CAAM introduces fall exhibition season with ‘Can’t Stop Won’t Stop’

“While the California African American Museum opened its doors in 1984 (chartered in 1977), it has until recently remained one of the best kept secrets in Los Angeles.” —Deputy Director Naima J. Keith

Eso Won Books hosted ‘Birth of a Nation’ forum

Following the media build up prior to its Oct. 7 opening, “The Birth of a Nation” generated some $7 million in box office revues in its first weekend, short of the projected $10 million anticipated.

Tommy Ford dies at 52

“Martin” actor Tommy Ford died on Wednesday in an Atlanta hospital after suffering a ruptured aneurysm in his abdomen. He was 52.

Kevin Hart receives latest star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Kevin Hart, a former Philadelphia shoe-salesman and now superstar comedian, this week received the 2,591st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The honor came four days before the release of his stand-up comedy film, “Kevin Hart: What Now?”

‘ARTober’ in Santa Clarita

In conjunction with National Arts and Humanities Month, the city of Santa Clarita is hosting ARTober with an array of art-focused activities. Each Saturday this month residents can partake in a variety of free events taking place throughout the city ...

Kaleidoscope will welcome muralist John Zender Estrada

The highly anticipated Kaleidoscope Music and Art Festival will welcome noted Los Angeles artist/muralist John Zender Estrada to the Palmdale Amphitheater. The festival is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow.

‘Before I Forget’ looks at parental complexities

The Palmdale Library African American Book Club will meet Oct. 18 to discuss “Before I Forget” a novel by Leonard Pitts Jr. The session will begin at 6:45 p.m.

‘Birth of a Nation’ explores one man’s conflict with spiritual duality

The union between slave descendents and Christianity is one of the most enduring covenants in American history.

El Ganzo’ has confusing storyline highlighted by first-rate acting

El Ganzo is an actual hotel in Mexico, and the title of the latest feature film by director Steve Balderson. A quirky/skewed version of a road movie (in keeping with Balderson’s reputation as a filmmaker of eccentrically stylized productions), it ...

Usher gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Usher was honored with the 2,588th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this week, just a few days before the upcoming release of his latest album, “Hard to Love.”

Hollywood by Choice

Films with a Purpose” (FWAP) Innovative Fund, is Sandra Evers-Manley’s latest groundbreaking non-profit project that opens channels of opportunity to diverse independent and student filmmakers, giving them the opportunity to tell their stories their way, straight from the heart.

Writers workshops scheduled

Palmdale’s Culture and Recreation Department is offering a four-week creative writing workshop beginning Saturday, Sept. 10 at Marie Kerr Park Recreation Center, 2723 Rancho Vista Blvd.

Solidarity with Colin Kaepernick

I feel compelled to write something about the … uhm … stand Colin Kaepernick took recently by sitting out the (playing of the) national anthem prior to a game. I’ve already shared the image above on social media showing my ...

Nate Parker: A cautionary tale

This is a cautionary tale about how your past can come back to haunt you. It’s the stuff Hollywood films are made of, only this is real life. Nate Parker (“Beyond the Lights” 2014), (“The Great Debaters” 2007) wrote, directed, ...

Pan African Film Festival calls for submissions

The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is currently accepting submissions for the 25th annual in the category of features and shorts; narrative and documentary films made by or about people of African descent.