‘Beast Side’ provides rare look into peril of American ghetto

The latest in a series of short books about the peril of the inner city has the literary world talking. D. Watkins’ “The Beast Side: Living and Dying While Black in America” (Skyhorse Publishing, New York, New York, 2016) takes ...

Deathstroke comic shows there are no easy answers to Chicago violence

Comic book movies are currently hip in Hollywood. But comic books, long-regarded as geared towards children, have taken a darker turn in recent years, dealing with adult issues and featuring brooding heroes. Issue #11 of Deathstroke is as dark as ...

VH1 hosts its second annual ‘Dear Mama’ celebration

The weather couldn’t have been much worse for an outdoor red carpet celebration. The air was nippy, the sky was gray and dreary, and for a brief moment, it rained. Nevertheless, throngs of reporters braved the elements and gathered to ...

Spotlight on “The First Lady of Motown”

For New Orleans native Claudette Rogers, musical stardom was never an aspiration growing up. Non-the-less, she cultivated a love of singing as she was raised in a household steeped in the well-worn African American traditions of rock ‘n roll, church ...

Hollywood by Choice

There was a time in America that no one cared about what Black people watched on TV. Television viewership has always been about revenue, but for years Black viewership simply didn’t matter,

NNPA Newswire exclusive: Bill Cosby finally breaks his silence

Bill Cosby is blind. It’s been more than two years since the embattled, television and film legend who was once known as “America’s Dad,” has spoken out publicly.

Charles Barkley talks “American Race”

“People never talk about race until something bad happens. I want to provide a conversation.” —Charles Barkley

‘Bronzeville, Little Tokyo’ serves up WWII L.A.

As the 33rd iteration of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (http://festival.vconline.org/2017/) gets underway today through May 3, a special

Documentaries look back on the events of April, 1992

The history of motion pictures, now over a century old, has spawned legions of genres and sub-genres, most of them fictional, or made up stories meant to replicate reality.

Artistic tribute to the Black Panthers on view in Chinatown

The Gregorio Escalante Gallery (http://www.gregorioescalante.com/) in Chinatown Chung King Arts District recently experienced its largest turnout since its 2015 establishment, with the reception for “Iconic: Black Panther,” a presentation of artwork inspired by the Black Nationalist organization active in the ...

HBO presents “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”

The name Henrietta Lacks may not be familiar to most Americans, let alone to the world.

Sheila E on stage July 15

Sheila E will perform at the Palmdale Amphitheater on Saturday, July 15 at 8 p.m. Known for hits like “Glamorous Life,” “The Belle of St. Mark,” “Hold Me,” “Sister Fate,” and “A Love Bizarre,” Sheila E is a world-class drummer ...

Dodgers host ‘Billy Joel Night’

In anticipation of his May 13 concert at Chavez Ravine, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ first postgame fireworks show of the 2017 season tonight will be accompanied by songs from the famous “Piano Man” Billy Joel.

‘Guerrilla’ revisits Black Radicalism within the United Kingdom

John Ridley is on a roll. A seasoned writer whose credits stretch back to the 1990s, his 2013 Oscar winning screenplay for “12 Years a Slave” vaulted him into the stratosphere of show biz.

“The Book of John Gray”

I suppose you’re wondering who is John Gray and what is his book about? If you’re not familiar with Gray, you soon will be. On Saturday, April 15 at 10 p.m.