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.

Environmental artist at MOAH:CEDAR

Jane Ingram Allen, an environmental artist, will begin a 30-day residency tomorrow at MOAH:CEDAR’s Andrew Frieder Creative Space in Lancaster.

Prince protégé, Denise Matthews, dead at 57

At the peak of her performing career, Denise Katrina Matthew’s unbridled sexuality drew comparisons to Tina Turner, but she abandoned it all to achieve tranquility as a born-again evangelist.

Kendrick Lamar wins big at Grammy’s

In a ceremony that honored a wide range of musical styles, Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars walked off with the top prize of Record of the Year for “Uptown Funk” at the 58th Grammy Awards Monday, while TaylorSwift's “1989” won ...

Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire dies in Los Angeles at age 74

Maurice White, founder of the soul band Earth, Wind & Fire, which has sold more than 90 million albums worldwide, died on Thursday in Los Angeles after a near 30-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was 74.

2016 Pan African Film Festival offers visual diversity

As the rest of the entertainment capital remains embroiled in a discussion of the question of diversity and

Hollywood by Choice

Live Feb. 5, the 47th annual NAACP Image Awards will celebrate and honor Black performers

Confusion dominates Hollywood as the industry continues to struggle with inclusion

Recently filmmakers from the upcoming Pan African Film Festival showcased their work at UCLA’s Bunche Center for African American Studies “Images of Blackness” film series. Afterwards, a lively discussion was held,

Tuskegee Airmen play takes flight once more

Focusing on hope, endurance, and accomplishment, “Fly” is a play that tells the story of the first African American Army Air Corp fighters known as the Tuskegee Airmen.

Iman comments on death of David Bowie

Iman this week posted a series of heartfelt Facebook messages upon the death of her husband David Bowie. The former supermodel had been married to the rock ’n roll legend for 23 years.

Entertainer Lennie Bluett dies at 97

A memorial service is scheduled Jan. 21 at First AME Church for singer-dancer Lennie Bluett, a Los Angeles native who portrayed a Yankee soldier in “Gone With The Wind” and appeared in a host of other classic films.

Natalie Cole succumbs

A private service was held in Los Angeles for singer Natalie Cole, 65, who died New Year’s Eve at a L.A-area hospital of congestive heart failure. She had been suffering recently from hepatitis and other maladies.