Unconventional fits Sy Smith’s music and style

LOS ANGELES-Sy Smith doesn’t want her creative juices to ever get stale. That’s probably the chief reason why her  musical sound defies conventionality. Smith’s music is anchored in futuristic soul. She can do the neo-soul thing. Throw in a dash of jazz, grab a pinch of R&B, find room for some […]


Race, romance is center stage in Dr. Du Bois and Miss Ovington

LOS ANGELES-The entanglement of a love affair or a close friendship is always up for interpretation from outsiders. When this matter focuses on historical figures, the subject becomes a little more complicated and more closely examined. When this kind of relationship involves the always lighting rod of interracial collaboration, the […]


NBA Playoffs: What will the Clippers do?

April 13 Dennis J. Freeman 0

LOS ANGELES-Regular season out. Playoffs in. For the Los Angeles Clippers, this is where the rubber meet up with the road. The Clippers  finished the 2016-2017 NBA season with 51 wins, thanks to a 115-95 win in the season finale against the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center. After wrapping up their eighth win […]


Denzel Washington’s ode to August Wilson

February 20 Stephanie Richardson 0

Last year was an incredible year in black film and television. Theatrical jewels such as “Fences,” “Hidden Figures, “Loving” and “Moonlight” proved to be instant classics in the heart-warming and critically-acclaimed department.  The 48th Annual NAACP Image Awards, which took place at the Pasadena Civic Center in Pasadena, California, gave each […]


GRAMMYs gift lounge a hit with music royalty

February 15 Dennis J. Freeman 0

LOS ANGELES-When the GRAMMY Awards come to town everyone knows it. The GRAMMYs is to the music industry what the Academy Awards are to the many talented thespians, writers and creators that make up the acting industry. The big buzz surrounding the GRAMMYs this year was the stop-the-press performance by five-time winner Adele and […]


Denzel Washington is hitting his stride

February 7 Dennis J. Freeman 0

SANTA BARBARA-If you’re good, the people will come see you. Actor Denzel Washington is that good. Actually, he is better than good. He’s the best. Washington has been so good for so long that millions of adoring fans has come out in droves to be entertained by his movies. The […]


The spotlight is on Rutina Wesley

January 30 Stephanie Richardson 0

“Queen Sugar” was a big hit during the 2016 television series run. A big reason for that was the bona fide acting chops of actress Rutina Wesley being displayed to the world. The American drama series centers around three siblings who ultimately come together to claim an inheritance, due to […]


Crooner Neil Sedaka keeps the music alive

January 6 Steven Lieberman 0

Singer, songwriter, composer, pianist and living legend, Neil Sedaka, will bring his famous catalogue of music to the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills on January 14 on his exclusive 12-city concert tour.  Sedaka, 77, will be singing all of his big hits, which include “Happy Birthday, Sweet Sixteen,” “Calendar Girl,” […]


NAACP Image Awards recognizes Nate Parker

December 15 Dennis J. Freeman 0

For a while there, actor Nate Parker and his revolutionary film “The Birth of a Nation” had been sitting on the sidelines of the annual moviemaking awards nominations circuit. It’s now on the playing field, thanks to the six NAACP Image Awards nominations it received. After being a major hit at the Sundance […]


Exhibits bring the art back to CAAM

December 2 Dennis J. Freeman 0

LOS ANGELES-Sometimes new is good. Change is good. Everything is new at the California African American Museum (CAAM). That’s not a bad thing. There are new exhibits. The deputy director of Exhibitions and Programs has less than a year under her belt at the museum. The man who hired Naima Keith to run […]


Karim Webb tastes the soul of the community

October 31 Dennis J. Freeman 0

LOS ANGELES-The annual October “Taste of Soul” event in South Los Angeles has two great things it promotes feverishly: good music and good food. The music, mainly powered by the KJLH teaming with Buffalo Wild Wings this year, was on point Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, with acts like 112, Mike […]


Martin Scorsese gets his ‘Goodfellas’ moment

October 14 Steven Lieberman 0

BEVERLY HILLS, CA-It was “Taxi Driver” meets “Goodfellas” meets “Casino” meets “The Wolf of Wall Street.” “For The Record: Scorsese, American Crime Requiem” premiered at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.  A combination cabaret, rock concert, drama, nightclub, Vegas showroom, and musical that showcased Martin […]


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 […]