Nadia Cakes Reign Cupcake Supreme

A full "Nadia Cakes" display fit for a king. Nadia Cakes and owner Abby Jimenez were the winners of the Food Network's "Cupcake Wars." Photo Credit: Daniel Photography/Nadia Cakes

Abby Jimenez is getting a lot of love these days. So is her cupcake business. Her success today as one of the hottest desert bakers in the country didn’t come the conventional way. When Jimenez launched Nadia Cakes, winners of the Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars,” she did so in the confines of […]

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Vanessa Williams Still Rolling Along

Actress Vanessa Williams, winner of an NAACP Image Award in 2011, is up for another award this year. Photo Credit: Dennis J. Freeman

The ABC hit comedy, “Desperate Housewives,” is on its last legs. The cast of the show are pretty much in mourning at the ending of the long-running series. Unfortunately, television won’t be the same without standout actress and singer Vanessa Williams’ Renee Perry character to fuss at.

But don’t worry TV fans, Williams has a habit of showing in […]

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Kerry Washington’s Climb to Superstardom

Actress Kerry Washington, star of ABC's new drama, "Scandal," is on a career upsurge. Photo Credit:ABC/DANNY FELD

Pasadena, CA-Kerry Washington is doing big things. The past decade has seen Washington grow and solidified herself as one of the busiest and best young actresses in Hollywood today. She is one of the hottest and more gifted thespians on the scene. Her impressive body of work includes head-turning roles in “Ray,” “For Colored Girls,” “Night Catches Us” and “The Last King of Scotland.”

Her […]

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Aviators Enjoy “Red Tails” Big Flight

A "Red Tails" moviegoer shows his support of the film with a beautiful jacket emblem representing the Tuskegee Airmen. Photo Credit: Dennis J. Freeman

Los Angeles, CA-The George Lucas epic “Red Tails,” a film inspired by the legendary and historic exploits of the Tuskegee Airmen, the nation’s first black military aviators, has proven to be a hit in its first weekend at the box office. Some of the men who served the country during that time period are excited that a […]

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“Red Tails” Soars in Airmen Tribute


Film Review By Dennis J. Freeman

The much-anticipated George Lucas film “Red Tails” looks good on the exterior. It’s even better upon close inspection. The high-flying tribute to the legendary Tuskegee Airmen, the famed black pilots who battled racial injustice and segregation just to prove to its own country that they were just as equal in the cockpit as their white military colleagues, is laudable in effort and ambition.

With mostly an all-black cast that features well-established actors Terrence Howard and Cuba […]

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“The JET” Honored as 2011 Sportswoman of the Year

Carmelita “The Jet” Jeter owns the title as “World’s Fastest Woman.” Photo Credit: Corey Cofield

World champion sprinter Carmelita Jeter, who lays claim as the “Fastest Woman Alive” by winning the gold medal in the 100–meter race at the 2011 IAAF World Track and Field Championships, will be presentedwith the prestigious Sportswoman of the Year award during the seventh annual LA Sports Awards, presented by AT&T U-verse on March 15 at Club Nokia at L.A. Live.

The LA Sports Awards are presented by […]

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A Well-Deserved Honor

Living Legends: Major League Baseball Hall of Fame members Dave Winfield are all smiles at the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation gala in Los Angeles.Photo Credit: Dennis J. Freeman

By Dennis J. Freeman

Los Angeles, CA-Frank Robinson has accomplished a lot of firsts as one of the all-time baseball greats. He slugged 586 home runs in his storied big-league baseball career. He is the only player in the history of the game to win the MVP award in both the American League (Baltimore […]

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Stephen Bishop Talks “Moneyball”

Actor Stephen Bishop on the red carpet after the People’s Choice Awards.Photo Credit: Corey Cofield

By Dennis J. Freeman

Los Angeles, CA-Actor Stephen Bishop found himself in a great space when he was picked to play his boyhood baseball hero David Justice in the critically-acclaimed hit-movie Moneyball.

Due to the overwhelming awards nominations hype going towards Moneyball, which has grossed over $104 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo, Bishop has suddenly found himself in the spotlight again and in demand for roles.

With […]

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Dominating the Field

Wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham (Hillcrest H.S., Springfield, Mo.), the Army Player of the Year, needs just one hand to haul in a long touchdown pass from quarterback Cyler Miles in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl./Photo Credit: Forrest Berkshire, U.S. Army Cadet Command public affairs

Prep Football Star Claims Nation’s Best Player Honor

San Antonio, TX-Hands down, Dorial Green-Beckham is the best high school football player in the country. College recruits have been wowed by the mercurial and athletic wide receiver for the […]

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Organ Donors Make Life Count

Kara Thio holds up a photo of the liver transplant donor that saved her life./Photo Credit: Dennis J. Freeman

By Dennis J. Freeman

Pasadena, California-Kara Thio has had 20 years to be grateful for the life she has. It is a young life that was nearly snuffed out by a rare disease, which required the then eight-month-old Thio to get a liver transplant. Thio’s parents searched high and low for the right donor transplant that could save their daughter’s life.

Living in North […]

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Film on White Slave-Trading Family Spurs Racial Healing

Katrina Browne (glasses) traces the slave trade in her family./Photo Credit: Amishadi Sakitey

 By Marjorie Valbrun, America’s Wire WASHINGTON—Katrina Browne and her critically acclaimed documentary, “Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North,” are helping Americans talk more openly and honestly about race and race relations. The film is a well-researched account of her New England ancestors’ status as the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history.

It is also a moving story about racial healing and redemption, the very issues […]

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Thomas is Oregon’s Black Mamba

Former Los Angeles Crenshaw High School football star De'Anthony Thomas put his name in the Heisman Trophy conversation with his electrifying performance in the 2012 Rose Bowl presented by Vizio./Photo Credit: Corey Cofield

By Dennis J. Freeman

Move over, Kobe Bryant. There’s another Black Mamba in town. His name is De’Anthony Thomas. Bryant has earned that moniker as a quick-strike assassin on the basketball court as an NBA star for the Los Angeles Lakers. Thomas, the freshman wonder for the University of […]

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A Senator Enters Rose Bowl HOF

Former Washington Senator George Fleming (right) and legendary sports broadcaster Dick Enberg salute each at the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame ceremony./Photo Credit: Dennis J. Freeman

By Dennis J. Freeman

Pasadena, CA-George Fleming says he used to dream about playing in the Rose Bowl.  As a youngster, Fleming would watch the Rose Bowl on television, hoping one day he would get an opportunity to showcase his talents in the prestigious college football game. When he got his chance, Fleming made the most […]

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