Jazz ‘round L.A.: Grammy Grumblings
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 18 February 2011
Esperanza Spalding poses backstage with the award for best new artist at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, in Los Angeles.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)By Joy ChildsSentinel Contributing ... read more >>
March 18 Deadline for $10,000 Theatre Award for Local Artist
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 18 February 2011
Center Theatre Group is now accepting submissions for the 2011 Richard E. Sherwood Award.The Sherwood Award is an annual $10,000 fund to support Los Angeles artists. The award is presented each year at ... read more >>
Jury Trial Set in Michael Baisden’s Fight to Stop Copyright Infringement of His Best-Selling Books
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 18 February 2011
Jury Trial Set in Michael Baisden's Fight to Stop Copyright Infringement of His Best-Selling BooksBy Sentinel News ServiceA trial date has been set in a lawsuit filed by best-selling author and nationally ... read more >>
Judge close to letting TV cover of Jackson trial
Written by Linda Deutsch (AP Special Correspondent) 11 February 2011
Television cameras will be allowed to broadcast the trial of Michael Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray seen here in 2009, on charges of involuntary manslaughter starting next month, a judge has ruled. (AFP/POOL/File/Ifran ... read more >>
New book, Grammy museum exhibition honors hip-hop
Written by Sentinel News Service 11 February 2011
An image released by Aria Multimedia Entertainment, shows the cover of 'Hip Hop: A Cultural Odyssey.' Through 420 pages, hundreds of photos and dozens of essays, the massive hardcover book takes readers ... read more >>
The Pan African Film Festival Set to Take Audiences Around the World
Written by Sentinel News Service 11 February 2011
"35 and Ticking" By Russ Parr Selected as Opening Night FilmThe Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is set to take audiences around the world in eight days and back home again with the premiere of "35 and ... read more >>
Quality Time with Nia
Written by Kam Williams (Contributing Writer) 11 February 2011
By Kam WilliamsSentinel Contributing Writer Nia Long The "Mooz-Lum" InterviewNitara Carlynn Long was born in Brooklyn on October 30, 1970, but was raised mostly in South Central Los Angeles in the wake ... read more >>
Randy Weston – A Jazz Griot, A Treasure
Written by Joy Childs 11 February 2011
Randy Weston African Rhythms By Joy ChildsSentinel Contributing Writer When Randy Weston's magnificent 6'7" frame-clad in purple African attire from head to toe and wearing dark shades-first came into ... read more >>
Book Review: I Beat the Odds – From Homelessness to “The Blind Side” and Beyond
Written by Kam Williams (Contributing Writer) 07 February 2011
By Kam WilliamsSentinel Contributing Writer"I didn't write this book just to revisit The Blind Side... I want to help separate fact from fiction. After the movie came out, there were a lot of people asking ... read more >>
Movie Review: ‘Of Boys and Men'
Written by Robert Gillard (Contributing Writer) 07 February 2011
BY ROBERT GILLARDCONTRIBUTING WRITERAs a child progresses through life, he or she begins to put away childish things. But some parts of life can expedite that maturation process. Such an issue is presented ... read more >>
Tina Lifford shares her circle
Written by Joy Childs 07 February 2011
BY JOY CHILDSCONTRIBUTING WRITEROn many a sunny Sunday afternoon, pairs and trios of friends grab a bite along Melrose Avenue, then enjoy a Sunday matinee at The Grove nearby before they return their ... read more >>
Hubba Hubbard!
Written by Kam Williams (Contributing Writer) 04 February 2011
By Kam Williams Sentinel Contributing Writer Erica Hubbard the “Let’s Stay Together” Interview Talented, gorgeous and “The Girl Next Door” are words used to describe Erica Hubbard. Born in ... read more >>
Like Father, Like Daughter: Withers Follows Dad’s Songwriting Path
Written by Joy Childs 04 February 2011
BY JOY CHILDSCONTRIBUTING WRITERSay the name "Bill Withers,"  and most can sing all the lyrics to his biggest songs from the '70s and '80s:  "Ain't No Sunshine," "Grandma's Hands," "Lean On Me," "Use ... read more >>
Book Review: Surviving and Thriving
Written by Kam Williams (Contributing Writer) 29 January 2011
Surviving and Thriving365 Facts in Black Economic History    By Kam WilliamsSentinel Contributing Writer"In her poem, 'And Still I Rise,' Dr. Maya Angelou wrote, 'You can write me down in history with ... read more >>
Nate Parker Named Celebrity Host of 19th Annual PAFF
Written by Sentinel News Service 28 January 2011
Festival Set to Engage, Inform and Enlighten Attendees for Black History MonthLOS ANGELES - The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) tapped actor Nate Parker to serve as its 2011 celebrity host for its 19th ... read more >>
A Fox Gets Engaged
Written by Joy Childs 28 January 2011
Vivica Fox                 (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) By Joy ChildsSentinel Contributing WriterAsk what makes her happy, and she'll quickly tell you the "peace of mind" that comes from the ... read more >>
Russell Simmons – The “Super Rich” Interview
Written by Kam Williams (Contributing Writer) 28 January 2011
By Kam WilliamsSentinel Contributing WriterHip-Hop Mogul Expounds on the Transition from Materialism to MeditationRussell Wendell Simmons was born in Queens, New York on October 4, 1957, the middle of ... read more >>
2011 Oscar Nominations
Written by Kam Williams (Contributing Writer) 28 January 2011
By Kam WilliamsSentinel Contributing WriterMo'Nique Miffed by Snub of Halle BerryThe Oscar nominations were announced early Tuesday morning at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills by last year's ... read more >>
Homeless radio sensation briefly held by L.A. Police
Written by Jacob Adelman (Associated Press) 15 January 2011
In this Thursday, Jan. 6,2011 file photo, Ted Williams, a homeless man from Columbus, Ohio, whose deep, velvety voice and touching story prompted an outpouring of sympathy and job offers from across the ... read more >>
Book Review: “Is It Just Me? Or is it nuts out there?”
Written by Kam Williams (Contributing Writer) 14 January 2011
Hyperion BooksHardcover, $22.99216 pagesISBN: 978-1-4013-2384-4By Kam WilliamsSentinel Contributing Writer"Thoughtlessness is the new manners, and I've got to say I don't like it... Somehow, so many little ... read more >>
Actress Tia Mowry is expecting 1st child
Written by Mesfin Fekadu (Associated Press) 14 January 2011
(AP Photo/Jeff Christensen)Tia Mowry of 'Game,' 'Sister' expecting 1st childBy Mesfin Fekadu Associated PressNEW YORK - Tia Mowry has more to celebrate than the return of her TV show "The Game" - she's ... read more >>
Producer Cries out for Katrina Victims
Written by Brandon Brooks (Entertainment Editor) 14 January 2011
Ashley - Nicole Sherman Wendell Pierce Ashley-Nicole Sherman unveils a personal documentary based on Katrina victims’ experiences.  By Brandon I. Brooks Sentinel Entertainment Editor New Orleans was ... read more >>
Judge orders Michael Jackson doctor to stand trial
Written by Linda Deutsch (AP Special Correspondent) 14 January 2011
Security guard Alberto Alvarez, right, listens as his attorney Carl Douglas talks to reporters as they leave the preliminary hearing for Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray who is charged in the death ... read more >>
Wacka Flocka waives hearing, remains jailed
Written by Associated Press 08 January 2011
McDONOUGH, Ga. - Officials say rapper Waka Flocka Flame waived a court hearing and remains in jail on drug and gun charges.The Henry County sheriff's office says the rapper, whose real name is Juaquin ... read more >>
Psychiatric tests ordered for rapper Gucci Mane
Written by Associated Press 08 January 2011
ATLANTA - Rapper Gucci Mane has been ordered to undergo psychiatric tests, following an Atlanta court appearance on a charge he violated terms of his probation.Radric Davis, the rapper's real name, appeared ... read more >>