Monday's Meditation

Pageants are more than a beauty contest

August 30 Dennis J. Freeman 0

IRVINE, CA-I don’t know what it’s like to be a size 3 and worry about my weight. I don’t have a clue how clumsy at times it could be for a 5-foot-9, 12-year-old girl to walk around school almost a foot taller than her class peers. I will probably never […]

Performance

Kool & the Gang keeps the funk alive

August 30 Steven Lieberman 0

LOS ANGELES-There was a “celebration” at the Microsoft Theatre on Sunday night as the “Keeping The Funk Alive Tour” spaceship landed, bringing with it the old-school funk. On board was headliner and Grammy Award-winning Kool & the Gang with original, founding band members Ronald and Robert “Kool” Bell in tow, […]

Dodgers

Kris Bryant, Cubs show Dodgers their power play

August 27 Dennis J. Freeman 0

LOS ANGELES-Things started off the right way for the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first of a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium. They ended on the wrong foot by the time the contest between the two teams had ended. Thanks to the power smash play of […]

NBA

Ware make it rain 3’s in Drew League championship

August 23 Dennis J. Freeman 0

LOS ANGELES-The Drew League likes to go by the mantra of  “No Excuse, Just Produce.” Sunday, in front of a pack gymnasium at Los Angeles Southwest College, Casper Ware Jr. probably had that phrase in mind when he dialed into that shooting zone that shooters sometime find themselves in. The […]

Reel

Usher fights for masculinity in ‘Hands of Stone’

August 22 Kelly Hawkins 0

LOS ANGELES-On June 20, 1980, professional boxers Roberto Duran and Sugar Ray Leonard squared off for fifteen rounds in the “Brawl in Montreal.” Duran, with a record of 71-1, beats the formerly undefeated Leonard, taking his WBC Welterweight Champion title. Four months later, the two opponents meet again for a […]

Showbiz!

Taking it easy with Jackson Browne

August 22 Steven Lieberman 0

LOS ANGELES-The always-touring, smooth-singing, Rock and Roll and Songwriter’s Hall of Fame inductee, Jackson Browne, made a stop on his concert tour on Wednesday at the Greek Theatre and treated his fans to two and a half hours of blissful music. Browne, Los Angeles-based, said he was glad to be […]

Chargers

Chargers get defensive against Cardinals

August 20 Dennis J. Freeman 0

SAN DIEGO-Crash and burn. That’s the sound of the Arizona Cardinals football team after they got a taste of the 2016 San Diego Chargers defense. It’s the preseason and nobody is going to care one way or another about the second game of the preseason once the regular season is […]

Performance

Race and justice define ‘Doubt, A Parable’

August 19 Dennis J. Freeman 0

Any time you have religion, sex and race in the mix of things, more than likely those recurring themes are going to get most people’s attention. When you blend the three social elements together, alongside with the search for justice, it can be a powder keg for a theatrical production. […]

Performance

Steve Miller Band rocks the Greek

August 19 Steven Lieberman 0

The Steve Miller Band made a stop at the Greek Theatre on their North American summer concert tour and did not disappoint all of their adoring fans during their 90 minute performance on Saturday. Miller was in a good mood after recently being voted into The Rock and Roll Hall […]

Red, White & Blue

‘Black Girl Magic’ break Olympic ceiling

August 17 Dennis J. Freeman 0

Four years ago, Gabrielle Douglas knocked off the mythical notion that a black woman could never be good enough to win a gold medal in the white-dominated sport of gymnastics at the Olympics in the individual competition. She didn’t just win one gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics; Douglas […]

Showbiz!

Jeffrey Osborne woo Long Beach Jazz Festival crowd

August 15 Dennis J. Freeman 0

LONG BEACH-It’s all about that jazz. For three days, the city of Long Beach, like it has been for the last 29 years, was swamped with the infusion of great saxophone play, the rhythmic of sounds of the electric guitar and exceptional vocal fireworks. The cool sounds of smooth jazz […]

Spotlight

Ex-NBAer Juaquin Hawkins’ walk with grace

August 11 Dennis J. Freeman 0

Former NBA player Juaquin Hawkins can tell you a thing or two about perseverance. Like a lot of kids, Hawkins lived out a fantasy in his head of someday playing in the NBA. Reaching that goal would take Hawkins through the twists and turns called life. By grace, Hawkins has […]

Dodgers

Saying good-bye to ‘Big Papi’

August 8 Steven Lieberman 0

Red Sox slugger, David “Big Papi” Ortiz, made a stop on his farewell tour at Dodger Stadium to take on the Dodgers in a three-game interleague series. Most of the fans in attendance gave him a standing ovation when he made his way to the plate in the first inning […]

Chargers

Hunter Henry steps into Chargers

August 5 Dennis J. Freeman 0

SAN DIEGO-The transition was going to come sooner or later for the San Diego Chargers. The Chargers decided that time was now. Tight end Antonio Gates is entering the twilight part of his Hall of Fame career. Gates still has some gas left in his tank as the Chargers embark […]