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Council honors Issa Rae

Issa Rae, star and executive producer of the HBO series “Insecure” was honored this week by the Los Angeles City Council as part of its recognition of African American Heritage Month. Rae was introduced by Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson, who praised ...

Genre blurring Grammy winner Al Jarreau dies at 76

Tracing the origins of scat singing, like all musical idioms, is all but impossible. Scores of vocalists including Caucasians Gene Greene (1881-1930) and Al Jolson (1886-1950) left early-recorded examples of this form, which features artists vocalizing nonsensical syllables to freestyle ...

New TV series “Fly” will tell the stories of the first all Black female flight crew

Inspired by the real life story of the first all African American females to crew a commercial flight, “Fly” chronicles the professional, family, and love lives of four young Black women living in Atlanta in 2009.

PAFF celebrates 25 years of ethnic imagery

This year’s iteration of the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is especially memorable, because it marks the 25th year of this showcase for cinema by and about people of African descent. For a quarter century, the event has expanded upon ...

BET biopic ‘The New Edition Story’

TV host, producer, and radio personality Tanya Hart had the foresight to agree when New Edition music producer Maurice Starr, asked her to do a story about the group in 1982 on her popular Boston television show, WBZ-TV’s “Coming Together.” ...

Empowerment Congress celebrates 25 years

The Empowerment Congress, a distinctive and deliberate national model of civic engagement built on the core principles of participatory democracy, reciprocal accountability, and intentional civility, is a dynamic partnership among neighborhood groups, residents, nonprofit organizations, businesses, religious institutions, and community ...

‘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 ...

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.

‘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.

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 ...

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.

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