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BEFORE SUPER BOWL, BRUNO MARS HEADS TO GRAMMYS
Written by MESFIN FEKADU AP MUSIC WRITER 23 January 2014
(AP Photo/Powers Imagery)  NEW YORK (AP) -- Wish Bruno Mars would write you a hit song? Keep dreaming. The singer-songwriter-producer, who has penned hits like CeeLo Green's "Forget You!" and B.o.B's ... read more >>
SCRIPT IN THE WORKS FOR POSSIBLE NEW COSBY SITCOM
Written by Associated Press 23 January 2014
(AP Photo/Victoria Will) NEW YORK (AP) -- NBC is confirming that Bill Cosby is developing a possible new sitcom he would star in. The deal brings the 76-year-old entertainer together with a writing ... read more >>
Nelson Mandela Art Posters makes way to the streets of Los Angeles and Capetown
Written by Shonassee Shaver Sentinel Contributing Writer 15 January 2014
    Artist Robbie Conal takes over Los Angeles honoring Mandela’s life and career thorough political art.   A couple of weeks after his passing, Nelson Mandela’s presence continues to make ... read more >>
Number of Black-Owned TV Stations Plummets to Zero
Written by Joseph Torres and S. Derek Turner Special to the NNPA from New America Media 09 January 2014
Michael and Steve Roberts' TV sale reduces Black owners to zero.     We just experienced a shameful milestone in the history of U.S. media – and barely anyone noticed.   There are now zero ... read more >>
Brandon T. Jackson Says Airline Called Him N-word; Airline Responds
Written by EURweb.com 06 November 2013
Earlier Tuesday, it was being reported that comedian/actor Brandon T. Jackson had been being unfairly treated by a US Airways attendant named “Dee” per his tweets. Jackson even claimed “Dee” ... read more >>
LAST CALL! The Pan African Film Festival Announces Final Call for Submissions Late Submissions Will Be Accepted Through November 16
Written by Sentinel News Services generalinfo@lasentinel.net 06 November 2013
The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is ready to take movie goers on a cinematic journey with international film screenings from around the globe with the announcement of its call for submissions.  ... read more >>
House Arrest on Hold as Lauryn Hill Hits the Road
Written by Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American 06 November 2013
Fresh out of jail for tax evasion Lauryn Hill is headed out on tour. According to TMZ, Hill has been granted permission to postpone the house arrest portion of her prison sentence in order to go on ... read more >>
Police smelled marijuana on 2 Chainz tour bus
Written by TIM TALLEY, Associated Press 28 August 2013
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City police officer who pulled over the tour bus of rapper 2 Chainz "smelled an overwhelming odor of marijuana" when the driver opened the door, a police affidavit says. Eleven ... read more >>
Robin Thicke Spotlights HBCU Dance Teams in Video
Written by Special to the NNPA from the New York Amsterdam News 27 August 2013
Robin Thicke poses with the Alabama State University Stingettes on the set of his latest video HBCU DANCE CORP   Still riding on the wave of his summer hit “Blurred Lines” that spent ... read more >>
Robin Thicke Sues Marvin Gaye’s Family To Protect ‘Blurred Lines’
Written by Special to the NNPA from the Michigan Chronicle 19 August 2013
  R&B artist Robin Thicke has filed a preemptive lawsuit against two of Marvin Gaye’s relatives and Bridgeport Music to squash claims he copied elements from Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up” ... read more >>
Hip Hop Raises its Voice for Trayvon
Written by Charlene Muhammad Special to the NNPA from The Final Call 13 August 2013
Reverend Lennox Yearwood Jr., President and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus and Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton. Photo: Terence Muhammad ‘As an artist, I feel like we have a voice and we have ... read more >>
Race-based claims thrown out in Paula Deen lawsuit
Written by Russ Bynum, Associated Press 13 August 2013
  Judge: White former manager can't sue Paula Deen, brother for racial discrimination SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- A federal judge Monday threw out race discrimination claims by a former Savannah restaurant ... read more >>
A Jazz Giant is Gone!
Written by Shirley Hawkins Sentinel Contributing Writer 08 August 2013
George Duke Lived and Loved, His Wife, Music and Life Jazz fans around the world were stunned to hear of the recent passing of legendary Grammy-winning keyboardist and producer George Duke, ... read more >>
Lawyer details interactions with Jackson's doctor
Written by Anthony Mccartney, AP Entertainment Writer 07 August 2013
AP Photo   Lawyer testifies she told concert promoter that Michael Jackson's doctor appeared successful   LOS ANGELES (AP) -- An attorney who drafted the agreement for Michael Jackson's doctor ... read more >>
Kelly Rowland Named the New Face of Jaguar
Written by Special to the NNPA from The Houston Forward-Times 06 August 2013
  It looks like the struggles in which Kelly Rowland sings about in ballad/ musical confessional “Dirty Laundry” are long gone. The music video for the personal song debuted on Monday, July 22nd ... read more >>
Raising Boys to Men – Lupe Fiasco Gives Straight Talk to Young, Black Men Read
Written by Toure Muhammad Special to the NNPA from The Final Call 29 July 2013
  (AP Photo) Gathering for encouragement and a reality check CHICAGO (FinalCall.com) – Hip hop Artist Lupe Fiasco provided straight talk to young, Black men who recently graduated from area ... read more >>
Harry Belafonte joins with Fla. Capitol protesters
Written by Associated Press 27 July 2013
(AP Photo)   TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Singer and entertainer Harry Belafonte on Friday called on Florida Gov. Rick Scott to listen to protesters who are asking for a special legislative session ... read more >>
Jackson's health and finances part of civil trial
Written by Anthony McCartney, Associated Press 29 April 2013
(AP Photo)   LOS ANGELES (AP) — Millions, and possibly billions, of dollars are at stake in a civil trial starting Monday over allegations from Michael Jackson's mother that the company promoting ... read more >>
Michael Jackson Company Executive Passes Away
Written by Sentinel News Service generalinfo@lasentinel.net 02 April 2013
The Raymone K. Bain Companies, LLC 4770 Dexter Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20007 (202) 239-2295; Fax: (202) 337-1392 Email Address: RBain228460@aol.com     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 2, 2013     Contact: Raymone ... read more >>
“THE X FACTOR” OPEN-CALL AUDITIONS IN LOS ANGELES TO BE HELD WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6 AT THE GALEN CENTER
Written by Nicole Williams 28 February 2013
“THE X FACTOR” OPEN-CALL AUDITIONS IN LOS ANGELES TO BE HELD WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6 AT THE GALEN CENTER   THE X FACTOR open-call auditions are coming to University of Southern California’s ... read more >>
Say What!?!? Lil Wayne and Lil Twist
Written by Sentinel News Service 11 January 2013
    Rapper and Lil Wayne protege Lil Twist was reportedly driving Justin Bieber’s car when a paparazzo was struck and killed by an SUV last week.   Although the car belonged to the Canadian ... read more >>
A Conversation With Eloise Laws
Written by Chelsea Battle (Sentinel Contributing Writer) 20 December 2012
Eloise Laws intimately talks music and her passion for giving. Seated comfortably in a swank lobby Eloise Laws sports a distinctively chic navy blue blazer and perfectly pressed slacks.  Modestly ... read more >>
Young Maestro & Kurtis Blow headline Christmas Concert Toy Drive in Inglewood
Written by Sentinel News Service 20 December 2012
        Taylor Made Entertainment and A New You barbershop & Salon will present its 2nd annual Christmas Toy Drive and Concert featuring rising R&B sensation Young Maestro and the legendary ... read more >>
Producer, Narada Michael Walden Captures Unforgettable Friendship with Whitney Houston
Written by Nicole Williams, Sentinel Contributing Writer 20 December 2012
    It started off as a partnership between Emmy and Grammy award winning producer Narada Michael Walden and chart-topping singer, Whitney Houston that would lead into a friendship full of unforgettable ... read more >>
Put the Katt in the bag!
Written by Sentinel News Service 14 December 2012
  Comedian says he’s retiring from stand-up   Katt Williams is hanging up the microphone—no joke!   The 39-year-old funnyman has announced he's exiting stage left and retiring from stand-up ... read more >>
Joe Jackson suffers stroke
Written by Sentinel News Service 06 December 2012
Joe Jackson suffers stroke   A spokeswoman for Michael Jackson's father says the musical family's patriarch has suffered a mild stroke.   Angel Howansky says Joe Jackson went to a Las Vegas hospital ... read more >>
Terrence Howard and wife reach divorce settlement
Written by Sentinel News Service 29 November 2012
  Terrence Howard and his estranged wife have finally reached a settlement that puts an end to their heated divorce battle for good, reports TMZ. Terrence and Michelle Ghent sealed the deal on Aug. ... read more >>
First Lady Michelle Obama Loves Hip Hop
Written by Sentinel News Service 29 November 2012
    Before the election, while D.L. Hughley and Lupe Fiasco were fighting about whether or not it’s dumb to pass up a voting opportunity, First Lady Michelle Obama, as usual, was doing her thang ... read more >>
DJ Wiz Rises from Dark Past
Written by Kenneth Miller (Sentinel Entertainment Editor) 29 November 2012
    Often in life when one encounters life’s most difficult circumstances something magical happens. Local resident Don Clemont is a prime example of such adversity. Clement, 43, is one of the ... read more >>
Berry Gordy’s Role as a “History Maker” is Solidified
Written by Sentinel News Service 28 November 2012
     Berry Gordy Jr. may only be five-foot tall in height but he left big shoes to fill when he sold Motown Records nearly 25 years ago. As founder of the historic record company in 1960, which launch- ... read more >>
Reel Talk- Chris Tucker's Return
Written by Sentinel News Service 21 November 2012
      At one time Chris Tucker was one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood, making $25,000,000 in 2007 for “Rush Hour 3.”      Since that movie, not much has been heard from Tucker ... read more >>
It's a Rap- Jara Everett; Chief Keef Beef; Alicia Keys & Swizz Beats; Dr. Dre & Lil Wayne
Written by Sentinel News Service 21 November 2012
It’s About to ‘Jump Off’ Author/Rapper Jara Everett shares her life stories from the age of 15 years old through adulthood in her first self-published book “JumpOff” available beginning Nov. ... read more >>
Media Faucet Pours Something 'Special' on Crenshaw
Written by Ashley Nash (Sentinel Intern) 16 November 2012
  Founders of the enterprise, Talivu Porter, Jabril Murfy & Christina I. Rodriguez are setting the tone for up and coming Black entrepreneurs.    Crenshaw. Whether Boulevard or District, ... read more >>
It's a Rap: Nene Leaks; Game; Ms. Chief; Hip Hop celebrated
Written by Sentinel News Service 16 November 2012
    Ne Ne’s New Normal   Last spring, a blog famously revealed the salaries earned by each cast member of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” and the information quickly spread across the Internet ... read more >>
Meet Seth Brundle, Up and Coming Stylist for the Stars
Written by Chelsea Battle Contributing Writer 08 November 2012
Photo by Ed Canas The budding wardrobe specialist gives us a crash course in the world of celebrity styling.    If the name Seth Brundle rings a bell, you’re probably thinking about the popular ... read more >>
“CHRISTMAS IN COMPTON” RED CARPET PREMIERE
Written by Sentinel News Service 08 November 2012
    Attend the official Hollywood Film Premiere of “Christmas in Compton” with the filmmakers and cast! See this hilariously funny and heartwarming family holiday film starring Keith David, Omar ... read more >>
Mary Mary, Jenkins top Stellar Awards nominees
Written by Associated Press 08 November 2012
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mary Mary and Charles Jenkins are the top nominees for the Stellar Gospel Music Awards.   Mary Mary earned nine nominations, Jenkins had eight and Marvin Sapp and Fred ... read more >>
IT’S A RAP: Nicki Minaj; Snoop; Kanye West; Lil Wayne
Written by Sentinel News Service 08 November 2012
  Young Money's Nicki Minaj introduces the third installment of her "Pink Friday"  According to the Recording Industry Association of America, both Pink Friday and its reworked successor Pink Friday: ... read more >>
Chris Brown to stay on supervised probation
Written by ANTHONY McCARTNEY | Associated Press 08 November 2012
Chris Brown (AP Photo)    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge on Thursday ordered Chris Brown to remain on supervised probation and make another court appearance after he completes an overseas tour.   Superior ... read more >>
Its a Rap
Written by Sentinel News Service 01 November 2012
Un-Common Lovely Common was spotted out at a Clippers/Lakers preseason game--and everybody's speculating as to who the lovely lady was he was sitting courtside with. The thoughtful Chicago-bred rapper ... read more >>
Fans Mourn Death of Sassy MC Natina Reed
Written by Sentinel News Service 01 November 2012
  To fans of late-'90s R&B group Blaque, Natina Reed was the sassy MC who gave hits like "808" their punch, but to Kurupt she was simply "a great person," her life cut short when she was killed ... read more >>
Meet Caprice!!
Written by Nicole Williams, Sentinel Contributing Writer 01 November 2012
    Macy's Star on "Fashion Star"   Local LA Native is judge on NBC Reality TV Show to find the next top fashion designer    “I realize how big a deal it is that ‘America’s Department ... read more >>
REEL TALK: The Legend Cicely Tyson Returns in ‘Alex Cross’
Written by Sentinel News Service 18 October 2012
   Cicely Tyson had to come clean about her role in the new film “Alex Cross.”    “I have to admit, I’d never even heard of [author James] Patterson’s work and I hadn’t seen any of the ... read more >>
SEMI-FINALISTS FOR STARQUEST SINGING COMPETITION SELECTED
Written by Sentinel News Service 18 October 2012
  Performers slated to perform on the day of Taste of Soul ñ October 20th    The StarQuest Singing Competition, a Bakewell Media Production, held auditions last Thursday at the Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw ... read more >>
Jimmy Henchman admits to involvement in 1994 Tupac Murder
Written by Sentinel News Service 18 October 2012
    Details have surfaced regarding James "Jimmy Henchman" Rosemond admitting his involvement in the 1994 non-fatal shooting of fallen hip hop legend, Tupac Shakur.   Reports indicate that "his ... read more >>
It's a Wrap
Written by Sentinel News Service 18 October 2012
Is Murder The Case They’ll Give Him?   Cops are looking to speak with rapper Rick Ross after a 40-year-old man was shot to death in front of his Miami Gardens home this morning TMZ has learned.   Law ... read more >>
Queen Latifah Produces and Stars in Steel Magnolias
Written by Anastasia Lemle (Contributing Writer) 11 October 2012
  The long awaited and heavily anticipated remake of Steel Magnolias, with an African-American cast, aired on Lifetime on Sunday, October 7, 2012.  This modern adaptation re-told a classic story from ... read more >>
Radio Free 102.3 Aims for More Sizzle at 7th Annual Taste of Soul
Written by Kenneth Miller (Sentinel Entertainment Editor) 11 October 2012
As close to a half million local residents ready for the 7th Annual Taste of Soul massive Family Festival Oct. 20th on Crenshaw Blvd. from 10am-7pm,  Compton’s favorite Radio Free 102.3 KJLH will be ... read more >>
Taste of Soul Welcomes NBC Meet and Greet reporter- Byron Miranda, Co-Anchor, Today in LA
Written by Sentinel News Service 11 October 2012
Byron Miranda   Veteran Meteorologist Byron Miranda is the NBC4 LA's 6PM and 11PM weekend weathercaster. He joined the station in May, 2011, and also serves as a fill-in weather anchor on the station's ... read more >>
Taste of Soul Welcomes NBC Meet and Greet reporter-Beverly White, General Assignment Reporter
Written by Sentinel News Service 11 October 2012
      Beverly White is a general assignment reporter for NBC4 Southern California.    White joined NBC4  in 1992 from WTVJ, the NBC owned and operated station in Miami. White specializes in live ... read more >>
Wyclef Airs Love Child Drama with Lauryn Hill in Tell-All
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 03 October 2012
  Married Fugees founder Wyclef Jean says it was Lauryn Hill’s lies about the paternity of her child that doomed the ’90s hip-hop trio. Jean claims Hill tricked him into believing her firstborn ... read more >>
Sommore Proves “Sistahs” Can Shine as Comediennes
Written by D. Kevin McNeir Special to the NNPA from The Miami Times 03 October 2012
  She’s appeared on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav, Showtime at the Apollo and Comic View. Along with fellow Black comediennes Mo’Nique, Laura Hayes and Adele Givens, ... read more >>
Janet Jackson’s $20 Mil Wedding Plans
Written by Sentinel News Service 03 October 2012
  The National Enquirer is claiming that Janet Jackson and her billionaire fiance Wissam al Mana are planning a lavish $20 million wedding  to take place next year in Doha, Qatar, where al Mana was ... read more >>
STAR POWER FOR CAUSE
Written by Sentinel News Service 03 October 2012
  Akon, who also co-stars attends the ‘Black November’ special screening in New York City at United Nations on September 26. The film, directed and produced by Nigerian born filmmaker Jeta Amata ... read more >>
Voila! It’s Viola!
Written by Kam Williams Sentinel Contributing Writer 27 September 2012
Viola Davis The “Won’t Back Down” Interview     Viola Davis was born on August 11, 1965 on her grandmother’s farm in St. Matthews, South Carolina, but raised by her parents in Central ... read more >>
2 plead no contest to extorting Stevie Wonder
Written by Associated Press 27 September 2012
Stevie Wonder (AP Photo) LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two people charged with trying to extort millions of dollars from Stevie Wonder pleaded no contest on Monday and were released after being sentenced to ... read more >>
How much is too much in Robin Roberts coverage?
Written by DAVID BAUDER | Associated Press 27 September 2012
  “Good Morning America” Co-Host Robin Roberts (AP Photo)   EW YORK (AP) — "Good Morning America" cameras were there last week when co-host Robin Roberts underwent a bone marrow transplant. ... read more >>
Celebrity Birthdays September 27th – October 3rd
Written by Sentinel News Service 27 September 2012
Lil Wayne – September 27th Greg Morris – September 27th Koko Taylor – September 28th Young Jeezy – September 28th Kevin Durant – September 29th Bryant Gumbel – September 29th T- Pain ... read more >>
Nate Parker Co-Stars in Richard Gere Dramatic Thriller ‘ARBITRAGE’
Written by Sandra Varner/Talk2SV 21 September 2012
  High stakes money dealing and child molestation weigh heavily by any measure; eliciting headlines though, by comparison, sit at opposite ends of angst and disdain. But the impressive dexterity ... read more >>
Celebrity Birthdays September 20th – September 26th
Written by Sentinel News Service 21 September 2012
 Debbie Morgan – September 20th Van Jones – September 20th Alfonso Ribeiro – September 21st Cecil Fielder – September 21st Melvin Van Peebles – September 22nd King Sunny Dae – September ... read more >>
Celebrity Birthdays September 13th – September 19th
Written by Sentinel News Service 14 September 2012
 Nell Carter – September 13th Tavis Smiley – September 13th Bernie Williams – September 13th Michael Johnson – September 13th Tyler Perry – September 14th Michael Crabtree – September ... read more >>
Unconditionally Ealy!
Written by Kam Williams, Sentinel Contributing Writer 14 September 2012
  Sam and Joe (played by Lynn Collins and Michael Ealy) enjoy a conversation in the new movie Unconditional, opening in theaters September 21.   Michael Ealy The “Unconditional” Interview               ... read more >>
CAAM hosted an evening with Issa Rae
Written by Sentinel News Service 14 September 2012
   (L-R) Issa Rae (center) and the Cast of The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl Photos Courtesy of Marty Cotwright The star and creator of the Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl The California ... read more >>
Celebrity Birthdays September 6th - September 12th
Written by Sentinel News Service 06 September 2012
  Anika Noni Rose - September 6th   Idris Elba - September 6th   Foxy Brown - September 6th   Sonny Rollins - September 7th   Richard Roundtree - September 7th   Eric Eazy-E Wright - ... read more >>
Mother of GMA co-host Robin Roberts dies
Written by JACK ELLIOTT JR. and ULA ILNYTZKY | Associated Press 06 September 2012
"Good Morning America" co-host Robin Roberts, right, with her mother Lucimarian Roberts on the set in New York. J(AP Photo/ABC, Donna Svennevik)   (AP) — Lucimarian Roberts, the mother of "Good ... read more >>
Actor Michael Clarke Duncan dead at 54
Written by STEVE LOEPER (Associated Press) 03 September 2012
Actor Michael Clarke Duncan poses for a portrait Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012 in New York. (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri)   Michael Clarke Duncan, the hulking, prolific character actor whose dozens of films ... read more >>
BBJazz Fest celebrates 10th Anniversary with Angie Stone & Peabo Bryson
Written by Sentinel News Service 30 August 2012
  The 10th Anniversary of the BB Jazz Festival presented by Farmers & Merchants Bank will take place on Saturday, September 8, 2012 in Central Park, located at 7111 Talbert Avenue, Huntington Beach, ... read more >>
Crazy about Nazie!
Written by Kam Williams, Sentinel Contributing Writer 30 August 2012
   Quvenzhané Wallis The “Beasts of the Southern Wild” Interview Quvenzhané “Nazie“ Wallis was born on August 28, 2003, in Houma, Louisiana where she attends Honduras Elementary School. ... read more >>
Celebrity Birthdays August 30th – September 5th
Written by Sentinel News Service 30 August 2012
 Robert Parish – August 30th Chris Tucker – August 31st Larry Fitzgerald – August 31st Eldridge Cleaver – August 31st Frank Robinson – August 31st Edwin Moses – August 31st Jason ... read more >>
Spike Lee Returns to More Intimate Filmmaking
Written by Kimberly C. Roberts Special to the NNPA from the Philadelphia Tribune 30 August 2012
  Spike Lee on the set of his new joint, “Red Hook Summer.” — PHOTO BY DAVID LEE, COURTESY 40 ACRES AND A MULE FILMWORKS   Director Spike Lee’s most recent feature films have been larger ... read more >>
Tameka Reportedly Plans to Appeal Custody Ruling
Written by Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American 30 August 2012
    Usher Raymond was awarded custody of his two sons in a long and bitter battle between the singer and his ex-wife Tameka. But according to TMZ, Tameka is already planning for her appeal. According ... read more >>
FIRST AME CHURCH Hosts SPECIAL SCREENING OF TV LAND’S NEWEST HIT SHOW “THE SOUL MAN”
Written by Sentinel News Service 30 August 2012
   Sunday, August 26, 2012, 4:30PM,  Pastor John J. Hunter and First Lady Denise Hunter of the First AME Church of Los Angeles hosted TV Land and the Los Angeles community at the screening of two ... read more >>
Celebrity Birthdays August 23rd – August 29th
Written by Sentinel News Service 23 August 2012
   Kobe Bryant – August 23rd Dave Chappelle – August 24th Kel Mitchell – August 25th Reggie Miller – August 25th Marvin Harrison – August 25th Blair Underwood – August 25th KeKe Palmer ... read more >>
Nicki Minaj – A Fashion Brand
Written by Walter Greene Special to the NNPA from the New York Carib News 23 August 2012
  U.S singer Nicki Minaj arrives from the U.S to Heathrow Airport, London, Tuesday, April 17, 2012. (AP Photo)    Trinidadian rapper/singer turned pop Princess: NICKI MINAJ is solidifying herself ... read more >>
Vanessa Bell Calloway returns to Shameless
Written by Sentinel News Service 23 August 2012
   Actress Vanessa Bell Calloway returns for the third season of John Wells' top-rated hour-long drama "Shameless" on Showtime.  Slated to star in nearly half of this season's episodes, Calloway resumes ... read more >>
Darling Dania
Written by Kam Williams, Sentinel Contributing Writer 22 August 2012
 Actress Dania Ramirez arrives at the HBO post-award reception following the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, Calif. on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Kristian ... read more >>
Carmen Ejogo The “Sparkle” Interview
Written by Kam Williams, Sentinel Contributing Writer 15 August 2012
  Carmen Sparkles    Carmen Ejogo was born in London on New Year’s Day 1974 to Elizabeth Douglas and Charles Ejogo, a couple of Scottish and Nigerian extraction, respectively. She made her U.S. ... read more >>

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'Malcolm X' actor Albert Freeman Jr. dies at 78
Written by CHRISTY LEMIRE | Associated Press 15 August 2012
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Albert Freeman Jr., the veteran actor who played Elijah Muhammad in Spike Lee's epic film, "Malcolm X," has died. He was 78. Howard University in Washington, D.C., confirmed ... read more >>
Evelyn Lozada issues statement on Johnson arrest
Written by Associated Press 15 August 2012
  In this March 7, 2012, file photo, NFL football player Chad Johnson, right, poses with his fiancee, Evelyn Lozada, at an event in New York. Johnson was arrested Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, on a domestic ... read more >>
Actor Michael Clarke Duncan remains hospitalized
Written by Associated Press 09 August 2012
   LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Green Mile" star Michael Clarke Duncan remains hospitalized in Los Angeles more than three weeks after suffering a heart attack. Publicist Joy Fehily said in a brief email ... read more >>
Colding’s Calling
Written by Kam Williams, Sentinel Contributing Writer 09 August 2012
   Danielle Colding the “Design Star” Interview   36 year-old Danielle Colding recently won the Design Star competition on HGTV (House & Garden Network).  Colding has since not only won ... read more >>
Celebrity Birthdays August 9th - August 15th
Written by Sentinel News Service 09 August 2012
     Whitney Houston - August 9th   Doug Williams - August 9th   Kurtis Blow - August 9th   Tyson Gay - August 9th   Deion Sanders - August 9th   Derek Fisher - August 9th   Ken Norton, ... read more >>
Sidney Poitier and John Outterbridge To Be Honored at ‘An Artful Evening at CAAM’
Written by Sentinel News Service 09 August 2012
  Sidney Poitier   John Outterbridge   Friends, the Foundation of the California African American Museum (Friends) has selected Saturday, October 6, 2012 as the date for its annual gala An Artful ... read more >>

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SONGSTRESS BRENDA LEE EAGER CELEBRATES “LIVE AT 65” BIRTHDAY CONCERT, AUG. 12
Written by Sentinel News Service 09 August 2012
     Sensational singer/songwriter Brenda Lee Eager, who has worked with Prince, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, and an extensive list of music luminaries, will celebrate her birthday ... read more >>
Steve Harvey takes on Pay-Per-View
Written by Sentinel News Service 02 August 2012
              LAS VEGAS, NV  – Comedian Steve Harvey headlines his final stand-up comedy show on August 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, celebrating the end of more than 27 years ... read more >>
The Pan African Film Festival Announces Call for Submissions
Written by Sentinel News Service 02 August 2012
  Film Festival Set to Celebrate 21 Years of Cinematic Journeys Around the World   The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is ready to take movie goers on a cinematic journey with international film ... read more >>
Emmy-Winning Director Invites Investors in Black Panther Biopic
Written by Sentinel News Service 02 August 2012
  Dante James The “Huey P. Newton Documentary” Interview            Dante James is an Emmy Award-winning independent filmmaker who has produced and directed critically-acclaimed documentary ... read more >>
Millers show Hollywood How to Rock Cymphonique Miller celebrates Sweet 16
Written by Sentinel News Service 02 August 2012
  Cymphonique and Percy Miller (father)   Romeo Miller (brother) and Cymphonique    Percy Miller (Master P) and his multi-talented son Romeo Miller host an amazing party for his daughter Nickelodeon ... read more >>
Kool Moe Dee Calls ‘Unsung’ Off-Target
Written by Bobbi Booker Special to the NNPA from The Philadelphia Tribune 27 July 2012
  Kool Moe Dee arrives at the 4th Annual VH1 Hip Hop Honors ceremony at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)   Harlem native Mohandas “Kool Moe Dee” ... read more >>
“The Jefferson’s” Star Sherman Hemsley Passes On
Written by Ashley Nash, Sentinel Intern 26 July 2012
  “The Jefferson’s” Star Sherman Hemsley passes on, leaving behind a legacy of laughter.  Best known for his uncompromising character on the successful sitcom ‘The Jeffersons’, Sherman ... read more >>
Katherine Jackson Said to be Safe
Written by Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American 26 July 2012
   Katherine Jackson poses for a portrait in Calabasas, Calif., Wednesday, April 27, 2011. Jackson is lending her name and floral tastes to arrangements being sold online in a venture that provides ... read more >>
First lady, Smithsonian museum honor top designers
Written by BRETT ZONGKER | Associated Press 21 July 2012
  First lady Michelle Obama smiles as she honors the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award winners, Friday, July 13, 2012, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. A District of ... read more >>
2 accused of extorting Wonder ordered to trial
Written by ANTHONY McCARTNEY | Associated Press 20 July 2012
 Caption: In this May 9, 2012 file photo, Stevie Wonder performs during the "In Performance at the White House" in the East Room of the White House in Washington, honoring songwriters Burt Bacharach ... read more >>
Jay-Z, partners accused of stiffing logo designer
Written by Associated Press 20 July 2012
  Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter, President and CEO of Def Jam Records, answers a question after it was announced he would collaborate with the United Nations and MTV to raise awareness on the worldwide water ... read more >>
Actress urges action against human trafficking
Written by ANDRES GONZALEZ | Associated Press 20 July 2012
   Actress Jada Pinkett Smith waves as she takes her seat at the State Department ceremony releasing the 2012 Trafficking in Persons Report in Washington, Tuesday, June 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) ... read more >>
Jailed reggae star Buju Banton wants new trial
Written by Associated Press 20 July 2012
   Mug shot of Buju Banton. TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jailed reggae star Buju Banton wants a new trial in U.S. federal court. Last month, the federal appeals court in Atlanta upheld the Jamaican singer's ... read more >>
Beanie Sigel gets 2 years for Philly tax charges
Written by Associated Press 19 July 2012
 Rapper Beanie Sigel poses at the Roc-A-Fella record company offices in New York on May 27, 2004. Beanie has worked overtime to complete his latest album, "The B-Coming," so it can be released in December. ... read more >>
'Green Mile's' Michael Clarke Duncan hospitalized
Written by Associated Press 19 July 2012
 This June 27, 2010 file photo shows actor Michael Clarke Duncan at the BET Awards in Los Angeles. Duncan has been hospitalized in Los Angeles after a heart attack. Publicist Joy Fehily says in a brief ... read more >>
Spike Lee works on Michael Jackson documentary
Written by NEKESA MUMBI MOODY | Associated Press 12 July 2012
  This June 18, 2012 file photo shows director Spike Lee talks about his Broadway directorial debut "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth", a one man show starring Mike Tyson, in New York. Lee is working on ... read more >>
Treme Brass Band singer Lionel Batiste dead at 81
Written by JANET McCONNAUGHEY | Associated Press 11 July 2012
  In this Feb. 17, 2006 file photo, Uncle Lionel Batiste, foreground with umbrella, dances during the Krew of Cork parade through New Orleans' French Quarter. Batiste, the vocalist, bass drummer and ... read more >>
Celebrity Birthdays July 5th – July 11th
Written by Sentinel News Service 05 July 2012
  RZA – July 5th MAC Dre – July 5th Royce Da 5’9 – July 5th Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson – July 6th Tia & Tamera Mowry – July 6th Nnambi Asomugha – July 6th Cree Summer – July ... read more >>
Naomi Campbell, perfume firm settle NYC lawsuits
Written by Sentinel News Service 05 July 2012
  In this Feb. 13, 2012 file photo, Naomi Campbell poses in the press room for the Elle Style Awards at the Savoy hotel in London. Campbell and a perfume company have settled a sour dispute that started ... read more >>
Lauryn Hill pleads guilty in NJ to tax charges
Written by DAVID PORTER | Associated Press 05 July 2012
 Lauryn Hill arrives at federal court Friday, June, 29, 2012, in Newark, N.J. The eight-time Grammy Award winner and South Orange, N.J., resident was charged this week with willfully failing to file ... read more >>
Bobby Womack makes his return with 'Bravest Man'
Written by CHRIS TALBOTT | Associated Press 05 July 2012
 In this June 22, 2012 photo, musician Bobby Womack poses for a portrait in Los Angeles. With health and drug problems behind him, Womack makes his return with a new album, "The Bravest Man in the Universe." ... read more >>
Houston honored, Kanye, Jay-Z win top award
Written by MESFIN FEKADU | Associated Press 04 July 2012
  Cissy Houston performs during the in memoriam to her daughter Whitney Houston at the BET Awards on Sunday, July 1, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP) Chris Brown performs ... read more >>

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Vanessa Bell Calloway signs first celebrity endorsement deal
Written by Sentinel News Service 04 July 2012
 Herbalife, a global nutrition company, announced the endorsement of eight time NAACP Image Award nominee actress Vanessa Calloway.  This partnership marks the first time the global nutrition company ... read more >>
Actress Nia Long Grand Marshall for 1st Los Angeles Cultural Festival
Written by Sentinel News Service 29 June 2012
    Nia Long backstage at the BET Awards on Sunday, June 26, 2011, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) The Institute of Caribbean Studies, DC and the Caribbean Heritage Organization are pleased ... read more >>
Celebrity Birthdays June 28th – July 4th
Written by Sentinel News Service 29 June 2012
  Tichina Arnold – June 28th Joe Johnson – June 29th David Alan Grier – June 30th Mike Tyson – June 30th Fantasia Barrino – June 30th Thomas Sewell – June 30th Lena Horne – June ... read more >>
Aretha Franklin Receives her 12th Honorary Doctorate Degree
Written by Sentinel News Service 28 June 2012
   Franklin is Awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Princeton University  (New York, NY - June 7, 2012) - Multiple GRAMMY® Award-winner Aretha Franklin was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of ... read more >>
Musical on Motown Records founder to hit Broadway
Written by MARK KENNEDY | Associated Press 28 June 2012
 This Feb. 11, 2012 file photo shows Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr. arriving at the Pre-GRAMMY Gala & Salute to Industry Icons with Clive Davis honoring Richard Branson in Beverly Hills, ... read more >>
MJB Says ROCK OF AGES is Personal
Written by Sandra Varner/Talk2SV.com Contributing Writer 21 June 2012
Singer Mary J. Blige, a cast member in the film "Rock of Ages," poses for a portrait on Sunday, June 3, 2012 in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) Mary J. Blige is ... read more >>
The GRAMMY Museum to Host Backstage Pass with Roshon Fegan
Written by Sentinel News Service 21 June 2012
The GRAMMY Museum  is honored to welcome musical artist, songwriter, producer and actor Roshon Fegan to the Clive Davis Theater for a special discussion and performance on Monday, June 25, 2012. Fegan ... read more >>

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Celebrity Birthdays June 21st - June 27th
Written by Sentinel News Service 21 June 2012
O.C. Smith - June 21stDonald Faison - June 22ndEd Bradley - June 22nd Clyde “Glide” Drexler - June 22nd Champ Bailey - June 22nd LaDainian Tomlinson - June 23rdChico DeBarge - June 23rdMemphis Bleek ... read more >>
Brown, girlfriend and bodyguard injured in brawl
Written by COLLEEN LONG | Associated Press 21 June 2012
 This combination of 2012 and 2011 file photos shows hip hop stars Chris Brown, left, and Drake. New York City police investigated a report Thursday, June 14, 2012 of a bar brawl involving hip-hop stars ... read more >>
Ex-boxer Mike Tyson to take a bite out of Broadway
Written by MARK KENNEDY | Associated Press 21 June 2012
Former heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson, left, and director Spiken Lee announce "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth", a one man show on Broadway starring Mike Tyson, on Monday June 18, 2012 in New York. (Photo ... read more >>
Lil Wayne focuses on business, fashion
Written by Associated Press 21 June 2012
In this June 1, 2012 file photo shows Grammy Award winning Hip Hop Icon, Lil Wayne, celebrating the launch of his contemporary clothing line, TRUKFIT at Macy's, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Katy Winn/Invision, ... read more >>
Ice-T focuses on hip-hop craft in 'The Art of Rap'
Written by JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr. | Associated Press 21 June 2012
This June 11, 2012 photo shows rapper and actor Ice-T in Atlanta. Ice-T wants to show the importance of lyricism in rap music through his new documentary, "Something From Nothing: The Art of Hip-Hop," ... read more >>
Poet-historian of the South named US poet in chief
Written by Associated Press 18 June 2012
In this Oct. 10, 2007, file photo, Pulitzer Prize winning author Natasha Trethewey recalls her young years in Mississippi, during a break in her speaking schedule at Delta State University in Cleveland, ... read more >>
Actress Yvette Wilson Succumbs to Cervical Cancer
Written by Andrea P. Fuller (Contributing Writer) 17 June 2012
Actress Yvette Wilson Succumbs to Cervical Cancer    Actress Yvette Wilson, best known for her role as Andell Wilkerson on “Moesha” and “The Parkers” succumbed June 14 after a lengthy battle ... read more >>
Celebrity Birthdays June 14th – June 20th
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 17 June 2012
 Marla Gibbs – June 14thDon Newcombe – June 14thMC Ren – June 14thBruce Bowen –June 14thIce Cube – June 15thLisa McCall – June 15thErroll Garner – June 15thDusty Baker – June 15thTupac ... read more >>
Lauryn Hill responds to NJ tax evasion charges
Written by Lauryn Hill responds to NJ tax evasion charges 14 June 2012
In this May 7, 2011 file photo, Lauryn Hill performs at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans. Federal prosecutors have charged five-time Grammy winner Lauryn Hill with willfully failing ... read more >>
New film shows how Houston's death changed Grammys
Written by SANDY COHEN | Associated Press 14 June 2012
LL Cool J poses at the premiere of the documentary film "A Death In The Family: The Show Must Go On," at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre on Monday June 11, 2012 in Los Angeles. The film features rare ... read more >>
Platters founder Herb Reed dies at 83
Written by Associated Press 06 June 2012
This undated image released by Balboni Communications Group LLC shows Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend, founder and naming member of The Platters Herb Reed at his home in Arlington, Mass. Reed, the last ... read more >>
James Earl Jones chosen for Marian Anderson Award
Written by Associated Press 06 June 2012
This Jan. 17, 2012 file photo shows actor James Earl Jones attending the premiere of "Coriolanus" at the Paris Theater in New York. Jones has been named the 2012 recipient of the Marian Anderson Award, ... read more >>
Paris Jackson talks to Oprah for Sunday interview
Written by Associated Press 06 June 2012
 This undated image released by Harpo, Inc. shows host Oprah Winfrey posing with Paris Jackson, daughter of the late pop icon Michael Jackson in Los Angeles. Winfrey interviewed Jackson for "Oprah's Next ... read more >>
Celebrity Birthdays May 31st – June 6th
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 01 June 2012
Nate Robinson – May 31st Morgan Freeman – June 1stNick Young – June 1st Dennis Haysbert – June 2ndWayne Brady – June 2nd Cornel West – June 2nd Curtis Mayfield – June 3rdDeniece Williams ... read more >>
Nyambi Dextrous
Written by Kam Williams, Sentinel Contributing Writer 01 June 2012
  Nyambi Nyambi The “Mike & Molly” Interview Versatile Shakespearean thespian and television comedy sensation Nyambi Nyambi stars on the television sitcom “Mike & Molly” airing Mondays ... read more >>
NY black radio-pioneer Hal Jackson dies
Written by DEEPTI HAJELA | Associated Press 31 May 2012
In this Nov. 3, 2004 file photo, Addie Ottley, left, from WSTA radio in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, embraces legend Harold "Hal" Jackson during a celebration of Jackson's 65 years of broadcasting at a ... read more >>
South Africa's Soweto gets its fashion week
Written by DONNA BRYSON | Associated Press 31 May 2012
 Models sport the clothes of South African designer Santos Sdizo during the first day of the Soweto Fashion Week in Soweto, South Africa , Thursday May 24, 2012. Designers and entrepreneurs who have got ... read more >>
Sade talks about tattooing, youthful look, new DVD
Written by Associated Press 30 May 2012
In this Sept. 30, 2010 file photo, singer Sade Adu arrives at the "Keep A Child Alive Black Ball" at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. Sade, the Grammy-winning veteran soul band, released a live DVD ... read more >>
Celebrity Birthdays May 24th – May 30th
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 24 May 2012
 Pattie Labelle – May 24thJoe Dumars – May 24thLauryn Hill – May 25thLeslie Uggams – May 25thLenny Kravitz – May 26thMiles Davis – May 26thPhillip Michael Thomas – May 26thFrankie Manning ... read more >>
3 charged in carjacking of pastor Marvin Winans
Written by DAVID N. GOODMAN | Associated Press 24 May 2012
This March 17, 2008 photo shows Pastor Marvin Winans at the Perfecting Church in Detroit. Winans was assaulted and carjacked Wednesday afternoon, May 16, 2012 at a gas station on the city's west side. ... read more >>
Disco Queen Donna Summer dies at 63
Written by Associated Press 24 May 2012
In this Dec. 11, 2009 file photo, Donna Summer performs at the conclusion of the Nobel Peace concert in Oslo, Norway. Summer, the Queen of Disco who ruled the dance floors with anthems like “Last Dance,” ... read more >>
Garcelle Beauvais writing children's book series
Written by Associated Press 24 May 2012
 In this Feb. 25, 2012 file photo, actress Garcelle Beauvais arrives at the Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. Beauvais is planning to share life lessons through a series of children's ... read more >>
Will Smith slaps journalist who tries to kiss him
Written by Associated Press 24 May 2012
In this photo combo from video images taken from AP video, top left image, U.S. actor Will Smith, center right, is embraced by reporter Vitalii Sediuk, white suit, from the Ukrainian television channel ... read more >>
R&B singer Usher claims ex-wife spit at girlfriend
Written by Associated Press 23 May 2012
Tameka Foster Raymond, ex-wife of Hip-hop artist Usher Raymond, reacts during testimony by Usher Raymond in court for a custody fight involving their two sons Tuesday, May 22, 2012, in Atlanta. Usher Raymond ... read more >>
Celebrity Birthdays May 17th – May 23rd
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 17 May 2012
 Sugar Ray Leonard – May 17thTahj Mowry – May 17thReggie Jackson – May 18thKevin Garnett – May 19thGrace Jones – May 19thMalcolm X – May 19th Busta Rhymes – May 20thNaturi Naughton – May ... read more >>
Mellow Kel
Written by Kam Williams, Sentinel Contributing Writer 17 May 2012
 Kel Mitchell The “Motorcity” Interview Born in the Windy City on August 25, 1978, Kel Mitchell began his acting career at the tender age of 12 with the ETA Creative Arts Foundation. A couple years ... read more >>
Hudson thanks prosecutors, God after jury verdict
Written by MiCHAEL TARM | Associated Press 17 May 2012
In this Jan. 10, 2012 file photo, singer and actress Jennifer Hudson attends a book signing in New York. A Chicago jury has convicted Hudson's former brother-in-law of murdering her mother, brother and ... read more >>
Jurors acquit rapper Lil Boosie of murder
Written by MARY FOSTER | Associated Press 16 May 2012
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Jurors have acquitted the rapper known as "Lil Boosie" in the 2009 slaying of a man gunned down in his home.They deliberated for an hour before returning the verdict Friday for ... read more >>
Celebrity Birthdays May 10th – May 16th
Written by Sentinel Staff Report 10 May 2012
Celebrity BirthdaysMay 10th – May 16thKenan Thompson – May 10thJudith Jaminson – May 10thVictoria Rowell – May 10thLouis Farrakhan – May 11thAce Hood – May 11thKim Fields – May 12thVing Rhames ... read more >>
Will Smith supports Obama's call for higher taxes
Written by Associated Press 10 May 2012
caption: Actor Will Smith answers a reporter's question during a press conference to promote his new movie "Men in Black III" in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, May 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man) Will Smith ... read more >>
Beyonce wins journalism honor for magazine story
Written by Associated Press 10 May 2012
caption: Beyonce (AP Photo / Evan Agostin)Beyonce wins journalism honor for magazine storyNEW YORK (AP) — Beyonce is accustomed to getting awards for writing songs, but now she's earned one for writing ... read more >>
Vox Christina
Written by Kam Williams (Sentinel Contributing Writer 10 May 2012
Christina Milian -- Photo by: Mitchell Haaseth/NBCChristina Milian “The Voice” Interview Born in New Jersey on September 26, 1981, but raised in Waldorf, Maryland, Christina Milian is a versatile talent ... read more >>
At home with Toni Morrison
Written by HILLEL ITALIE | Associated Press 10 May 2012
A 2012 photo released by Alfred A. Knopf, shows author Toni Morrison. As she gets older, Morrison says, the world becomes more interesting and more distressing. (AP Photo/Alfred A. Knopf)GRAND VIEW-ON-HUDSON, ... read more >>
Pepsi brings back Michael Jackson in promotion
Written by CANDICE CHOI | Associated Press 10 May 2012
 This image provided by PepsiCo Inc. shows Pepsi's "King of Pop" can featuring a likeness of Michael Jackson. PepsiCo Inc. on Thursday, May 3, 2012, is announcing its deal with the estate of Michael Jackson ... read more >>
Celebrity Birthdays May 3rd – May 9th
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 03 May 2012
 James Brown – May 3rd Sugar Ray Robinson – May 3rdDamon Dash – May 3rdChris Brown – May 5thCraig David – May 5thRedi Tlhabi – May 5thHarold Minor – May 5thGabourey Sidibe – May 6thWillie ... read more >>
Really Ealy!
Written by Kam Williams, Sentinel Contributing Writer 02 May 2012
  Michael Ealy at the premiere of Think Like a Man. AP Photo Michael Ealy,The “Think Like a Man” Interview Born in Silver Spring, Maryland on August 3, 1973, Michael Ealy majored in English at ... read more >>
Court denies Hudson is getting star treatment
Written by MICHAEL TARM | Associated Press 02 May 2012
  This April 16, 2012 file photo shows the Cook County Criminal Courts Building in Chicago where the murder trial of William Balfour, accused in the killings of singer and actress Jennifer Hudson's three ... read more >>
Celebrity Birthdays April 26th – May 2nd
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 27 April 2012
 Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins – April 26thAvant – April 26thCoretta Scott King – April 27thLarry Elder – April 27thReggie Miller – April 29thDuke Ellington – April 29thMaster P – April 29thIsaiah ... read more >>
KPFK’s Hero Awards & Tribute to Gil Scott-Heron
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 27 April 2012
Grammy-Award Winning Pianist Billy Childs and Charlie Haden Family to PerformKPFK 90.7 announces its honorees for the 2nd Annual Hero Awards and Tribute show. The Hero Awards is a benefit series for the ... read more >>
Legendary Saxophonist, Trevor Lawrence celebrates 45 Years
Written by Sentinel News Service 27 April 2012
Howard Hewett, Trevor Lawrence, Joseph Marks Saxophonist Trevor Lawrence was joined by friends: Howard Hewett, 2 Official, Beth Payne, Masumi, Joseph Marks, Wah WahWatson in Los Angeles at the Historical ... read more >>
Getting Ziggy with It
Written by Kam Williams, Sentinel Contributing Writer 26 April 2012
Ziggy Marley The “Marley” Interview David Nesta “Ziggy” Marley was born in Trenchtown, Jamaica on October 17, 1968 to Bob and Rita Marley. A five-time Grammy-winning musician, actor, artist, ... read more >>
Steve at Ease
Written by Kam Williams, Sentinel Contributing Writer 19 April 2012
Steve Harvey (AP) Comedian Steve Harvey and his wife Marjorie Bridges arrive for the "Think Like A Man" premiere on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 in New York. The film is based on Harvey's best-selling book. ... read more >>
Saxophonist Love dies; part of Memphis Horns duo
Written by ADRIAN SAINZ | Associated Press 19 April 2012
Tenor saxophonist Andrew Love, who formed the award-winning Memphis Horns duo with trumpeter Wayne Jackson and played unforgettable lines behind the royalty of soul, rock, pop and R&B, has died at ... read more >>
Celebrity Birthdays April 12th – April 18th
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 12 April 2012
Herbie Hancock – April 12thAl Green – April 13thPeabo Bryson – April 13thFlex Alexander – April 15thBessie Smith – April 15thMartin Lawrence – April 16thLuol Deng – April 16thKareem Abdul ... read more >>

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Tavis Smiley and Cornel West Write a Book on Poverty; Set Tour to Promote
Written by Sentinel News Service 12 April 2012
Tavis Smiley (left) and Cornel WestThe talk show host and author, along with his partner in action, Cornel West, have written a book about the terrible reality across the nation called, “The Rich & ... read more >>
Trial for rapper in '93 NY shooting opens
Written by Associated Press 12 April 2012
NEW YORK (AP) — Opening statements are set for Tuesday in the murder trial of a once-rising rapper who reopened a nearly 20-year-old case by suddenly telling police he was the gunman.G. Dep, who made ... read more >>
Chicago jury chosen in Hudson family murder trial
Written by MICHAEL TARM | Associated Press 12 April 2012
In this Sept. 27, 2011 file photo, singer and Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson speaks in Chicago. On Monday, April 9, 2012, a judge will question potential jurors as jury selection begins in earnest ... read more >>
Legendary Filmmaker Jamaa Fanaka passes
Written by Brandon I. Brooks Assistant Managing Editor 12 April 2012
Legendary filmmaker Jamaa Fanaka was found dead in his apartment in South Los Angeles on Sunday, April 8th, 2012.  His daughter Tracey L. Gordon said that the cause of death has not been determined. Fanaka ... read more >>
Drunken driving charge for Bobby Brown
Written by ANTHONY McCARTNEY | Associated Press 05 April 2012
In this Feb. 18, 2012 file photo, singer Bobby Brown, former husband of the late Whitney Houston performs with New Edition at Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Conn. Brown was arrested Monday, March 26, ... read more >>
Celebrity Birthdays April 5th - April 11th
Written by Sentinel News Service 05 April 2012
Christopher “Kid” Reid - April 5th Colin Powell - April 5th Booker T. Washington - April 5th Stephen Jackson - April 5th Billy Dee Williams - April 6th Billie Holiday - April 7thTony Dorsett - April ... read more >>
Whitney Houston's mom says she's proud of her
Written by Associated Press 04 April 2012
In this Sept. 30, 2010 file photo, singers Cissy Houston, left, and her daughter Whitney Houston arrive at the "Keep A Child Alive Black Ball" at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. Houston says in her ... read more >>
Heavenly Beverly
Written by Kam Williams (Sentinel Contributing Writer 04 April 2012
 Beverly Johnson The “Beverly’s Full House” InterviewBeverly Johnson is the first African-American supermodel, as well as an actress, author, activist, businesswoman and TV personality. She was ... read more >>
Eric Benet and Erica Gluck Co-Star in Inspirational Family Flick
Written by Kam Williams (Sentinel Contributing Writer 29 March 2012
Trinity Goodheart DVD Review Trinity Goodheart (Erica Gluck) is inconsolable from the moment her mother (Kellin Watson) vanishes into thin air through the fateful day she finds half of a heart-shaped pendant ... read more >>
Yo-Yo Says No!
Written by Brian Carter (Staff Writer) 29 March 2012
Rapper and actress Yo-Yo speaks at a press conference calling for justice for Trayvon Martin held in Los Angeles. (Malcolm Ali for Sentinel) Rap artist, actress and activist, Yolanda “Yo-Yo” Whittaker ... read more >>
Celebrity Birthdays March 29th – April 4th
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 29 March 2012
Walt “Clyde” Frazier – March 29thEarl Campbell – March 29thPearl Bailey – March 29thM.C. Hammer – March 30thTracy Chapman – March 30thJack Johnson – March 31stTony Yayo – March 31stMarch ... read more >>
Oscar winner Octavia Spencer honored in hometown
Written by BOB JOHNSON | Associated Press 29 March 2012
Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer, center, arrives at the Alabama Statehouse in Montgomery, Ala., Wednesday, March 21, 2012. Spencer was greeted by more than 400 people as she arrived at the Statehouse ... read more >>
Jasmine in Bloom
Written by Kam Williams (Sentinel Contributing Writer 29 March 2012
Jasmine Guy The “October Baby” Interview Born in Boston on March 10, 1962, Jasmine Guy is a Renaissance woman with dancer, actress, singer, director, and writer on her resume. She performed in the ... read more >>
Aretha Franklin celebrates 70th, talks new music
Written by NEKESA MUMBI MOODY | Associated Press 29 March 2012
Aretha Franklin attends her seventieth birthday party in New York, Saturday, March 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin has a lot more than her 70th birthday to celebrate: ... read more >>
World Famous Laugh Factory Inks Deal at the New Tropicana Las Vegas
Written by Super User 23 March 2012
World Famous Laugh Factory Inks Deal at the New Tropicana Las Vegas The world famous Laugh Factory and the New Tropicana Las Vegas are launching a multi-venue comedy experience at the recently transformed ... read more >>
Celebrity Birthdays March 22 - March 28
Written by Sentinel News Service 22 March 2012
Celebrity BirthdaysMarch 22nd – March 28thStephanie Mills – March 22nd Marcus Camby – March 22ndGeorge Benson – March 22ndChaka Khan – March 23rdMoses Malone – March 23rdJason Kidd – March ... read more >>
August Wilson Monologue Competition
Written by Sentinel News Service 22 March 2012
August Wilson Monologue CompetitionLOUIS GOSSETT JR.JUDGES INCLUDE DENNIS HAYSBERT, LOUIS GOSSETT, JR. AND OTHERS It is the inspiration of the soaring, lyrical monologues found in the plays by Pulitzer ... read more >>
Bill Duke Youth and Media Boot Camp accepting applications
Written by Sentinel News Service 22 March 2012
Duke Media Foundation and Educating Young Minds To Co-Host Special Media Boot Camp for Students Age 14-18 LOS ANGELES -- The Duke Media Foundation and Educating Young Minds (both 501c3 corporations) ... read more >>
Black Media Alliance Statement on the Firing of Clear Channel’s Dan Sileo Over “Monkey” Remark
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 22 March 2012
LOS ANGELES –  The following is a statement from the Black Media Alliance on the recent firing of Clear Channel host Dan Sileo after he made racially insensitive remarks on his show Mon. Mar. 12, on ... read more >>
DeRay Davis The “21 Jump Street” Interview
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 22 March 2012
DeRay Vision A born hustler from Chicago’s South Side, DeRay Davis began his career on the comedy club circuit and was first noticed by Hollywood while onstage at Atlanta’s Laffapalooza Festival. Shortly ... read more >>
Celebrity Birthdays March 15 – March 21
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 16 March 2012
Will.i.am – March 15th Sly Stone – March 15thSamuel “Lightin” Hopkins – March 15thBlake Griffin – March 16thFlavor Flav – March 16thNat King Cole – March 17thWilliam H. Johnson – March ... read more >>
Chaka Khan to raise funds for foundations
Written by Joy Childs (Sentinel Contributing Writer) 16 March 2012
Singer’s concert at Agape will benefit Carl Anderson Scholarship Fund and her foundationBack in 2004, a young Jewish boy named Andrew who loved Chaka Khan got on the stage at a Cure Autism Now (CAN) ... read more >>
Whitney Houston's daughter: 'She's always with me'
Written by By NEKESA MUMBI MOODY | Associated Press 16 March 2012
Oprah Winfrey, left, embraces Bobbi Kristina, daughter of the late singer Whitney Houston during an interview in Atlanta, Ga. The exclusive interview will be shown on "Oprah's Next Chapter," on the OWN ... read more >>
Mariah Carey returns to stage since giving birth
Written by MESFIN FEKADU | Associated Press 07 March 2012
Singer Mariah Carey performs at Caesars Entertainment "Escape to Total Rewards" kick-off at Gotham Hall on Thursday, March 1, 2012 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)NEW YORK (AP) — Mariah Carey made ... read more >>
Celebrity Birthdays March 8th – March 14th
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 07 March 2012
Kenny Smith – March 8thBoris Kodjoe – March 8thHine Ward – March 8thBow Wow – March 9thChingy – March 9thOrnette Coleman – March 9thEmmanuel Lewis – March 9thTimbaland – March 10thJasmine ... read more >>
Singer Cee Lo Green announces Las Vegas residency
Written by Associated Press 07 March 2012
Singer Cee Lo Green shushes photographers as he poses with the Jubilee! showgirls before the Caesars Entertainment "Escape To Total Rewards" concert in Los Angeles, Thursday, March 1, 2012. Simultaneous ... read more >>
Gabrielle’s Got It Going On!
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 07 March 2012
Cast member Gabrielle Union poses at The Pan African Film & Arts Festival's opening night premiere of Screen Gems' "Think Like a Man" in Los Angeles, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012. (CoverUp Photos)Gabrielle ... read more >>
Rapper denounces shooting at Arizona nightclub
Written by Associated Press 07 March 2012
 TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — A rapper who was to perform at an Arizona nightclub until a shootout outside left 14 people wounded says his thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of "this senseless act of ... read more >>
A Conversation with Don B. Welch
Written by Marva Smith Special to the Sentinel 29 February 2012
 Los Angeles is home to Hollywood; the land where dreams come true. Though the challenges faced by African Americans in Hollywood are great, every day, Black folk pack up their lives and move to Los Angeles ... read more >>
Celebrity Birthdays March 1st - March 7th
Written by Sentinel News Service 29 February 2012
Harry Belafonte - March 1stChris Webber - March 1st Herschel Walker - March 3rd Tone Loc - March 3rd Bobby Womack - March 4thKevin Johnson - March 4thGarrett Morgan - March 4thTeena Marie - March 5thMichael ... read more >>
Kerry in Her Very Own Words
Written by Kam Williams (Sentinel Contributing Writer 29 February 2012
Honoree Kerry Washington poses as Moet and Essence present "Black Women in Hollywood" at The Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA on Thursday, February 23, 2012. (Alex J. Berliner/ABImages) via AP ... read more >>
Good Deeds Indeed!
Written by Kam Williams (Sentinel Contributing Writer 23 February 2012
Tyler Perry The “Good Deeds” Interview Tyler Perry’s inspirational journey from the hard streets of New Orleans to the heights of Hollywood's A-list is the stuff of American legend. Born into poverty ... read more >>
Celebrity Birthdays February 16th – February 22nd
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 16 February 2012
Michael JordanRihannaCharles BarkleyIce – T – February 16thLeVar Burton – February 16thMichael Jordan – February 17thJim Brown – February 17thDr. Dre – February 18thToni Morrison – February ... read more >>
PAFF Night of Tribute honors 9 stars
Written by Joy Childs, Sentinel Contributing Writer 16 February 2012
Megan Good (photo by CoverUp Photos)By Joy ChildsSentinel Contributing WriterThough it got off to a bit of a late start Friday, it was well worth the wait to see nine prominent Africans and African Americans ... read more >>
Disney Stars perform at the 43rd Annual NAACP Luncheon
Written by Sentinel News Service 16 February 2012
Tyler James Williams (right) and Coco Jones perform at the NAACP Luncheon.Tyler James Williams, Coco Jones and Trevor Jackson, the stars of the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie, "Let It Shine," ... read more >>
GRAMMY Foundation’s 14th Annual Music Preservation Project Seeks to Safeguard Live Music’s Rich History
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 16 February 2012
When it comes to the preservation of live music, the GRAMMY Foundation® has been at the forefront of the fight. Nowhere was that more evident than at the foundation’s 14th annual music preservation ... read more >>
Time Warner Cable to Honor African American History
Written by Sentinel News Service 09 February 2012
Throughout Black History Month Time Warner Cable will air special themed vignettes celebrating African American heroes on SoCal Channel 101 and Video on Demand Time Warner Cable today announced the upcoming ... read more >>
Celebrity Birthdays February 9th – February 15th
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 09 February 2012
Alice Walker – February 9thRoberta Flack – February 10thDon Omar – February 10thLeontyne Price – February 10thBrandy – February 11thD’Angelo – February 11thKelly Rowland – February 11th“Prince” ... read more >>
TV One Founder Cathy Hughes to Receive NCAAP Chairman’s Award
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 09 February 2012
 (Los Angeles, CA) – TV One Founder and President Cathy Hughes will receive the NAACP Chairman’s Award during the 43rd NAACP Image Awards, broadcast live on Friday, February 17th (8:00-10:00 PM EST) ... read more >>
I Hear a Cymphonique
Written by Kam Williams (Sentinel Contributing Writer 09 February 2012
Cymphonique Miller The “How to Rock” Interview Born in New Orleans on August 1, 1996, Cymphonique Miller stars as Kacey Simon on the Nickelodeon’s new TV series How to Rock. Prior to landing her ... read more >>
Celebrity Birthdays February 2nd – February 8th
Written by Sentinel Staff Report 03 February 2012
Celebrity Birthdays February 2nd – February 8thSean Elliot – February 2ndSean Kingston – February 3rdLawrence Taylor – February 4thRosa Parks – February 4thCamron  - February 4thBobby Brown ... read more >>
Remembering the Legendary and Visionary ‘Soul Train’ Creator, Host and Producer Don Cornelius
Written by Brandon I. Brooks (Assistant Managing Editor) & Danny J. Bakewell 02 February 2012
Remembering the Legendary and Visionary ‘Soul Train’ Creator, Host and Producer Don Cornelius   By Danny J. Bakewell, Jr. Contributing Editor &  Brandon I. Brooks Asst. Managing Editor Don ... read more >>
Celebrity Birthdays January 26th - February 1st
Written by Super User 27 January 2012
Celebrity Birthdays January 26th - February 1st Kirk Franklin - January 26thAnita Baker - January 26thAngela Davis - January 26thOprah Winfrey - January 29thKerry Washington - January 31stErnie Banks - ... read more >>
Celebrity Birthdays January 19th – January 25th
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 19 January 2012
Junior Seau – January 19thShawn Wayans – January 19thJohn H. Johnson – January 19thHuddie “Ledd Belly” Ledbetter – January 19thStacy Dash – January 20thAhmir "?uestlove" Thompson – January ... read more >>
1st students graduate from Winfrey school
Written by DONNA BRYSON | Associated Press 19 January 2012
Nelson Mandela's wife Graca Machel, center left, holds school principal Ann Van Zyl's hand as they leave a photo opportunity with graduates and Oprah Winfrey, centre wearing green, after the first graduation ... read more >>
Lil Wayne writing prison memoir
Written by Associated Press 18 January 2012
Rapper Lil Wayne watches during an NBA basketball game between the Miami Heat and the Charlotte Bobcats on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, in Miami. The Heat won 129-90. (AP Photo/El Nuevo Herald, David Santiago) ... read more >>
Oscar-Winner Opines on Playing Tuskegee Airman
Written by Kam Williams, Sentinel Contributing Writer 18 January 2012
Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. poses for a portrait during the "Red Tails" junket Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012 in New York. (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri) Cuba Gooding, Jr. The “Red Tails” Interview Cuba Gooding, Jr. ... read more >>
'SVU' Actress Speaks as Victim of Real-Life Theft
Written by JENNIFER PELTZ | Associated Press 14 January 2012
In this May 6, 2010 file photo, actress Tamara Tunie attends the 9th Annual Women Who Care Luncheon benefiting United Cerebral Palsy of NYC at Cipriani's 42nd Street in New York. Tunie spoke out Tuesday, ... read more >>
Snoop Dog hit with minor drug charge in Texas
Written by Associated Press 13 January 2012
In this Sept. 7, 2011 file photo, rapper Snoop Dogg poses at the premiere of the film "Laugh at My Pain" in Los Angeles. The rapper is facing a minor drug charge in Texas after border agents say they found ... read more >>
US man sues Wiz Khalifa for $2.3M over hit song
Written by Associated Press 13 January 2012
In this June 11, 2011 file photo, Wiz Khalifa performs during the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn. A Pittsburgh rapper is suing Khalifa for $2.3 million over allegations that he stole ... read more >>
Celebrity Birthdays January 12th – January 18th
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 12 January 2012
Joe Frazier – January 12thWalter Mosley – January 12thDominique Wilkins – January 12thRaekwon – January 12thJust Blaze – January 14thLL Cool J – January 14thDr. Martin Luther King Jr. – January ... read more >>
Etta James released from hospital, manager says
Written by Associated Press 12 January 2012
This Nov. 24, 2008 file photo shows Etta James arriving at the premiere of "Cadillac Records" in Los Angeles. James' manager Lupe De Leon says the singer was released from a Southern California hospital ... read more >>
Rep: Nick Cannon released from the hospital
Written by Associated Press 12 January 2012
In this April 2, 2011 file photo, entertainer Nick Cannon arrives at Nickelodeon's 24th Annual Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles. Cannon has been transferred to a Los Angeles hospital to continue treatment ... read more >>
Celebrity Birthdays January 5th – January 11th
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 06 January 2012
Alvin Ailey – January 5thTed Lange – January 5thMike Jones – January 6thR. Kelly – January 9thSean Paul – January 9thGeorge Foreman – January 10thDarryl Dawkins – January 11thMary J. Blige ... read more >>
Aretha Franklin is engaged to longtime friend
Written by MESFIN FEKADU - AP 06 January 2012
In this May 17, 2011 file photo, singer Aretha Franklin appears at a taping of "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular," in Chicago. Franklin released a statement Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, saying she's ready ... read more >>
Hollywood's take on Obama: Less gushing this time
Written by JOCELYN NOVECK | AP 05 January 2012
In this Dec. 9, 2007 file photo, then-Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., reacts as Oprah Winfrey introduces him to the crowd at a rally in Manchester, N.H. Hollywood, as everyone ... read more >>
Joy to the Queen!
Written by Kam Williams, Sentinel Contributing Writer 05 January 2012
Queen Latifah The “Joyful Noise” Interview Born Dana Elaine Owens in Newark, NJ on March 18, 1970, Queen Latifah is an award-winning actress, rapper, singer, author and entrepreneur. She landed an ... read more >>
Michael Jackson house contents sell for nearly $1M
Written by SANDY COHEN | AP 23 December 2011
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The contents of the home where Michael Jackson lived with his three children just before his death have sold for nearly $1 million at auction.Darren Julien, president of ... read more >>
Doctor: Blues singer Etta James terminally ill
Written by Associated Press 23 December 2011
This Nov. 24, 2008 file photo shows Etta James arriving at the premiere of "Cadillac Records" in Los Angeles. ``At Last’’ and ``Tell Mama’’ blues singer Etta James, whose health has been fading ... read more >>
Cynthia’s Synergy!
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 23 December 2011
Photo by Keith Munyan Cynthia Addai-Robinson The “Spartacus: Vengeance” Interview Born in London, to a mother from Ghana and a father from America, Cynthia Addai-Robinson was raised in the U.S. ... read more >>
Celebrity Birthdays
Written by Sentinel News Service 17 December 2011
Reginald Hudlin - December 15thFlo Rida - December 16thWilliam “Refrigerator” Perry - December 16thDMX - Decmeber 18thOssie Davis - Decembr 18thReggie White - December 19thTyson Beckford - December ... read more >>
Record exec dies after Hollywood street rampage
Written by Associated Press 16 December 2011
This image provided by Gregory Bojorquez shows Los Angeles Police officers advancing on a wounded gunman Friday Dec. 9, 2011 at sunset and Vine streets in Los Angeles. Police say the 26-year-old man walked ... read more >>
Debbie Allen’s Hot Chocolate Nutcracker Invigorating, Magnificent, & Soulful
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 16 December 2011
A scene from hot chocolate Nutcracker. Photo by Lee TonksFrom the onset, Debbie Allen’s Hot Chocolate Nutcracker was filled with spiritual fun, moving characters and a Christmas holiday flare.  The ... read more >>
Celebrity Birthdays December 8th – December 14th
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 08 December 2011
Nicki Minaj – December 8thFlip Wilson – December 8thSammy Davis Jr. – December 8thDwight Howard – December 8thRedd Foxx – December 9thRaven Symone’ – December 10thMonique’ – December ... read more >>
Michael Baisden is "Paying It Forward" with $500,000 of his own money!
Written by Sentinel News Service 08 December 2011
Nationally Syndicated Radio Personality   Michael Baisden Announces Submission Details for His "Million Dollar Business Pitch" Campaign Radio personality, Michael Baisden announced the details of his ... read more >>
Sonny Rollins Among Kennedy Center's 2011 Honorees
Written by Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American 08 December 2011
Jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins  President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were on hand to salute the 2011 class of Kennedy Center Honorees on Sunday at the Kennedy Center in Washington. CBS ... read more >>
STANLEY G. ROBERTSON, A FORERUNNER IN HOLLYWOOD, PASSES
Written by Sentinel News Service 08 December 2011
On the very broad shoulders of Stanley G. Robertson, stands a generation of African American producers, writers, directors, actors, technicians and executives, who are perhaps, unaware of the first black ... read more >>
The Bernard Hoyes and Friends Holiday Art Sale Gala
Written by Sentinel News Service 08 December 2011
 This holiday season will be a wondrous celebration of love, light and vibrant color when Los Angeles' own cultural icon, visual artist Bernard Stanley Hoyes, not only opens his studio for a two-day sale, ... read more >>
Hip-Hop Pioneer Shares His Vision for the Occupy Wall Street Movement
Written by Kam Williams, Sentinel Contributing Writer 08 December 2011
Russell Simmons The “Occupy Wall Street” Interview Russell Simmons was among the handful of celebrities making a daily show of support of Occupy Wall Street (OWS) via a very visible presence on the ... read more >>
Pentagon visit ahead for veteran who's dance champ
Written by Associated Press 06 December 2011
In this image released by ABC-TV, war veteran and actor J.R. Martinez, right, and his partner Karina Smirnoff hold their award after they were crowned champions of the celebrity dance competition series, ... read more >>
Celebrity Birthdays December 1st – December 6th
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 04 December 2011
Richard Pryor – December 1st Lou Rawls – December 1st Teairra Mari – Decembert 2ndTyra Banks – December 4thBernard King – December 4thJay-Z – December 4thLauren London – December 4thLittle ... read more >>
BlackPoet Ventures Debuts Miles Davis Tribute In Los Angeles
Written by Sentinel News Service 04 December 2011
Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center Continues To Celebrate Its Newly Opened Doors Phoenix, Ariz. – This year marks Miles Davis’ 20-year memorial. But everyday is a day to celebrate the life and ... read more >>
8 years for rapper Lil Boosie in drug smuggle plot
Written by Associated Press 04 December 2011
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Baton Rouge rapper known as "Lil Boosie" has been sentenced to eight years in prison following his guilty plea to drug charges.The 29-year-old rapper's real name is Torrence ... read more >>
Comedian Patrice O'Neal dies, had suffered stroke
Written by KAREN MATTHEWS | AP 03 December 2011
Veteran stand-up comic Patrice O'Neal, who gained a wider following through TV and radio and helped roast Charlie Sheen, died Tuesday from complications of a stroke he suffered last month. He was 41.O'Neal's ... read more >>
Alrick’s Alright!
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 03 December 2011
Alrick Brown The “Kinyarwanda” Interview With an MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Alrick Brown is a filmmaker and teacher who has found his calling writing, directing and producing narrative ... read more >>
Celebrity Birthdays November 24th – November 30th
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 25 November 2011
Theodore “Teddy” Wilson – November 24thScott Joplin – November 24thDonovan McNabb – November 25thRonald “Winky” Wright –November 26thGarcelle Beauvais – November 26thJaleel White – ... read more >>
American Idol winner Ruben Studdard seeks divorce
Written by Associated Press 25 November 2011
In this Dec. 8, 2003 file photo, Mathew Knowles, father and former manager of singer Beyonce Knowles, poses at his Music World Entertainment headquarters in Houston. Knowles has launched a reality show ... read more >>
Star-studded sendoff at Heavy D funeral service
Written by MESFIN FEKADU - AP 25 November 2011
Sean "Diddy" Combs pays tribute to hip hop star Heavy D during his funeral at Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon New York Friday, Nov. 18, 2011. Diddy talked about how Heavy D helped give him his start ... read more >>
Judge denies Jackson doc's bid for new testing
Written by ANTHONY McCARTNEY 25 November 2011
In this file photo taken Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011 Dr. Conrad Murray waits to leave the courtroom during the final stage of his defense in his involuntary manslaughter trial in the death of singer Michael ... read more >>
Celebrity Birthdays November 17th – November 23rd
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 17 November 2011
RuPaul – November 17thSinbad – November 18thRyan Howard – November 19thAhmad Rashad –November 19thRyan Leslie – November 20thCarlos Boozer – November 20thTyga – November 20thKen Griffey, ... read more >>
New book offers glimpse of Jackson's personal life
Written by Sentinel News Service 17 November 2011
In this Nov. 8, 2007 file photo, pop star Michael Jackson poses on the red carpet during the RainbowPUSH Coalition Los Angeles 10th annual awards in Los Angeles. Frank Cascio, a personal assistant turned ... read more >>
James Earl Jones accepts honorary Oscar from afar
Written by SANDY COHEN - AP Entertainment Writer 17 November 2011
In this Oct. 20, 2010 file photo, actor James Earl Jones sits for a photograph backstage at the Golden Theater in New York. Jones, who is starring with Vanessa Redgrave in the London stage production of ... read more >>
Actress Nia Long gives birth to baby boy
Written by Associated Press 17 November 2011
In this June 26, 2011 file photo, actress Nia Long poses backstage at the BET Awards in Los Angeles. Representatives for the actress announced, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011 that Long gave birth to a second ... read more >>
The Dreamer, The Believer
Written by Kam Williams, Sentinel Contributing Writer 17 November 2011
Rapper, actor and author Common, poses for photos in New York, Friday, Nov. 4, 2011. Common stars in the new series, "Hell on Wheels," premiering Sunday at 10 p.m. EST on AMC.(AP Photo/Richard Drew)Common ... read more >>
Celebrity Birthdays November 3rd –November 9th
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 03 November 2011
Mark Ridley – Thomas – November 3rdLarry Holmes – November 3rd Sean “Diddy” Combs – November 4thIke Turner – November 5thThandie Newton – November 6thLamar Odom – November 6thEster Rolle ... read more >>
Testimony ends in Michael Jackson doctor trial
Written by LINDA DEUTSCH - AP Special Correspondent 03 November 2011
Defense Attorney J. Michael Flanagan, left, and Dr. Conrad Murray listen during cross-examination of Dr. Paul White (not pictured) in the final stage of Murray's defense during his involuntary manslaughter ... read more >>
Isis McKenzie Was “Born to Shine”
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 03 November 2011
 When she was younger, Isis McKenzie, local host of Time Warner Cable’s On Demand, original 30-minute talk series, “Born to Shine,” told her grandmother about her passion for communications and ... read more >>
Tearful nurse testifies about warning to Jackson
Written by LINDA DEUTSCH - AP Special Correspondent 27 October 2011
Cheryln Lee, a nurse who treated Michael Jackson for sleep disorder in early 2009, testifies during the Dr. Conrad Murray involuntary manslaughter trial at the Los Angeles Superior Court in Los Angeles, ... read more >>
A Stage with a View
Written by Tori Bailey Contributing Writer 21 October 2011
Keicha Potter and Andre Ray.  Photo by Malcolm AliAs we sang on the Wave Stage along with LTD forever, around noon, there was a sea of people all the way to Rodeo Road. It was such a magnificent sight ... read more >>
94.7 The Wave delivered smooth sounds at the 6th Annual Taste of Soul
Written by Shirley Hawkins (Contributing Writer) 21 October 2011
Mark Allen Felton.  Photo by Malcom AliThe air was filled with excitement and anticipation at the 94.7 The Wave stage as over 250,000 clapped and cheered for the musical acts at the 6th Annual Taste of ... read more >>
KJLH brought out some of the hottest artist for the 6th Annual Taste Of Soul
Written by Elzena Rankins (Contributing Writer) 21 October 2011
Tyrese performs.  Photo by Shon SmithRadio Free 102.3 KJLH represented again at the 6th Annual Taste of Soul bringing out some of the best artist in music; both old and new.KJLH viewers commented on it ... read more >>
PBS' 'Tavis Smiley' tackles US poverty this week
Written by LYNN ELBER - AP Television Writer 15 October 2011
In this Jan. 13, 2011 photo, TV personality Tavis Smiley is shown before a panel of "Tavis Smiley Presents: America's Next Chapter" in Washington. "The Tavis Smiley Show" attempts to put a human face on ... read more >>
Steve Harvey Daytime Talk Show May Be Underway
Written by Special to the NNPA from the AFRO-American newspapers 15 October 2011
Fresh off the success of his two relationship-advice books, syndicated radio personality Steve Harvey is pitching a daytime talk show to NBC Universal to premiere in 2012.According to NBC-owned The Root, ... read more >>
Celebrity Birthdays October 6th – October 12th
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 10 October 2011
Tony Dungy – October 6thCharles Woodson – October 7thToni Braxton – October 7thBishop Desmond Tutu – October 7thElijah Muhammad – October 7thCe Ce Winans – October 8thNick Cannon – October ... read more >>
Tyrese Ejected from Radio Station
Written by Special to the NNPA from the Afro American Newspapers 10 October 2011
Follows On-Air Speak-Out Against Inner City Liquor Stores R&B singer Tyrese Gibson recently got the boot from a Delaware radio station after voicing his opinion about liquor stores in the inner city.According ... read more >>
Hammer Museum presents works by elite Black artists
Written by F. Finley McRae 06 October 2011
Charles White. Love Letter #1, 1971. Lithograph with documents. 22 3/16 x 30 in. (56.4 x 76.2 cm). Private Collection.David Hammons. America the Beautiful, 1968. Lithograph and body print. 39 x 29 1?2 ... read more >>
Celebrity Birthdays September 29th – October 6th
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 30 September 2011
Bryant Gumbel – September 29thKevin Durant – September 29thT Pain – September 30thJohnny Mathis – September 30thMahatma Ghandi – October 2dChubby Checker – October 3rdAl Sharpton – October ... read more >>
Papa didn’t take any mess
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 30 September 2011
Venisha Brown (left) and Deanna Brown-ThomasTo us, he was the ‘Godfather of Soul.’  To them, he was just ‘Daddy.’  Two of his daughters remember James Brown.At the September 17 opening of the ... read more >>
R&B singer Vesta Williams found dead in Calif.
Written by Associated Press 30 September 2011
 EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Big-voiced R&B diva Vesta Williams, perhaps best-known for her 1980s hits "Don't Blow A Good Thing" and "Congratulations," has been found dead of a possible drug overdose ... read more >>
Jamie’s Soulful Thunder
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 30 September 2011
Jamie Foxx is interviewed following the kick-off of the national Fidelity FutureStage music program for 2010 at Disney Hall in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010. More than $500,000 worth of new musical ... read more >>
Celebrity Birthdays September 22nd – September 28th
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 22 September 2011
Shari Belafonte –September 22ndRay Charles – September 23rdLisa Raye –September 23rdJohn Coltrane – September 23rd Bob McAdoo – September 25thChauncy Billups – September 25thWill Smith – ... read more >>
“Say It Loud: The Genius of James Brown” On Display at the Grammy Museum
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 22 September 2011
 The music of James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, who blazed a trail in American music by blending gospel, pop and soul, is now on exhibit at the Grammy Museum through January 22.  It celebrates Brown’s ... read more >>
Celebrity Birthdays September 15th – September 21st
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 15 September 2011
Nipsey Russell – September 15th B.B. King – September 16thElgin Baylor – September 16thKyla Pratt – September 16thXzibit – September 18thJada Pinkett Smith – September 18thAisha Tyler – September ... read more >>
Jackson's fame challenges Murray jury selection
Written by ANTHONY McCARTNEY - AP Entertainment Writer 15 September 2011
In this Jan. 25, 2011 file photo, Dr. Conrad Murray, singer Michael Jackson's personal physician, appears in Los Angeles Superior Court where Murray pleaded not guilty to a charge of involuntary manslaughter ... read more >>
Tyler Perry is Forbes’ Highest Paid Man in Entertainment
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 15 September 2011
 Actor/director/screenwriter/producer/author Tyler Perry, whose films have grossed more than $500 million worldwide, sits alone atop a new Forbes list of the highest-paid men in entertainment, beating ... read more >>
Michelle Obama honors top designers at White House
Written by BRETT ZONGKER - Associated Press 15 September 2011
Photo by Susan Walsh (AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — For 16-year-old Princess Lawrence, it was dizzying to be one of 15 high school students invited to the White House as Michelle Obama honored the winners of ... read more >>
Celebrity Birthdays September 8th – September 14th
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 08 September 2011
Guitar Shorty – September 8thBilly Preston – September 9thOtis Redding – September 9thLudacris – September 11thLola Falana – September 11thJennifer Hudson – September 12thRuben Studdard – ... read more >>
Que Sera, Sanaa!
Written by Kam Williams, Sentinel Contributing Writer 08 September 2011
Sanaa Lathan The “Contagion” Interview Sanaa Lathan earned a Tony Award nomination for her Broadway performance as Beneatha Younger in “A Raisin in the Sun,” a role she later recreated in the ... read more >>
‘Flying While Black’: Comedian experiences present day Rosa Parks
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 08 September 2011
Actor and funnyman Michael Colyar speaks about being kicked off a recent United Airlines flight. Comedian Michael Colyar recently reached out to the Sentinel regarding an incident he experienced during ... read more >>
Celebrity Birthdays September 1st – September 7th
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 05 September 2011
Al Green – September 1stTim Hardaway – September 1stLennox Lewis – September 2ndHorace Silver – September 2ndBeyonce’ Knowles – September 4thPhil Lewis – September 4thDamon Wayans – September ... read more >>
Holla! @ Zendaya
Written by Kam Williams (Contributing Writer) 02 September 2011
The “Shake It Up!” Interview  Born in Oakland, California on September 1, 1996, Zendaya grew up around the California Shakespeare Theater in nearby Orinda, where her mother worked as the House Manager. ... read more >>
Beyonce pregnancy announcement overshadows VMAs
Written by NEKESA MUMBI MOODY - AP Music Writer 02 September 2011
Beyonce arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday Aug. 28, 2011, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello). Beyonce and Jay-Z’s spawn doesn’t even have a name yet, but it was the indisputable ... read more >>
Comedian Michael Colyar was kicked off a United Airlines flight
Written by Sentinel News Service 01 September 2011
Comedian Michael Colyar was kicked off a United Airlines flight ‘Barber Shop Actor’- “I Was Kicked Off Plane Because I'm Black”  Michael Colyar released about the incident: I am a loyal United ... read more >>
Freeway Enterprise Presents: L.A. Can Dance!
Written by Sentinel News Service 26 August 2011
“Freeway Rick” Ross and Dr. Dre Freeway Enterprise Presents: L.A. Can Dance! The competition has been created to benefit South Los Angeles area grade school and high school students.  The event ... read more >>
Celebrity Birthdays (August 25th – August 31st)
Written by Super User 26 August 2011
Celebrity Birthdays (August 25th – August 31st)  Kel Mitchell – August 25thKeke Palmer – August 26thBranford Marsalis – August 26thJamal Lewis – August 26thEvan Ross – August 26th“Downtown” ... read more >>
Celebrity Birthday’s August 18th – August 24th
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 19 August 2011
Celebrity Birthday’sAugust 18th – August 24thMalcolm-Jamal Warner – August 18thParker McKenna Posey – August 18thNate Dogg – August 19thRomeo Miller – August 19thAl Rocker – August 20thIsaac ... read more >>
MTV dance judge pleads no contest to sex charges
Written by Associated Press 19 August 2011
LOS ANGELES—A Los Angeles hip-hop choreographer who was a judge on MTV's "America's Best Dance Crew" has pleaded no contest to having sex with an underage girl in the 1990s.Shane Sparks had been facing ... read more >>
Benét’s Soiree
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 19 August 2011
Eric Benét The “Trinity Goodheart” Interview Born in Milwaukee on October 15, 1970, two-time Grammy-nominee Eric Benét is an actor, singer and songwriter whose music has been influenced by such ... read more >>
Celebrity Birthdays August 11th – August 17th
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 18 August 2011
Celebrity BirthdaysAugust 11th – August 17thAlex Haley – August 11thJermaine Taylor – August 11thViola Davis – August 11thHalle Berry – August 14thEarvin Magic Johnson – August 14thMaxine Waters ... read more >>
LA children's hospital gets art by Michael Jackson
Written by Associated Press 12 August 2011
Members of the Jackson family, left to right, Blanket Jackson, Prince Jackson, Paris Jackson, Katherine Jackson and La Toya Jackson pose Monday Aug. 8, 2011 at Children's Hospital in Los Angeles after ... read more >>
Belafonte: Hollywood won't yield to those of color
Written by SANDY COHEN - AP Entertainment Writer 05 August 2011
Singer/actor Harry Belafonte takes part in the "Artists and Activism" panel session at the 102nd NAACP Annual Convention in Los Angeles, Wednesday, July 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) LOS ANGELES ... read more >>
Basketball Wife Tami Roman sets the record straight
Written by Elzena Rankins (Contributing Writer) 05 August 2011
"I have a loving heart…but I’m going to say exactly how I feel” By Elzena Rankins Contributing Writer Basketball wife Tami Roman sets the record straight on who she really is. Despite what people ... read more >>
Comic-Con is both fan festival and marketing mecca
Written by Sandy Cohen (AP Entertainment Writer) 23 July 2011
Los Angeles Lakers Rick Fox, center, holds his arms up in the air as he pretends to be arrested by Star Wars Storm Troopers at Comic-Con International 2009 convention held in San Diego Friday, July 24, ... read more >>
Legendary Artist Bernard Stanley Hoyes Opens Studio for Rummage Sale
Written by Sentinel News Service 17 July 2011
  L.A. culture icon, Bernard Stanley Hoyes is opening the doors of his private art studio and announcing an art rummage sale on Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24, 2011 from 2:00 pm to 6:00 p.m.  ... read more >>
Taraji P. Henson Gets ‘Crowned’
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 09 July 2011
Taraji P. Henson arrives at the premiere of "Larry Crowne" in Los Angeles, Monday, June 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles) There is something about Taraji P. Henson.Not only has she quickly become one of ... read more >>
Celebrity Birthdays (June 30th – July 6th)
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 02 July 2011
Mike Tyson – June 30th Fantasia Barrino – June 30th Lena Horne – June 30thMissy Elliot – July 1stCarl Lewis – July 1stThurgood Marshall – July 2ndMontel Williams – July 3rd Malia Obama – ... read more >>
Chris Brown shines bright on BET’s big night
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 02 July 2011
Chris Brown poses backstage after winning the awards for best male R&B artist and best collaboration for "Look at Me Now" featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes at the BET Awards on Sunday, June 26, ... read more >>
Rhapsody in ROMEOLAND
Written by Kam Williams (Contributing Writer) 02 July 2011
Romeo The "Dancing with the Stars" and "Jumping the Broom" InterviewBorn in New Orleans on August 19, 1989, Percy Romeo Miller, Jr., aka Romeo, is an entertainer, actor, entrepreneur and philanthropist. ... read more >>
Mary Mary and Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Honored at ASCAP Awards
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 02 July 2011
Rapper and music producer Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs arrives at the ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Music Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Friday, June 24, 2011. The awards show honors songwriters and publishers of ... read more >>
Celebrity Birthdays (June 23rd – 28th)
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 27 June 2011
Randy Jackson – June 23rdMemphis Bleek – June 23rdChico DeBarge – June 23rdDonald Harrison – June 23rdSiedah Garrett – June 24thSolange Knowles – June 24thTommy Lister – June 24thJimmie Walker ... read more >>
Tracy Morgan gives personal apology in Nashville
Written by Chris Talbott (AP Entertainment Writer) 27 June 2011
Comedian and actor Tracy MorganComedian and actor Tracy Morgan hugs Kevin Rogers, left, in Nashville, Tenn., after Morgan apologized Tuesday, June 21, 2011, for anti-gay remarks he made during a performance ... read more >>
Fugitive hip-hop mogul arrested on drug charges
Written by Tom Hays (Associated Press) 25 June 2011
James "Jimmy Henchman" RosemondNew York City police have begun an investigation into an online posting supposedly from a convicted felon who claims to have shot and robbed slain rapper Tupac Shakur. Police ... read more >>
From The Green Mile to Green Lantern
Written by Kam Williams (Contributing Writer) 25 June 2011
Michael Clarke Duncan The "Green Lantern" InterviewBorn on December 10, 1957 in Chicago where he and his sister were raised by a single-mom, Michael Clarke Duncan is a survivor who went from homeless ... read more >>
Celebrity Birthdays (June 16th – 22nd)
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 20 June 2011
Phylicia Rashad - June 19thTupac Shakur - June 16thZoe Saldana - June 19thVenus Williams - June 17thNathan Morris - June 17thZoe Saldana - June 19thLionel Richie - June 20thDonald Faison - June 22ndEd ... read more >>
Montel Williams partners with California pot dispensary
Written by Associated Press 20 June 2011
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Talk show host Montel Williams is partnering with Sacramento medical marijuana providers to open a high-end pot dispensary.Williams on Monday led a tour of the facility, which The ... read more >>
Stevie Wonder inducted into Apollo Hall of Fame
Written by Nekesa Mumbi Moody (AP Music Writer) 20 June 2011
Stevie Wonder performs during the Apollo Theater's annual spring gala honoring Stevie Wonder in New York on Monday, June 13, 2011.(AP Photo/Donald Traill)Stevie Wonder inducted into Apollo Hall of FameBy ... read more >>
33rd Annual Playboy Jazz Festival Exceptional Summer Kick-Off
Written by Francis Taylor (Contributing Writer) 19 June 2011
Veteran Master of Ceremonies and always the crowd pleaser, Bill Cosby, delivered his usual style in introducing the artists and adding his special touch to the two-day event.photo by Malcolm Ali  Playboy ... read more >>
Carl Gardner, Coasters lead singer, dies at 83
Written by Associated Press 19 June 2011
In this Jan. 20, 1988 file photo, Carl Gardner of The Coasters appears in New York City. Gardner, original lead singer of the R&B group the Coasters, died Sunday, June 13, 2011 in Florida. He was 83.(AP ... read more >>
The Latest on Jada
Written by Kam Williams (Contributing Writer) 19 June 2011
Jada Pinkett Smith  "The "HawthoRNe" InterviewJada Pinkett Smith stars as Christina Hawthorne in TNT's medical drama "Hawthorne." In the role of Chief Nursing Officer at James River Hospital, Christina ... read more >>
Who Killed M Bone?
Written by Jasmyne A. Cannick (NNPA National Correspondent) 18 June 2011
Cali Swag District(from left to right: M-Bone, JayAre, Yung, and C-Smoove)MBone Monte' Talbert better known as MBone.  Junior high school graduateIn earlier days MBone (middle) with his two brothers Marcell ... read more >>
Afro-American Chamber Music Society Orchestra Presents Nathaniel Ayers, Cellist
Written by Sentinel News Service 18 June 2011
In Concert on Saturday, June 25The Afro-American Chamber Music Society Orchestra presents Nathaniel Ayers from “The Soloist” on Saturday, June 25, at 4pm at the Smyrna SDA Church, 4394 W. Washington, ... read more >>
Who Killed MBone? (Part 2)
Written by Jasmyne A. Cannick (Columnist) 17 June 2011
Who Killed MBone Part 2 from Jasmyne Cannick on Vimeo.Who Killed MBone? (Part 2)In an explosive and must see video, Cali Swag District founder Big Wy responds to Mbones familys accusations Groups founder ... read more >>
Special screening of ‘The FBI War on Tupak Shakur and Black Leaders’
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 14 June 2011
The late rap icon, Tupac Shakur, would have turned 40 on Thursday June 16. Baltimore-based Author/producer John Potash will make his first presentation in Los Angeles that night to present part of his ... read more >>
Jennifer Hudson working on book about weight loss
Written by Associated Press 14 June 2011
In this May 2, 2011 file photo, singer Jennifer Hudson arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute gala benefit in New York. Hudson has a deal with Dutton for a memoir about her struggles ... read more >>
Cali Swag District Murder - Family questions Cali Swag District members actions
Written by Jasmyne A. Cannick (Columnist) 13 June 2011
M Bone M-Bone’s Family Questions CSD Member’s Actions after Murder The family of Montae’ Talbert, better known as M-Bone, one-fourth of the rap group Cali Swag District is speaking out and seeking ... read more >>
Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ jacket up for auction
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 13 June 2011
 In this May 26, 2011 photo, auction items that belonged to Michael Jackson are displayed at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, Calif. Items are among the memorabilia available for auction on June 25 ... read more >>
Rihanna Video Causes Uproar
Written by Special to the NNPA from the Afro American Newspapers 12 June 2011
Rihanna arrives at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards in New York, on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan)Pop star Rihanna's new video for the song "Man Down" created quite a stir after it debuted ... read more >>
‘Cosby Show’ Actress Clarice Taylor Dies
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 12 June 2011
Clarice Taylor, the actress memorably known as Anna Huxtable on the "The Cosby Show," died of heart failure on May 30, in Englewood, N.J.  She was 93.The actress's representative confirmed her death ... read more >>
2011 Playboy Jazz Festival
Written by Sentinel News Service 09 June 2011
 Grab the coolers, plan your picnic and get jazzed! Tickets for this year’s 33rd annual Playboy Jazz Festival, to be held Saturday and Sunday,  June 11th and 12th at the Hollywood Bowl, are now on ... read more >>
Prophetic Genius of Gil Scott Heron
Written by Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. (NNPA Columnist) 03 June 2011
Gil Scott-Heron Prophetic Genius of Gil Scott Heron By Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist Gil Scott Heron (1949-2011) was more than a legendary entertainer.  He was a social and political visionary ... read more >>
Reve’s Corner (5/26/11 – 6/1/11)
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 29 May 2011
My sister Shonte' called to let me know that The Film Society of Lincoln Center honored her Godfather the legendary actor Sidney Poitier.  This took place a couple of weeks ago at the Alice Truly Hall ... read more >>
Concert Review: Ellington at Disney Hall
Written by Kimberley Williams (Contributing Writer) 29 May 2011
Ellington at Disney HallBy Kimberley WilliamsSentinel Contributing WriterSunday, May 22nd, there was a celebration at Disney Hall, topped by a thunderous roar of applause!Maestros, James Newton, and Grant ... read more >>
The Pasadena Playhouse Announces Full Casting for Twist
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 29 May 2011
The Pasadena Playhouse (Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director and Stephen Eich, Executive Director) announced that full casting is complete for the west coast premiere of the new musical TWIST - An American ... read more >>
Black Female Intelligentsia Set to Headline Fifth Annual Leimert Park Village Book Fair
Written by Sentinel News Service 29 May 2011
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist -turned-author Isabel WilkersonEconomist Dr. Julianne MalveauxFormer editor-in-chief of Essence magazine Susan L. TaylorBlack Female Intelligentsia Set to Headline Fifth ... read more >>
Keyshia Cole announces marriage via Twitter
Written by Brandon I. Brooks (Assistant Managing Editor) 29 May 2011
By Brandon I. BrooksAssistant Managing EditorR&B singer Keyshia Cole confirmed the marriage between her and long time boyfriend, Daniel "Boobie" Gipson.  Gipson is currently an NBA basketball player ... read more >>
Film Review: BRIDESMAIDS
Written by Kam Williams (Contributing Writer) 20 May 2011
No Holds Barred in Cutthroat Maid of Honor CompetitionBy Kam WilliamsSentinel Contributing WriterAnnie Walker (Kristen Wiig) has been in a tailspin since her bakery, "Cake Baby," failed during the recession. ... read more >>
Actor Roger Guenveur Smith Honored By Board of Supervisors
Written by Sentinel News Service 20 May 2011
Actor and Leimert Park native Roger Guenveur Smith was honored by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday, May 10 for his dramatic work that is often informed by his roots in African American ... read more >>
Hollywood Actress and “Mom’ager LisaRaye McCoy Guides Daughter Into the World of Fashion
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 19 May 2011
LisaRaye shows her daughter, Kai, a little love.Kai is a full-figured model for Apple Bottoms (Photo Credit: Derek Blanks, courtesy of TV One / The FrontPage Firm)LisaRaye Supports Daughter Kai's Dream ... read more >>
He’s So Brandon!
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 19 May 2011
By Kam WilliamsSentinel Contributing WriterBrandon Mychal Smith, The "So Random" InterviewBorn in Los Angeles on May 29, 1989, Brandon Mychal Smith is a charismatic young actor best known for playing ladies ... read more >>
Young Rap Artist Gunned Down
Written by Pat Clarke A.K.A. Granny (Guest Writer) 19 May 2011
Montae Talbert aka M-Bone in action Montae Talbert aka M-Bone From Cali Swag District killed in an apparent senseless drive-by shooting By Pat Clarke, Sentinel guest writer Violence has once again taken ... read more >>
Sheila C. Johnson joins AOL Huffington Post as Strategic Advisor
Written by Sentinel News Service 06 May 2011
The AOL Huffington Post Media Group today made three key announcements regarding its multicultural strategy: Sheila C. Johnson will serve as Strategic Advisor for Multicultural and African-American Initiatives; ... read more >>
A Question and Answer with Sister Souljah: A New "Midnight"
Written by Joy Childs 06 May 2011
 A Question and Answer with Sister Souljah: A New "Midnight"By Joy ChildsSentinel Contributing WriterWhen you Google her name, you might be inclined to think it's spelled colloquially, i.e.,  "Sistuh" ... read more >>
All for Their Love of Music
Written by Joy Childs 30 April 2011
All for Their Love of Music:  An Interview with Violinist Michael White and Vocalist Leisei ChenSay the name Michael White to a jazz aficionado, and the likely response will be something like, 'Yeah, ... read more >>
Reve’s Corner (4/28 – 5/4/11 Edition)
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 30 April 2011
By Reve' Gipson ParksSeveral years ago Quinton Perry, a well-known concert promoter from Detroit, Michigan, invited us to see a young man he was working with. He performed at the Roxy on Sunset Blvd. He ... read more >>
Perry Wishes Spike Had Come To Him ‘Man To Man’
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 30 April 2011
 Moments after ripping Spike Lee during a press conference for "Madea's Big Happy Family," Tyler Perry was asked if he at least had a conversation with the filmmaker to discuss their issues."You know ... read more >>
50 Cent and Samuel L. Jackson See Eye-to-Eye
Written by EURweb.com 30 April 2011
50 Cent recently gave mad props to actor Samuel L. Jackson, despite his avid criticism of rappers becoming or at least pretending to become actors. But Samuel L.  also praised Curtis Jackson, known as ... read more >>
Baldwin Hills welcomes music legend Harold Battiste, Jr. with open arms
Written by Patrice Theard (Special to the Sentinel) 22 April 2011
By Patrice TheardSpecial to the Sentinel"Falling In Love" with Music Legend, Former Angeleno, & New Orleans Native Harold Battiste Jr. on a Cozy Sunday Afternoon in L.A.'s Baldwin Hills, as Part of ... read more >>
Old Spice Pitchman on Breakout Role in Tyler Perry Picture
Written by Kam Williams (Contributing Writer) 22 April 2011
By Kam WilliamsSentinel Contributing WriterIsaiah Mustafa The "Madea's Big Happy Family" InterviewNFL player-turned-actor Isaiah Mustafa became famous almost overnight in 2010 as the result of starring ... read more >>
Sentinel Columnist Opens New Stage Play, ‘Love In a Day’ on Mother’s Day Weekend
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 22 April 2011
Darryl James, LA Sentinel columnist and award-winning author is opening his new stage play "Love in a Day" on Mother's Day Weekend, with a special Mother's Day Performance on Sunday, May 8th, 2011."Love ... read more >>
Kwesi Boakye stars with hip-hop mogul Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs on Hawaii Five-O
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 18 April 2011
Kwesi Boakye and Sean "P-Diddy" Combs"Photo Courtesy of Naa BoakyeChild Star Also Tapped To Guest Star on CBS-TV'S The MentalistKwesi Boakye has nabbed a huge guest-starring role on the CBS Hit TV Series, ... read more >>
Meteorologist Byron Miranda joins NBC4 L.A. as Weekend Weathercaster
Written by Sentinel News Service 18 April 2011
Veteran Meteorologist Byron Miranda will join NBC4 LA as a weekend meteorologist on May 2, 2011, it was announced today by Vickie Burns, Vice President News and Content.  In addition to providing weathercasts ... read more >>
Steve Harvey and Nielsen Co. Team up for Ninth Annual Steve Harvey Hoodie Awards
Written by Sentinel News Service 17 April 2011
The Nielsen Company and the Steve Harvey Morning Show use Fun Facts to get listeners to the Ninth Annual Steve Harvey Hoodie AwardsThe Nielsen Company, a leading global provider of information and analytics ... read more >>
Snoop Dogg, Warren G attend service for Nate Dogg
Written by Associated Press 02 April 2011
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Rappers Snoop Dogg, Warren G and The Game joined family, friends and about 1,000 fans of Nate Dogg to remember the hip-hop singer, who died this month of complications from multiple ... read more >>
JAZZ ‘ROUD L.A.: Virtuosity Is At His Base – Bassist Christian McBride
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 02 April 2011
By Joy ChildsSentinel Contributing WriterIt would seem that there's nothing bassist Christian McBride can't do on a bass. Whether soloing or leading his equally gifted band, Inside Straight, McBride thumps ... read more >>
YoungArts Accepting Applications for 2012 National Program
Written by Sentinel News Service 02 April 2011
17- and 18- year old artists encouraged to apply nationwide. Winners are eligible for financial awards of up to $10,000.YoungArts, the core program of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts ... read more >>
Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo Gets the Party Started
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 25 March 2011
Taboo The "Fallin' Up" InterviewBy Kam WilliamsSentinel Contributing WriterJaime Luis Gonzalez, aka Taboo, was born in the barrio of East Los Angeles on July 14, 1975 to parents of Latino and Native-American ... read more >>
Loleatta Holloway, Dies at 64
Written by EURweb.com 25 March 2011
EURweb.com Soul singer Loleatta Holloway, whose voice powered the hook on Marky Mark’s “Good Vibrations,” died on Monday (March 21) following a brief illness due to heart failure, according to her ... read more >>
Chris Brown destroys dressing room
Written by Nakesha Mumbi Moody (AP Music Writer) 25 March 2011
In this publicity image released by ABC, singer Chris Brown appears on the morning program 'Good Morning America,' Tuesday, March 22, 2011 in New York. Brown was on “GMA” to promote his new album, ... read more >>
Film Review: Adjustment Bureau
Written by Kam Williams (Contributing Writer) 19 March 2011
Mindbending Sci-Fi Pits Free Will vs. PredestinationBy Kam WilliamsSentinel Contributing WriterDuring his brief lifetime, the prolific Philip K. Dick wrote dozens of science-fiction novels, plus well over ... read more >>
Rap Star Nate Dogg Passes Away
Written by Brandon Brooks (Entertainment Editor) 19 March 2011
 By Brandon I. BrooksSentinel Entertainment Editor Rap star "Nate Dogg", aka Nathaniel Hale, has died at age 41, according to the Long Beach Press-Telegram.Hale was born in Long Beach and is known for ... read more >>
Kevin Frazier Named Co- Anchor of “THE INSIDER”
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 19 March 2011
 Kevin Frazier was named co-anchor of The Inside this past week.  It was announced by Linda Bell Blue, Executive Producer of CBS Television Distribution's Entertainment Tonight and The Insider.  He ... read more >>
AOL and Queen Latifah Announce Content Partnership
Written by Sentinel News Service 19 March 2011
 AOL and Queen Latifah today announced a content partnership, where Queen Latifah will executive produce and also star in a variety of original video web series to be featured across AOL's network of ... read more >>
James Avery and Judge Mablean Ephriam Featured at CAAM
Written by Sentinel News Service 19 March 2011
Judge Mablean Ephriam signs copies of her book "Judge Mablean's Life Lessons, Tools for Weekly Living," for students of Rialto High School during Target Sundays at CAAM.-- Photo by Earl Dotson In Celebration ... read more >>
A Chat Between a Journalist and a Gentlemen: Lou Gossett, Jr.
Written by Kam Williams (Contributing Writer) 19 March 2011
Lou Gossett, Jr "The Grace Card" InterviewBy Kam WilliamsSentinel Contributing WriterLouis Cameron Gossett, Jr. was born in Coney Island, Brooklyn on May 27, 1936 to Helen Rebecca Wray, a nurse, and Lou, ... read more >>
“For Love of Liberty” Chronicles Untold Story of African – Americans’ Courageous Service to their Country
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 17 March 2011
   NAACP Presents Image Award for Outstanding Documentary to "For Love of Liberty Frank Martin Film Chronicles Untold Story of African-Americans' Courageous Service to their CountryFor Love of Liberty: ... read more >>
Millennium Network to raise awareness on big issues at event
Written by Aryssa Durrell (Contributing Writer) 12 March 2011
The Clinton Foundation's network will also try to raise fundsBy Aryssa DurrellContributing WriterIn an effort to help tackle big issues such as childhood obesity and economic development, the Millennium ... read more >>
Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend in Los Angeles
Written by Sentinel News Service 04 March 2011
Two boys receive tips on grooming as celebrity fashion designer Woody Wilson demonstrates tying a necktie and celebrity barber James Thomas gives a haircut at the Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend for Young ... read more >>
2011 Oscar Recap
Written by Kam Williams (Contributing Writer) 04 March 2011
"King's Speech" Coronation Spearheads Another British InvasionBy Kam WilliamsSentinel Contributing WriterThe King's Speech not only won the Oscars for Best Picture, Original Screenplay and Actor (Colin ... read more >>
PAFF – A Black Film Lover’s Guilty Pleasure
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 04 March 2011
 By Joy ChildsSentinel Contributing WriterThough it was shorter in length, had no centerpiece film and featured fewer entries than in previous years, the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) was still the ... read more >>
PAFF viewing of “Gang Girl” wows audience
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 27 February 2011
Valerie Goodloe photo by Brandon I. Brooks  Dawnn Lewis shares thoughts of film photo by Brandon I. Brooks Beverly Todd gives praise of film photo by Brandon I. Brooks Nafeesa, Glynn Turman and Congresswoman ... read more >>
Nylons on stage one weekend only
Written by Sentinel News Service 27 February 2011
"I Dance upstairs tonight.”That simple and somewhat cryptic statement by one of the women in the new production, “Nylons,” aptly sums up the conflict some of the characters face.“Upstairs,” ... read more >>
‘The View’ co-host Shepherd tapped for Dove Awards
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 22 February 2011
Sherri Shepherd attends Betty White's 89th Birthday celebration in New York, on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011. 'The View' co-host Shepherd will host The Dove Awards on April 20, 2011 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Peter ... read more >>
Lawyers to weigh TV plans for Jackson doctor trial
Written by Linda Deautsch (AP Special Correspondent) 22 February 2011
By Linda DeutschAP Special Correspondent LOS ANGELES – Defense attorneys and prosecutors are set to discuss, among other topics, plans for TV coverage of the trial of Michael Jackson's doctor, who faces ... read more >>
Homeless Foster Kid-Turned-NFL Star Shares Flip Side of “The Blind Side"
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 18 February 2011
Michael Oher (AP Photo/The Baltimore Sun, Gene Sweeney Jr.)  Michael Oher was born on May 28, 1986 in Memphis, Tennessee, where he negotiated a perilous path through the foster care system, experiencing ... read more >>
Rashad Honored with PAFF’s Lifetime Achievement Award
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 18 February 2011
By Joy ChildsSentinel Contributing WriterFor her television, stage and film work, Phylicia Rashad will be feted with the Pan African Film Festival's highest award at its Night of Tribute Awards Show and ... 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Mo’Nique to announce Oscar nominations
Written by Super User 08 January 2011
LOS ANGELES - Academy Award winner Mo'Nique is pitching in to help announce nominees for the upcoming Oscars.Mo'Nique will join Tom Sherak, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, ... read more >>
Montel Williams cited after pipe found at airport
Written by Associated Press 08 January 2011
MILWAUKEE - Wisconsin authorities say former talk show host and medical marijuana activist Montel Williams has been cited for possession of drug paraphernalia at General Mitchell International Airport ... read more >>
Ailey fans bid Jamison a fond raucous farewell
Written by Jocelyn Noveck (Associated Press) 08 January 2011
In this publicity image released by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, retiring artistic director Judith Jamison speaks during her farewell performance, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Alvin ... read more >>
Choreographer: Jackson not well days before death
Written by Linda Deutsch (AP Special Correspondent) 08 January 2011
In this Monday, Feb. 8, 2010 file photo, Michael Jackson's physician, Conrad Murray arrives for his arraignment at the Airport Branch Courthouse in Los Angeles. Murray is charged in Michael Jackson's death. ... read more >>
The 10 Best Black Books of 2010 (Non – Fiction)
Written by Kam Williams (Contributing Writer) 01 January 2011
By Kam WilliamsSentinel Contributing Writer1. The Grace of Silence: A Memoirby Michele NorrisQuite frankly, this heartbreaking memoir in which the author wistfully recounts her family's quiet and dignified ... read more >>
Blacktrospective 2010 (Best and Worst in Black Cinema)
Written by Kam Williams (Contributing Writer) 01 January 2011
Kam's Annual Assessment of the Best (and Worst) in Black CinemaBy Kam WilliamsSentinel Contributing WriterTen Best Black Feature Films 1.    Just Wright2.       Why Did I Get Married Too?        ... read more >>
Baritone from Harold Melvin & Blue Notes dies
Written by Associated Press 01 January 2011
Baritone from Harold Melvin & Blue Notes diesPHILADELPHIA - Bernie Wilson, a baritone member of the rhythm and blues group that produced the 1972 hit "If You Don't Know Me by Now," has died.Wilson, ... read more >>
Teena Marie known as ‘Ivory Queen of Soul,’ dies
Written by Nakesa Mumbi Moody (AP Music Writer) 01 January 2011
By NEKESA MUMBI MOODYAP Music WriterLOS ANGELES - Teena Marie's last album, "Congo Square," was titled after a historical meeting place for slaves in New Orleans, featured a tribute to Martin Luther King's ... read more >>
Top Entertainment Moments of 2010
Written by Brandon Brooks (Entertainment Editor) 01 January 2011
By Brandon I. BrooksSentinel Entertainment Editor&Olusheyi BanjoSentinel Contributing Writer1.)  Badu's BootyErykah Badu made an unforgettable music statement when she appeared nude in the music ... read more >>
Teena Marie dies at age 54
Written by Sentinel News Service 26 December 2010
Teena Marie passes away at age 54. More information concerning the cause of death coming soon. read more >>
Judge to decide Jackson syringe testing issues
Written by Anthony McCartney (AP Entertainment Writer) 25 December 2010
In this March 5, 2009 file photo, US singer Michael Jackson is shown at a press conference in London(AP Photo/Joel Ryan) By Anthony MccartneyAP Entertainment WriterLOS ANGELES - A judge overseeing the ... read more >>
Rapper confesses to ’93 NY murder, authorities say
Written by Jennifer Peltz (Associated Press) 25 December 2010
By Jennifer Peltz Associated PressNEW YORK - The 1993 killing of a man outside a housing complex was a cold case for years until a suspect appeared on detectives' doorstep last week.Apparently haunted ... read more >>
KOCE – TV to become the new home of PBS in Southern California
Written by Sentinel News Service 24 December 2010
Sentinel News ServiceHuntington Beach, CA and Arlington, VA - December 1, 2010 - Starting January 1, 2011, KOCE-TV will become the full service PBS station for the Southern California region, and will ... read more >>
Snoop Dogg goes One on One with Cathy Hughes and TV One
Written by Sentinel News Service 10 December 2010
Rap star reveals how he finally learned to balance the most important parts of his life.  By Sentinel News Service He was born Cordozar Calvin Broadus in Long Beach, California, but his galaxy of fans ... read more >>
LA Lakers come out to celebrate with Matt Barnes
Written by Sentinel News Service 10 December 2010
Reality T.V. star Gloria Govan Host ‘Welcome To Los Angeles’ Party for Matt Barnes the newest L.A. Lakers Basketball Player. In addition, several Lakers and wives came out to support the NBA couple.This ... read more >>
Wesley Snipes ordered to surrender in tax case
Written by Associated Press 01 December 2010
Assoc. Press StoryA federal judge on Friday ordered actor Wesley Snipes to surrender to authorities so he can begin serving a three-year prison sentence for tax-related crimes.U.S. District Judge William ... read more >>
Brandy Is Still A Star!
Written by Yussuf J. Simmonds (Managing Editor) 26 November 2010
In this publicity image released by ABC, Brandy, left, and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy perform on the celebrity dance competition series, "Dancing with the Stars," Monday, Nov. 1, 2010 in Los Angeles. ... read more >>
Tina Knowles Premieres clothing line at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza
Written by Olusheyi Banjo 29 October 2010
The mother of superstar entertainer Beyonce Knowles, made a special appearance in South Los Angeles to debut her affordable clothing line for everyday woman.By Olusheyi BanjoSentinel Contributing WriterTina ... read more >>
Michael Colyar: A Comedic Legend
Written by Biko Poindexter-Hodge (Intern) 04 September 2010
 Michael ColyarBy Biko N. Poindexter-HodgeSentinel InternComedy has changed throughout the decades. We have had comedians such as Red Foxx, Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, Bernie Mac, Eddie Murphy, Dave Chappell ... read more >>
Music Review: Wale – More About Nothing
Written by Sentinel News Service 21 August 2010
 WaleWale — More About NothingBy Denzel CodringtonSentinel InternIn 2008, Washington D.C. rapper Wale released an acclaimed mixtape titled “The Mixtape About Nothing”. The title shouldn’t fool ... read more >>
David White Named Tops in Entertainment Law
Written by Sentinel News Service 21 August 2010
 David WhiteScreen Actors Guild National Executive Director David White has been named “Entertainment, Sports & Art Law Section Attorney of the Year” by the National Bar Association, the oldest ... read more >>
Filmmaker Gets Under the Skin of Interracial Marriage in Mulatto Play
Written by Sentinel News Service 14 August 2010
 Juliette Fairley rehearsing with Charles Burnett.During a break from rehearsing with his actress protégé Juliette Fairley, award-winning filmmaker Charles Burnett said it was the subject matter that ... read more >>
Chaka Khan to receive UNCF’s Highest Honor
Written by Sentinel News Service 14 August 2010
 Chaka KhanChaka Khan to receive UNCF's Highest Honor on its 32nd Annual TV SpecialBy Sentinel News ServiceThe United Negro College Fund (UNCF) - the nation's largest and most effective minority education ... read more >>
Crews on Call
Written by Kam Williams (Sentinel Contributing Writer) 12 August 2010
  Terry CrewsTerry Crews pictured with familyTerry Crews in the upcoming film “The Expendables” Terry Crews: "The Expendables" InterviewBy Kam WilliamsSentinel Contributing WriterHailing from Flint, ... read more >>
Leela James knows how to Represent!
Written by Elzena Rankins (Intern) 29 July 2010
 Leela James (Photo by Malcolm Ali)The artist performed in her hometown, LA at the El Ray TheaterBy Elzena RankinsSentinel InternLeela James...great music, check, stage presence, check, extremely hot ... read more >>
The 23rd Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival Announces Lineup
Written by Sentinel News Service 29 July 2010
  George Duke The Original Jazz CrusadersMelanie Fiona THE REUNION OF THE ORIGINAL JAZZ CRUSADERS, AL JARREAU & GEORGE DUKE, SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO GROVER WASHINGTON JR , JONATHAN BUTLER, DAVE KOZ AND ... read more >>
Lula Washington Dance Theatre at California Plaza
Written by Sentinel News Service 29 July 2010
 Lula WashingtonLula Washington Dance Theatre (LWDT), which thrilled audiences at the Hollywood Bowl July 7 with trumpeter Terence Blanchard, will present three world-premiere dance works in a free concert ... read more >>
Blues Legend Phillip Walker Passes
Written by Zack Slovinsky (Special to the Sentinel) 29 July 2010
 Blues Legend Phillip WalkerBy Zack SlovinskySpecial to the SentinelWe are deeply saddened to report that blues legend Phillip Walker passed away Thursday morning at 4:30 am due to heart failure. The ... read more >>
French Doctor: Singer Al Jarreau getting better
Written by Associated Press 29 July 2010
 Singer Al JarreauBy Associated PressMARSEILLE, France — A cardiologist who is treating Al Jarreau says the Grammy-winning singer's health is improving steadily.Dr. Jean-Louis Bonnet, chief of the cardiology ... read more >>
Sheila Johnson is Escaping the Shadow of BET
Written by George E. Curry (NNPA Special Correspondent) 29 July 2010
 Sheila JohnsonBy George E. CurryNNPA Special CorrespondentSheila Johnson's accomplishments are breathtaking. She is president and managing partner of the WNBA's Washington Mystics. As a partner in Lincoln ... read more >>
Gospel Community Shares Memories of Walter Hawkins
Written by Joy Childs (Contributing Writer) 23 July 2010
 Walter Hawkins Walter Hawkins By Joy ChildsSentinel Contributing WriterIf asked to name gospel music's royal families, those who know and love this genre would no doubt name Andrae and Sandra Crouch, ... read more >>
Stedman’s Steps to Success
Written by Kam Williams (Sentinel Contributing Writer) 23 July 2010
  Stedman Graham pictured with participating youth(L-R) Stedman Graham, Anthony Anderson & Charles Woodsom Stedman Graham — the "Athletes Against Drugs" InterviewBy Kam WilliamsSentinel Contributing ... read more >>
Actress Vonetta McGee Dies
Written by Tanya Dennis (Special to the Sentinel) 23 July 2010
 Actress Vonetta McGeeBy Tanya DennisSentinel Contributing WriterActress Vonetta McGee died Friday, July 9th from cardiac arrest.  Ms. McGee was born in San Francisco and graduated from Polytechnic High ... read more >>
The Debbie Allen Dance Academy
Written by Brian W. Carter (Staff Writer) & Elzena Rankins (Intern) 22 July 2010
  Sentinel Managing Editor Yussuf J. Simmonds inteviews Debbie Allen (Photo by Brian Carter for Sentinel)Debbie Allen watching students at DADA (Photo by Brian Carter for Sentinel)Debbie Allen continues ... read more >>
In an Introspective Mood: Tavis Smiley Interview
Written by Kam Williams (Contributing Writer) 15 July 2010
 Tavis SmileyTavis Smiley — The "Been in the Storm Too Long" InterviewBy Kam WilliamsSentinel Contributing WriterFrom his celebrated conversations with world figures, to his work to inspire the next ... read more >>
Pato Banton and ‘Within Arms Reach’ Come Together in Long Beach
Written by Paul Browning (Contributing Writer) 15 July 2010
 Reggae Artist Pato BantonSundie Zin, President and CEO of Within Arms Reach with children at a school she donated funds to during her last trip to Burma.  Sundie Zin, President and CEO of Within Arms ... read more >>
Motown Super-producer Dies at 80, Lauded by Industry Press
Written by Joy Childs (Contributing Writer) 15 July 2010
 Harvey FuquaBy Joy ChildsSentinel Contributing WriterHarvey Fuqua belonged to one of the most prominent dynasties in musical history-that of Motown insiders-which included Berry Gordy and his sisters; ... read more >>
Mel Gibson’s Latest Racist Rant Targets African Americans
Written by Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American 08 July 2010
 Mel GibsonSpecial to the NNPA from the St. Louis American(NNPA) - Four years ago, Mel Gibson apologized profusely and reportedly entered rehab after verbally attacking the Jewish community after being ... read more >>
Condoleeza Rice Backing Up Aretha Franklin on Piano
Written by Sentinel News Service 08 July 2010
  Former Secretary of State, Condoleeza RiceAretha FranklinCondoleeza Rice Backing Up Aretha Franklin on Piano for Philadelphia Gig By Bridget BlandBlack Voices NewswireA new meaning of R-E-S-P-E-C-T ... read more >>
Grammy Nominated Producer Kashif Sponsors Music Camp for Foster Kids
Written by Sentinel News Service 08 July 2010
  KashifKashif University and Department of Children & Family Services Host Music Recording Camp July 12-23, 2010 Sentinel Wire ServiceWith California's budget crisis wreaking havoc on the poor, ... read more >>
The Many Shades of Jada, from TV Nurse to Karate Kid’s Mom
Written by Kam Williams (Contributing Writer) 08 July 2010
 Jada Pinkett SmithJada Pinkett Smith The "HawthoRNe: Season 2" InterviewBy Kam WilliamsSentinel Contributing Writer Besides playing the title character on the TNT series HawthoRNe, which is starting ... read more >>
The Real Rick Ross Fights Back in Court
Written by Brandon I. Brooks (Entertainment Editor) 08 July 2010
  “Freeway” Ricky Ross Rapper Rick RossFormer Drug King Pin "Freeway" Ricky Ross has filed a $10 million dollar lawsuit against rap artist Rick Ross for exploitation By Brandon I. BrooksSentinel ... read more >>
At Home with the Norwoods
Written by Sentinel Staff Report 08 July 2010
 The Norwood Family: (L to R) - Willie, Sonja, Ray J. and Brandy.Ray J. and BrandyThe family meeting with the Sentinel's editorial board(Photos by Jason Lewis)SENTINEL EXCLUSIVEThe Norwood Family drops ... read more >>
Black Music Month: Dick Griffey & SOLAR Records
Written by Brandon I. Brooks (Entertainment Editor) 24 June 2010
 SOLAR Records logoDick Griffey By Brandon I. BrooksSentinel Entertainment EditorDick Griffey is the founder of the legendary S.O.L.A.R. Records which is an acronym for Sound of Los Angeles Records. ... read more >>
Black Music Month: Al Bell & Stax Records
Written by Brandon I. Brooks (Entertainment Editor) 24 June 2010
 Stax Records logoAl BellBy Brandon I. BrooksSentinel Entertainment EditorAl Bell is a music pioneer if there ever was one.  With over 50 years of music industry experience, Bell has been breaking ... read more >>
Eddie Levert Wows NNPA
Written by Sentinel News Service 24 June 2010
 Eddie Levert performs for publishers and guests at the NNPA Legacy of Excellence Dinner & GalaNEW YORK (NNPA) - Smiling broadly, the spirited petite woman named Sylvia weaved through the Ballroom ... read more >>
Black Music Month: Innovators
Written by Brandon I. Brooks (Entertainment Editor) 17 June 2010
By Brandon I. BrooksSentinel Entertainment EditorLouis ArmstrongLouis Armstrong was one of the most influential artists in the history of music. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on August 4, 1901, he began ... read more >>
Marvin, youngest of Isley Brothers, dies at 56
Written by Associated Press 10 June 2010
This photo provided by Magic Sound Productions on November 1984 shows Marvin Isley of the group Isley-Jasper-Isley. (AP)By Karen HawkinszAssociated Press WriterMarvin Isley, the bass player who helped ... read more >>
Bill Cosby and Jell-O partner on national contest
Written by Brandon I. Brooks (Entertainment Editor) 09 June 2010
 Bill CosbyYoung children auditioningConsumers stand in line for a chance to winSentinel sits down with Cosby for a one-on-one conversation.By Brandon I. Brooks Sentinel Entertainment EditorLegendary ... read more >>
Black Music Month: Celebration of Negro Spirituals
Written by Sentinel News Service 03 June 2010
James ClevelandMahalia JacksonMarian AndersonPaul RobesonSallie MartinSam CookEmancipationPortrait of the Jubilee SingersFlyer of Jubilee Singers The story of the Negro spirituals is closely linked to ... read more >>
Child Star Gary Coleman Dies at age 42
Written by Associated Press 28 May 2010
Gary Coleman Dies at age 42 Gary Coleman By Associated Press Writer Jennifer DobnerGary Coleman, the adorable, pint-sized child star of the smash 1970s TV sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes" who spent the rest ... read more >>
Maya Angelou Marks 82nd B’Day with Common, Lee Daniels
Written by Sentinel News Service 27 May 2010
 Maya Angelou smiles as she greets guests at a garden party at her home Thursday, May 20, 2010 in Winston-Salem, N.C.  (AP)Sentinel News ServicePoet Maya Angelou threw a party in the backyard of ... read more >>
Colorblind @ BET
Written by Brandon I. Brooks (Entertainment Editor) 27 May 2010
 Usher and Justin BieberBET has officially lost its sense of "Black Entertainment Television" By Brandon I. BrooksSentinel Entertainment EditorIf you haven't heard the recent controversy surrounding ... read more >>
A Heart-to-Heart with America’s First Black Billionairess
Written by Kam Williams (Contributing Writer) 27 May 2010
 Sheila JohnsonBy Kam WilliamsSentinel Contributing WriterSheila Johnson, "The Other City" InterviewEntrepreneur and philanthropist Sheila Crump Johnson is the only African-American female to enjoy ... read more >>
BILL COSBY KICKS-OFF SEARCH FOR AMERICA'S BEST GIGGLE
Written by Sentinel News Service 27 May 2010
Event Listing:BILL COSBY KICKS-OFF SEARCH FOR AMERICA'S BEST GIGGLEWinning Giggle, Selected by Mr. Cosby, to be featured in National JELL-O TV CommercialWHAT: The Hello JELL-O "Give it a Giggle" Tour, ... read more >>
Celebration for at-risk students in Los Angeles
Written by Sentinel News Service 27 May 2010
Celebration for at-risk students in Los AngelesSentinel News Service EDUCATION... is the Power & MUSIC...is the Universal Language!  Renee Smith, President of the "Stay in School - Empower the ... read more >>
3rd Annual Peace Through Education Event Unites Stars and Students
Written by Sentinel News Service 20 May 2010
 Director of PTE, Steven Williams, April Holliverse, Dr. Ola Washington, Charmaine Jefferson, Principal George Bartleson, Beth Payne, Jamal Speakes, 2nd row: Rashad McCant (NBA), Marg Briggs, Jensen ... read more >>
Actress Lena Horne Remembered at NYC Funeral
Written by Associated Press 20 May 2010
 Lena HorneLena Horne's funeral service program (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/ Getty Image)Associated Press WriterLena Horne, whose signature song was "Stormy Weather," was remembered at her funeral on ... read more >>
Recording Artist, Nelly, Teams up with Macy's
Written by Elzena Rankins (Intern) 14 May 2010
Recording Artist, Nelly, Teams up with Macy'sNelly (photo credit: Silverdollar productions)Nelly launches Apple Bottoms summer line while encouraging all to give blood and register as bone marrow donors ... read more >>
Soledad’s follow-up report about the Haitian Relief Effort
Written by Kam Williams (Contributing Writer) 10 May 2010
Soledad O’Brien Soledad's Follow-Up Report about the Haitian Relief Effort By Kam Williams Sentinel Contributing Writer Soledad O'Brien the "Rescued" Interview Since Haiti's no longer front-page ... read more >>
Urban League honors Paula Madison
Written by Brandon I. Brooks (Entertainment Editor) 07 May 2010
(L-R) Suzanne DePasse, Michaela Pereira, Paula Madison and Blair H. Taylor Urban League honors Paula MadisonThe Los Angeles Urban League honored NBC Executive Paula Madison at the 37th Annual Whitney M. ... read more >>
TV One to feature interview with Louis Farrakhan
Written by Sentinel News Service 02 May 2010
Louis FarrakhanTV One to feature interview with Louis FarrakhanTV One maven Cathy Hughes will sit down for a rare interview with Min. Louis Farrakhan, one of America's most recognized, controversial and ... read more >>
24th Annual Long Beach Bayou & Mardi Gras Fest
Written by Sentinel News Service 02 May 2010
Tito Jackson 24th Annual Long Beach Bayou & Mardi Gras FestFEATURING CAJUN, ZYDECO & BLUES MUSIC WITH: TITO JACKSON, ZAC HARMON, LAURIE MORVAN, GENO DELAFOSE, LISA HALEY, MARK ST. MARY, T-BROUSSARD ... read more >>
Bill Cosby is coming to CCPA
Written by Sentinel News Service 02 May 2010
Bill Cosby Bill Cosby is coming to CCPALegendary Comedian delivers humor and laughs at the Cerritos Center for Performing Arts on Sunday, May 16, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PMCERRITOS, CA--Award-winning comedian ... read more >>
Links kick off their 60th anniversary
Written by Sentinel News Service 26 April 2010
Anitha Mitchell Links kick off their 60th anniversary On April 8, 2010, the Los Angeles Chapter of the Links, Inc., kicked off their 60th anniversary at the historic Wilshire Ebell of Los Angeles with ... read more >>
Steve Harvey & Nephew Tommy Host ESSENCE Festival
Written by Sentinel News Service 26 April 2010
Tommy/Steve Harvey Steve Harvey & Nephew Tommy Host ESSENCE Festival The good news keeps coming from the ESSENCE Music Festival! Just announced: actor, comedian, syndicated radio show host, and ... read more >>
Celebs Announced for Tom Joyner’s 2010 Fantastic Voyage
Written by Sentinel News Service 26 April 2010
Tom Joyner Celebs Announced for Tom Joyner’s 2010 Fantastic Voyage Tom Joyner's 11th annual Fantastic Voyage, a.k.a. the "Ultimate Party with a Purpose," is gearing up to set sail from Miami ... read more >>
Hollywood Icon Robert Townsend
Written by Brandon I. Brooks (Entertainment Editor) 24 April 2010
Robert Townsend Hollywood Icon Robert Townsend By Brandon I. Brooks Sentinel Entertainment Editor Producer, director, writer and star of motion pictures continues to make history with new award winning ... read more >>
Playboy Jazz Festival Presents Free Community Concert
Written by Sentinel News Service 15 April 2010
Playboy Jazz Festival Presents Free Community ConcertFeaturing Grammy winner Bill Cunliffe and his septet and vocalist Johnny Crawford and his orchestra - Sunday May 2nd at Beverly Hills civic center plazaGrammy ... read more >>
Boyz II Men Embark On Concert Cruise
Written by Sentinel News Service 15 April 2010
Boyz II Men Embark On Concert Cruise Boyz II Men Four Day "Love" Cruise to Nassau, Bahamas February 11-14, 2011 Multiple Grammy Award winners and most successful male vocal group of all time, Boyz ... read more >>
The Loft energized by Vesta!
Written by Larry Buford (Contributing Writer) 09 April 2010
VestaThe loft energized by Vesta!By Larry BufordSentinel Contributing Writer What do singers like Vesta Williams and Ollie Woodson have in common? They have tapped into and rejuvenated an audience ... read more >>
Dr. Murray keeps license for now
Written by Kathy Williamson (Contributing Writer) 09 April 2010
Caption: Dr. Conrad Murray Dr. Murray keeps license for nowJudge denies conflict of interest By Kathy WilliamsonSentinel Contributor Dr. Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson's personal physician at ... read more >>
1st Annual Steve Harvey Foundation Gala Honoring Denzel Washington
Written by Sentinel News Service 01 April 2010
1st Annual Steve Harvey Foundation Gala Honoring Academy Award Winner Denzel Washington Steve Harvey May 3rd Gala to Support Community Change and Youth Mentoring On May 3 2010, multi-faceted entertainer ... read more >>
Dr. Conrad Murray accused of hiding evidence before calling paramedics
Written by Kathy Williamson (Contributing Writer) 26 March 2010
Dr. Conrad MurrayDr. Conrad Murray accused of hiding evidence before calling paramedicsBy Kathy WilliamsonSentinel ContributorAs the investigation into the death of pop legend Michael Jackson continues, ... read more >>
Annual MMPA Oscar Week Luncheon Held
Written by Sentinel News Service 18 March 2010
The 17th Annual MMPA Oscar Week Student Filmmakers Scholarship Luncheon: (Left to Right) Jarvee Hutcherson, President of the Multicultural Motion Picture Association; Kimberley Myers, 2010 Writers Advocate ... read more >>
The Third Annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon
Written by Sentinel News Service 12 March 2010
Mary J. BligeQueen LatifahCicely TysonZoe Saldana The Third Annual Essence Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon 2010 Event Paid Tribute To 40th Anniversary Of Essence Magazine This week ESSENCE magazine ... read more >>
M.A.C cosmetics Oscar Luncheon
Written by Sentinel News Service 11 March 2010
Saturday's M.A.C cosmetics Oscar Luncheon for Mo'Nique at Phillippe Chow in L.A. was already the place to be on Saturday - with such legends as Ruby Dee on hand to honor the "Precious" actress.But then ... read more >>
TBS has tapped Tim Meadows for pilot
Written by Sentinel News Service 11 March 2010
TBS has tapped Tim Meadows and Kelly Blatz for the hourlong pilot "Glory Daze," which features a largely young, ensemble cast that includes Julianna Guill, Callard Harris, Matt Bush, Hartley Sawyer and ... read more >>
Lil Wayne finally goes to jail
Written by Sentinel News Service 11 March 2010
After four false starts, Lil Wayne was finally taken away in handcuffs to begin his year-long jail term for attempted criminal possession of a weapon. The rapper was sentenced in Manhattan Monday, where ... read more >>
Ed Gordon is back with B.E.T.
Written by Sentinel News Service 11 March 2010
Richard Prince's "Journal-isms" online column reported Monday that nearly two decades after his career took national notice, news anchor Ed Gordon is back, covering news and real issues that matters to ... read more >>
Coby Bell lands new gig
Written by Sentinel News Service 11 March 2010
Coby Bell*"Third Watch" veteran Coby Bell has been cast as a regular in USA's flagship series "Burn Notice."  The actor will play Jesse Garcia, described by the Hollywood Reporter as "a cocky and ... read more >>
Niecy Nash is ready to dance
Written by Sentinel News Service 11 March 2010
Niecy Nash Actress and TV host Niecy Nash says she's particularly looking forward to going heads up with Kate Gosselin on "Dancing with the Stars." "Let me tell you something, it will be the battle ... read more >>
MJ Bodyguards speak out
Written by Sentinel News Service 11 March 2010
Michael Jackson Former bodyguards for Michael Jackson said they personally witnessed the King of Pop make out with girls in the backseat of his chauffeured cars, and that he is by no means a pedophile ... read more >>
Nancy Wilson and Stevie Wonder Honored at CAAM
Written by Sentinel News Service 05 March 2010
Nancy Wilson and Assemblyman Mike DavisJames Ingram, Stevie Wonder and Assemblyman DavisPHOTO CREDIT: MALCOLM ALI Assemblyman Mike Davis (A-48) brought together an array of entertainers and elected ... read more >>
Black History Cultural Youth Experience
Written by Elzena Rankins (Intern) 04 March 2010
Black History Cultural Youth Experience Derek Haskell (Middle) PRESSLINE Entertainment Community Children enjoying the Black History Youth Experience held at St. Andrews Park By Elzena RankinsSentinel ... read more >>
Charlotte Williams awarded prestigious silver award from YoungArts
Written by Sentinel News Service 11 February 2010
 Charlotte WIlliamsFour student-artists from California awarded prestigious gold and silver awards from YoungArtsHonor includes $10,000 and $5,000 awards and a week of artistic experience in New York ... read more >>
Johnny Morris celebrates 45 years in broadcasting
Written by Sentinel News Service 11 February 2010
Johnny MorrisJOHNNY MORRISJohnny Morris Celebrates 45 Years in BroadcastingAt 10 years old, a young Andrew Morris already knew what he wanted to be when he grew up - a radio broadcaster. The curious youngster ... read more >>
Valentines’ Zane!
Written by Kam Williams (Contributing Writer) 11 February 2010
ZaneValentine's Zane!By Kam WilliamsSentinel Contributing WriterZane the"Sex Chronicles" InterviewZane (not her real name) is the best-selling author of a plethora of African-American-oriented erotica, ... read more >>
Michael Jackson’s doctor charged
Written by Kathy Williamson (Contributing Writer) 10 February 2010
Dr. Conrad Murray and Michael JacksonMichael Jackson's doctor chargedAfter being formally with involuntary manslaughter, Dr. Conrad Murray was released on bail; he also had to surrender his passportBy ... read more >>
Roxanna Floyd – A Life Lived and Served, 1960 - 2010
Written by Sentinel News Service 05 February 2010
Roxanna FloydCelebration of Life: Roxanna FloydA Life Lived and Served, 1960 - 2010Celebrated makeup artist, Roxanna Floyd, died unexpectedly in her sleep at her home in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn, ... read more >>
Remember Rochelle
Written by Kam Williams (Contributing Writer) 24 December 2009
Remember RochelleRochell Aytes By Kam Williams Sentinel Contributing Writer Rochelle Aytes the "The Forgotten" Interview Rochelle Aytes is quickly establishing herself as one of Hollywood's brightest, ... read more >>
Kyle and Christopher Massey to Serve As Parade Route Reporters for the 2009 Hollywood Christmas Parade
Written by Sentinel News Service 19 November 2009
Kyle and Christopher Massey to Serve As Parade Route Reporters for the 2009 Hollywood Christmas ParadeActor ERIK ESTRADA (World's Funniest Moments; CHiPs; The Bold and the Beautiful) and Television Host ... read more >>
Floetic Soul Star John Blak to Release New Project at Dream Center in Carson Nov. 28
Written by Sentinel News Service 19 November 2009
Floetic Soul Star John Blak to Release New Project at Dream Center in Carson Nov. 28 John BlakThe wait for the growing list of spoken word artist John Blak will grow immensely when they witness what the ... read more >>
Moca New 30th Anniversary Gala Raises Record-Breaking $4million
Written by Sentinel News Service 19 November 2009
Moca New 30th Anniversary Gala Raises Record-Breaking $4millionThe Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) celebrated its 30th anniversary on Saturday, November 14, 2009, with a record-breaking international ... read more >>
Comedian Bill Bellamy to Host Ultra Wave Reunion: The 80's vs The 90's
Written by Sentinel News Service 19 November 2009
Comedian Bill Bellamy to Host Ultra Wave Reunion: The 80's vs The 90'sBill BellamyFeaturing A Special Performance by 90's Rap Sensation JayO Felony and Benefiting Mothers in Action Thanksgiving Day Food ... read more >>
OPENING THIS WEEK: @ the Box Office (11/12-11/18/2009 Edition)
Written by Kam Williams (Contributing Writer) 12 November 2009
OPENING THIS WEEK: @ the Box Office (11/12-11/18/2009)  By Kam Williams Sentinel Contributing Writer                 Big Budget Films2012 (PG-13 for profanity ... read more >>
Time Warner Cable Partners With Stevie Wonder To Find The Next Music Star
Written by Sentinel News Service 12 November 2009
Time Warner Cable Partners With Stevie Wonder To Find The Next Music StarStevie Wonder Time Warner Cable, Stevie Wonder, KJLH Radio and BET Host the "LA Young Star" ContestIn search of the next local music ... read more >>
The GRAMMY Museum Presents Michael Jackson: A Musical Legacy
Written by Sentinel News Service 12 November 2009
The GRAMMY Museum Presents Michael Jackson: A Musical LegacyMichael Jackson Special New Exhibit Features Additional Artifacts, Video, and New Interactive ExperienceThe GRAMMY Museum unveiled its newest ... read more >>

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Westwood welcomes Jay-Z
Written by Michell Graham (Contributing Writer) 12 November 2009
Westwood welcomes Jay-ZJay-Z performing in Westwood at Pauley Pavilion (November 8, 2009)By Michell Graham Sentinel Contributing Writer This past Sunday (November 8, 2009) Pauley Pavilion played host to ... read more >>
Daniel Curtis Lee Goes Extreme with Disney
Written by Brandon I. Brooks (Entertainment Editor) 12 November 2009
Daniel Curtis Lee Goes Extreme with DisneyDaniel Curtis Lee stars as Kojo on Disney XD's "Zeke and Luther." (Disney Xd/Bob D'amico)  By Brandon I. Brooks Sentinel Entertainment Editor Sentinel exclusive ... read more >>
Tatyana Ali is back and joining forces with B.E.T.com for "BUPPIES"
Written by Brandon I. Brooks (Entertainment Editor) 05 November 2009
Tatyana Ali is back and joining forces with B.E.T.com for "BUPPIES"Tatyana Ali By Brandon I. Brooks Sentinel Entertainment Editor Tatyana Ali stars and produced the new highly anticipated web series "BUPPIES" ... read more >>
Disney's First African American Princess Makes Her Royal Debut this Week at Disneyland!
Written by Stephanie Frederic (Contributing Writer) 05 November 2009
Disney's First African American Princess Makes Her Royal Debut this Week at Disneyland!Princess Tiana -- "She's the princess every Black girl has been waiting for" -  LaShanda Henry - Mother and Creator ... read more >>
Honoring Diversity in the Cinematic Arts and Television
Written by Sentinel News Service 29 October 2009
"Honoring Diversity in the Cinematic Arts and Television" GLEE IS THE WORD FOR DIVERSITY KUDOS AT DIVERSITY AWARDS 2009 BEVERLY HILLS AWARDS On Sunday, November 22, 2009 in Beverly Hills, the 2009 ... read more >>

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Boris on Board
Written by Kam Williams (Contributing Writer) 22 October 2009
Boris on BoardBoris Kodjoe By Kam Williams Sentinel Contributing Writer Boris Kodjoe The "Surrogates" Interview Boris Kodjoe, along with his better half, Nicole Ari Parker, comprises one of the more ... read more >>
California Science Center to host West Coast Debut of America I Am: The African American Imprint Exhibition
Written by Sentinel News Service 15 October 2009
California Science Center to host West Coast Debut of America I Am: The African American Imprint Exhibition Los Angeles will be home to the west coast debut of America I AM: The African American Imprint, ... read more >>
Gladys Knight Wows the Crowd at the Cerritos Center for Performing Arts
Written by Cheryl Tillman Lee (Family Editor) 08 October 2009
Grammy Winner Gladys Knight Wows the Crowd at the Cerritos Center for Performing ArtsGladys Knight By CHERYL TILLMAN LEEFamily EditorGrammy Award winning Gladys Knight, along with three background singers ... read more >>
Sheryl Lee Ralph presents the 19th Annual "Divas Simply Singing!"
Written by Brandon I. Brooks (Entertainment Editor) 08 October 2009
Sheryl Lee Ralph presents the 19th Annual "Divas Simply Singing!"Sheryl Lee RalphBy Brandon I. Brooks Sentinel Entertainment Editor Sheryl Lee Ralph is coming to the rescue of the Women Alive Coalition ... read more >>
Ebony Repertory Theatre Proudly Presents Ahmad Jamal
Written by Sentinel News Service 17 September 2009
 Ahmad JamalEbony Repertory Theatre Proudly Presents Legendary Jazz Piano Master Ahmad Jamal "All of my inspiration comes from Ahmad Jamal." - Miles Davis  The Ebony Repertory Theatre (ERT) proudly ... read more >>
No He Didn't!!
Written by Brandon I. Brooks (Entertainment Editor) 17 September 2009
Kanye West and Taylor SwiftNo He Didn't!!Brandon I. Brooks Sentinel Entertainment Editor  "Are you serious? No play that again.... is this joke, are you kidding me?!" That was my reaction when I watched ... read more >>
UNCF An Evening Of Stars Tribute To Lionel Richie
Written by Sentinel News Service 17 September 2009
UNCF An Evening Of Stars Tribute To Lionel Richie Natalie Cole, Akon, Brian Mcknight, Boney James and Chrisette Michele came out for Uncf Tribute to Lionel Richie The 31st edition of An Evening of Stars, ... read more >>
Omarosa "The Life After"
Written by Kam Williams (Contributing Writer) 10 September 2009
Omarosa Manigault  A Tete-a-Tete with the Top Reality-TV Villain of All Time  By Kam Williams Sentinel Contributing Writer Omarosa The "Life After" Interview   Omaroseonee Manigault-Stallworth ... read more >>
Shakur Film Recieves Favorable Ruling
Written by Sentinel News Service 03 September 2009
Shakur Film Recieves Favorable RulingCNS--Tupac Shakur's mother and Morgan Creek Productions both left court with a favorable ruling today in dueling litigation over the right to make a biographical film ... read more >>
Entertainer Ellia English Signs Copies of Her New Book
Written by Sentinel News Service 28 August 2009
Entertainer Ellia English Signs Copies of Her New Book: I AM THAT I AM America's Favorite Aunt Recites Passages From her New Book at EsoWon Books Thursday, September 3 @ 7 PMFrom the glittering lights ... read more >>
Fantasia Barrino Joins With Reading Is Fundamental
Written by Sentinel News Service 27 August 2009
Fantasia Barrino Joins With Reading Is Fundamental to Encourage all americans to read for change Broadway star Fantasia Barrino has teamed up with Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation's oldest and ... read more >>
Vibe Lifestyle Network Announces Jermaine Hall as New Editor-in-Chief
Written by Sentinel News Service 27 August 2009
Jermaine HallVibe Lifestyle Network Announces Jermaine Hall as New Editor-in-ChiefIndustry Veteran and Former Vibe Executive ReturnsThe Vibe Lifestyle Network, who recently acquired Vibe and Vibe.com announced ... read more >>
If Michael Jackson Had Lived?
Written by Kenneth Miller (Managing Editor) 27 August 2009
Michael JacksonFans pay tribute to Michael Jackson at special Staples CenterMemorial Service If Michael Jackson Had Lived?Pop King would have been 51 Aug. 29By Kenneth MillerSentinel Managing EditorThe ... read more >>
Coroner Findings on Jackson Death Not Released
Written by Sentinel News Service 27 August 2009
Coroner Findings on Jackson Death Not ReleasedCNS--Lethal levels of the powerful anesthetic propofol were found in Michael Jackson's body, and the singer's doctor acknowledged to investigators that he ... read more >>
Chris Brown Sentenced for Assault
Written by Terri Vermeulen Keith 27 August 2009
Chris Brown Sentenced for Assault By Terri Vermeulen Keith City News Service R&B singer Chris Brown was sentenced today to five years probation and 180 days of community labor for assaulting his then- ... read more >>
One on One with TV One's Media Mogul Cathy Hughes
Written by Kam Williams (Contributing Writer) 20 August 2009
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Tyler Perry treats Philly pool kids to Disney World
Written by Carmen Dixon (Sentinel Wire Services) 13 August 2009
Tyler PerryTyler Perry Treats Philly Pool Kids to Disney WorldBy Carmen Dixon Sentinel Wire Services Tyler Perry is treating the 65-day campers who were ejected from the Philadelphia-area Valley Swim Club ... read more >>
Ludacris will help to crown a new Miss Malibu and Miss Malibu Teen
Written by Sentinel News Service 13 August 2009
LudacrisLudacris will help to crown a new Miss Malibu and Miss Malibu Teen USAA private Malibu estate previously owned by music icon Cher will soon be the site of the 5th Annual Miss Malibu Pageant, one ... read more >>
Rapper Gets 2 Years for Cop-Killing Song
Written by Jeff Douglas (Sentinel Wire Service) 13 August 2009
Antavio Johnson Rapper Gets 2 Years for Cop-Killing SongBy Jeff Douglas Sentinel Wire Services A Florida rapper is sentenced to two years in prison for a song called 'Kill Me a Cop' that he produced as ... read more >>
Culture Shock L.A. Dance Troupe Presents "IConnect"
Written by Sentinel News Service 06 August 2009
Culture Shock Culture Shock Los Angeles Dance Troupe presents "iConnect"Featuring a special performance by the Beat Freaks and KABA Modern LegacyFord Amphitheatre, September 4, 2009 at 8:30pm Culture Shock ... read more >>
Permanent Custody of Jackson Children to Grandmother
Written by Bill Hetherman & Christina Villacorte (City News Service) 06 August 2009
A Los Angeles judge approved an agreement today giving custody of Michael Jackson's three children to the singer's mother, Katherine.Jackson's ex-wife, Deborah Rowe, will have visitation rights with the ... read more >>
Steve Harvey Lands at Radio Free KJLH
Written by Kenneth Miller ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR 29 July 2009
Steve HarveySteve HarveySteve Harvey Lands at Radio Free KJLHBy Kenneth MillerSentinel Managing EditorThe Morning Show King of urban radio Steve Harvey is returning to Southern California and his new landing ... read more >>
Sony Pictures is close to a deal for a feature film of MJ
Written by Sentinel News Service 23 July 2009
        Variety is reporting that Sony Pictures is close to a deal for a feature film that would draw on the 80 hours of rehearsal footage filmed for concerts Michael Jackson was preparing ... read more >>
Jermaine Dupri has commented on video footage
Written by Sentinel News Service 23 July 2009
Jermaine Dupri has commented on video footage released last week that shows him encouraging Adam “Pacman” Jones to “make it rain” at a Las Vegas strip club, shortly before a shooting ... read more >>
Shaquille O'Neal will star in an ABC reality series
Written by Sentinel News Service 23 July 2009
NBA star Shaquille O'Neal, who joins the Cleveland Cavaliers next season, will star in an ABC reality series that pits him against elite athletes from sports outside of his NBA comfort zone.       ... read more >>
Chris Brown has posted a video in which he pleads with fans to forgive him
Written by Sentinel News Service 23 July 2009
Chris Brown has posted a video to his website in which he pleads with fans to forgive him for the beating he handed former girlfriend Rihanna in February.        In the message, Brown ... read more >>
Morgan Freeman is in talks to join the Bruce Willis-starrer "Red"
Written by Sentinel News Service 23 July 2009
Morgan Freeman is in talks to join the Bruce Willis-starrer "Red," based on the three-book WildStorm/DC Comic series published in 2003 and 2004.               The ... read more >>
Lu Vason Presents the 2009 Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo
Written by Sentinel News Service 16 July 2009
Founder and Producer of the only Black National Touring Rodeo, Lu Vason proudly presents the 2009 Annual Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo (BPIR). Celebrating 25 years of rodeo entertainment, the rodeo rides ... read more >>
Mother of Jackson Children Denies Giving Up Paternal Rights
Written by Sentinel News Service 16 July 2009
An attorney for Deborah Rowe, who bore two of Michael Jackson's children, sternly denied a published report today that his client has agreed to give up any parental rights to the children in exchange for ... read more >>
Soledad on Ice
Written by Kam Williams (Contributing Writer) 08 July 2009
O’Brien in South Africa as part of the cultural exchange program, “Journey for Change.”Photo by Jeff Hutchens/ Reportage for CNNCNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien ... read more >>
Michael Jackson's Best Hits
Written by Sentinel Staff Report 02 July 2009
Album Sales Important Note: Thriller is the best selling album of all time; though sales figures for the album vary, the album is cited as selling as many as 109 million copies worldwide.  (Gotta Be ... read more >>
Entertainment Guru
Written by Brandon I. Brooks (Entertainment Editor) 02 July 2009
 Entertainment Guru Michael Jackson was the trendsetter of all trendsetters. When it comes to fashion and style there was no line Michael Jackson wasn't willing to cross. He tried every style and then ... read more >>
Michael Jackson "Man In Your Mirror"
Written by Michell D. Graham 02 July 2009
Michael Jackson“Man in Your Mirror”When my mom told me the news I respectfully dismissed it. Knowing my mom loves to gossip and spread rumors, I asked her to “call me back.” Could ... read more >>
BET Awards give special tribute to Michael Jackson
Written by Michell D. Graham 02 July 2009
Photos credit: Malcolm Ali for SentinelAs I read some blogs there has been some disparaging remarks as to why we choose to "separate ourselves and have our own awards show." We don't want to live in a ... read more >>
Vibe Magazine is Gone!
Written by Sentinel News Service 30 June 2009
Vibe magazine has become another victim of the recession. The urban-music magazine, which was founded by Quincy Jones in 1993, is shutting down. The last Vibe to hit stands was the June/July 2009 ... read more >>
Entertainment Calendar
Written by Sentinel Staff Report 25 June 2009
Calendar ListingLowrider Band Performing Live!!Hollywood Park Race Track1050 South Prairie Ave.Inglewood CA 90301310.612.5304 Friday, July 3, 2009Show time @ 10:30 PMOn Stage @ 10:30 PMCurfew @ 12:00 ... read more >>
Nick Cannon Shoots Talent Promo at White House
Written by Sentinel News Service 25 June 2009
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Foxy Brown treated like a queen in jail?
Written by Sentinel News Service 25 June 2009
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Chris Brown avoids trial and jail in assault case
Written by Sentinel News Service 25 June 2009
Chris Brown has avoided jail time in his assault case against Rihanna by reaching a last minute plea deal that involves probation, domestic violence classes, community service and having to stay at least ... read more >>
Debbie Allen Brings Dance Studio to Crenshaw
Written by Jasmyne A. Cannick (Columnist) 25 June 2009
Debbie Allen and Husband Norm Nixon to Host 3 Day Celebration Beginning June 25 at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw PlazaWorld renowned dance choreographer Debbie Allen is bringing her internationally acclaimed ... read more >>
New Book Claims Jimi Hendrix was Murdered
Written by Sentinel News Service 04 June 2009
A new book written by a roadie for Jimi Hendrix claims the late rock icon was actually murdered by his manager, Michael Jeffrey, who told the author he plied Hendrix with pills and alcohol in order to ... read more >>
Nick Cannon fires back at Eminem
Written by Sentinel News Service 04 June 2009
 Nick Cannon fires back at Eminem for making fun of Mariah Carey on his latest album release, “Relapse”.  The song is titled “Bagpipes from Baghdad” and Eminem blast the famous ... read more >>
Black Business Association Honors Smokey Robinson
Written by Sentinel News Service 28 May 2009
In recognition of Black Music Month, and Motown's 50th Year Anniversary, Smokey Robinson will be honored with Lifetime Achievement Award at the Black Business Association's (BBA) 35th Annual Awards Dinner ... read more >>
Playboy Jazz Free Community Concert June 7th, 2009
Written by Sentinel News Service 21 May 2009
Featuring Jazz Artist Diane Schuur, Ed Shaughnessy and Susie HansenIt's summer... Kick back, let your hair down, and get your groove on when 'Playboy Jazz in Warner Park' returns to Woodland Hills, Sunday, ... read more >>
Celebrities Step Out to Help Los Angeles Foster Care Children
Written by Sentinel News Service 21 May 2009
Pasadena Restaurant Hosts First Annual Hillsides "Foster Soles" Auction Stepping out of their shoes to help Los Angeles foster care children, celebrities participated in the first-ever Hillsides "Foster ... read more >>
Actor/Director Bill Duke brings back actors boot camp
Written by Sentinel News Service 07 May 2009
 On Saturday, May 9th - August 15th acclaimed actor/director, Bill Duke (Not Easily Broken, Deep Cover, Hoodlum, Rage in Harlem, X-Men: the Last Stand, National Security) will reintroduce his 12 week ... read more >>
Sights & Scenes - L.A. Urban League 36th annual Whitney M. Young, Jr. Awards Dinner
Written by Sentinel News Service 01 May 2009
Sights & Scenes LOS ANGELES URBAN LEAGUE & THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY HONOR ACADEMY AWARD-WINNING BLACK MEN and INTRODUCE FIRST BLACK PRINCESS The Los Angeles Urban League hosted the 36th annual ... read more >>
Artist ERNIE BARNES Passes Away
Written by Sentinel News Service 28 April 2009
ERNIE BARNES (1938 – 2009) Ernie Barnes, former professional football player and painter, best known for his unique figurative style of painting and widely recognized as the foremost African ... read more >>
Lula Washington Dance Theatre Celebrates National Dance Week
Written by HANIYYAH TAHIRAH MUHAMMAD 23 April 2009
Lula Washington leading students through an exercise. Photo Credit: Brandon I. Brooks for Sentinel The Lula Washington Dance Theatre (LWDT) celebrates National Dance Week (NDW) from April 24th - 26th with ... read more >>
CSULB Student Finds Alternative Spring Break Most Rewarding
Written by Sentinel News Service 16 April 2009
 Nadine Henley Even before heading to New Orleans on an "Alternative Spring Break," Cal State Long Beach senior Nadine Henley knew she was heading to a truly devastated area where visitors' emotions ... read more >>
Miracles Star on the Walk of Fame
Written by Sentinel News Service 02 April 2009
Photo Credit: Ian Fox  STAR ON THE WALK OF FAME: Smokie Robinson and the Miracles received their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Left to right: Berry Gordy, Smokie Robinson, Peter Moore, first lady ... read more >>
Call for Performing Artists
Written by Sentinel News Service 19 March 2009
The City of Inglewood’s Historic Site Preservation Committee has issued a call for local musicians, dancers, and vocalists, who are interested in showcasing their talents during the “Concerts ... read more >>
Ava DuVernay: The “This Is the Life” Interview
Written by Kam Williams (Contributing Writer) 19 March 2009
Life Is Good!   Ava DuVernay has worked in the world of film as a marketer and a publicist for more than 14 years, forming The DuVernay Agency in 1999.  Her award-winning firm has provided ... read more >>
Xscape Singer to star in cast of Bravo's "The Real Housewives of Atlanta"
Written by Sentinel News Service 12 March 2009
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Kandi Burruss of the 90s R&B group Xscape will join the cast of Bravo's "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," replacing fired housewife DeShawn ... read more >>
Eminem album 'Relapse" set to drop May 19
Written by Sentinel News Service 12 March 2009
Interscope released a statement Thursday proclaiming May 19th as the release date for Eminem’s upcoming album, "Relapse," with a single and video set to premiere on April 7. A second ... read more >>
Chris Brown & Rihanna Dispute Caused by Text Message
Written by Sentinel News Service 12 March 2009
Leave it to celebrity police TMZ to keep digging for dirt. Well, it looks like they um, shall we say, struck pay dirt. To be exact, the site is reporting that the female that triggered the bruising ... read more >>
Urban Network Honors Berry Gordy at Summit
Written by Sentinel News Service 12 March 2009
Danny Glover to Host Dinner for Black Filmmakers Inc Legendary music executive and founder of Motown Records, Berry Gordy, will be in attendance at the Urban Network Music-Entertainment Summit’s ... read more >>
Long Beach Step Show
Written by Sentinel News Service 12 March 2009
The National Pan-Hellenic Council at California State University, Long Beach is proud to present its 19th Annual Step Show to be held at the fabulous Long Beach State Walter Pyramid on Saturday, March ... read more >>
Rashida Jones: The I Love You, Man Interview
Written by Kam Williams (Contributing Writer) 12 March 2009
Rashida's Rhapsody Born in L.A. on February 25, 1976, Rashida Leah Jones is the younger daughter of jazz icon/composer/arranger/record producer Quincy Jones and actress Peggy Lipton of Mod ... read more >>
Oscar Nominees Come Out To Praise Student Filmmakers
Written by Sentinel News Service 05 March 2009
Academy Award nominees past and present were once again in full force, coming out in support of young Hollywood talents as the Multicultural Motion Picture Association's (MMPA's), annual Oscar ... read more >>
Michael Jackson seeks comeback in London
Written by Associated Press 05 March 2009
Michael Jackson's spokeswoman said Tuesday that the musician will make a "special announcement" in London this week, amid speculation the reclusive singer will announce his first live ... read more >>
2009 Playboy Jazz Festival is scheduled for June 13 & 14th
Written by Sentinel News Service 05 March 2009
Some of the most exciting and internationally renowned names in jazz will come together when the 2009 Playboy Jazz Festival, now in its 31st year, presents a stellar lineup of talent Saturday and Sunday, ... read more >>
Allstate Returns as a Top Sponsor for 2009 Jenesse Silver Rose Weekend
Written by Sentinel News Service 26 February 2009
Jenesse Center is proud to welcome Allstate Insurance Company as a returning major sponsor for the 2009 Silver Rose Weekend. The charity event, chaired by Academy Award winning actress and long time ... read more >>
Tavis Smiley The State of the Black Union Interview
Written by Kam Williams (Contributing Writer) 26 February 2009
Interviewing the Interviewer, Turning the Tables on TavisBorn in Gulfport, Mississippi on September 13, 1964, Tavis Smiley was raised by his mother and step-father in a modest mobile home in Peru, Indiana ... read more >>
Rihanna's family speaks about incident
Written by Sentinel News Service 19 February 2009
Pop diva Rihanna's family is asking media and others for understanding. According to Rihanna's uncle, Daddy I-Roy, the singer is alright, but the family is not due to the constant phone calls ... read more >>
Chris Brown Releases Statement Regarding Rihanna
Written by Sentinel News Service 19 February 2009
In the statement, released via his publicist Sunday, Brown says: "Words cannot begin to express how sorry and saddened I am over what transpired. I am seeking the counseling of my pastor, my ... read more >>
Suge Knight Catches Beat Down
Written by Sentinel News Service 19 February 2009
TMZ.com is reporting that Marion "Suge" Knight was beaten up early Monday morning in Scottsdale, Ariz., and the alleged assailant is affiliated with pop star Akon. According to the Web site, ... read more >>
Los Angeles Sentinel Artist David G. Brown Receives NAACP Image award for new book
Written by James Bolden (Special to the Sentinel) 19 February 2009
Los Angeles artist, educator and publisher, David G. Brown, received a NAACP Image Award for his book "Barack, Race and the Media: Drawing my own Conclusions." The book, which won in the ... read more >>
President Obama's Favorites
Written by Brandon I. Brooks (Entertainment Editor) 22 January 2009
In a salute to our the 44th President of the United States here is a list of President Barack H. Obama's favorites Favorite Films 1.) Godfather Part I2.) Godfather Part II3.) "Lawrence of Arabia." ... read more >>
ART LA 2009 Reveals Exhibitor And Special Programming Highlights
Written by Sentinel News Service 15 January 2009
From Friday, January 23 through Sunday, January 25, 2009 the historic Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica airport will be home to ART LA 2009.   The fair presents a select roster of 60 top ... read more >>
Randy Jackson makes surprise appearance at Lula Washington Dance Theatre
Written by Brandon I. Brooks (Entertainment Editor) 15 January 2009
American Idol host Randy Jackson and his wife Erika made a surprise appearance at the Lula Washington Dance Theartre to unveil two newly renovated dance studios.    The renovated dance ... read more >>
'Dreamgirls' Celeb Reaches Child Support Settlement
Written by Sentinel News Service 01 January 2009
A settlement was reached in a lawsuit filed by a woman against a music arranger for the Oscar-winning film "Dreamgirls" over her allegations that he failed to pay child support for their ... read more >>
Conga Room to Reopen at LA Live
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 18 December 2008
The much anticipated re-opening of the Conga Room at LA Live lived up to it's billing, as stars strolled across the red carpet and into its new location. On hand were Alfre Woodard, Phillip Bailey ... read more >>
Hudson in-law Charged with Killing 3 Relatives
Written by Don Babwin (Associated Press) 04 December 2008
Jennifer Hudson's brother-in-law was charged with murder Tuesday in the shooting deaths of three of the actress's family members, including the 7-year-old son of his estranged wife. William ... read more >>
"BEJAY" is Forbes' Richest Couple
Written by Sentinel News Service 27 November 2008
The collective bank account of Jay-Z and his wife Beyonce Knowles is bigger than any other celebrity couple in the entertainment industry, according to Forbes magazine's new list of Hollywood's ... read more >>
Cedric The Entertainer Wants To Do More Than Make You Laugh
Written by Sentinel News Service 06 November 2008
While his tenure as a comedian is well ingrained in the funny bones of many of us, Cedric the Entertainer has adopted a new strategy to reshape his career, and project his talent and unmistakably warm ... read more >>
Religion Editor Niele Anderson Back on Radio
Written by Kenneth Miller ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR 30 October 2008
Los Angeles Sentinel Religion Editor Niele Anderson has returned to the local radio airwaves with a regular weekend show on 93.5 The Beat FM, it was announced recently. Anderson, who for several years ... read more >>
A child's body was found as Jennifer Hudson's family prepares for worse
Written by Brandon I. Brooks (Assistant Managing Editor) 27 October 2008
A child’s body was found in a white Chevrolet Suburban and the family of Oscar winning actress Jennifer Hudson is assuming the worse.A national amber alert regarding Hudson’s nephew, Julian ... read more >>
Jennifer Hudson's Mother and Brother Found Murdered
Written by Sentinel News Service 24 October 2008
The mother and brother of Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson were found shot to death in the mother's Chicago home on Friday. The Chicago Fire Department confirmed that two adults were ... read more >>
Rudy Ray Moore aka Dolemite passes at 81
Written by Sentinel News Service 20 October 2008
Rudy Ray Moore has died. The entertainment maverick died in Ohio of complications from diabetes.  According to a spokesman for his longtime collaborator and distributor, Xenon Pictures, he was ... read more >>
Rappers and Entertainers to Kick Off ‘My Hood Votes’ in Compton
Written by Jasmyne A. Cannick (Columnist) 09 October 2008
Eric “Lil Eazy E” Wright Jr., Jasmyne Cannick, journalist and political activist and Jaime Foxx.Son of rap legend Eazy E, Eric “Lil Eazy E” Wright Jr. and rapper Mack 10 among ... read more >>

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James Earl Jones to get SAG Life Achievement Award
Written by Associated Press 03 October 2008
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- James Earl Jones, who has voiced some of entertainment's most memorable characters, will receive the 2008 Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. SAG President Alan Rosenberg ... read more >>
Entertainment Briefs (9-11-08 Edition)
Written by Kam Williams (Contributing Writer) 12 September 2008
Tina Turner shakes out new tour dates Tina Turner has extended her upcoming comeback tour, a globe-spanning trek that will keep the 68-year-old performer on the road for more than half a year. The Rock ... read more >>
Kanye West Arrested at LAX
Written by Sentinel Staff Writer 11 September 2008
Kanye West was arrested at LAX along with his bodyguard, Don Crowley. The incident took place at the entrance to the security checkpoint for American Airlines at Terminal 4. Access Hollywood was the first ... read more >>
Katt Williams Returns As Host For The Third Annual “Bet Hip Hop Awards”
Written by Sentinel Staff Writer 11 September 2008
The third time is a charm for BET as actor/comedian Katt Williams returns to host the third annual BET HIP HOP AWARDS. Taping on Saturday, October 18 at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center ... read more >>
'Suge' Knight arrested in Las Vegas, accused of drug possession, assault on girlfriend
Written by Associated Press 27 August 2008
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Police say rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight is in a Las Vegas jail on drug and assault charges after he was accused of beating his girlfriend while brandishing a knife. ... read more >>
Tyrese Going Full Throttle In ‘Death Race’ and Hollywood
Written by Stephanie Frederic 21 August 2008
Tyrese Going Full Throttle In ‘Death ... read more >>
Rock The Bells keeps hip-hop alive and well
Written by Evan Barnes (Sports Editor) 15 August 2008
The Pharcyde, A Tribe Called Quest join Nas and many more at annual festival in San Bernardino Hip-hop festival Rock the Bells has long been noted for historic reunions –the last show of the entire ... read more >>
Black Moses Goes Home
Written by Ra’Kenna Joseph, Sentinel Intern 11 August 2008
Community Mourns loss of Issac Hayes  Still mourning the loss of legendary comedian and actor Bernie Mac, our community suffered another blow when news came that singer, songwriter, and funk-legend ... read more >>
Goodloe Behind Another Lens
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 08 August 2008
 Documentary Project About Girls in Gangs is Personal Well-known photographer Valerie Goodloe, who is the West Coast Staff Photojournalist for Johnson Publishing Company, Ebony/Jet Magazine, ... read more >>

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Entertainment Briefs (8-7-08 Edition)
Written by Sentinel News Service 07 August 2008
American Black Film Festival Opens Today Through Sunday Tyler Perry’s Cast of Upcoming Film Featured “Off the Red Carpet” Sanaa Lathan, Taraji Henson, Rockmond Dunbar and Cole ... read more >>
The Sultry Side of the Sassy Sister Known as New
Written by Kam Williams (Contributing Writer) 07 August 2008
Tiffany “New York” PollardTiffany Pollard was born on January 6, 1982 to Michele Rothschild-Patterson and Alex Pollard and raised in Utica, New York where she graduated from Thomas R. Proctor ... read more >>
Entertainment Briefs (7-31-08 Edition)
Written by Sentinel News Service 31 July 2008
Nelly hired as Sean Jean's New Spokesmodel Often called the sexiest man in Hip Hop, rapper Nelly has become the official spokesmodel for his upcoming fall collection of Sean John underwear. It ... read more >>
Bobby Seale The Chicago 10 Interview
Written by Kam Williams (Contributing Writer) 31 July 2008
Seizing the Time with the Black Panther Founder Robert George Seale was born on October 22, 1936 in Dallas, Texas where, from the age of six, he was raised by his father to be a carpenter-builder ... read more >>
Call Her Mrs. August
Written by Stephanie Frederic 31 July 2008
Call Her Mrs. August L.A.’s Paula Patton ... read more >>
Entertainment 411 (7-24-08 Edition)
Written by Sentinel News Service 24 July 2008
Jennifer Hudson’s debut self-titled CD Jennifer Hudson’s debut self-titled CD isn’t due out until September 30, but the just-released cover and promotional pics are generating ... read more >>
Anti Smoking PSAs Added to Kid DVDs
Written by City News Service 17 July 2008
CNS - Six major Holly-wood studios will include anti-smoking announcements on DVD releases of youth-rated films that include scenes with tobacco use, state and entertainment-industry officials said. ... read more >>
‘Ray Charles Live!’ Big Winner at NAACP Theatre Awards
Written by Brian W. Carter (Staff Writer) 10 July 2008
“The Color Purple”also wins three awards The 18th Annual NAACP Theatre Awards brought out the best and brightest of the Black entertainment community on June 30 at the Kodak Theatre in ... read more >>
BET 'One Mic Stand'
Written by Sentinel Staff Writer 10 July 2008
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Hustler’s Ambition
Written by Brandon I. Brooks (Assistant Managing Editor) 03 July 2008
Rap Artist 2 Pistols Exclusive 1 on 1 Interview  Rap artist 2 Pistols has taken the music industry by storm with his debut single “She Got It” featuring T-Pain and Tay Dizm. Currently ... read more >>
Tavis Smiley Softens Position on Obama
Written by Bonnie V. Winston, NNPA via Richmond Free Press 26 June 2008
Says Blacks Must Defend Presumptive Nominee Against Attacks  Political commentator and national talk show host Tavis Smiley seemingly has softened his position on Democratic presidential candidate ... read more >>
Ascap’s 21st Annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards Honor Top Songwriters and Publishers of 2007
Written by Myra Blackburn 26 June 2008
Hard to believe that R&B singers New Edition are celebrating 25 years in the music business.  The 80’s group featuring Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Johnny Gill, Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant, ... read more >>

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Entertainment 411 (06-26-08 Edition)
Written by Sentinel News Service 26 June 2008
Kelly Rowland To Undergo HIV Test For Charity African American R&B singer Kelly Rowland will be undergoing an HIV and Aids test in Africa, in order to raise awareness of the deadly diseases. Rowland ... read more >>
Journalist Ed Gordon Making News
Written by Kam Williams (Contributing Writer) 26 June 2008
Turning the Tables on the Emmy-Winning Interviewer  Edward Lansing Gordon, III was born in Detroit in 1960. Both his parents, Ed and Jimmie, were schoolteachers, although his father is best remembered ... read more >>
2 Krayze for Hollywood
Written by Brandon I. Brooks (Assistant Managing Editor) 19 June 2008
Entertainer extraordinaire takes Hollywood by storm “You think so therefore you are…you can achieve what ever you believe and just keep reaching for the stars”. These wise words are ... read more >>
D.L. Hughley Set To Host BET Awards ‘08”
Written by Sentinel News Service 05 June 2008
Actor and comedian D.L. Hughley will take the reins as the host of BET Awards 08. Tagged as “the hottest ticket on television,” producers are raising the stakes as the biggest stars in music, ... read more >>
Entertainment (411) 5-15-08
Written by Sentinel News Service 15 May 2008
Hollywood Black Film Festival Presents Screenwriting Panel and Shorts Program at 2nd Annual Leimert Park Village Book Fair Hollywood Insiders Discuss Adapting Books for the Silver Screen The ... read more >>
Entertainment (411) 5-5-08
Written by Lisa Spivey 08 May 2008
Legendary Comedy Act Theatre to Re-open in Los Angeles Historic home to entertainment industry’s best known Black comedians What do comedians Sinbad, Tommy Davidson, Jamie Foxx, Chris ... read more >>
Entertainment (411) 4-24-08
Written by Lisa Spivey, Sentinel Contributing Writer 24 April 2008
Jesse L. Martin Leaves ‘Law & Order’ Guess Who’s ‘Coming to Dinner’ Don’t know about you, but I’m really going to miss handsome hunk Jesse L. Martin ... read more >>
American Black Film Festival Coming Back to Los Angeles This Summer
Written by Sentinel News Service 24 April 2008
Film Life’s 12th Annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF) announced this week that the popular festival will return to Los Angeles August 7-10, 2008. Festival founder and CEO of Film Life, Inc., ... read more >>

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Soul Train Music Awards Reach End of Line
Written by Sentinel Wire Service 17 April 2008
It's the end of the line for the Soul Train Music Awards, which have largely been ignored by the African-American stars the event aims to honor. A spokeswoman said the show would not go ahead with ... read more >>
Kimora Lee Simmons Files for Divorce
Written by Associated Press 26 March 2008
AP - (Los Angeles) Kimora Lee Simmons has already moved on, but she took steps to make it official by filing for divorce from her husband of seven years, entertainment mogul Russell Simmons.Although the ... read more >>

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Entertainment (411) 3-20-08
Written by Lisa Spivey, Sentinel Contributing Writer 20 March 2008
Halle Berry has given birth to a baby girl. Halle is “doing great,” her rep said. The 41-year-old Oscar-winning actress gave birth on Sunday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los ... read more >>
Marvel Comics Creator’s First Black Superhero
Written by Kam Williams (Contributing Writer) 13 March 2008
Marvel Comics Creator’s First Black Superhero Actor Marcus Patrick More Than Ready For His Closeup Most people know him from daytime soap opera “Days of Our Lives,” but after posing ... read more >>
A Star Is Born!
Written by Stephanie Frederic 28 February 2008
A Star Is Born! Eleven-year old prodigy Jamia Simone Nash performs and makes Academy Award History When 11-year old actress and singing sensation Jamia Simone Nash performed at the Oscars Sunday night ... read more >>
Entertainment (411) 2-14-08
Written by Lisa Spivey, Sentinel Contributing Writer 14 February 2008
Music producer Dr. Dre is trying to get Death Row Records to pay him for unpaid royalties he is owed from the sale of his 1992 album “The Chronic.” Dr. Dre who founded the label with Suge ... read more >>
Aretha Franklin; A Lifetime of Achievement
Written by Stephanie Frederic 07 February 2008
I arrive at her swank Beverly Hills hotel room this week and to my surprise a very relaxed and cordial Miss Aretha Franklin answers the doorbell. With a big smile and a warm embrace, she receives ... read more >>
Steve Harvey and Disney's Dream Academy
Written by Stephanie Frederic 24 January 2008
Comedian and actor Steve Harvey joins Mickey Mouse and 100 U.S. high school students Jan. 20, 2008 at the closing ceremony of the “Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey.” The teen-focused ... read more >>
Berry Gordy To Be Honored By The Recording Academy At The 2008 Grammy Salute To Industry Icons
Written by Sentinel Staff Writer 17 January 2008
Motown Records founder Berry Gordy will be honored by The Recording Academy at its annual GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons event on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2008, immediately following the 50th Annual GRAMMY ... read more >>
Jackson Lawsuit Dismissed
Written by City News Service 17 January 2008
CNS - A lawsuit filed by a young man who alleged he was molested as a boy by Michael Jackson — and who also claimed he fathered the singer’s two oldest children and saw him dine with Fidel ... read more >>
Rufus Bonds, Jr. Electrifies “The Color Purple”
Written by Brandon I. Brooks (Assistant Managing Editor) 17 January 2008
Bringing in the New Year with a big bang, Los Angeles has been buzzing about Oprah Winfrey’s “The Color Purple”. One of the primary reasons is due to the outstanding performance of ... read more >>
Entertainment (411) 12-27-07
Written by Lisa Spivey, Sentinel Contributing Writer 27 December 2007
ALICIA KEYS TO PLAY LENA HORNE Alicia Keys has officially been cast as the legendary singer/actress Lena Horne in a biopic about Horne's life. Oprah Winfrey has taken over the project and revealed ... read more >>
The Perfect Holiday
Written by Stephanie Frederic 20 December 2007
Steve Harvey, Sentinel, KDAY Bring Christmas to CrenshawFor the second consecutive year, comedian and K-DAY radio personality Steve Harvey helped make this a special Christmas for 1000 families in South ... read more >>