Black Chamber Honors the Whispers and Obba Babatunde

The Regional Black Chamber of Commerce of San Fernando Valley recently paid homage to a couple of living legends. Longtime stage and film actor Obba Babatunde and the Whispers were both feted by the chamber at is 6th Annual Small Business Gala Dinner of Recognitions at Universal City, California. Babatunde, who built his long time […]

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After Hardships, Iyanla Vanzant is Learning to Smile Again

By Dennis J. Freeman New York bestselling author Iyanla Vanzant is no longer a broken vessel. Personal tragedy, a collapsed relationship, self-doubt, financial ruin and embarrassment had nearly derailed one of the most influential motivational speakers in the world.  Fortunately for the rest of us, Vanzant is still around to share her testimony of going […]

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Freda Payne Does Ella Fitzgerald and Makes it Work

By Dennis J. Freeman Hollywood, CA-No one does Ella Fitzgerald quite like Freda Payne. Payne, the illustrious sultry soul singer with the big band voice, is the closest thing that you’re going to get outside of ever seeing the late, great jazz singer herself.  If you haven’t seen Payne perform live doing her best impression […]

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Oscar Season Begins with 2010 Governor’s Awards

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented the 2010 Governors Awards in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood®, CA, on Saturday. Pictured here at the event (left to right): Oscar®-winning producer Albert S. Ruddy, Oscar-winning actor Robert Duvall, Honorary Award recipient Eli Wallach, Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award recipient Francis […]

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Jenifer Lewis Talks About Love, Happiness and the Hereafter

By Dennis J. Freeman Actress Jenifer Lewis is feeling pretty good these days. She has a role in the Hereafter, Clint Eastwood’s latest hit movie. She’s found love. She now has control over a mental illness that has plagued her for years. More importantly, she has control over her life. Lewis, expected to star in […]

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The “Color Purple” is Still on Avery’s Mind

 Veteran film and stage actress Margaret Avery shares her thoughts on the hit movie and her Oscar-nominated role of “Shug”that put her on top of the acting world 25 years ago. The lovely Margaret Avery talks about the impact of the “Color Purple” in a recent interview./Photo courtesy of Magaret Avery By Dennis J. Freeman […]

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By Dennis J. Freeman Literary giant Ishmael Reed is coming to the 4th Annual Leimert Park Village Book Fair to promote his latest work. And it’s a good one.  With more than 150 authors and over 50 literary exhibitors participating in the book fair, which is expected to draw thousands of people, Reed is among […]

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