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.

‘Kaleidoscope’ seeks artists

The city of Palmdale is looking for artisans to participate in its latest art and music festival called Kaleidoscope, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Palmdale Amphitheater.

Leimert Park Village Book Fair to host its 10th anniversary

Powerhouse and best-selling author/publisher Zane will headline the Leimert Park Village Book Fair (LPVBF) Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the outdoor promenade of Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, 3650 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Zane is ...


Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings is a Grammy-nominated R&B band from Brooklyn. Their groove is funky like James Brown’s. Jones’ gyrations are as wild and ferocious as Tina Tuner’s. The group’s soul shakes and their lead singer’s indomitable spirit blend ...

Enjoy ‘Minions’ during movie night

Those mischievous “Minions” known for their madcap monkeyshines will conclude Family Movie Nights this evening at the Palmdale Amphitheater. The film is scheduled to begin at dusk.

Grief gets a character study in ‘Five Nights in Maine’

Coming to terms with grief is often complicated by unresolved, preexisting conditions between the survivor and the decedent. For the movie “Five Nights in Maine,” available on Video on Demand, the loving relationship between Fiona (Hani Furstenberg) and her husband ...

Firefighters to host BBQ contest

The African American Firefighter Museum (AAFFM) plays host to a barbecue competition Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The deadline to register to enter is today.

Weighing ‘Queen Sugar’; youth discussion group

The Palmdale City Library African American Book Club on Aug. 16 will discuss author Natalie Baszile’s “Queen Sugar,” a book that transports the reader from urban Los Angeles to rural Louisiana. The discussion takes place from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m.

Enjoy Arts & Drafts Aug. 20

The Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH) is encouraging adults to attend its popular Arts and Drafts event on Saturday, Aug. 20.