3 at the Central Arkansas Library System's Ron Robinson Theater. The film was the first to be showcased by the Arkansas Cinema Society's new Homegrown Film Series.

LET'S TALK: Finding new kin easy, staying in touch tougher

posted: 02/11/2018 2:13 a.m. Discuss

Traditionally, it's been easy to be cynical about family. The terms "dysfunctional family" and "family drama" seem to apply to more of us than not -- just listen to the horror stories that often ensue after the death of a family matriarch or patriarch who didn't leave a will -- and sometimes it seems easier to just love relatives from afar.

Let's Talk: Bowl's a bust? Go own way

posted: 02/04/2018 2:13 a.m. Discuss

So I understand some of you may be seeking an alternative to watching today's Super Bowl, especially those who fear this year's will be just a near-repeat of last year's game, and is subject to have the same (snooze) champion.

OVERTURE TO THE SHOW: Foundation's Patron Party includes raffle, Oscar picks

posted: 02/04/2018 1:54 a.m. Gallery Discuss

An intimate group of Wolfe Street Foundation supporters gathered Jan. 25 for a bit of informal socializing at the west Little Rock home of Ashley and Allen Engstrom in anticipation of the foundation's forthcoming Oscar-night gala.

SHOULDERS OF GREATNESS: Fit for a King

posted: 01/28/2018 2:16 a.m. Gallery Discuss

The Arkansas Martin Luther King Commission kicked off a busy King Holiday with its 25th anniversary Interfaith Prayer Breakfast. The invitation-only event took place Jan. 15 in the Grand Hall of the Arkansas Governor's Mansion.

FOOTBALL'S FINEST: Awards season

posted: 01/21/2018 2:24 a.m. Gallery Discuss

Who says real men don't cry?

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