The soul sound evolution of Niki J. Crawford

September 28 Dennis J. Freeman 0

This is the first article of a three-part series feature on blues and soul singer Niki J. Crawford NORTH HOLLYWOOD-World renowned singer Jeffrey Osborne once said his father told him that if he couldn’t sing a whole in an “A” note, he couldn’t sing. Niki J. Crawford doesn’t have that […]


Track star Me’Lisa Barber finds honey in the jewelry

September 27 Dennis J. Freeman 0

Preparation plus opportunity equals success. If that is the case, then dial in track and field star Me’Lisa Barber to the hotline. Some professional athletes struggle with what they want to do when their careers are over. Barber is not one of those individuals. The transition of going from one […]

Monday's Meditation

The gun has replaced the rope

September 26 Dennis J. Freeman 0

At one time black people used to be scared of the rope. Now they’re terrorized by the gun. The gun has now replaced the rope. Terror used to come in the form of lynch mobs. Fearfulness of the men and women in blue is the new reality check for black […]


Stanford’s comeback ills Bruins

September 25 Dennis J. Freeman 0

PASADENA, CA-If all else fails, get defensive. Get rough. Get tough. Put the clamps down. Hit somebody. That’s what the Stanford Cardinal did against the UCLA Bruins Saturday at the Rose Bowl. There would be no magical moment for the Bruins to pull from UCLA sophomore quarterback Josh Rosen against […]


Kylie Bunbury gives ‘Pitch’ the right groove

September 22 Dennis J. Freeman 0

BEVERLY HILLS, CA-It’s showtime for Fox Television show “Pitch,” an introduction into the future examination on the possibility of a woman integrating Major League Baseball. There’s been plenty of word of mouth buzz and tons of advertisement around the new series. From all accounts, it’s been pretty strong in a […]


Pat Metheny wows with UCLA performance

September 22 Steven Lieberman 0

LOS ANGELES-Jazz guitar virtuoso and living legend, Pat Metheny, was the chosen one to kick-off the 2016-17 season for the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA’s acoustically-sound Royce Hall on Thursday. He was welcomed with cheers, clapping, and ear-piercing whistles from all of his adoring fans. As an opener, […]


The re-emergence of Melvin Gordon

September 19 Dennis J. Freeman 0

SAN DIEGO-You can call it swag. You can describe it as confidence. Maybe, it is just a natural maturation process of evolving and growth. Whatever it is, San Diego Chargers second-year running back Melvin Gordon has it this season. Last year, Gordon, the Chargers’ first round draft pick (No. 15 […]


Woodhead’s injury is NFL’s harsh reality

September 19 Dennis J. Freeman 0

SAN DIEGO-Man down. Man up. That’s the approach the San Diego Chargers are taking these days with the rash of injuries the team has been hit with in the past month. They really don’t have a choice. The Chargers can’t afford to wallow in a pity-party after watching Danny Woodhead […]


Beyonce pour out her ‘Lemonade’ on LA

September 18 Steven Lieberman 0

LOS ANGELES-There was excitement brewing at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday night.  No, it wasn’t Dodgers pitching ace Clayton Kershaw throwing a no-hitter. It was Beyonce and her “Formation World Tour” hitting a two-hour home-run on the concert stage set up in center field. The Queen B made a return visit to […]


Fox makes the right ‘Pitch’ with new show

September 16 Dennis J. Freeman 0

LOS ANGELES-Girl power rocks. Female empowerment rule. Get used to it. The inevitable will soon become undeniable. Pro sports is a part of this equation. The day of women actually competing against men at the professional level in sports may not happen now, but can it be that far off? […]


Rutgers too hot to handle for Howard

September 15 Dennis J. Freeman 0

It was a tough day at the office for Howard University last Saturday. The Bison ran up against a superior team in the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, and came away with its second defeat of the season. Nonetheless, Howard (o-2) had a few bright spots during the 52-14 road loss. Two […]


Peter Asher is still a musical force

September 15 Steven Lieberman 0

SANTA MONICA, CA–When Gordon Waller passed away seven years ago, his long-time partner Peter Asher decided to carry the torch for the British duo that were famously known as “Peter & Gordon.” On Saturday at McCabes Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, Asher teamed-up with fellow Brit and also famous guitarist […]


No ‘Gray’ area in Sparks win over Mercury

September 14 Dennis J. Freeman 0

LOS ANGELES-Things were not looking good for the Los Angeles Sparks. Down 14 points late in the third quarter to the Phoenix Mercury, and already riding a three-game losing skid, the Sparks looked every bit like a team about to go down in flames for a fourth straight game. Guard […]