ESPN's columnist and First Take analyst Jemele Hill at the 2010 National Association of Black Journalists Convention in San Diego./Photo Credit: Dennis J. Freeman

ESPN’s Jemele Hill Scores as Analyst

By Dennis J. Freeman In a world of athletic and jock machismo, black female sports reporters are a rare breed. Black female sports columnists are even harder to find.  Head into just about any sports locker room and a glimpse of a black female sports reporter is as visible as locating a wasp on an […]

Actress Maya Gilbert (TNT's Southland) and actor Michael Ealy chat it up a recent gala honoring the work of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol./Photo Credit: Marie Lemelle/

Brotherhood/Sister Sol Empowering Youth Through Education

By Marie Y. Lemelle contributor Childhood friends Jason Warwin and Khary Lazarre-White, Esq., co-founded a grassroots organization in 1995 to address some of the issues affecting black and Latino male youths by investing their time, money, resources, and heart to change the statistics that plagued the youth in Harlem. Thus, the Brotherhood was formed. […]

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Under the Hill…Petty Things

By Angela N. Parker columnist Recently a co-worker of mine, who I’ll refer to as the Q-Tip due to her big, gray afro, finally got the boot after terrorizing the office for years. The whole company went into shock. Nobody expected to be rid of her, but what surprised me more than her offing […]

Director Phylicia Rashad and "A Raisin the Sun" cast member Kenya Alexander on opening night./Photo Credit: Dennis J. Freeman/

Phylicia Rashad Brings Directorial Flair to “A Raisin in the Sun”

Los Angeles, CA-Actress Phylicia Rashad’s adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun,” is a memorable experience that should be celebrated and appreciated. This is not the first time that anyone has taken over the directorial reigns of “A Raisin in the Sun,” now playing at the Ebony Repertory Theatre inside of the Nate […]

Actress Phylicia Rashad directs Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun" at the Ebony Repertory Theatre in Los Angeles, California./Photo Credit: Kovac Photography

Phylicia Rashad Discusses Latest “A Raisin in the Sun” Run

By Dennis J. Freeman As an accomplished actress, Phylicia Rashad’s career is rich in depth and accolades. She recently starred in Tyler Perry’s “For Colored Girls,” drawing rave reviews for her work in the film. The always stately and elegantly beautiful Rashad is perhaps best known as attorney Claire Huxtable on the award-winning “Cosby Show.” […]

Guard Steve Blake gives the Los Angeles Lakers' title hopes an added dimension this posteseason.
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Steve Blake the One to Watch in Lakers Playoff Run

By Dennis J. Freeman El-Segundo, CA-Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Blake doesn’t mind lurking in the shadows of his more famous teammates. On a team that features future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant, a perennial all-star in Pau Gasol, a Lakers legend in Derek Fisher and the flair of ultra-skilled entertainment maven Lamar Odom, Blake […]


Elizabeth Taylor: Forever the Queen of Hollywood

By Dennis J. Freeman  Commentary Another film and Hollywood starlet has left us behind. Nearly a month after the passing of movie star Jane Russell, the storied life of famed actress and philanthropist Elizabeth Taylor has been permanently interrupted at 79 years. Perhaps the last of the Great Ones, Taylor was Hollywood’s totality embodiment of […]

Los Angeles Kings right winger Wayne Simmonds (center), shown here in a game last year against the Edmonton Oilers, is pivotal to the team's playoff hopes.

Los Angeles Kings Cool Down Calgary Flames for Win

By Dennis J. Freeman Los Angeles-The Los Angeles Kings and Calgary Flames couldn’t settle their fifth meeting of the season until both teams engaged in a shootout after coming up empty in regulation and overtime. The Kings prevailed when Anze Kopitar dipped and swiveled his hips just enough for Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff to buy […]

Pac-10 powerhouse Arizona has one of the lowest percentage of African American basketball players of teams playing in this year's NCAA Tournament./Photo Credit" Bryan Covarrubias/

Low Grad Rates of Black Basketball Players is May Madness

By Dennis J. Freeman The good news about The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at the University of Central Florida’s latest report on the graduation success rate (GSR) of NCAA Tournament-bound teams is that more of them are making strides in that area. The bad part of the recent study shows that […]

Arizona men's basketball player Jesse Perry (33) goes up and over USC's Nikola Vucevic to score basket in the Pacific Life Pac-10 Conference Tournament semifinals./Photo Credit: Bryan Corvarrubias/
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Trojans Falter Against Arizona with Coach Suspended

By Dennis J. Freeman Los Angeles-USC men’s basketball coach Kevin O’Neill was suspended just prior to his team’s Pacific Life Pac-10 Conference Tournament semifinal matchup against the Arizona Wildcats at Staples Center. That distraction didn’t seem to faze the upset-minded Trojans. Knowing that a potential NCAA Tournament berth was at stake, USC battled and played […]

(L-R) President of the NAACP, Ben Jealous is joined with his wife Lia Epperson, Alma Powell and Colin Powell at the 42nd NAACP Images Awards in Los Angeles on Friday March 4, 2011./AP Photo/Earl GibsonIII

Stars Say NAACP Remain a Major Force for Equality

By Dennis J. Freeman Los Angeles-The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation’s oldest civil rights organization. Throughout its storied history, the NAACP has taken on structural racism and the Ku Klux Klan, battled Jim Crow segregation, fought against discrimination in education and in the workplace and marched for freedom. […]

Actress Halle Berry won a NAACP Image Award for her role in "Frankie & Alice."/Photo Credit: Dennis J. Freeman
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Halle Berry Brings Excitement to NAACP Image Awards

By Dennis J. Freeman Los Angeles-It is still okay to be black. Amid the backdrop of the celebratory and festive mood of the 42nd NAACP Image Awards, which saw Oscar winner Halle Berry make a stunning appearance in a navel-revealing dress and a surprise visit by Prince, a subtle message was sent out to the […]