Carter tours portraits

Atlanta -- Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, viewed the exhibit that features portraits of Carter and 40 other U.S. presidents from the National Portrait Gallery in Washington.

The collection, which has been traveling since 2000, is making its final stop at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum.

Carter seemed to prefer the portraits of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson.

"As I walked down the line and saw the different presidents, I remembered the place that they've had in my life," he said.

Morrison delves into opera

Detroit -- Nobel Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison is collaborating on an opera based on the life of an escaped slave who tried to kill her family to avoid returning to captivity.

Michigan Opera Theatre and opera companies in Philadelphia and Cincinnati commissioned the work by Morrison and American composer Richard Danielpour. It's scheduled to premiere at the Detroit Opera House in May 2005, with mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves singing the title role.

"Margaret Garner" is based on Garner's flight from Kentucky to the free state of Ohio in 1856. The story also inspired Morrison's 1987 novel "Beloved."

When slave-hunters tracked down Garner, her husband and children, she slit her baby daughter's throat as part of a thwarted attempt to kill the family to avert a return to slavery. She was found guilty of "destroying property" and returned to slavery.

Anthony becoming father again

San Juan, Puerto Rico -- Marc Anthony's wife, former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres, is expecting the couple's second child, the singer's publicist confirmed.

The baby is due sometime this fall, said the publicist, Jennifer Nieman-Abad, who declined to provide details Tuesday.

Anthony, a Grammy-winning singer born in New York to Puerto Rican parents, married Torres in a Las Vegas civil ceremony on May 10, 2000.

They have a 2-year-old son, Cristian. Anthony has an 8-year-old daughter, Arianna, from a previous relationship.

Anthony, 33, will be one of the hosts of this year's Grammy Awards, to be presented Sunday at Madison Square Garden in New York, his publicist said.

Tutu recalls U.S. inspiration

Tallahassee, Fla. -- Archbishop Desmond Tutu says the U.S. civil rights movement helped fuel anti-apartheid activists in South Africa.

"You don't know how much of a source of inspiration you were to us," said Tutu, who won the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize for his battle against apartheid in South Africa.

He recalled finding an old copy of Ebony magazine in South Africa with a feature of Jackie Robinson, the first black player in major league baseball.

Tutu's visit to the state capital Tuesday was part of black history month celebrations by the governor and the Florida Black Conference of State Legislators.


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