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“I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons” by Kevin Hart

You can pretend all you want. Hide your head in the sand and say it ain’t so. Cover your ears and yell “LaLaLaLaLa” until everyone thinks you’re five years old. You can deny, deny, deny, but listen up: some things ...

Women of Excellence awards gala honors Tina Knowles-Lawson

Designer/philanthropist Tina Knowles-Lawson, media and cosmetics mogul Linda Johnson Rice, and In A Perfect World Foundation’s president Manuela Testolini, were honored at the Ladylike Foundation’s ninth annual Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon, a star-studded gala held, at the Beverly Hilton ...

All Def Digital and Russell Simmons present spoken word documentary

All Def Digital and Russell Simmons have partnered with award-winning editor Jason Zeldes to executive produce Zeldes’ documentary feature directorial debut “Romeo Is Bleeding,” a stirring documentary that explores the power of spoken word poetry to save and elevate youth, ...

‘Once a Cop: The Street, The Law, Two Worlds, One Man’

You’ve changed your mind. That’s allowed, you know. You can go in a different direction, pick something else, try another thing, have do-overs, or have two. Pencils come with erasers, few things are forever, and in “Once A Cop” by ...

Hollywood By Choice

To say that DC’s “Wonder Woman” starring Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman is a box office success is beyond an understatement. Directed by Patty Jenkins, “Wonder Woman” grossed a whopping $103 million in its domestic debut over the weekend—the ...

Once a Cop: The Street, The Law, Two Worlds, One Man

You’ve changed your mind. That’s allowed, you know. You can go in a different direction, pick something else, try another thing, have do-overs, or have two. Pencils come with erasers, few things are forever, and in “Once a Cop” by ...

Big Bill Morganfield set to headline the Muddy Waters Blues Festival

Glowing reviews continue to pour in for “Bloodstains on the Wall,” Big Bill Morganfield’s brand-new album on his own Black Shuck label. The set’s cutting-edge blend of traditional blues (as befits Muddy Waters’ son) and highly contemporary rhythms ticks all ...

Hollywood by Choice

This summer, TV fare is going to be hot, hot, hot! A variety of new summer programming will be competing for your attention. Look for new takes on old themes and storylines that just may shock you.

“My Daddy Rules the World” by Hope Anita Smith

Your Daddy is the King of the House. He’s the smartest person you know. He can run fast, jump high, and his words make things happen, he’s strong, cool, and funny; he’s always making you laugh. And in the new ...

Summer Reading Program kicks off at Palmdale Library with cupcakes and crafts

The Palmdale City Library, located at 700 E. Palmdale Blvd., will kick off this year’s Summer Reading Program on Tuesday, May 30 at 3 pm with cupcakes for the first 100 kids and teens that sign up, and crafts for ...

Hollywood by Choice

It looks like ABC’s “The Bachelorette” made history when the network premiered last week introducing Rachel Lindsay, the first Black Bachelorette. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “The Bachelorette” made a strong return to ABC on Monday night, tying with “Dancing ...

‘Beast Side’ provides rare look into peril of American ghetto

The latest in a series of short books about the peril of the inner city has the literary world talking. D. Watkins’ “The Beast Side: Living and Dying While Black in America” (Skyhorse Publishing, New York, New York, 2016) takes ...

“The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir” by D. Watkins

Everything has a price. You say you’ll never sell your granddad’s watch, your dream car, or that collectible you coveted because it’s priceless – until it’s not, because everything is for sale. But in “The Cook-Up” by D. Watkins, it ...

Hollywood by Choice

Cheryl Boone Isaacs is perhaps one of the best known Academy Board of Governors member ever in the history of that prestigious organization. She is the Academy’s third female and first Black president. But she’s not seeking re-election to the ...

Deathstroke comic shows there are no easy answers to Chicago violence

Comic book movies are currently hip in Hollywood. But comic books, long-regarded as geared towards children, have taken a darker turn in recent years, dealing with adult issues and featuring brooding heroes. Issue #11 of Deathstroke is as dark as ...