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Hollywood by Choice

“Back in the Day” we used to ask, “Is it Black enough for you?” For the first time in Hollywood history we can again ask that question referring to the 2017 Emmy Nominations which boasts the largest number of people ...

Common adds voice to juvenile justice push in state legislature

Hip hop recording artist, actor, film producer and poet Common this week added his voice to the campaign to reform California’s juvenile justice system by performing in the Imagine Justice concert at the Capitol Mall on Monday, as well as ...

Long Beach Indie Film Festival approaches

The fourth annual Long Beach Indie International Film, Media & Music Festival happening Aug. 31 through Sept. 3, at Cinemark at the Pine Theatres, 99 S. Pine Ave., Long Beach, features a diverse mixture of more than 180 selections across ...

“Truth Doesn’t Have a Side” by Dr. Bennet Omalu (with Mark Tabb)

Everyone you meet has an effect on your life. Somehow, in some way, others change you: a stranger’s smile lifts your mood. Kindness makes you happy. An injustice spurs you to action, making you someone else’s change. Clearly, as in ...

Leimert Park Theatre and Unity Festival opens this weekend

This year marks the return of the philosophy that made the former Los Angeles African Marketplace and Cultural Faire a popular destination each summer, and a twice selected 1996 and 2001 member of the American Bus Association’s list of Top ...

Blind Dance Company allows non-sighted performers to showcase their talents

The newly-formed Blind Dance Company recently gave its first show on Aug. 12 at the Lazarus Experience in downtown Los Angeles. The Dance Company is made entirely of blind or sight-impaired dancers. According to Hydeia Muhammad, director and choreographer, the ...

“The Diplomat’s Daughter” by Karin Tanabe

He almost got your nose. Or your cheek. Awkward, for sure, but on the second try, it finally happened. Then again. And again, each one sweeter than the last. As long as you live, you’ll never forget your very first ...

The Undefeated’s 50 Greatest Black Athletes

The Undefeated.com is a website that focuses on the intersection of sports, race, culture, teamwork, statistics and more. Recently, the website published a list of the “50 Greatest Black Athletes.”

Three people sue pop star Usher

Three people sued Usher this week alleging the singer failed to disclose that he has genital herpes before having sex with them. The lawsuit brought in Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of Quantasia Sharpton and two other plaintiffs, identified ...

Herbie Hancock and Kamasi Washington take over the Hollywood Bowl

Continuing to re-imagine jazz, the ever-ingenious Oscar- and multiple Grammy-winning pianist - and the LA Phil’s own Creative Chair for Jazz - Herbie Hancock will bring his newest mind-blowing explorations to life with his amazing band, who will perform a ...

“There’s a Dragon in My Closet” by Dorothea Taylor, illustrated by Charly Palmer

You didn’t do it. Whatever it was, it wasn’t your fault. You didn’t do it – you weren’t even around when it happened. You don’t know who to blame. Maybe it was your dog, your mom, or maybe, as in ...

‘Cars’ tonight at The Amp

The popular Disney-Pixar animated film “Cars” will be shown tonight at Palmdale’s Family Movie Nights at the Palmdale Amphitheater, 2723 Rancho Vista Blvd.

Gerald Albright in concert tomorrow

Smooth jazz comes to the Palmdale Amphitheater tomorrow evening with Gerald Albright and Jeanette Harris taking the stage as part of the City of Palmdale’s summer concert series. “These are two of the most talented and enjoyable performers in jazz ...

Kanye West sues insurance firm

Kanye West filed suit a this week in Los Angeles against Lloyd’s for $10 million, alleging the insurer refuses to pay out claims stemming from the cancellation of the rapper’s tour last winter due to apparent emotional issues.

Report finds little change made in Hollywood diversity standards

White, straight, able-bodied men have remained the norm in motion picture casting in the past decade, according to a USC film study released this week. “Inequality in 900 Popular Films,” prepared by Professor Stacy L. Smith and the Media, Diversity ...