Genealogy class set tomorrow

Palmdale residents who wish to delve into their family tree can attend a free “Genealogy and the Internet” session tomorrow at 11 a.m. at the Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway.

Hollywood by Choice

Friday, April 22 the much talked about, highly controversial film “Nina” will be released in theaters. The film stars the very popular actress Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone. Because she does not remotely favor Simone, Saldana’s skin was cosmetically darkened, ...

Music icon Prince dead at 57

The death of musical icon Prince prompted a flood of stunned tributes from luminaries in the worlds of music and entertainment Thursday, all hailing the 57-year-old icon for penning the soundtrack of a generation.

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When I say “get your laugh on,” I really mean it. Two new films will have you laughing out loud. It’s rich Black humor at its best. Friday, April 15, Ice-Cube is back in the barber seat with “Barbershop The ...

Hollywood by Choice

A big question mark looms over Hollywood at this time of the year. It’s pilot season and this year’s proposed new crop of network shows is now in production. Which of these shows will be break-out hits, which will flop ...

Biopics reflect the duality of genius

The problem with casting prominent actors in biographies is the difficulty of forgetting the celebrity of the performer in the role of a real life person

Author Toni Morrison receives the PEN Award

Nobel Prize-winning novelist and Princeton University professor emeritus Toni Morrison has received the 2016 PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction.

Ken Howard, star of television's 'White Shadow,' dead at 71

While it did not match the ratings of long-running prime time soap opera "Dallas," the sports derived television drama "The White Shadow" (1978-81) stood out from the typical Afro-centric sitcom offerings of the era, by crossing boundaries and pushing envelopes ...

There is only one answer to the question ‘Can I kick it?’

Remembering A Tribe Called Quest’s Phife Dawg (1970-2016)

Hollywood by Choice

In honor of Women’s History Month, I’m taking the opportunity to recognize and salute actresses that have helped pave the way for today’s television and film stars.

Hollywood by Choice

On Wednesday, WGN America premiered the first episode of the 10-part series “Underground.”


Controversy is a funny thing. It alternatively (and sometime simultaneously) attracts and repels us. Back in 2005, Chris Rock was selected to be the first African American host of the 77th Academy Awards ceremony in an effort to give the ...

The underworld embraces diversity in ‘Triple Nine’

Diversity is in full effect in the recently released thriller “Triple Nine,” although most of its multi-ethnic cast fails to display any redeeming qualities during this 115-minute potboiler. The sheer number of characters

Wizard of Oz at Palmdale Playhouse

“Follow the Yellow Brick Road” March 4-6 to the Palmdale Playhouse to witness the stage presentation of L. Frank Baum’s immortal “Wizard of Oz.” Showtime is at 5 and 8 p.m. March 4 and 5; the March 6 matinee begins ...

Wynonna Judd in town Feb. 26

Wynonna Judd and the Big Noise are scheduled to appear at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. Feb. 26.