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Helaine Williams

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Features reporter, columnist

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Recent Stories by Helaine Williams

Arkansas designers gearing up for New York Fashion Week say it’s not all glitz and glamour

posted: 02/09/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Michael Kors. Carolina Herrera. Tracy Reese. Tommy Hilfiger. Vera Wang. Shonda Ali-Shamaa.

UN BAL MASQUE: Hot Springs Jazz Society parties Mardi Gras style

posted: 02/07/2016 2:33 a.m. Gallery Discuss

Previous incarnations of the Hot Springs Jazz Society's Mardi Gras Costume Ball & Contest took place in the ballroom of Hot Springs' Austin Hotel. With that establishment -- now the Hotel Hot Springs -- being renovated, the 2016 version was forced to make a major venue move. OK, maybe not that major. After all, the Hot Springs Convention Center's Horner Hall is separated from the hotel basically by a lobby and a flight of stairs.

LET'S TALK: Heaven's a lot cooler with James

posted: 02/07/2016 2:08 a.m. Discuss

This year started off with an especially heavy avalanche of sad deaths, of which there always seems to be an oppressive flood these days, and with which I've found it tough to keep up. It's bad to be a journalist and almost dread the news for fear of hearing about the passing of a long-lost friend, associate or loved one, especially someone who was always on that ever-present "I need to reconnect with" list.

Music review: Staples wows fans, Takes Them There

posted: 02/06/2016 3:25 a.m. Discuss

Grammy-award-winning R&B/gospel singer Mavis Staples can charm a crowd with her teasing-nurturing manner of a favorite granny or aunt, greeting the folks on the front row and cooing over a youngster.

Clarence James Duvall Jr.

posted: 01/31/2016 2:15 a.m. Discuss

The Rev. C.J. Duvall remembers his mother telling him and his siblings that there was nothing in the whole wide world she wanted more than for them to be good citizens. It planted a seed within him.

DRESSING ROOM: Hair styling and fashion get ready for a big date

posted: 01/31/2016 2:08 a.m. Discuss

There are hair shows, and there are fashion shows, and never the twain shall meet.

Fashion symbol

posted: 01/31/2016 2 a.m. Discuss

Frank Gibson I LIVE between my great room and my closet in Pebble Beach Estates, west Little Rock.

FINE ART: Open house is a showcase for newest works by Cates

posted: 01/31/2016 1:58 a.m. Gallery Discuss

North Little Rock-based artist Theresa Cates is branching out. From her first pieces -- which depicted women praising God in church, Bibles flying -- she has moved on to depictions of blues and jazz musicians. Rural and urban life in the days of yore. Romance. Expanded glimpses of church life.

CELEBRATING SERVICE: All together now

posted: 01/24/2016 3:44 a.m. Gallery Discuss

Each year, Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday comes accompanied by a number of celebrations sponsored by various entities. However, it takes the Arkansas Martin Luther King Jr. Commission to offer a comprehensive, multi-event package sure to attract attendees of all ages. Such was the 2016 annual interfaith prayer breakfast, part of the Mega Kingfest held Monday at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Jack Stephens Center.

BREWING UP BUSINESS: Diamond Bear co-founder taps history for Rotary Club

posted: 01/24/2016 3:38 a.m. Gallery Discuss

It was noon Jan. 12 inside the Great Hall of the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, and everyone in Rotary Club 99, aka Rotary Club of Little Rock, was thinking about drinking beer as they reached for refreshing glasses of iced water or tea.

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