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‘The Simpsons’ ventures into the realm of hip hop with ‘The Great Phatsby’

Since its inception in 1989, “The Simpsons” has gone on to become the longest running scripted primetime series in American television history. During the last three decades, it has picked up scores of accolades including 31 Emmy Awards (for excellence ...

“Writing to Save a Life: The Louis Till File” by John Edgar Wideman

Even if you wanted to, you couldn’t escape your father. For most of your life, you were known as Little Him. Junior. Insert-your-father’s-name here’s kid. You’re a chip off the ol’ block, maybe named after your Pops, forever known as ...

Easy Rawlings tumbles through the mean streets of L.A. in ‘Charcoal Joe’

“… all the Black men and women I knew who woke up angry and went to bed in the same state of mind. Life was a bruise for us back then, and today too. We examine every action for potential ...

Black independent holiday films

The holiday season is that time of year when Hollywood features its best and brightest films, not only for your pleasure, but for the ultimate Hollywood ‘nod’—the Oscar.

Hollywood by Choice

’Tis the season when ‘nail biting’ begins. Film critics, guilds and prestigious organizations such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), The Academy of Motion Pictures and The Hollywood Foreign Press announce their lists of hopefuls ...

‘Chase the Night’ reveals power of faith during darkest moments

Sometimes the best in us is revealed through our worst moments. Such is the take of “Chase the Night” (2015, T&Z Publishing, Roseville, Calif.) in which author Shirley Summers and co-writer Cullen Vane retrace the dark voyage of a “God-fearing” ...

Denzel Washington being awarded at ASC Awards

Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington is adding another honor to his distinguished career.

Hollywood by Choice

Okay, you might think I’m jumping the gun, but I will say right now Fox is debuting two new mid-season shows, “Star” and “24: Legacy” that are bound to be big hits. Although the storylines are not new, the telling ...

Local food blogger to be featured on Food Network

Veronica Hendrix, a Los Angeles-based journalist, food blogger of the widely read food blog “Collard Greens and Caviar,” cooking coach and cookbook author, will make her debut on the Food Network’s Clash of the Grandmas Show, Sunday, Dec. 11, at ...

Ron Glass of ‘Barney Miller’ dies at 71

Actor Ron Glass, best known for playing dapper Det. Ron Harris on the long-running sitcom “”Barney Miller,” has died at the age of 71. Glass died Nov. 25 in Los Angeles, according to Leon Jones, who works at SGI-USA Los ...

Hollywood by Choice

Emmy Award-winning comedian and talk show host Steve Harvey is on the move. Mark your calendars for Monday, Dec. 5 when Harvey hosts “Showtime at the Apollo” on the Fox Network. The show will repeat Saturday, Dec. 31 from 8 ...

“Brief Histories of Everyday Objects” by Andy Warner

Imagine the first person who created a toothbrush. Better yet – imagine life before a toothbrush. Think about it: getting your mouth minty-fresh wasn’t exactly easy with twigs or rags. Same things with clean hair, unspoiled leftovers, unsmelly bathrooms, or ...

Hollywood by Choice

TV ONE is on fire! Keeping its promise to “Represent,” TV ONE presents its “TV Winter ONEDERLAND” of holiday programming. Get ready for original movies, an “Unsung Thanksgiving Day” marathon,“Rickey Smiley For Real” marathon, and a three-day, 100+ “A Very ...

Best of Zeppelin at LPAC

Take a trip back to the 1970s tomorrow as Zeppelin USA, popularly known as ZUSA, takes the stage at 8 p.m. at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center.

Vin Scully, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will receive Medal of Freedom

Retired Dodger broadcaster Vin Scully and former Los Angeles Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar were among 21 recipients announced this week of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.