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Hollywood by Choice

The 48th annual NAACP Image Awards was recently held in Pasadena, and aired on TV One. If you missed it, don’t fret, TV One will air the show in syndication through the end of March. Check your local listings for ...

Council honors Issa Rae

Issa Rae, star and executive producer of the HBO series “Insecure” was honored this week by the Los Angeles City Council as part of its recognition of African American Heritage Month. Rae was introduced by Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson, who praised ...

“The Lost Eleven” by Denise George and Robert Child

You are on a need-to-know basis. You’re told only what’s relevant, and nothing more. Rumors, innuendo, extra little details, none of that’s important; only what you need is what you get. But read “The Lost Eleven” by Denise George and ...

Genre blurring Grammy winner Al Jarreau dies at 76

Tracing the origins of scat singing, like all musical idioms, is all but impossible. Scores of vocalists including Caucasians Gene Greene (1881-1930) and Al Jolson (1886-1950) left early-recorded examples of this form, which features artists vocalizing nonsensical syllables to freestyle ...

New TV series “Fly” will tell the stories of the first all Black female flight crew

Inspired by the real life story of the first all African American females to crew a commercial flight, “Fly” chronicles the professional, family, and love lives of four young Black women living in Atlanta in 2009.

“Never Caught” by Erica Armstrong Dunbar

Run, run, run. Some days, it feels like that’s all you do. Run the kids to school, dash to work, rush with errands, and run yourself ragged before bed. You’re always on the go, always moving, and in the new ...

PAFF celebrates 25 years of ethnic imagery

This year’s iteration of the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is especially memorable, because it marks the 25th year of this showcase for cinema by and about people of African descent. For a quarter century, the event has expanded upon ...

“Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America” by Michael Eric Dyson

I know what you’re thinking. You’ve said that before, to a furrowed brow, a mischievous smile, a child who’s about to do something sneaky. You can see it in the eyes, the body language, the tone of voice, and you ...

‘Hidden Figures’ takes top SAG Award

“La La Land” may be the top Oscar contender, but “Hidden Figures”—the story of three Black women who overcome 1960s racial divides to play a critical scientific role in launching the nation’s space program—has more momentum after claiming the top ...

Hollywood by Choice

The 89th annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Oscar nominations were recently announced, and Hollywood is all abuzz about the record number of Blacks in front of and behind the camera who are nominated for their work in ...

“The Blood of Emmett Till” by Timothy B. Tyson

You really can’t remember. For sure, something important happened years ago, something you should recall very easily, but time’s made things fuzzy. Have you forgotten or, worse yet, have you just remembered everything wrong? Usually, you suppose, it wouldn’t matter ...

“My Life with Earth Wind & Fire” by Maurice White with Herb Powell

Your needs are very simple. Food, shelter, water. Those are the essentials, but then there are the things you need for yourself: family, good friends, a warm bed, a good book, and a place of welcome. You wouldn’t die without ...

BET biopic ‘The New Edition Story’

TV host, producer, and radio personality Tanya Hart had the foresight to agree when New Edition music producer Maurice Starr, asked her to do a story about the group in 1982 on her popular Boston television show, WBZ-TV’s “Coming Together.” ...

“Audacity: How Barack Obama Defied His Critics and Transformed America” by Jonathan Chait

If you can’t say something nice… Sometimes, it’s hard to say nothing at all. There are times when you need to speak out, to confront, share your opinion, rant, or vent. And then there are times, as in the new ...

Empowerment Congress celebrates 25 years

The Empowerment Congress, a distinctive and deliberate national model of civic engagement built on the core principles of participatory democracy, reciprocal accountability, and intentional civility, is a dynamic partnership among neighborhood groups, residents, nonprofit organizations, businesses, religious institutions, and community ...

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