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.

Morgan Smith selected as president of Jack and Jill of America

Morgan Smith has been selected as the far west region teen president of Jack and Jill of America Inc. Smith, who hails from the Santa Clarita/Antelope Valley Chapter will lead the Jack and Jill 2016-2017 national teen board.

Misty Copeland ties the knot

Misty Copeland, who a year ago became the first Black principal dancer in the 75-year history of the American Ballet Theater, was married in Orange County over the weekend to her longtime boyfriend, Olu Evans.

TV psychic Miss Cleo dies

Miss Cleo, the TV psychic whose pay-per-view service encouraged viewers to “call me now,” died July 26 in Palm Beach, Fla., following a battle with cancer. She was 53.

Black ringmaster leads the ‘greatest show on earth’

The greatest show on earth is being led by a Black man. Jonathan Lee Iverson is ringmaster of Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus as it makes appearances across Southern California. The circus has performed shows in downtown Los ...