Arts & Entertainment



Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings is a Grammy-nominated R&B band from Brooklyn. Their groove is funky like James Brown’s. Jones’ gyrations are as wild and ferocious as Tina Tuner’s. The group’s soul shakes and their lead singer’s indomitable spirit blend ...

“You’re the One I Want” by Shane Allison

Mine, mine, mine. When you were two years old, that was your favorite word. Everything you saw belonged to you, somehow, one way or another. If you liked it, it was yours. If you didn’t like it, it was yours, ...

Enjoy ‘Minions’ during movie night

Those mischievous “Minions” known for their madcap monkeyshines will conclude Family Movie Nights this evening at the Palmdale Amphitheater. The film is scheduled to begin at dusk.

Grief gets a character study in ‘Five Nights in Maine’

Coming to terms with grief is often complicated by unresolved, preexisting conditions between the survivor and the decedent. For the movie “Five Nights in Maine,” available on Video on Demand, the loving relationship between Fiona (Hani Furstenberg) and her husband ...

Firefighters to host BBQ contest

The African American Firefighter Museum (AAFFM) plays host to a barbecue competition Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The deadline to register to enter is today.

“She Stood for Freedom”

Your parents always taught you to stand up for yourself. Form your own opinions, they say, and don’t follow the crowd. If so-and- so wanted to jump off a cliff, be brave enough to not go, too. Speak up when ...

Weighing ‘Queen Sugar’; youth discussion group

The Palmdale City Library African American Book Club on Aug. 16 will discuss author Natalie Baszile’s “Queen Sugar,” a book that transports the reader from urban Los Angeles to rural Louisiana. The discussion takes place from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m.

Enjoy Arts & Drafts Aug. 20

The Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH) is encouraging adults to attend its popular Arts and Drafts event on Saturday, Aug. 20.

Morgan Smith selected as president of Jack and Jill of America

Morgan Smith has been selected as the far west region teen president of Jack and Jill of America Inc. Smith, who hails from the Santa Clarita/Antelope Valley Chapter will lead the Jack and Jill 2016-2017 national teen board.

Hollywood by Choice

Founder and owner of TV One, Cathy Hughes is taking on the ‘big boys’ — the networks. TV One is coming out with more outstanding programming that plays right into the heart of her target audience, Black Americans who know ...

By OW Staff Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who guided the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences through some major changes prompted by a controversy over its lack of diversity, was re-elected this week a

Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who guided the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences through some major changes prompted by a controversy over its lack of diversity, was re-elected this week as the organization’s president.

Misty Copeland ties the knot

Misty Copeland, who a year ago became the first Black principal dancer in the 75-year history of the American Ballet Theater, was married in Orange County over the weekend to her longtime boyfriend, Olu Evans.

Hollywood by Choice

It’s not very common for a public rrelations firm to share the headlines with their client, but in this case it makes perfect sense. Edna Sims, owner of ESP Public Relations, recently became the first African American publicist to represent ...

“Nobody” by Marc Lamont Hill, foreword by Todd Brewster

Charges dropped. You were surprised, but not surprised. Hopeful that it might be different, but only barely. You know that these days, the idea of justice can be a slippery issue that’s sometimes based on all the wrong things, and ...

TV psychic Miss Cleo dies

Miss Cleo, the TV psychic whose pay-per-view service encouraged viewers to “call me now,” died July 26 in Palm Beach, Fla., following a battle with cancer. She was 53.