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‘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” ...

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 ...

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 ...

‘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 ...

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 ...

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