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‘I called him Morgan’ revisits a Jazz tragedy

Jazz and the crime film, or more precisely “film noire” is as a perfect a fit as any in the canon of film genres. In the hands of the right musician(s), improvisation can make for an intriguing counterpoint to the ...

Lecture series kicks off with Maya Angelou documentary

Charles Reese, an international performing artist, educator and cultural architect for public engagement, will host a special screening of the 2017 NAACP-nominated documentary film, “Maya Angelou—And Still I Rise” for the Pasadena City College (PCC) campus community at Westerbeck Recital ...

Hollywood by Choice

“Shots Fired” is destined to be the newest, big hit series that will air on Fox. Why? Because from the outset it is an intelligent production with an outstanding cast delivering scripted lines that America needs to hear. “Shots Fired” ...

“Love Is” by Diane Adams, illustrated by Claire Keane

Mama calls you her little ducky. She says she loves you and you really know it. You know because she takes care of you, makes sure you’ve got snacks and toys, teaches you, and keeps you safe. Mama loves you ...

‘Kill ‘Em And Leave’ provides inside glimpse of the Godfather of Soul

The intriguing life of James Brown is best explained in just two words from the forward of James McBride’s riveting work “Kill ‘Em And Leave” (Spiegel & Grau, New York, NY, 2016) in which the author is warned “watch yourself” ...

“Flying Lessons & Other Stories,” edited by Ellen Oh

So, have you heard the one about…? Of course you have. You’re all over social media. You know what’s going on; sometimes it feels like you’ve heard it all, and maybe you have. Now in “Flying Lessons & Other Stories,” ...

Down the rabbit hole of the radical Left

A 19-year-old heiress, the product of one of America’s wealthiest families, is abducted by a left-wing revolutionary band of college-educated-suburbanites-turned-terrorists, led by an escaped convict and recent convert to Marxism. Within a couple of months, the kidnappers forward a “communiqué” ...

Racial tensions of 1992 revisited at CAAM

The California African American Museum (CAAM) continues its string of socially relevant offerings with a commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Los Angeles riot/uprising, titled “No Justice, No Peace.” This multi-media exhibit utilizes archival materials including documents, newspapers ...

“My Brown Baby” by Denene Millner

Raising a child is quite a challenge. When they’re small, you feel as though the entire world is dangerous. As they grow, you waffle between encouragement and fear, wings for them and tears for you. Teenagers, well, they’re a whole ...

Tap for well-being at Palmdale City Library

The Palmdale City Library will host a free workshop on Meridian Tapping on Thursday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Chimbole Cultural Center’s Lilac Room, located at 38250 Sierra Highway, next door to the library.

Palmdale Playhouse to launch ‘Sounds of the City’

The Palmdale Playhouse, located at 38334 10th St. East in Palmdale, is launching Sounds of the City, a new community program that gives professional and semi-professional performing artists of music, vocal, instrumental dance and theatrical arts the opportunity to perform ...

“Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf” by Helene Cooper

Your friends follow what you have to say. Whether on social media or otherwise, they listen to you and understand, ask your opinion, seek your wisdom, and look to your lead. With them, you live a good life. Have followers ...

‘Burning Sands’ tackles hazing in the Black Greek system

Former child star Imani Hakim from the hit TV sitcom “Everybody Hates Chris” appears in “Burning Sands,” a Netflix original film that tackles a controversial issue, hazing in the Black Greek system. The film follows a young man Zurich (Trevor ...

It ain’t ‘Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner’

The appeal of horror to moviegoers is not lost on the bean counters and film executives who determine what viewing fare will be offered up to the fickle masses. Determining what is scary is, of course, a subjective thing, as ...

Hollywood by Choice

Oh, what a night! If you missed the 88th Annual Academy Awards ceremony, you missed a lot. To begin with, Viola Davis took home the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for “Fences”, making her the fourth Black actress to win ...