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KJLH Stage at the Taste of Soul
Written by Zon D'Amour, Contributing Writer 23 October 2014
Since 2008, KJLH, 102.3 FM has been a media partner in the Taste of Soul. Legendary musician Stevie Wonder is the station’s owner. Danny Bakewell Jr. Executive Editor of Bakewell Media commented on the ... read more >>
Celebrities Flock To The StarQuest Stage
Written by Shonassee Shaver 23 October 2014
  14 year old musician Tim Jr. is the 2014 winner of the StarQuest kids competition. The 2014 StarQuest stage singing competition succeeded with amazing talent and star studded appearances. On the ... read more >>
Miles Davis "All Of You: The Last Tour" reveals iconic tour
Written by Shonassee Shaver 16 October 2014
The Miles Davis Quintet featuring John Coltrane, "All Of You: The Last Tour,” a 4-CD set of 'live' recordings from the 1960 tour of Europe will debut December 2nd. The collaboration marks the close ... read more >>
DJ Quik returns with ninth studio album “The Midnight Life”
Written by Shonassee Shaver 16 October 2014
Legendary rapper and producer DJ Quik will release his ninth studio album, The Midnight Life, October 14 via his Mad Science label in conjunction with INgrooves Music Group. The Compton native says the ... read more >>
Ryan Leslie addresses World Summit on "Re-shaping the Artist-Fan Experience"
Written by Shonassee Shaver 16 October 2014
Disruptive Multimedia founder and serial entrepreneur Ryan Leslie addressed the World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (WSIE) in an exclusive talk on "Re-shaping the Artist-Fan Experience" on ... read more >>
Grammy Award-winning singer Estelle to be featured in Next TBYM Spot
Written by Shonassee Shaver 16 October 2014
Music Choice has partnered with Established 1980 Inc. and will feature Grammy Award-winning songstress Estelle as the newest artist to appear in the multi-platform video and music network’s “Take ... read more >>
Key & Peele Return for the Fourth Season
Written by Shonassee Shaver 15 October 2014
From their new provocative material to being today’s In Living color, the duo has made its mark on the comedy scene. Comedy duo Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele returned for the fourth season of ... read more >>
#UnitedWeBrunch Honors TV Correspondent Nina Parker
Written by Zon D'Amour, Contributing Writer 15 October 2014
    The former TMZ producer and current correspondent for The Insider on CBS created her own lane based on an unrelenting determination to succeed in the entertainment industry. Triumphant is the ... read more >>
VIDEO: "Addicted" Film, Cast Interviews
Written by Zon D'Amour, Contributing Writer 13 October 2014
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Blacks Expect More from the Hip Hop Artists
Written by By Freddie Allen, NNPA Washington Correspondent 11 October 2014
  Jasiri X speaks during a panel discussion on Ferguson, Mo., and police brutality in the Black community in Washington, D.C. in August. (Freddie Allen/NNPA)    WASHINGTON (NNPA) –In the wake ... read more >>
Best Selling Erotic Novel Addicted Gets Film Adaptation
Written by Zon D’Amour, Contributing Writer 10 October 2014
  Actress Sharon Leal's character Zoe is seduced into a world wind affair with painter Quinton Conosa played by William Levy Courtesy Photo    Author Zane and the cast of her upcoming film discuss ... read more >>
Industry Professionals Judge StarQuest Auditions
Written by Shonassee Shaver 09 October 2014
Accomplished actors, artists, journalists and radio personalities gave talented hopefuls words of wisdom during showcase tryouts.  The Bakewell Company and the Los Angeles Sentinel presented this year’s ... read more >>
Reel Talk 10.9.14
Written by Shonassee Shaver 09 October 2014
The Un-Private Collection features Ava DuVernay Filmmaker Ava DuVernay and multi-media artist Kara Walker will take part in The Broad's successful Un-Private Collection artist talk series, launched ... read more >>
Where Are They Now: StarQuest Winners Nathan Davis Jr. and Noah Jay
Written by Nicole Jones Sentinel Intern 02 October 2014
  2013 StarQuest Winners: Noah Jay (left) and Nathan Davis Jr. (right)  StarQuest 2013 winners Nathan Davis Jr. and Noah Jay share what they’ve been up to since winning the competition.   Last ... read more >>
A ‘Jurnee’ to Bountiful
Written by Troy Tieuel Sentinel Contributing Photographer 02 October 2014
ARTHUR FRENCH, (left) performs with Cicely Tyson (right).  “It’s an uplifting story of how we deal with people who are older, how we need to respect them and respect what they have done and ... read more >>
LeBron James produces show “Survivor’s Remorse” on STARZ
Written by Amen Oyiboke, Contributing Writer 02 October 2014
(from left to right) Mike O’Malley, Tom Werner, Maverick Carter and LeBron James have a panel discussion about the making of the new cable show. (Photo by: Amen Oyiboke) The sitcom takes ... read more >>
Brady and Cast Delivers in ‘Kiss Me, Kate’
Written by Troy Tieuel Sentinel Contributing Writer 02 October 2014
  THEATER IN 1948: Wane Brady (left) and Merle Dandridge (right) interact.  Brady’s advice for beginning actors is, “Don’t wait to get in it, get in it!  Go audition.  Even if its community ... read more >>
Reel Talk 10.2.14
Written by Shonassee Shaver 02 October 2014
Own: Oprah Winfrey Network October Fall Lineup   All new series on OWN include Oprah: Where Are They Now on Sundays at 9 p.m. Guests include Raven-Symoné who opens up about her sexuality beginning ... read more >>
It's a Rap! 9.25.14
Written by Shonassee Shaver 25 September 2014
New documentary Nas: Time Is Illmatic twenty years later  New documentary Nas: Time Is Illmatic looks at the life and work of Nas and revisits the release of Nas's groundbreaking debut album “Illmatic” ... read more >>
Reel Talk 9.25.14
Written by Shonassee Shaver 25 September 2014
ASPiRE’s new reality series Changemakers features Celebrity Do-Gooder Keshia Knight Pulliam   ASPiRE will premiere its fifth original series, "Changemakers" on Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. Based ... read more >>
Blair Underwood Explains his part in ‘The Trip to Bountiful’
Written by Troy Tieuel Sentinel Contributing Writer 25 September 2014
  “While anyone has the opportunity they should see the production,” added Blair Underwood, “but most especially, to see Cicely Tyson in a different stage of life and career in full force on stage.  ... read more >>
VIDEO: Tyler Perry's "If Loving You Is Wrong" Cast
Written by Zon D'Amour, Contributing Writer 24 September 2014
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Tyler Perry’s New Series "If Loving You Is Wrong"
Written by Zon D'Amour, Contributing Writer 19 September 2014
The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) welcomes several fresh new faces for it’s fall season in this new-age soap opera. The fall season on OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) kicks off with Tyler Perry’s new series, ... read more >>
Reel Talk 9.18.14
Written by Shonassee Shaver 18 September 2014
Tia Mowry- Hardict back with third season of Nick at Nite family comedy Instant Mom Renewed for a third season and set for 20-episode, Tia Mowry-Hardict returns to the hit series Instant Mom for Nick ... read more >>
It’s a Rap! 9.18.14
Written by Shonassee Shaver 18 September 2014
Prince new studio albums Art Official Age and Plectrumelectrum drops late September Music icon Prince will release two new studio albums globally via Warner Bros. Records. The highly-anticipated album ... read more >>
No Good Deed….. Goes Unpunished
Written by Shonassee Shaver 12 September 2014
(Photo credit: Screen Gems) Screen Gems thriller ‘No Good Deed’ is in theaters today! Oscar nominated actress Taraji P. Henson and Golden Globe winner Idris Elba star in thriller ‘No Good Deed.’ ... read more >>
New Orleans 9 Years After Hurricane Katrina
Written by Zon D'Amour, Contributing Writer 11 September 2014
  From August 23-August 29, 2005 Hurricane Katrina ravaged through the state of Louisiana and the gulf coast leaving over a billion dollars in damages, hundreds of thousands of people displaced and over ... read more >>
Photos: 2014 BB Jazz Festival
Written by Troy Tieuel 11 September 2014
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Tony! Toni! Toné! Chrisette, Stone, Mint Condition and more Rock BB Jazz Fest
Written by Troy Tieuel 11 September 2014
TONY! TONI! TONÉ!:  Laying everything on the line for their show, performers from Tony! Toni! Toné! Show up and show out at the BB Jazz Festival in Huntington Beach. The sun covered a sea of umbrellas ... read more >>
Reel Talk 9.11.14
Written by Shonassee Shaver 11 September 2014
Brandy, Tichina Arnold and Megan Good participate in “The Hollywood Confidential­” panel series ­­ Grammy Award winning-recording artist and actress Brandy, Tichina Arnold and Megan Good enlightened ... read more >>
Preachers of L.A. Sentinel EXCLUSIVE [VIDEO]
Written by Zon D'Amour, Contributing Writer 05 September 2014
The Sentinel sits down with cast members from Oxygen’s hit reality series, Preachers of L.A. The show follows six of Los Angeles most popular and outspoken men of the cloth as they navigate between ... read more >>
VIDEO: Budweiser's Made In America Music Festival
Written by Nicole Williams Staff Writer 04 September 2014
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It’s a Rap! 9.4.14
Written by Shonassee Shaver 04 September 2014
Rap mogul 50 Cent to perform at the iHeartRadio Music Festival From one festival to another, 50 Cent has been added to the iHeartRadio Music Festival 2014 line up. The two-day music event hosted by ... read more >>
Reel Talk 9.4.14
Written by Shonassee Shaver 04 September 2014
Tichina Arnold teams up with LeBron James for comedic-drama Survivor’s Remorse NBA superstar LeBron James switches lanes as he taps into TV land with new comedy “Survivor’s Remorse” premiering ... read more >>
PHOTOS: 2014 Budweiser's Made In America Los Angeles
Written by Nicole Williams 04 September 2014
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Universal Pictures' STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON Fan Casting Call
Written by Sentinel News Service 03 September 2014
The cast and filmmakers of Straight Outta Compton (clockwise, from top left): producer ICE CUBE, director F. GARY GRAY, producer DR. DRE, COREY HAWKINS (Dr. Dre), JASON MITCHELL (Eazy-E) and O’SHEA ... read more >>
TBS confirms CeeLo's show canceled after 1 season
Written by Associated Press 03 September 2014
CeeLo Green starred in TBS' "The Good Life" (Photo by Matthias Clamer/TBS) CeeLo Green's reality show won't have a second season. TBS spokeswoman Karen Cassell said Wednesday the network isn't renewing ... read more >>
Jesse Jackson’s Daughter Ashley Jackson Announces Entertainment Career
Written by EURweb 03 September 2014
  Ashley Jackson    Ashley Jackson, the fifteen year old Love-child of Reverend Jesse Jackson and Dr. Karin Stanford, has posted a sneak-peek of her music on her Facebook page under the name “AJae.” ... read more >>
Los Angeles Welcomes Made In America
Written by Nicole Williams, Staff Writer 03 September 2014
Tens of thousands gathered over the Labor Day weekend at the Budweiser’s Made In America music festival held at Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles. (Photo By: Troy Tieuel) Budweiser’s Made In ... read more >>
Paris Thriller AS ABOVE/SO BELOW out now!
Written by Sentinel News Service 29 August 2014
As  AS ABOVE/SO BELOW hits theaters today (August 29). The thriller stars Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman and Edwin Hodge. Miles of twisting catacombs lie beneath the streets of Paris, the eternal home ... read more >>
3D Na’Tee Readies for the number one spot in Hip Hop
Written by Shonassee Shaver 21 August 2014
The New Orleans rapper holds nothing back as she discusses being an incomparable female rapper in a male dominant industry. 3D Na’Tee is not just a rapper, but a lyricist and entertainer. Being a ... read more >>
It’s a Rap! 8.21.14
Written by Shonassee Shaver 21 August 2014
Love and Hip Hop star K. Michelle stars in new VH1 musical Songstress K.Michelle is keeping busy with the release of music video “Dawn” off Rebellious Soul album was released last August with debuted ... read more >>
Reel Talk 8.21.14
Written by Shonassee Shaver 21 August 2014
Patti LaBelle cast in new season of American Horror Story: Freak Show Off the hills of Broadway’s Cotton Club musical After Midnight, Patti LaBelle joins the cast of “American Horror Story: ... read more >>
It’s a Rap! 8.14.14
Written by Shonassee Shaver 14 August 2014
Nas Signs West Coast Rapper Fashawn to Mass Appeal Label West Coast Rapper Fashawn has officially been signed to Nas newly launched Mass Appeal imprint.  Working on his long-awaited sophomore album, ... read more >>
Reel Talk 8.14.14
Written by Shonassee Shaver 14 August 2014
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network August Fall Lineup All new series on OWN include Oprah: Where Are They Now Sundays at 9 p.m.  featuring updates on some of the biggest newsmakers and most memorable “Oprah ... read more >>
It's a Rap! 8.7.14
Written by Shonassee Shaver 08 August 2014
Arrested Development is back and better than ever   Two-time Grammy winning hip hop group, Arrested Development will perform live with full band at the Madrid Theatre, in Canoga Park on Saturday August ... read more >>
Reel Talk 8.7.14
Written by Shonassee Shaver 08 August 2014
Steve Harvey Partners With Strayer University for Success and Transformation through Higher Education   Media mogul Steve Harvey partners with Strayer University, a leading postsecondary institution ... read more >>
James Brown Political Activist and Social Icon Through Music
Written by Shonassee Shaver 31 July 2014
Known as the “Godfather of Soul” to “The Hardest Working Man in Show Business,” James Brown was a musical legend who bridged unforgettable sounds and moves with expressive lyrics. A hero in Black ... read more >>
Legendary Jazz Singer Freda Payne returns to music with her new album Come back to Me Love
Written by Shonassee Shaver 31 July 2014
Photo Credit Raj Naik Payne discusses her love of Jazz, choosing her own musical style, to putting her heart and soul into her latest album. Iconic Vocalist Freda Payne known for her 1970 R&B crossover ... read more >>
Reel Talk 7.31.14
Written by Shonassee Shaver 31 July 2014
Denzel Washington portrayed LAUSD School Board District 1 Candidate George McKenna in The George McKenna Story: Hard Lessons Denzel Washington portrayed former Principal George McKenna in the (1986) ... read more >>
It’s a Rap 7.24.17
Written by Shonassee Shaver 29 July 2014
New Jagged Edge Single Hope Now on iTunes Returning to the music scene, Jagged Edge has a new single “Hope” that is available on iTunes. Hope is on their forthcoming album Heartbreak Too, releasing ... read more >>
Reel Talk 7.24.17
Written by Shonassee Shaver 29 July 2014
Nick Cannon Campaigns for the Role of Richard Pryor on Screen Nick Cannon is going for the role to play Comedy Legend Richard Pryor on film. Cannon’s eagerness for the part wasn’t bought over immediately, ... read more >>
Web Series Red Sleep is a Summer Hit for Online and TV Viewers
Written by Shonassee Shaver 23 July 2014
Lead actor Chioke Jelani Clanton discusses internet television versus cable networks. Red Sleep is a new urban-noir web tv series starring lead actor Chioke Jelani Clanton as Clyde Harris who is an ... read more >>
Reel Talk 7.17.14
Written by Shonassee Shaver 23 July 2014
Lifetime Presents Baps and Bring It for Summer Premiere BAPspulls back the curtain on an exclusive, privileged and affluent group of African American friends from St. Louis who self-identify as BAPs, ... read more >>
LA Film Fest: ‘Inner Demons’ Review
Written by Nicole Williams, Sentinel Staff Writer 10 July 2014
“Inner Demons” played at the Los Angeles Film Festival at Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE on June 13, 2014. (Photo Courtesy of LA Film Festival)  If you enjoy Paranormal Activity-esque movies, the ... read more >>
It’s a Rap 7.10.14
Written by Shonassee Shaver 09 July 2014
New Music: Shad Moss “Ya Heard” ft. Problem Mr. 106 & Park has gone from the name Lil’ Bow Wow to Bow Wow, he is now reverting to his given name Shad Moss. The rapper said he would no longer ... read more >>
‘So You Think You Can Dance?’ Narrows Things Down to the Top 20
Written by Princess Manasseh Sentinel Staff Writer Amen Oyiboke Sentinel Intern 03 July 2014
ON TOP: These dancers from all across America have brought their “A” game week after week, now they make up the 20 best left in FOX’s reality dancing competition.    Superstar dancer tWitch ... read more >>
Reel Talk 6.26.14
Written by Shonassee Shaver 01 July 2014
Dave Chappelle Back in Action Comedian Dave Chappelle is famous for his abrupt departure from "Chappelle's Show” show, however the funnyman has resurfaced and is ready to get back to doing what he ... read more >>
It’s a Rap 6.26.14
Written by Shonassee Shaver 28 June 2014
Nicki Minaj, John Legend and Jhene Aiko Added to the 2014 BET Awards Lineup A host of additional star-studded performances will take place at the 2014 BET Awards. Nicki Minaj, Jhene Aiko, John Legend ... read more >>
Road to the BET Experience Recap
Written by Zon D’Amour, Sentinel Contributing Writer 27 June 2014
  Gvs_CZ_esNk Saturday, June 14th: Hundreds of LA natives packed the promenade of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall in Inglewood for the third installment of the Road To The BET Experience. The concert ... read more >>
Rick Ross Book signing Event Recap
Written by Zon D’Amour, Sentinel Contributing Writer 27 June 2014
mcrjrZ-VnGs   There was standing room only Tuesday June 17 at Eso Won Books in Leimert Park as a crowd waited for their autographed copy of "Freeway Rick Ross: The Untold Autobiography". The once ... read more >>
VIDEO: ToS 2013 Sights and 2014 Promo
Written by Super User II 20 June 2014
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Reel Talk 6.19.14
Written by Shonassee Shaver 20 June 2014
  Idris Elba Stars in New Thriller “No Good Deed” Idris Elba is merciless in Sam Miller’s “No Good Deed”, Colin (Elba) is a charming stranger who smooth-talks his way into the home and world ... read more >>
It’s a Rap 6.19.14
Written by Shonassee Shaver 20 June 2014
  Robin Thicke's Album “Paula” Reflects marriage with Paula Patton The “Blurred Lines” singer has reportedly name his latest album “Paula” after his estranged wife Paula Patton. The couple ... read more >>
Reel Talk 6.12.14
Written by Shonassee Shaver 14 June 2014
Movie goers love to see these actors on the silver screen. Whether they are playing the funny man, the dramatic do-gooder or action adventure type, they aren’t just film magnets but family men who don’t ... read more >>
It’s a Rap 6.12.14
Written by Shonassee Shaver 14 June 2014
The music industry is filled with talented Dads, some of the most prominent music artists in the business are not just powerhouses but fathers to sons and daughters. T.I. the King of Atlanta never fails ... read more >>
Documentary Film Reveals Fatherhood in ‘Have You Seen My Father?’
Written by Kenneth D. Miller, Assistant Managing Editor 12 June 2014
Ronald Taylor is a statistical anomaly.  By his accounts he should be dead, in jail or a menace to society, but he survived the predicted outcomes for a youth raised without a father in South Los ... read more >>
Reel Talk 6.5.14
Written by Shonassee Shaver 05 June 2014
Think Like a Man Too Returns This June An all-star cast including Kevin Hart, Regina Hall, Gabrielle Union, Michael Ealy, Taraji P. Henson and many more return to the screen this summer for “Think ... read more >>
It’s a Rap 6.5.14
Written by Shonassee Shaver 05 June 2014
Jermaine Dupri and Ne-Yo will Receive Special ASCAP Awards Two music icons Jermaine Dupri and Ne-Yo will be honored with the ASCAP’s Founders Award and Golden Note Award.  Dupri and Ne-Yo are both ... read more >>
Reel Talk 5.29.14
Written by Shonassee Shaver 05 June 2014
Will Smith Developing Annual New Year’s Eve Special Stepping in the shoes of Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest, Will Smith will be developing his own Annual New Year’s Eve Special.  Smith and his production ... read more >>
It’s a Rap 5.29.14
Written by Shonassee Shaver 05 June 2014
Master P’s new reality series “The Miller Dynasty”   Dipping into the reality TV pool like so many other of his contemporaries, Master P’s new reality show “The Miller Dynasty” will be ... read more >>
The X-men Rule Future and Past!
Written by Brian W. Carter (Staff Writer) 02 June 2014
(From Left-to-Right): Halle Berry as Storm, Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier/Professor X, Hugh Jackman as Wolverine and Ian McKellen as Magneto in X-men Days of Future Past. AP Photo X-men Days of ... read more >>
The King of All Monsters is Back!
Written by Brian W. Carter (Staff Writer) 26 May 2014
Godzilla reignites the need for the giant monster movie genre. AP Photo Godzilla roars back into view with a new story to tell and giant monster fights to be had! Godzilla is fantastic! This film ... read more >>
VIDEO: beat:repeat NYC | Mtume - Juicy Fruit
Written by Super User II 23 May 2014
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Reel Talk 5.22.14
Written by Shonassee Shaver Sentinel Staff Writer 22 May 2014
Richard T. Jones Veteran actor Richard T. Jones has built an impressive and versatile resume and is one of the most gifted character actors in town. Jones whose credits extend from “What’s Love ... read more >>
It's a Rap 5.22.14
Written by Shonassee Shaver Sentinel Staff Writer 22 May 2014
“After Midnight” Broadway’s Cotton Club Musical Three music legends will hit Broadway this summer in “After Midnight.” Multi-award winning icons Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight and Natalie Cole ... read more >>
Bounce TV Unveils New Original Series & Renewals for 2014-15 Upfront Season
Written by Sentinel News Service 08 May 2014
Photo Courtesy of Bounce TV Network Grows Viewership by Nearly 50% After First Year of Nielsen Measurement The nation's first-ever and fastest-growing broadcast television network designed for African ... read more >>
Yes to Porgy and Bess!
Written by Brian W. Carter (Staff Writer) 26 April 2014
Kingsley Leggs as Sporting Life takes center stage in one of the many entertaining musical performances of "Porgy and Bess." Photos courtesy of Center Theatre  Group The Broadway musical still ... read more >>
It’s a Rap 4.24.14
Written by Shonassee Shaver 24 April 2014
Jason Derulo “Talk Dirty” Jason Derulo is on top with his hit single “Talk Dirty” featuring 2 Chaniz off his fourth album “Talk Dirty released April 15. He captures fans once again with mass ... read more >>
Kenny Lattimore Celebrates Birthday at Rooftop 3100
Written by Sentinel News Service 24 April 2014
Kenny Lattimore and friends attend Kenny Lattimore’s Birthday Celebration. On Thursday, April 10, Kenny Lattimore (Grammy Nominated R&B Singer), Cedric Ceballos (Retired NBA Basketball Player), ... read more >>
Jay Z’s Made in America Fest Coming to Los Angeles
Written by Sentinel News Service 24 April 2014
Council President Herb Wesson was joined by Mayor Eric Garcetti, and Supervisor Gloria Molina in announcing that famed rapper and hip-hop entrepreneur Jay-Z will be bringing his two-day Budweiser Made ... read more >>
When Man Collides With Technology
Written by Nicole Williams, Sentinel Contributing Writer 16 April 2014
Will Caster will prove what it’s like ‘when man collides with technology’ (Photo Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures) ‘Transcendence’ challenges ideas of futuristic artificial intelligence Can ... read more >>
PHOTOS: 2014 MTV Movie Awards GBK Luxury Gift Lounge
Written by Sentinel News Service 12 April 2014
  The GBK Gifting Suite kicked off the weekend of the 2014 MTV Movie Awards. The gifting suite featured many vendors from Sony, Fracassi Lashes to Millionaire Matchmaker. (Courtesy Photo) Draya ... read more >>
Say Hello To… Sheléa Frazier
Written by Brian W. Carter (Staff Writer) 11 April 2014
Multi-talented artist, Sheléa Frazier is part of a new wave bringing R&B back to its true roots. The up-and-coming R&B artist is quickly showing the public that R&B is still alive and thriving Singing ... read more >>
Ebony.com and CoverGirl Cosmetics sponsor ‘Lipstick on the Mic’ Pop Up Concert in Hollywood.
Written by Princess Manasseh 09 April 2014
RISING STARS: L-R Electric R&B fusion Duo Dead Right, Andra Day, MAAD*Moiselle pose together before each taking the stage for the secret concert PHOTO Ashley Walker    Rising superstar Andra ... read more >>
Book Review: 'Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina'
Written by Kam Williams Sentinel Contributing Writer 27 March 2014
  Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina by Misty Copeland Touchstone Books Hardcover, $24.99 286 pages, illustrated ISBN: 978-1-4767-3798-0   Book Review by Kam Williams   “As the only ... read more >>
R&B Singer Chris Brown Ordered to Remain in Jail
Written by City News Service 20 March 2014
R&B singer Chris Brown was ordered on Monday March 17 to remain in jail without bail for allegedly violating his probation stemming from his 2009 assault of then-girlfriend Rihanna in Hancock Park.  ... read more >>
Lance Gross Navigates Danger and Opportunity in New Series ‘Crisis’
Written by Princess Manasseh 20 March 2014
RELENTLESS: Lance Gross plays rookie Secret Service Agent Marcus Finely who won’t quit until the job is done in the new NBC drama “Crisis” Courtesy Photo  NBC releases New Drama starring Actor ... read more >>
PHOTOS: Rick Ross Live Performance- REVOLT Live
Written by Sentinel Wire Services 18 March 2014
On the heels of Rick Ross' new album release, Mastermind, he performed live at REVOLT TV's Hollywood studio on Friday, March 7th at 2pm PST. This is the first of many concert series.  All ... read more >>
From Broadway to Hollywood
Written by Princess Manasseh 13 March 2014
PURE INSPIRATION: Shaun Baker gives an inspiring performance in the musical revue Pure Imagination Courtesy Photo At seven years young it was seeing Gregory Hines perform for the first time at the Apollo ... read more >>
‘Women of soul’ wow the White House, first lady
Written by NANCY BENA Associated Press 13 March 2014
First lady Michelle Obama speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, March 6, 2014, with singers, from second from left, Melissa Etheridge, Janelle Monáe, and Patti ... read more >>
'12 Years A Slave' Wins Best Picture At Oscars
Written by Shonassee Shaver Sentinel Contributing Writer shonassee@lasentinel.net 06 March 2014
Fox Searchlight and The Academy Get It Right! Black Hollywood stole the show as Will Smith announced “12 Years A Slave” for Best Picture on Sunday night at the 86th annual Academy Awards. “12 ... read more >>
Music Superstar Akon Launches ‘Akon Lighting Africa’
Written by Sentinel News Service 01 March 2014
Akon With President Blaise Compaoré of Burkina Faso Courtesy Photo  Philanthropist, business mogul and five-time Grammy nominated artist Akon has initiated a partnership to bring electricity to one ... read more >>
Chris Brown D.C. Misdemeanor Assault Trial Set for April 17
Written by LaTrina Antoine Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper 01 March 2014
R&B singer Chris Brown arrives at a Los Angeles Superior Court for a probation review hearing on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, in Los Angeles. The judge rejected a prosecutor’s request during the hearing ... read more >>
Book Review: Handbook for an Unpredictable Life
Written by Kam Williams Sentinel Contributing Writer 01 March 2014
Handbook for an Unpredictable Life How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother,             and Still Came out Smiling (with Great Hair) by Rosie Perez Crown Archetype Hardcover, ... read more >>
The Envelope Please: Who Will Win, Who Deserves to Win, Who Was Snubbed
Written by Kam Williams Sentinel Contributing Writer 01 March 2014
12 Years a Slave is benefiting from the most Best Picture buzz as Oscar night approaches Courtesy Photo Oscar Predictions 2014 12 Years a Slave is benefiting from the most Best Picture buzz as we approach ... read more >>
Angelou’s Tribute to Mandela to be Soon Published as Book
Written by Zenitha Prince Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper 01 March 2014
Maya Angelou, one of America’s leading poets, wrote a moving tribute to Nelson Mandela that has recently been published. (Photo Credit/Dwight Carter) Maya Angelou’s moving tribute to fallen South ... read more >>
The ‘Greatest Show on Earth’ Has a Black Ringmaster
Written by Linda Armstrong Special to the NNPA from the New York Amsterdam News 01 March 2014
Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson  Courtesy Photo The ‘Greatest Show on Earth’ Has a Black Ringmaster “Legends” is the name of the 144th edition ... read more >>
Courier Delivers Package for Crime Boss in Multi-Layered Neo-Noir
Written by Kam Williams Sentinel Contributing Writer 01 March 2014
 Rapper “Sticky Fingaz” from the group Onyx plays “Lizard” in The Bag Man starring Robert Dinero Photo Courtesy   The Bag Man Film Review by Kam Williams At first blush, The Bag Man reads ... read more >>
The 45th Annual NAACP Image Awards: A Hollywood Takeover
Written by Maleena Lawrence Contributing Writer 28 February 2014
  LOS ANGELES, CA - In the explosive company of Wendy Raquel Robinson, NAACP Image Award winner for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series and Vanessa Williams from the Showtime hit series Soul Food, ... read more >>
45th NAACP Image Awards: The Fun Didn’t Stop After The Ceremony
Written by Nicole Williams, Sentinel Contributing Writer, Princess Manasseh, Sentinel Contributing Writer 27 February 2014
Terrence Howard showing support for Live Happy’s Acts of Happiness at the Backstage Creations Celebrity Retreat at NAACP Image Awards  (Photo Courtesy of Getty Images)   Celebrity Retreat ... read more >>
Nicole Bernard’s Bold Leadership Diversifies FOX Through Audience Strategy
Written by Edward Rice, IIISentinel Contributing Writer 20 February 2014
FOX Executive, Nicole Bernard Photo by Valerie Goodloe Reimaging the established business functions of a worldwide entertainment conglomerate is a huge undertaking to say the least. When, FOX Executive ... read more >>
International Civil Rights Center & Museum Gala Honors Music Industry Giants
Written by Yasmine Regester Special to the NNPA from the Carolina Peacemaker 20 February 2014
Music industry giant Quincy Jones received the Alston-Jones International Civil & Human Rights Award. Jones is pictured here with ICRCM co-founders Earl Jones and Melvin "Skip" Alston.(Photos courtesy ... read more >>
Kevin Hart Spearheads Raunchy Remake of Romantic Romp
Written by Kam Williams Sentinel Contributing Writer 20 February 2014
About Last Night Film Review  Released in 1986, About Last Night revolved around the yearlong effort of a couple of Chicago yuppies (played by Rob Lowe and Demi Moore) to forge a solid relationship ... read more >>
Hairfinity Celebrates NBA All-Star Weekend with Star Studded Events
Written by Sentinel Wire Service 20 February 2014
Monica co-hosted the Chris Paul & Friends NBA All-Star weekend finale event, "Who Parties Hardest?" and is pictured with fellow songstress Janelle Monae at Masquerade Nightclub at Harrah's Casino ... read more >>
The William Grant Still Arts Center Presents: ‘I Got My Pride’ – The Blues Tales of Leadbelly
Written by Sentinel News Service 20 February 2014
COURTESY PHOTO “I GOT MY PRIDE” – THE BLUES TALES OF LEADBELLY, March 1-June 7, will exhibit recordings, magazine articles, concert posters, original photographs, writings by Pete Seeger and others ... read more >>
Photos: Exclusive Interview with Black & Sexy TV Cast Members
Written by Brian W. Carter, Sentinel Staff Writer, Nicole Williams, Sentinel Contributing Writer, Princess Manasseh, Sentinel Contributing Writer 20 February 2014
Creators of Black & Sexy TV (left to right): Brian Ali-Harding, Jeanine Daniels, Dennis Dortch and Numa Perrier.  Photo By Brian Carter  Cast members of Black & Sexy TV socialize ... read more >>
Black Power Couple: LaLa and Carmelo Anthony
Written by Shonassee Shaver 16 February 2014
New York’s finest: The charitable couple always bring their A-game to fashion galas.   In the media, Black love can be portrayed in a negative way, however, there are certain celebrities that negate ... read more >>
Photos: Black Love in Television
Written by Brian W. Carter (Staff Writer) 16 February 2014
We take a look at 10 of the most memorable African American couples that have shown us the beauty of Black Love over the years. Television over the years has given us some unforgettable Black couples ... read more >>
Falling in Love With Black & Sexy TV
Written by Princess Manasseh, Sentinel Contributing Writer, Nicole Williams, Sentinel Contributing Writer & Brian Carter, Sentinel Staff Writer 13 February 2014
BLACK & SEXY: Cast and crew of Black & Sexy TV channel unites for the first time to speak about their shows, Black Love and more Photo By Brian W. Carter Hit web channel reaches new heights Imagine ... read more >>
Dr. Holly Carter: A force in the world of entertainment, merging secular, Gospel music and film
Written by Nichole Brown Special to the Sentinel 10 February 2014
Dr. Holly Carter Courtesy Photo With a talent roster that reads like a who’s who of industry greats, Dr. Holly Carter has made a name for herself in the highly political environment of the Hollywood ... read more >>
VIDEO: 2013 StarQuest Finals Highlight Reel
Written by Super User 10 February 2014
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Alice in Walkerland: The “PBS American Masters” Interview with Kam Williams
Written by Kam Williams 10 February 2014
Alice Walker has been defined as one of the key international writers of the 20th Century. She made history as the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction as well as the National ... read more >>
Guiou: The Other Blacks, The Afro-Jamaican Presence in Guatemala
Written by Kam Williams 09 February 2014
  Tate Publishing    Paperback, $12.00   96 pages, Illustrated   ISBN: 978-1-62746-147-4   [This book] chronicles the journey of a group of Jamaican pioneers who went to Guatemala during ... read more >>
Actress Jennifer Lewis Dishes Candid Advice at Baggage Claim Ladies Night Out
Written by Princess Manasseh 07 February 2014
 HOSTS: Baggage Claim actress Jenifer Lewis (center), executive producer Lyn Talbert (back) and KJLH radio personality Adai Lamar (front) hosted the Ladies Night Out Event Wednesday, January 29 at the ... read more >>
PHARRELL WILLIAMS TO PERFORM ON OSCAR TELECAST
Written by Sentinel Wire Services 07 February 2014
  LOS ANGELES -- Pharrell Williams will perform at the Academy Awards. Oscar producers said Tuesday the producer-performer will sing his nominated song "Happy." There was no word on whether his Grammy ... read more >>
Let’s Talk ‘About Last Night’ Baby
Written by Nicole Williams, Sentinel Contributing Writer 06 February 2014
Danny and Debbie hit it off quick. (Courtesy Photo) The cast of the romantic comedy talk relationships, love, sex and their chemistry on set It’s the classic one-night-stand-turns-something-more ... read more >>
PHOTOS: 56th Grammy Awards
Written by Sentinel News Service generalinfo@lasentinel.net 01 February 2014
56th Grammy Awards Faith Evans Photo By: Malcolm Ali  56th Grammy Awards LL Cool J  Photo By: Malcolm Ali  56th Grammy Awards LL Cool J and family  Photo By: Malcolm Ali  56th ... read more >>
The Grammys: Were we (Africans Americans) really there or covered fairly?
Written by Brandon I. Brooks Managing Editor 30 January 2014
SIPPY CUP: Jay-Z holds up his Grammy Award up at the Staples Center Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 in Los Angeles. The rapper dedicated the award to his daughter calling it her "gold sippy cup" PHOTO by Matt ... read more >>
Lincoln Helps Essence Celebrate Black Women in Music
Written by Sentinel Staff and Wire Report 30 January 2014
HARDWORKING BEAUTIES: (L-R) Shawn Thompson, Lincoln Multicultural Marketing; Michelle Ebanks, President of Essence Communications; Singer Emile Sandé; Vanessa Bush, Editor-In-Chief of Essence Magazine; ... read more >>
BET Celebrates Rising Musicians with Music Matters Showcase
Written by Princess Manasseh 30 January 2014
HANDS UP: PJ Morton thrills the crowd at BET’s Music Matters Showcase giving it his all in a rooftop performance of his Grammy nominated single “Only One” PHOTO Courtesy of BET The Grammy edition ... read more >>
Lil Mama will host The Pan African Film Festival along with a roster of Celebrity Jurors to judge Films in Competition
Written by Shonassee Shaver 30 January 2014
The CrazySexyCool actress will be hosting the Pan African American Film Festival this year The Pan African Film Festival readies for its 22nd anniversary of prestigious and global Black cinema on February ... read more >>
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 >>
NAACP Image Awards Nominations Announced ‘12 Years a Slave’ and ‘Scandal’ up for top honors in film and television
Written by Princess Manasseh 23 January 2014
CELEBRITY HOSTS: both fan favorite television stars and silver screen stars came out to announce the 45th NAACP Image Award Nominees (L-R Keke Palmer, Gina Torres, Joe Morton, Bresha Webb, David Oyelowo) ... read more >>
The Five Heartbeats are Back
Written by Edward Rice, III Sentinel Contributing Writer 23 January 2014
It’s been more than 20 years since the theatrical release of Robert Townsend’s The Five Heartbeats. Townsend’s beloved film about the rise and fall of a 60’s singing group has remained popular ... read more >>
Reel Talk 1.16.14
Written by Shonassee Shaver Sentinel Contributing Writer 22 January 2014
Condola Rashad to co-star in Upcoming Fox Series "Hieroglyph" Condola Rashad who has been working her way up the film industry’s ladder will co-star in Fox’s drama series “Hieroglyph.” Set ... read more >>
It’s a Rap 1.16.14
Written by Shonassee Shaver Sentinel Contributing Writer 22 January 2014
Rihanna partners with Shakira for new single “Can’t Remember To Forget You” The “Pon de Replay” singer joined musical forces with Shakira for her new single “Can’t Remember To Forget ... read more >>
Will Golden Globe Honor Fuel ‘12 Years A Slave’ to Academy Award ?
Written by Princess Manasseh 16 January 2014
                                                                                                             Photo Associated Press '12 Years A ... 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 >>
Kevin Hart and Ice Cube Take Us on an Unforgettable ‘Ride Along’
Written by Nicole Williams Sentinel Contributing Writer 09 January 2014
  THE DYNAMIC DUO: James (Ice Cube) and Ben (Kevin Hart) on one of their many adventures in this daring and hilarious ride along. (Photo Courtesy of Universal Pictures)     The duo star in the new ... read more >>
Kanye West Faces Lawsuit Over “Bound 2” Sample
Written by Alexis Taylor Special to the NNPA from The Afro-American Newspaper 09 January 2014
  Producer and Rapper, Kanye West. (Courtesy Photo)     Ricky Spicer was just 12 years old when he sang about being “Bound” to fall for the girl of his dreams on the 1971 album “2+2+1= ... read more >>
Reel Talk 1.9.14
Written by Shonassee Shaver Sentinel Contributing Writer 09 January 2014
‘42’ Chadwick Boseman Stars as James Brown in ‘Get On Up’   Chadwick Boseman who brought legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson to life on the screen in ‘42,’ will play James Brown ... read more >>
It’s A Rap 1.9.14
Written by Shonassee Shaver Sentinel Contributing Writer 09 January 2014
Beyoncé under fire for using NASA’s Challenger Audio in ‘XO’   Despite the success of secretly dropping her fifth album, Beyoncé is receiving backlash for sampling NASA’s Challenger Tragedy ... 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 >>
Two Decades of Producing and Still Going Strong
Written by Princess Manasseh 07 January 2014
Bentley Kyle Evans Photo: Courtesy Photo LA Native Bentley Kyle Evans has Been to the Top and is Still Rising Accomplishing in just four years what most are lucky to achieve in ten, Bentley Kyle Evans ... read more >>
VIDEO: Being Mary Jane Premiere
Written by Princess Manasseh 03 January 2014
NXtLct10cFU Actress Gabrielle Union and Comedian Affion Crockett talk BET drama Being Mary Jane  Affion Crockett dishes on Black professional women Having a shortage of Black men   watch video >>
PHOTOS: Being Mary Jane Hollywood Premiere
Written by Princess Manasseh 31 December 2013
WORKING WOMEN: “Being Mary Jane” Creator & EP, Mara Brock Akil, Gabrielle Union and Debra Lee Photo Courtesy of BET  POWER COUPLES: Husband and Wife teams Magic and Cookie Johnson and Mara ... read more >>
Being Mary Jane Premiere Lands in North Hollywood
Written by Princess Manasseh 31 December 2013
WINTER WHITE: Gabrielle Union Stuns in White Jumpsuit at the “Being Mary Jane” Premiere Screening in Los Angeles on December 16, 2013 Photo Courtesy of BET BET tries something new with a breakout ... read more >>
Lula Washington Presents Annual Kwanzaa Celebration Performance
Written by Sentinel News Service 27 December 2013
Lula Washington Dance Theatre (LWDT) presents its annual Kwanzaa celebration dance concerts Friday and Saturday, Dec. 27 & 28 at 8 pm; and Sunday, Dec. 29 @ 3 pm. The performances will take place ... read more >>
VIDEO: Hill Harper Toy Drive Red Carpet Interviews
Written by Princess Manasseh 19 December 2013
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PHOTOS: Celebrities on the Toy Drive Red Carpet
Written by Princess Manasseh 19 December 2013
Actress Vanessa Bell Calloway sports her unwrapped toy on the red carpet Photo: Curtis Sabir Supporting his good friends hosts Hill Harper and Nate Parker, actor Boris Kodjoe attends the 6th annual ... read more >>
A Toy Drive Hollywood Style
Written by Princess Manasseh 19 December 2013
Hill Harper takes to the red carpet with two of the toys he’s donating for his 6th annual Manifest Your Destiny Toy Drive Photo: Curtis Sabir The 6th Annual Manifest Your Destiny Toy Drive Rocks the ... read more >>
Center of Hope Brings the Jazz
Written by Sentinel Wire Services 12 December 2013
Very few things can breach more barrios and cross more divided lines than music,  and at the First Church of God, Center of Hope’s 3rd Annual Gospel Jazz Fest, artists  from lands spanning the ... read more >>
Entertainers Remember Nelson Mandela’s Life in Film and Music Hollywood continues to honor the South African Leader
Written by Shonassee Shaver Sentinel Contributing Writer Shonassee@lasentinel.net 12 December 2013
South African Leader Nelson Mandela who fought for justice and equality passed December 5, 2013.  Former South Africa President Nelson Mandela’s passed December 5. He leaves behind a political and ... read more >>
Nia Long Hosts An Evening of Style
Written by Princess Manasseh Sentinel Contributing Writer 05 December 2013
Actress Nia Long at the Lincoln "Evening of Style" event in front of the all new 2015 Lincoln MKC PHOTO: Courtesy of Lincoln    On the eve of the LA Auto Show, Lincoln Motor Company and Automotive ... read more >>
VIDEO: Sheryl Lee Ralph Interview
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VIDEO: Taste of Soul Family Festival 2013-OFFICIAL VIDEO
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Kerry Washington, Star of Scandal, is Pregnant
Written by Blair Adams Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper 06 November 2013
    Actress Kerry Washington (Courtesy Photo) Rumors are flying around the entertainment industry that Kerry Washington, star of the hit ABC series “Scandal”, is pregnant with her first child.   Sources ... read more >>
Bishop Jones Answers Critics; Defends His Role in ‘Preachers of L.A.’
Written by Cory Alexander Haywood EURweb.com 06 November 2013
It’s no secret that a large sector of the Christian community doesn’t approve of Oxygen’s new, controversial reality show, “Preachers of LA.”  Like moths to a flame, scores of viewers tuned ... 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 >>
Minorities Still Under-Represented in Hollywood, Study Shows
Written by Zenitha Prince Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper 06 November 2013
Hollywood continues to be a bastion of homogeneity where people of color are underrepresented, according to a new study from the University of Southern California at Annenberg.   Professor Stacy ... read more >>
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete Film Review
Written by Kam Williams Sentinel Contributing Writer generalinfo@lasentinel.net 06 November 2013
Featured here are actors Ethan Dizon as Pete (left) and Skylan Brooks as Mister (right). Abandoned Kids Fend for Themselves in Gritty, NYC Saga It’s the last day of school for 8th grader ... read more >>
Giving Ja a Holla!
Written by Kam Williams Sentinel Contributing Writer 06 November 2013
  Born in Hollis, Queens on February 29, 1976, Jeffrey “Ja Rule” Atkins began rapping professionally while still in his teens, although he really made a big splash in 1999 with the release of ... read more >>
Jacksons perform Gordy tribute at Ebony gala
Written by NEKESA MUMBI MOODY Associated Press 06 November 2013
Founder of the Motown Records Berry Gordy, Jr. attends the Ebony Power 100 Gala on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP) Motown founder Berry Gordy recalls that when ... read more >>
Peggi Blu - "Vocal Coach from Hell" American Idol Vocal Coach Peggi Blu Wears New “HATT”
Written by Larry Buford Sentinel Contributing Writer 06 November 2013
Music Editor Shirley Halperin exclaimed, “Someone give this woman her own show!” (Billboard, 2/24/11). She was speaking of Peggi Blu, dubbed the “Vocal Coach from Hell” on the hit show American ... read more >>
New Jimi Hendrix Film on the Way
Written by Stacy M. Brown Special to the NNPA from the Washington Informer 04 November 2013
Jimi Hendrix (Courtesy photo)  More than 43 years after his death and 46 years after the seminal “Purple Haze” recording, legendary musician Jimi Hendrix will be the subject of a television special ... read more >>
Teeth and Blood
Written by Sentinel News Service 04 November 2013
TEETH AND BLOOD: A RobStar Entertainment Production starring  Glenn Plummer, Michelle Van Der Water, Sean Christopher and written by Al Franflin, Plummer and Pamela J. Richardson also stars one of ... read more >>
A Book by Veteran Stuntwoman Angela Meryl
Written by Princess Manasseh, Sentinel Contributing Writer 04 November 2013
Photo: Princess Manasseh Sentinel Contributing Writer Angela Meryl signs a copy of her new book 'Stunts' for a fan while her daughter flips through the pages      Somewhere between bursting through ... read more >>
Against the Odds: Kids in the Spotlight holds its Fourth Annual Film Festival
Written by Princess Manasseh 31 October 2013
Actress Trisha Mann (center) poses with Kids in the Spotlight filmmakers before the screening Photo Courtesy     From narrowly missing cancelation to a sold out production at Sony Pictures, this ... read more >>
VIDEO: Sights and Sounds - Taste of Soul 2013!
Written by Super User 31 October 2013
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Music 4 The Soul is a Concert with a Cause
Written by Princess Manasseh Sentinel Contributing Writer 21 October 2013
The Dramatics      Greater Educational Milestones (GEMS) has brought together hit groups from the ‘70s to headline their benefit concert, “Music 4 The Soul.” Cameo, The Dramatics, Rose Royce, ... read more >>
Women Behind the Music Series Kicks Off in Los Angeles
Written by Princess Manasseh Sentinel Contributing Writer 21 October 2013
Andrea Martin (left) and Melanie Fiona (right) treat the crowd to a rare duet of Fiona's hit single "It Kills Me." (Photo courtesy of ASCAP) The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers ... read more >>
Eddie Griffin to Host First Greater Educational Benefit Concert
Written by Sentinel Wire Service 10 October 2013
Greater Educational Milestones (GEMs), Andern Educational Research, Inc. in conjunction with Celerity Educational Group will present Music 4 The Soul, a benefit concert and funk fest starring Cameo, ... read more >>
Compton’s Own Ashly Williams, Poised to Win No Matter What with our Support
Written by Maleena Lawrence Sentinel Contributing Writer 10 October 2013
    Recently, the Los Angeles native, Ashley Williams, 24 who is known for her unique voice, gave a riveting performance of "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston on Season Three of the X ... read more >>
Smokey Joe’s Café Heats up Pasadena Playhouse
Written by Troy Tieuel Sentinel Contributing Writer 10 October 2013
  On September 22, in sunny Pasadena, the Pasadena Playhouse presented ‘Smokey Joes Café: The Songs of Lieber and Stoller’ to a capacity audience.  Running until October 13, those interested ... read more >>
Los Angeles Artist Jason Madison Grows Up with ‘I’m Not a Kid Anymore’
Written by Shonassee Shaver Sentinel Contributing Writer 10 October 2013
  With the success of short film “LA is My Playground,” Jason Madison is back with “I’m Not a Kid Anymore,”placing himself as the main attraction. In “I’m Not a Kid Anymore,” heis ... read more >>
Lee Daniels to be Feted at 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards
Written by Sentinel Wire Service 10 October 2013
  Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive producer of the 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, announced that director Lee Daniels will be honored with the “Hollywood Director Award.” The honor ... read more >>
A Joyful Noise at the Gardenia
Written by Sentinel Wire Service 10 October 2013
Martha Taylor LaCroix   Songstress Martha Taylor LaCroix will perform at The Gardenia on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013.  She will be accompanied in her classy vocal style by legendary pianist Karen Hernandez ... read more >>
Verizon’s ‘How Sweet The Sound’ Finale Nov. 2 at Nokia
Written by Kenneth Miller Assistant Managing Editor 10 October 2013
HOW SWEET THE HOSTS: Award winning gospel singer Yolanda Adams and Grammy winning producer Donald Lawrence serve as hosts of Verizon’s ‘How Sweet The Sound’ gospel singing competition, which will ... read more >>
Christine Devine, The People’s Champion
Written by Edward Rice, III 07 October 2013
KTTV Fox 11 Los Angeles nightly news anchor and Taste of Soul ambassador, Christine Devine   With more than 300,000 people expected to attend the Taste of Soul, the event offers a unique opportunity ... read more >>
Musical Director Ray Chew Makes His Mark At This Year’s 65th Annual Emmy Awards
Written by Sentinel Wire Services generalinfo@lasentinel.net 03 October 2013
Composer and Music Producer Ray Chew, is high on the heels of his triumph as Musical Director for the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2013 on CBS. The broadcast – which drew its highest ratings ... read more >>
Film Review: Rush High-Octane Formula 1 Drama Recounts Death-Defying Racing Rivalry
Written by Kam Williams Sentinel Contributing Writer 03 October 2013
Back in the Seventies, a couple of racecar drivers as different from each other as Dudley Do-Right and Snidely Whiplash became sworn adversaries on the Formula 1 circuit. England’s James Hunt (Chris ... read more >>
Isaiah Washington Gets Candid on his Role in film ‘Blue Caprice’
Written by Shonassee Shaver Sentinel Contributing Writer generalinfo@lasentinel.net 03 October 2013
Actor Isaiah Washington starring in‘Blue Caprice’ alongside  Tequan Richmond.   Veteran actor Isaiah Washington stars in director Alexandre Moors ‘Blue Caprice’ depicting assassin ... read more >>
"Instant Mom"
Written by Princess Manasseh Sentinel Intern 03 October 2013
    Photo: Courtesy of Nickelodeon  New Black Comedy Comes to Nickelodeon Sunday the 30th Nickelodeon premiered its new live-action family sitcom “Instant Mom.”  The show features an all ... read more >>
VIDEO: Kelitta Smith Interview
Written by Super User II 30 September 2013
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LMU announces Caméras d’Afrique: The Films of West Africa
Written by Sentinel Wire Service 26 September 2013
Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television, in partnership with Film Independent at LACMA, announces the lineup of Caméras d’Afrique: The Films of West Africa, a month-long film series ... read more >>
Drake is comfortable in his own skin
Written by JOHN CARUCCI Associated Press 26 September 2013
This Sept. 21, 2013 file photo shows Drake performing at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nev. Drake's latest album, "Nothing Was The Same," was released on Tuesday, Sept. 24. (Photo by ... read more >>
Don’t Call it A Come Back…Late Night’s Prodigal Son Returns
Written by Ed Rice, III Sentinel Contributing Writer 19 September 2013
  Like a familiar friend that stayed away too long, Arsenio Hall’s return to late night was welcomed with open arms September 9. America and the rest of the entertainment world showed up for the ... read more >>
Film Review: Things Never Said
Written by Joy Childs Sentinel Contributing Writer 19 September 2013
Director Charles Murray A labor of love – about us, by us   There aren’t too many feature-length movies about a woman’s journey from a loveless marriage to self-discovery and self–empowerment, ... read more >>
Reynolds Pushes to Keep Hattie McDaniel Alive
Written by Princess Manasseh Sentinel Intern 17 September 2013
After a successful three city run of her award-winning, critically acclaimed play, “Hattie: What I Want You to Know,” Vickilyn Reynolds has found herself in the same position as many filmmakers ... read more >>
Phylicia Rashad takes on directing role
Written by STACY A. ANDERSON Associated Press 17 September 2013
  Phylicia Rashad with co-star Keshia Knight Pulliam from the "Cosby Show.” (Associated Press/Photo By Tina Fineberg, File) Phylicia Rashad is best known for starring roles on stage and television, ... read more >>
Show Me The Butler!
Written by Kam Williams, Sentinel Contributing Writer 12 September 2013
    Cuba Gooding, Jr... The “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” Interview Cuba Gooding, Jr. was born in the Bronx on January 2, 1968, but raised in Los Angeles from the age of 4 on. Best known for his ... read more >>
Ink-deep in Creativity
Written by Brian W. Carter (Staff Writer) 12 September 2013
  Illustrator and Comics Animator, Arie Monroe Arie Monroe says about her illustrations, “I’m producing work that encourages African American women to be confident as they are." Arie Monroe ... read more >>
VIDEO: BET Awards Red Carpet Interviews Part 1
Written by Super User 07 September 2013
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VIDEO: BET AWARDS 2013 RED CARPET INTERVIEWS PART 2
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VIDEO: A Taste of Taste of Soul
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Dave Chappelle Ditches Hartford Show Halfway Through
Written by Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American 06 September 2013
Dave Chappelle Comedian Dave Chappelle angered fans in Hartford, Conn., on Thursday night when he cut short a performance and sat silently on a stool for nearly a half hour before walking off stage ... read more >>
Devon Franklin gives us the Scoop on Keeping his Faith in Hollywood
Written by Shonassee Shaver, Sentinel Contributing Writer 05 September 2013
Devon Franklin, Senior Vice President of Production for Columbia Tristar Pictures, a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment He is a Hollywood mover and shaker attaining success by staying true to ... read more >>
JOE ADAMS: A True Living Legend from Watts to the World
Written by KENNETH D. MILLER Sentinel Assistant Managing Editor kenneth@lasentinel.net 05 September 2013
WALKING WITH A LEGEND: (from left) The Bakewell Company Vice President Noel Fulcher enjoys a conversation with legendary Joe Adams and the Sentinel Executive Publisher and The Bakewell Company CEO Danny ... read more >>
Queen Latifah Set to Host New Talk Show
Written by Special to the NNPA from the Insight News 03 September 2013
    WILL AND JADA SMITH EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS She’s conquered hip-hop, Hollywood and Broadway; but now Queen Latifah is out to conquer daytime television with a new talk show.”The Queen Latifah ... read more >>
‘Golden Time of Day’ Frankie Beverly still ‘a’Maze’s 40 years later
Written by Kenneth Miller Asst. Managing Editor 29 August 2013
It was just another “Golden Time of Day” at the Gibson Amphitheater last Sunday when Maze featuring Frankie Beverly played for the 28th consecutive year, and the final time a place that Beverly calls ... read more >>
The new face of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” Cedric the Entertainer
Written by Edward Rice III Sentinel Contributing Writer 29 August 2013
Beginning September 2nd another King of Comedy will join the ranks of game show host, when Cedric the Entertainer replaces Meredith Vieira as the host of, “Who Wants to Be A Millionaire.” The long ... read more >>
Patton, Thicke have clear lines on jealousy, work
Written by NICOLE EVATT, Associated Press 28 August 2013
  Professionally, the 37-year-old actress is busy promoting the romantic comedy "Baggage Claim," which opens Sept. 27. "2 Guns," starring Patton, Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, opened earlier ... 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 >>
The Butler --REVIEW
Written by Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic 22 August 2013
It’s about time. Finally a major-release film about the African American struggle for equality, told from a Black man’s perspective. Why has it taken Hollywood (aka the film industry) so long to ... read more >>
FILM REVIEW The Wolverine
Written by Kam Williams Sentinel Contributing Writer 22 August 2013
Jackman Journeys to Japan for Latest Adventure as Metal-Clawed Mutant Logan, aka Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), is a mutant with retractable claws and a self-healing, metal skeleton. As a member of ... read more >>
Jamie Foxx to Host ’50 Years Forward’
Written by Sentinel News Service 22 August 2013
  Academy Award-winning superstar Jamie Foxx will host the BBVA Compass Concert for Human Rights on Saturday, Sept. 14, at The Birmingham Jefferson Convention Center in Birmingham, Ala. The event ... read more >>
Reel Talk August 22
Written by Kenneth Miller Assistant Managing Editor 22 August 2013
SPIKE LEE Director Spike Lee has a couple days remaining in his Kickstarter campaign and has already reached his goal of $1.25 million. He originally launched his campaign on July 21 to raise money ... read more >>
It's A Rap August 22
Written by Kenneth Miller Assistant Managing Editor 22 August 2013
Music sensation Beyonce’ debuts new hair do. (Courtesy Photo) BEYONCÉ DEBUTS NEW ‘DO Known for her long, golden-curled locks, music sensation Beyonce has made a big cut. Beyonce, 31, posted ... read more >>
'THE BUTLER' SERVES BOX-OFFICE SUCCESS AT NO. 1
Written by Associated Press 22 August 2013
"Lee Daniels' The Butler" is serving up success at the box office. Starring Forest Whitaker as a longtime White House butler and Oprah Winfrey as his boozy wife, the Weinstein Co. biopic debuted in ... 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 >>
Kendrick Lamar Says What?!
Written by Nicole Williams and Chaez Pearson Sentinel Contributing Writers nicolew@lasentinel.net 15 August 2013
Kendrick Lamar (AP Photo) The Compton-based rapper calls out slew of artists, has the Hip-Hop World saying ‘Woah’   It was out of nowhere, but I suppose that’s how most news ... read more >>
Reel Talk August 15 2013
Written by sentinel News Service generalinfo@lasentinel.net 15 August 2013
‘THE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM’ Friday, September 20 (8p.m. ET/PT, 7C) Upon the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement, “The Watsons Go To Birmingham” is a film that focuses on the love, ... read more >>
Its A Rap
Written by sentinel News Service generalinfo@lasentinel.net 15 August 2013
DMX Dark Man X is returning to the big screen. Despite recent legal and financial troubles, DMX is returning to acting. He'll be making a cameo appearance in an upcoming film starring Chris Rock, ... read more >>
Inglewood Rapper Shawn Chrystopher Drops ‘The Lovestory LP’ with Timbaland
Written by Shonassee Shaver Sentinel Contributing Writer generalinfor@lasentinel.net 15 August 2013
  With his long overdue album “The Lovestory LP” dropping this summer, Chrystopher definitely believes dreams do come true.  The Inglewood native is quickly making a name for himself in the rap ... read more >>
Swiss Apologizes to Oprah for Racist Encounter
Written by Associated Press 15 August 2013
GENEVA (AP) -- Oprah Winfrey says she had a racist encounter while shopping in Switzerland - and the national tourist office and the shop owner have apologized. The billionaire media mogul told the ... read more >>
LEE DANIELS: Oscar Nominated Actor Explores Racism and Captivating Role in “The Butler”
Written by Kam Williams Sentinel Contributing Writer 15 August 2013
Lee Daniels is best known for directing and producing the Academy Award-winning film Precious which was nominated for a half-dozen Oscars in 2010, including histwo for Best Picture and Best Director. ... read more >>
Kick-Ass 2: Introducing Dr. Gravity and Detective Marcus Williams
Written by Nicole Williams, Sentinel Contributing Writer nicolew@lasentinel.net 15 August 2013
Night B*tch and Dr. Gravity get prepared to battle. Mindy Macready aka Hit Girl stands with Detective Marcus Williams. Donald Faison and Morris Chestnut played two very different, ... read more >>
Washington and Wahlberg Co-Star in Implausible Crime Caper
Written by Kam Williams 15 August 2013
DEA Agent Robert Trench (Denzel Washington) and Naval Intelligence Officer Michael Stigman (Mark Wahlberg) have both infiltrated a drug syndicate run by Papi Greco (Edward James Olmos), a creep who carries ... read more >>
Tamar Braxton Stars in “The Real” Exhale
Written by Associated Press 15 August 2013
Five women sitting around talking has become a TV staple. Five women talking, each of whom is either black, Asian or Latino, is something different. It's the approach tested by two shows: "The Real," ... read more >>
Wendy Williams to Host R& B Divias LA
Written by sentinel News Service generalinfo@lasentinel.net 15 August 2013
Following the explosive debut season of TV One’s R&B Divas LA, the ladies are back together and dishing on the experience with television host, actress and author Wendy Williams. Williams will ... 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 >>
Diva Toni Braxton Loses Rights to 27 Songs
Written by Alexis Taylor, Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper 13 August 2013
(Courtesy Photo)   Six-time Grammy award winner Toni Braxton may not have her trophies, Gucci flatware, or the rights to 27 of her hit-songs—but she still has a lot to smile about. The Severn, ... 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 >>
Inglewood Rapper Shawn Chrystopher Drops ‘The Lovestory LP’ with Timbaland
Written by Shonassee Shaver 12 August 2013
Shawn Chrystopher proves to be more than just another rapper, but an artist who is educated about the music game, its fame, fortune and Hip Hop’s Heavyweights’. With his long overdue ... read more >>
Stars Celebrate Award Winning Journalist Roland Martin’s L.A. Soiree
Written by Sentinel News Service 08 August 2013
Hollywood personalities (L-R) Rochelle Aytes, Angell Conwell, Alfred Liggins, Faith Evans, Christina Norman, D'Angela Proctor, and Nicci Gilbert join Roland Martin ... read more >>
Reel Talk August 8
Written by Kenneth Miller Asst. Managing Editor 08 August 2013
THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI The Trials of Muhammad Ali is a Kartemquin documentary exploring Ali’s lifelong journey of spiritual transformation. From his Louisville roots, through his years in ... read more >>
It's A Rap August 8
Written by Written by Complied by Kenneth Miller Assistant Manager Editor 08 August 2013
HESTON International Recording Artist & R&B/Soul Singer Heston launched his tour on last week, and he will jet set to record shops and venues  across the United States and abroad to introduce ... read more >>
On the Go with Essandoh!
Written by Kam Williams 08 August 2013
    Ato Essandoh   Hypnotizing audiences as D'Artagnan, the slave who was mauled to death by dogs in Django Unchained, Ato Essandoh stars as Dr. Matthew Freeman in the 2nd season of BBC America’s ... read more >>
Vivica Fox Just As Fine at 49
Written by Sentinel News Service 08 August 2013
TWICE AS NICE: Vivica A. Fox and acclaimed actress Regina King share a laugh at Fox’s 49th birthday bash on July 30 at Rain Nightclub.  Photo Courtesy of Vivica A. Fox Internationally Acclaimed ... read more >>
Snoop Sets Sail as Smoove Snail
Written by KAM WILLIAMS Sentinel Contributing Writer 08 August 2013
            Calvin Cordozar Broadus was born on October 20, 1971 in Long Beach, California where he was nicknamed Snoopy by his parents because of a striking resemblance to the Peanuts cartoon ... read more >>
The 26th Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival: ‘As the Beat Goes On.’
Written by Sentinel News Service generalinfo@lasentinel.net 08 August 2013
Gladys Knight Eric Benet Line up includes Gladys Knight, The Whispers, O’Jays and Eric Benet Officials at Rainbow Promotions said they are “excited to present some of today’s most distinguished ... 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 >>
Reel Talk August 1
Written by Jennifer Bihm (Contributing Writer) 01 August 2013
WINNIE Winnie is a 2011 drama film adaptation of Anne Marie du Preez Bezrob's biography Winnie Mandela: A Life. The film is directed by Darrell Roodt, and stars Jennifer Hudson, Terrence Howard, Wendy ... read more >>
It's A Rap August 1
Written by Compiled by KENNETH MILLER Assistant Managing Editor kenneth@lasentinel.net 01 August 2013
EVE Eve said moving to London helped reinvigorate her love of music Eve has said that female rappers today have "no unity". The Grammy-winning rapper praised the amount of women MCs around, but reckons ... read more >>
'UnbeWeavable' Addresses Black Self Image
Written by Troy Tieuel Sentinel Crenshaw & Around Editor troy@lasentinel.net 01 August 2013
  ACCORDING TO D. A. BALLINGER, “This book deals with the erasing of the image of the black, African-American woman, and it also deals with the slow poisoning of all of Americans by the chemicals in ... read more >>
MLK Jr. Anniversary Classical and Opera Concert
Written by Sentinel News Service generalinfo@lasentinel.net 01 August 2013
Top Row, left to right, top: Bass-baritone Mark S. Doss and pianist Phoenix Park-Kim. Second row: Composer Joo Poong Kim and soprano Anita Johnson Event to take place in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday, ... read more >>
Book Review: High Price A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You
Written by Kam Williams Sentinel Contributing Writer 01 August 2013
Dr. Carl Hart “As a youth, Carl Hart didn’t realize the value of school; he studied just enough to stay on the basketball team. At the same time, he was immersed in street life. Today, he is a cutting-edge ... read more >>
Comedian Joe Torry: from comedy to Cosby to Zimmerman
Written by Sandra Varner Contributing Writer 01 August 2013
St. Louis, Missouri native Joe Torry has brought the funny for two decades and today, the 47-year old father, businessman and philanthropist is still on top of his game taking his stand-up comedy routine ... 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 >>
Power List of Best-Selling African-American Books Releases Summer 2013 List
Written by Sentinel News Service generalinfo@lasentinel.net 25 July 2013
The Power List, the quarterly compilation of best-selling books written or read by African Americans, released its Summer 2013 list on July 22. The Power List is a joint project of AALBC.com, Cushcity.com ... read more >>
Reel Talk July 25
Written by Shonassee Shaver 24 July 2013
  Will Packer 2-year Universal Television Deal   Will Packer may not be a household name yet, but he is well on his way.  Packer scored a 2-year deal with Universal Television. Future projects are ... read more >>
Its A Rap July 25
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 24 July 2013
MARY MARY Gospel duo Mary Mary are following Stevie Wonder’s lead and boycotting Florida until the state’s controversial Stand Your Ground law is overturned. The acquittal of neighborhood watch ... read more >>
Teen Group Sensation Identity4Pop to Perform for Sparks
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 24 July 2013
    Fans of the Los Angeles Sparks WNBA team will get a rare treat when they attend the game Thursday July 25th game at Staples Center when teen group sensation Identity4Pop performs. It will be an ... read more >>
Jus Ax Fred July 25
Written by Fred Hawthorne 24 July 2013
Dear Fred, How do you break up with a man who is a great father however is a terrible husband Or should I just stay in the relationship for my children ROSE Dear Rose,  If the glove don't fit you ... read more >>
REEL Talk July 18
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 18 July 2013
OPRAH WINFREY When Lindsay Lohan gets out of rehab this summer, Oprah Winfrey will be waiting to talk to her. Winfrey's cable channel, OWN, said Friday that Winfrey is getting an "exclusive" interview ... read more >>
Its A Rap July 18
Written by Kenneth Miller Asst. Managing Editor 18 July 2013
COULD RAP LYRICS SHIFT AFTER WAYNE, ROSS MISHAPS? Since it began, rap has found ways to offend. Whether for political content, sexual imagery, misogyny, violence or coarse humor, rappers have found ... read more >>
FILM REVIEW Fruitvale Station
Written by Jennifer Bihm 18 July 2013
As calls for justice abound in the Trayvon Martin case, newly minted filmmaker Ryan Coogler reminds the nation of another unarmed and slain victim in “Fruitvale Station” released in theaters July ... read more >>
JUS AX FRED Solving your relationship problems one paragraph at a time
Written by Fred Hawthorne 18 July 2013
Dear Fred,      I am divorced, in my late 30's with three kids.  I was married young and have been divorced almost ten years.  I thought when I got divorced I had finally realized what I wanted ... read more >>
A Taste of a Taste of Soul at L.A. Live
Written by Shonassee Shaver and Shannen Hill Sentinel Interns generalinfo@lasentinel.net 12 July 2013
The BET & Taste of Soul Community Stage showcases up-and-coming community acts at L.A. Live.   Throughout the weekend, energy poured through the BET & Taste of Soul Community Stage at L.A. Live. ... read more >>
Anything Can Happen and DID Happen at The 2013 BET Awards
Written by Nicole Williams, Sentinel Contributing Writer nicolew@lasentinel.net 10 July 2013
(Photos: Associated Press)    This year’s BET Awards took on the slogan “Anything Can Happen” and played the slogan to a tee. Hosted in the heart of down town Los Angeles (DTLA) at ... read more >>
Jus Ax Fred
Written by Fred Hawthorne 10 July 2013
Greetings Sentinel Family, My name is Frederick Hawthorne (author of “Why Did I Sleep with Him”) and I will be bringing our community a weekly relationship column that will give helpful tips and ... read more >>
MERRY CLAYTON The Queen of Background Bolts to Frontline in “20 Feet From Stardom”
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 10 July 2013
The scent of Este Lauder perfume permeates throughout the hallways of the air-conditioned building, but the cramped office space where the interview is to be conducted is too hot to hold legendary vocalist ... read more >>
Its A Rap July 11
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 10 July 2013
Jay-Z, "Magna Carta Holy Grail"  In between selling off his share of the Brooklyn Nets NBA basketball team and then making a he splash launching his sports agent business, revolutionary Jay-Z dropped ... read more >>
Reel Talk July 11
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 10 July 2013
  ‘‘PACIFIC RIM’’  Like the kind of boyhood fantasy that delights in flying men and relishes dreams of dinosaurs, ‘‘Pacific Rim,’’ the latest film from director Guillermo Del Toro, ... read more >>
Goodie Mob, AT&T and Blackberry ‘Elevate Young Black Voices’
Written by Troy Tieuel, Sentinel Contributing Writer troy@lasentinel.net 10 July 2013
KNO'BODIE:  "I already have service with AT&T, and they were looking for talent and solo artists to turn in a video for ‘Elevate Young Black Voices,’ said rapper Kno'Bodie.  “I was like, ... read more >>
Its A Rap July 4
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 03 July 2013
    Remembering Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland Full, sweet and melodious at one moment, powerful and primal in another, the iconic singing voice of the late Bobby "Blue" Bland was remembered by fans, friends ... read more >>
CAAM to Celebrate July 4th
Written by Sentinel News Services generalinfo@lasentinel.net 03 July 2013
  Experience the 4th of July at the California African American Museum (CAAM) with live performances and a unique art workshop, followed by Exposition Park’s annual fireworks display. In celebration ... read more >>
Reel Talk July 4
Written by Kenneth Miller 03 July 2013
    “Iceberg Slim: Portrait Of A Pimp” Rapper turned actor Ice-T is making more moves in the world of film production. After tasting some success with his documentary “The Art of Rap,” he’s ... read more >>
‘Trombone Shorty’ Brings His Musical Gumbo to the Playboy Jazz Festival
Written by Kathy Williamson 27 June 2013
Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and the Orleans Avenue Band whipped the Playboy Jazz Festival audience into a musical feeding frenzy at the Hollywood Bowl. – photo courtesy of Playboy Jazz Festival. The ... read more >>
Judge taking no action in Jackson guardianship
Written by ANTHONY McCARTNEY | Associated Press 27 June 2013
  This Jan. 27, 2012 file photo shows, from left, Blanket Jackson, Paris Jackson, and Prince Michael Jackson at the opening night of the Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Dan ... read more >>
Marriage, the sequel for 'Star Wars' creator Lucas
Written by Associated Press 27 June 2013
Filmmaker George Lucas, right, and Mellody Hobson arrive for the screening of "Wall Street Money Never Sleeps", at the 63rd international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 14, 2010. ... read more >>
Jackie Jackson Exclusive: The Jacksons Still Have It!
Written by BRANDON I. BROOKS Managing Editor brandon@lasentinel.net 27 June 2013
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Reel Talk June 27
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 27 June 2013
  THE INEVITABLE DEFEAT OF MISTER AND PETE The 17 annual American Black Film Festival opening in Miami last week with the screening of powerful film “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete.” After ... read more >>
It's A Rap: June 27
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 27 June 2013
LIL SNUPE The Winnfield City Police officials announced new developments on the shooting death of Lil Snupe. There has been a warrant issued by Winnfield City Police for arrest for Tony Holden in connection ... read more >>
Bill Duke’s ‘Dark Girls’ Tells The Unspoken Secret
Written by Shonassee Shaver 27 June 2013
The Long overdue documentary, ‘Dark Girls’ will force America to take a look at the harsh discrimination that faces dark-skin African American woman, their plight, complexities and unshakeable scars. Legendary ... read more >>
JADAGRACE: Discovered by LMFAO’s Redfoo, another Gordy Protégé to Rock TOS Community Stage
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 27 June 2013
  Teenage pop dynamo Jadagrace, who was discovered by LMFAO’s Redfoo, will perform her debut hit single, “Run Dat Back,” on Saturday at the Taste of Soul Community Stage.  The track, which ... read more >>
BET Experience @L.A. Live Fan Fest June 28-29
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 21 June 2013
  Imagine a day where any and everything that you thought of in fun and entertainment, that what the BET Experience at L.A. Live on June 28 and June 29 really is. It is the inaugural official celebration ... read more >>
Reel Talk June 20
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 21 June 2013
2013 FALL MOVIE PREVIEW Alexandre Moors’ BLUE CAPRICE (September 20, 2013) Screenwriter: R. F. I. Porto & Alexandre Moors
 Starring: Isaiah Washington, Tequan Richmond, Joey Lauren Adams, ... read more >>
It's A Rap: The One and Only BERRY GORDY
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 21 June 2013
  The all-time heavyweights of music and entertainment were at the 44th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremonies recently in New York, and perhaps none was more notable than Berry Gordy. Elton John, ... read more >>
Book Challenges Stereotypes of Poor Fathers
Written by Bobbi Booker, Special to the NNPA from The Philadelphia Tribune 18 June 2013
“Doing The Best I Can” delves into the lives of poor men who have children outside of marriage and their “New Package Deals” ‑ the direct and intimate relationships with their children that ... read more >>
Kurtis Blow to perform at Regency West as local groups premier documentary ‘Have You Seen My Father?’ on June 16
Written by KENNETH MILLER Entertainment Editor kenneth@lasentinel.net 13 June 2013
    Legendary old school rapper Kurtis Blow will be the featured performer at premier of an explosive documentary ‘Have You Seen My Father’ hosted by local organizations Taking Responsibility for ... read more >>
Taste of Soul BET Fanfest: The 2012 StarQuest Talent Search champions join us to discuss music, winning the contest, and everything in between
Written by Chelsea Battle Contributing Writer Chelsea@lasentinel.net 13 June 2013
  Meet Adrian Battle Adrian Battle attended last year’s StarQuest auditions on a whim. His roommate mentioned the try outs to him the day before they began, and after debating whether or not he ... read more >>
Its A Rap June 13
Written by Shonassee Shaver 13 June 2013
BET EXPERIENCE fan fest June 28-30 BET EXPERIENCE AT L.A. LIVE is set for June 28 -30. It will be a weekend event, Friday-Sunday.  For the first time BET will be dominating the LA scene for a whole ... read more >>
Chrisette Michele Discusses her New Album, the Wale Rumors, and Fat Vegans
Written by Chelsea Battle, Contributing Writer, chelsea@lasentinel.net 13 June 2013
  After a two year hiatus the R&B singer is back on the scene with new music, a book, and plenty of cool tattoos.   It’s a particularly chilly evening inside the air conditioned lower level ... read more >>
Reel Talk June 13
Written by Shonassee Shaver 13 June 2013
MIKE EPPS Comedian/ actor, Mike will be appearing at the BET Experience Friday June 28 at Club Nokia. The former hilarious character ‘Day Day’ from the Next Friday film has proven that he has ... read more >>
Not Just Another Celebrity Charity Event: Holly Robinson-Peete and Tisha Campbell-Martin are Trailblazers in Advocacy for Autism
Written by By Shonassee Shaver 06 June 2013
Holly Robinson-Peete posing for the camera after an informative discussion during the Media Roundtable. Actors, Holly Robinson-Peete, Duane Martin, Tisha Campbell-Martin and Rodney Peete smile ... read more >>
Inglewood’s Director Aaron White One-Man Show: ‘The Blood they Shed’
Written by Sentinel News Services 05 June 2013
  The Blood they Shed is a semi-autobiographical one-man poetic journey that combines the art of story telling narrative, poetry and comedy. The story is told from the perspective of a young man raised ... read more >>
Reel Talk June 6
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 05 June 2013
  “RICHARD PRYOR: OMIT THE LOGIC” The late comedian and actor Richard Pryor died December 10, 2005 with an estimated net worth of approximately $40 million dollars. That net worth was earned in ... read more >>
It's A Rap JUNE 6
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 05 June 2013
TAMAR BRAXTON BET|13 Awards nominee Tamar Braxton is already getting rave reviews for her new up and coming video ‘The One.’ Reports say the video will put you in a summertime mood with her feel-good ... read more >>
Playboy Jazz Coming to Baldwin Hills
Written by Sentinel News Service 30 May 2013
  Playboy Jazz Festival presents 1+ One Featuring Patrice Rushen and Ndugu Chancler in free Baldwin Hills Concert “Let the good times roll… and head over to the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw,” said event ... read more >>
Kevin Hart makes it pop at LAVO in ‘Vegas
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 29 May 2013
  Last Saturday Kevin Hart hosted at LAVO Nightclub in celebration of Memorial Day Weekend. The popular comedian signed autographs and posed for photos on the red carpet then made his way into the ... read more >>
MALI NICOLE: A Developing Diva from Watts to the World
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 29 May 2013
  It’s been almost 50 years since the late Ted Watkins put the city of Watts on the map developing it as a treasured African American culture base that today is known throughout the world.  It’s ... read more >>
Reel Talk May 30
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 29 May 2013
AFTER EARTH Hollywood’s royal African American family of Will Smith and his wife Jada will feature their son Jaden in After Earth, which is released June 7 nationwide. The film’s is based on a ... read more >>
It's A Rap May 30
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 29 May 2013
FANTASIA The R&B diva and Grammy award winning female vocalist is certainly no stranger to controversy and criticism. But a resilient and liberated Fantasia recently took the stage at the 30th ... read more >>
AEG Publicly Admitted to Hiring Murray
Written by BILL HETHERMAN City News Service 24 May 2013
Michael Jackson Conrad Murray Testifying in trial of a negligence/wrongful death suit against AEG Live over the death of Michael Jackson, the top lawyer for the concert promoter recently acknowledged ... read more >>
Sony Lawsuit is a Victory for Urban Artist
Written by Zenitha Prince
 Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper 24 May 2013
James J. Walker Sony BMG Music Entertainment has settled a lawsuit filed in 2005 by attorney James J. Walker, of Walker and Associates, a Black-owned, Atlanta-based law firm that represents gospel ... read more >>
Pan African Film Festival Honored With the Lifetime Achievement Award From the African “Oscars” Academy
Written by Sentinel News Service 23 May 2013
Ayuko Babu, executive director of the Pan African Film Festival, accepts a Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of the festival from the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA). AMAA, considered the "African ... read more >>
Actor Clifton Powell Sits in Director’s Chair for ‘My Brother Marvin’
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 23 May 2013
His legacy has been marred with misconceptions of the life he truly lived and the family he dearly loved. He constantly walked a tightrope between being who the world expected him to be and who he felt ... read more >>
IT's A Rap May 23
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 23 May 2013
OL’ DIRTY BASTARD AND EAZY-E September and two names have been making more news than many of the other performers on the bill. And they’re dead. Following in the footsteps of Tupac Shakur’s virtual ... read more >>
Reel Talk May 23
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 23 May 2013
WINNIE MANDELLA FILM Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment brand, has acquired all U.S. rights to Winnie Mandela at the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival.  Budgeted at $15 million, the film ... read more >>
Today, Biggie Smalls Would Have Been 41
Written by Chelsea Battle and Nicole Williams, Sentinel Contributing Writers chelsea@lasentinel.net and nicolew@lasentinel.net 21 May 2013
(AP Photo)   It has been 16 years since New York rapper Christopher Wallace better known as Biggie Smalls, passed away in the infamous 1997 Wilshire Blvd shooting in Los Angeles. He would have been ... read more >>
Compton’s Kendrick Lamar launches BET Awards Weekend
Written by KENNETH MILLER Sentinel Entertainment Editor 17 May 2013
I’M KENDRICK LAMAR: Compton hip-hop sensation Kendrick Lamar garnered eight BET Award nominations and is shown here on the red carpet at L.A.’s Icon Ultra Lounge on May 14 in downtown Los Angeles. ... read more >>
Reel Talk May 16
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 17 May 2013
IT RYMES WITH JIGGER Oh No, not again! Another Hollywood filmmaker has made a movie that has parlayed the dreaded N word into the script. Director Baz Luhrmann not only enlisted Jay-Z to oversee the ... read more >>
It's A Rap May 16
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 17 May 2013
PAUL HAD A BALL Sean Paul’s collaboration with Beyonce on the chart topping single “Baby Boy” sent the rumor mill into a frenzy back in 2003 that the two were dating. What made the rumors even ... read more >>
Peeples:Blue-Collar Beau Meets Bourgie Fiancee’s Family in Fish-Out-of-Water Comedy
Written by KAM WILLIAMS 17 May 2013
            After dating for over a year, Wade Walker (Craig Robinson) is head-over-heels in love with his girlfriend, Grace (Kerry Washington). He’s ready to pop the question, and has even purchased ... read more >>
Billboard honors record executives at Music Biz event
Written by Chelsea Battle, Contributing Writer, chelsea@lasentinel.net 16 May 2013
   Tricky Stewart (left) Ethiopia Habtemariam (right) Epic Records A&R President Tricky Stewart and Motown Executive Vice President of Urban Music Ethiopia Habtemariam, provide industry gems and ... read more >>
Your Mother's Day Planned
Written by Chelsea Battle & Nicole Williams Contributing Writers chelsea@lasentinel.net nicolew@lasentinel.net 09 May 2013
  Mother’s Day is almost here and the Sentinel has taken the liberty of helping you plan it right. Here’s a list of a few of our favorite places to take Mommy Dearest in the morning, noon, and night.  Morning: ... read more >>
Meet Young Guru
Written by Chelsea Battle, Contributing Writer chelsea@lasentinel.net 09 May 2013
 The Grammy nominated audio engineer behind Jay-Z has been sharing a few trade secrets and discussing his craft with college students nationwide.  In 1999, a budding New York rapper named Shawn Carter ... read more >>
Reel Talk May 9
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 09 May 2013
RULING WITH IRON Iron Man 3 represents the seventh installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe series kickstarted by Iron Man 1 in 2008, and since followed in succession by The Incredible Hulk, Iron ... read more >>
It's A Rap May 9
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 09 May 2013
APOLOGY NOT ACCEPTED Lil Wayne’s apology letter to the family of Emmett Till after crudely referencing the slain civil rights icon in a song was not enough for him to keep his endorsement deal with ... read more >>
Kelita Smith Shares the Naked Truth
Written by Chelsea Battle 09 May 2013
Actress, Kelita Smith speaks with the Sentinel Photo by Troy Tieuel Those who know and love Kelita Smith as “Wanda Mac”, the hot wife who performed alongside the late Bernie Mac on Fox’s The ... read more >>
No Pain, No Gain! Anthony Philosophizes about Making It
Written by KAM WILLIAMS 02 May 2013
Born in New Orleans on September 23, 1979, Anthony Mackie attended the Julliard School of Drama. He was discovered after receiving rave reviews for playing Tupac Shakur in the off-Broadway play “Up ... read more >>
Destiny’s Child’s Michelle Williams Joins the cast of Fela Jay Z’s hit Broadway show comes to Los Angeles, and one of its stars, Michelle Williams gives the Sentinel the inside scoop.
Written by Chelsea Battle 02 May 2013
Most of us know Michelle Williams from the female pop group Destiny’s Child, and though she is still singing she’s performing on a different type of stage: Broadway. The famed singer has joined the ... read more >>
Reel Talk May 3
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 02 May 2013
  MARVIN GAYE FILM Focus Features International has picked up worldwide sales on director Julien Temple’s Untitled Marvin Gaye project, starring Jesse L. Martin as the late singer. Focus will present ... read more >>
It's A Rap May 3
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 02 May 2013
  LAURYN HILL According to her interview on Tumblr, Lauryn Hill refuted reports that she was just evicted by her landlord and is a squatter of sorts. "Yes, I have recently entered into an agreement ... 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 >>
Alvin Ailey Dancers Grace Chandler Pavilion
Written by Troy Tieuel Sentinel Contributing Writer troy@lasentinel.net 26 April 2013
  Five days of multi-cultural dance performances at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, led by artistic director, Robert Battle was kicked off in grand fashion April 17 as the Alvin Ailey American Dance ... read more >>
IT's A Rap April 25
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 25 April 2013
  JENNIFER HUDSON Jennifer Hudson was honored with a special Grammy Award recently at the Recording Academy’s Grammys on the Hill ceremony in Washington DC. The group honored Hudson with a Recording ... read more >>
Hip Hop Controversy: Rap Music May be Facing New Challenges
Written by Charlene Muhammad Special to the NNPA from The Final Call 24 April 2013
   Beyonce and her husband, mogul Jay-Z, tour Old Havana, Cuba, April 4. The power couple was in Havana on their fifth wedding anniversary. Photo: AP/Wide World photo    By: Charlene Muhammad Special ... read more >>
Connections hamper jury selection in Jackson case
Written by LINDA DEUTSCH Associated Press 19 April 2013
Michael Jackson The extensive connections of Michael Jackson, his family and friends became a challenge for a judge trying to seat an impartial jury for his mother's wrongful death lawsuit against ... read more >>
Ailey Returns to Los Angeles
Written by Sentinel News Service generalinfo@lasentinel.net 19 April 2013
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Jacqueline Green in Kyle Abraham's Another Night. Photo by Paul Kolnik Following performances in New York City Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater  returned to ... read more >>
Reel Talk April 18
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 18 April 2013
  ‘Holla II’ With just the right amount of creepy, a touch of campy, and a comedic plot to kills coeds in gruesome, over the top fashion, H. M. Coakley's "Holla II" set to hit theaters April 19th ... read more >>
It's A Rap April 18
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 18 April 2013
  Rick Ross A day after Reebok ended its relationship with Rick Ross, the rapper acknowledged that his lyrics on Rocko's song "U.O.E.N.O." were "offensive." In a statement Friday, Ross said being ... read more >>
Veni! Vidi! Varis!
Written by KAM WILLIAMS 18 April 2013
                Known to many as "Varis" or simply as "V," Travaris Spears hails from Rochester, New York where, at an early age, he displayed a charm that was engaging and magnetic. An ... read more >>
Damien Wayans
Written by Chelsea Battle, Sentinel Contributing Writer 15 April 2013
  Damien Wayans  With the wrap of his first season starring in Second Generation Wayans, Damien talks Wayans’ life behind the scenes. Wayans.  The mere mention of the name likely brings to mind ... read more >>
Behind the Scenes with Carlos King
Written by Chelsea Battle, Sentinel Contributing Writer 15 April 2013
  The successfultelevision producer who helped to bring you Love and Hip Hop Atlanta discusses his journey into reality TV and what’s in store for season 2.     “Be patient, work hard, know ... read more >>
Reel Talk April 11
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 12 April 2013
  CASHING IN WITH TYLER ‘Tyler Perry's Temptation' debuted in third place, earning $21.6 million, followed by  the action film ``Olympus Has Fallen'' with $14.1 million and ``Oz the Great and   ... read more >>
It's A Rap April 11
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 12 April 2013
RAY J’s HIT or MISSES His sister is a former television sitcom star and R& B singer, he has tried his hand at both television and music and once had a hit TV Reality Show, but what Ray J is best ... read more >>
‘The Couple’ Reveals Honest Portrait of Black Love
Written by Nicole Williams Sentinel Contributing Writer 12 April 2013
Actors for Desmond Faison and Numa Perrier play the couple in the web-based show “The Couple” from Black and Sexy TV.   On set for “The Couple”, Co-creator, Dennis Dortch gives direction ... read more >>
Brad Paisley-LL Cool J song stirs up controversy
Written by Associated Press 11 April 2013
Brad Paisley on His Song 'Accidental Racist': 'It's Not a Stunt' (ABC News) Brad Paisley's collaboration with LL Cool J on "Accidental Racist" has accidentally kicked up some controversy. The song ... read more >>
Chris Bosh Celebrates his 29th "Moroccan Style" with Rémy Martin® V
Written by Sentinel News Service generalinfo@lasentinel.net 09 April 2013
  Chris Bosh Celebrates his 29th “Moroccan Style” with Rémy Martin® V   Wednesday April 3rd, Chris Bosh celebrated his 29th birthday at Briza on the Bay with members and coaches of the 2012 ... read more >>
Jeff Clanagan: Hollywood’s Real Black Power
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 04 April 2013
  ‘Free Angela’, a gripping documentary reflecting the historic events that catapulted a young Angela Davis into a controversial political icon during the turbulent late 1960’s will make it’s ... read more >>
It's A Rap April 4
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 04 April 2013
  Sean “Diddy” Combs Sean “Diddy” Combs ranks No. 1 on this year’s Forbes Five, the magazine’s list of hip-hop’s wealthiest artists, with an estimated net worth of $580 million. The ... read more >>
Reel Talk April 4
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 04 April 2013
  Sam Cooke Film While we are in the season of biopics, it’s time to do a Sam Cooke film. Actually the project was first announced in 2011, but like many things, it got put off. So it’s now officially ... 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 >>
Hattie…What I Need You to Know Returns to LA
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 28 March 2013
   Hattie…What I Need You To Know! is back by popular demand and will be at the Hudson Backstage Theatre each weekend through April 14, 2013. Hattie…What I Need You to Know is a celebration of Hattie ... read more >>
Kathleen McGhee-Anderson: A Pioneer on the Television Frontier
Written by Chelsea Battle 28 March 2013
    Kathleen McGhee-Anderson (left), Moderator Shirley Jo Finney (right)         In television writing circles, there is probably no higher aspiration than to have a million no’s to a script ... read more >>
Raheem DeVaughn Journeys to Love Land
Written by Chelsea Battle 28 March 2013
    R&B artist, Raheem DeVaughn photo by Whitney Thomas Spring is in the air, and self-proclaimed “Love King”, Raheem DeVaughn, is sitting on the set of his latest music video, “Love Connection”, ... read more >>
It's A Rap March 28
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 28 March 2013
Aaliya Suing Two lawsuits are in the works over music by the late R&B singer Aaliyah. According to TMZ, publishing company Reservoir Media Management is suing independent record label and film ... read more >>
Reel Talk March 28
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 28 March 2013
  HALLE WAIT A MINUTE It’s gonna be a while before Halle Berry makes that move to France. The actress has been anxious to start a new life in Europe with her fiancé Olivier Martinez, but her ex, ... read more >>
Say What March 28
Written by Kenneth Miller Asst. Managing Editor 27 March 2013
  Comedian Aries Spears, a former regular on Fox’s “MADtv,” has agreed to give his former partner Elisa Larregui full physical and legal custody of their three-year-old son after allegedly threatening ... read more >>
Spinners Lead Singer Bobby Smith Dies
Written by Sentinel News Services 21 March 2013
    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A former lead singer of the soul music group "The Spinners" has died in Orlando. A statement released Monday by the manager of the rhythm and blues group said Bobbie Smith ... read more >>
MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL GOES PLATINUM IN FIRST WEEK ON BROADWAY
Written by Sentinel News Service generalinfo@lasentinel.net 21 March 2013
    This March 5, 2013 photo shows Berry Gordy posing for a portrait in front of the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)  JOINS MILLIONAIRE’S CLUB WITH $1,029,883. ... read more >>
Michael Ealy: Unconditionally Ealy!
Written by KAM WILLIAMS 21 March 2013
                Michael Ealy feature films include Think Like a Man, Barbershop, Seven Pounds, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Never Die Alone, For Colored Girls, Miracle at St. Anna, Takers and Underworld: ... read more >>
Reel Talk March 21
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 21 March 2013
180 Days: A Year Inside An American High School An important film on the nation’s educational crisis premieres on PBS this month. The documentary, 180 Days: A Year Inside An American High School, ... read more >>
It's A Rap March 21
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 21 March 2013
  LIL WAYNE Cash Money Records boss Birdman made sure to let fans know nothing will slow down his longtime protégé Lil Wayne's domination in the rap game by visiting the hospitalized music star ... read more >>
FBI Releases Files on Whitney Houston
Written by Special to NNPA from Washington Informer 19 March 2013
  Special to the NNPA from the Washington Informer generalinfo@lasentinel.net   Released in response to a freedom of information request, the FBI’s documents cover 11 years of threats against ... read more >>
Jesse L. Martin Replaces Lenny Kravitz in Marvin Gaye Biopic
Written by Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American 19 March 2013
    Lenny Kravitz is out – and Jesse L. Martin is in to portray iconic soul singer Marvin Gaye in the Julien Temple produced, “Sexual Healing.”   According to Deadline, the film focuses ... read more >>
Taye Diggs Teams With Kellogg to Stop Childhood Hunger
Written by Chelsea Battle, Sentinel Contributing Writer 14 March 2013
  Photo courtesy of Edelman PR Firm Taye Diggs, the new spokesman for the Kellogg’s Share Breakfast Program, hosts giant spoon installation to celebrate National Breakfast Week; Diggs is also unveiled ... read more >>
Mindless Behavior to Release New All Around the World Documentary in Theaters
Written by Chelsea Battle, Sentinel Contributing Writer 14 March 2013
        The Pop/R&B boy band hosts movie screening and gives free concert to promote their new All Around the World documentary at Universal City Walk. Princeton, Prodigy, Ray Ray, and Roc ... read more >>
Reel Talk March 14
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 14 March 2013
THE CALL Opens: March 15 Starring: Halle Berry and Morris Chestnut Rated: R for violence, disturbing content and some lanuage Storyline When veteran 911 operator, Jordan (Halle Berry), takes a life-altering ... read more >>
It's A Rap MARCH 14
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 14 March 2013
  BIG WHEELS HACKED Jay-Z, Beyonce and Kim Kardashian are among a dozen celebs and political figures who have become the victims of a hacker who posted detailed information about what appears to ... read more >>
Rap Stars ‘Birdman’ and Lil-Wayne Daughters to Release Book
Written by Sentinel Wire Services 14 March 2013
The 14-year-old daughters of Cash Money Records co-founder Bryan "Birdman" Williams aka "Baby" and Grammy Award-winning rap superstar Dwayne "Lil Wayne" Carter, respectively, teamed up to pen this fictitious ... read more >>
It's A Rap March 7, 2013
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 06 March 2013
Is it Dre. ? Is it Dre?... Suge Knight recently appeared on the Howard Stern show and he had some really crazy things to say about Dr. Dre, as he accuses the good doctor of being gay, and a snitch. During ... read more >>
Reel Talk March 7
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 06 March 2013
MOVIE SPOTLIGHT Olympus Has Fallen Olympus Has Fallen, which is the Secret Service codename for the building stars  Aaron Eckhart as the President, along with Gerard Butler as basically the John McClane ... read more >>
Book Review: ‘Why Did I Sleep with Him’
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 06 March 2013
The charismatic local author Fred Hawthorne pins about his sexual journey through Whittier College and how he ultimately managed to transform his out of control behavior into a model citizen and husband. While ... read more >>
Playboy Jazz Festival Returns to Hollywood Bowl
Written by Chelsea Battle 06 March 2013
  The Playboy Jazz Festival, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary, has announced a new lineup jam packed with jazz, funk, and R&B greats. This year the show will be saying farewell to longtime ... 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 >>
Jackie Robinson Biopic “42” Honored with Truly Moving Picture Award
Written by Sentinel Wire Services 28 February 2013
Heartland Truly Moving Pictures has bestowed its first Truly Moving Picture Award (TMPA) of 2013 to Warner Bros. Pictures’/Legendary Pictures’ release “42”, the true story of baseball legend ... read more >>
LEGENDARY RAPPERS-It's A Rap
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 28 February 2013
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African-American Oscar Winners 'Reel Talk'
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 28 February 2013
  Best Actor in a Leading Role  Sidney Poitier, Lilies of the Field (1963)  Denzel Washington, Training Day (2002)  Jamie Foxx, Ray (2004)  Forest Whitaker, The Last King of Scotland ... read more >>
The Blues Brings Sunshine and Unity to Budlong Elementary
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 28 February 2013
  Fourth-graders A’mya Atkins, Zacahary Payne, Treven Richards, Ivan Sanchez, Daniel Melendrez, Shalanda Henry and Valerie Rodriguez of Bdulong Elementary School did not know who B. B. King, Etta James ... read more >>
BOOK REVIEW ‘We Shall Overcome’
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 21 February 2013
  “We Shall Overcome” is one of the most meaningful songs of the entire African American experience and is almost synonymous with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and the Civil Rights Movement. The Library ... read more >>
Reel Talk 'Best Black Sitcoms'
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 21 February 2013
The Cosby Show (1984-1992) Network: NBC Worst kept secret ever, right? After running for eight seasons on NBC and receiving accolades as one of the best TV shows of the 1980s, The Cosby Show is the ... read more >>
It's A Rap 'Best Female Rappers'
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 21 February 2013
MC Lyte If you ask hip-hop fans who the greatest male emcee of all time is, you're more than likely to get about 20 to 25 different responses. Now, switch the question to "Who's the best female rapper ... read more >>
Black History Month Celebration Performance R&B Musical Theatre Production
Written by Sentinel Wire Services 20 February 2013
  I CAN’T TURN YOU LOOSE! I Can’t Turn You Loose! is a musical set in the R&B music scene in the 1960’s and 70’s. The show takes place at the “Proud Bird,” a dynamite LA hotspot where ... read more >>
‘Free Angela and All Political Prisoners’ executive director challenges parents Jada Pinkett Smith says its not entertainment responsibility to raise kids
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 20 February 2013
The powerful “Free Black Angela and All Political Prisoners” documentary premiered at the Rave cinema theater complex at Baldwin Hills last Sunday and star actress challenged Black parents to not ... read more >>
Quincy Jones launches music education application
Written by Jonathan Landrum Jr., Associated Press 19 February 2013
  (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, file) ATLANTA (AP) — Quincy Jones says he has co-created the music version of Rosetta Stone. The 79-year-old composer-producer launched a new music education ... read more >>
This Week’s Play Review: In Red and Brown Water
Written by Chelsea Battle 14 February 2013
  Photo by Miles Orion Feld   Diarra Kilpatrick delivers a mystifying performance as Oya in Tarell Alvin McCraney’s cosmological play, and the Sentinel’s pick of the week, “In Red and Brown ... read more >>
Black History Edition: 'Music Producers' IT'S A RAP
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 14 February 2013
DR. DRE He is the utmost respected producer of all time . His esteemed colleagues and friends marvel him and, Andre Rommelle Young, Steroidal God King Of The Californian Realm, is the greatest hip hop ... read more >>
Black History Edition: 'Filmmakers' REEL TALK
Written by KEnneth Miller Entertainment Editor 14 February 2013
  SPIKE LEE Easily the most well-known black director working today, as well as one of the most talented and energetic filmmakers of the past 30 years, period. Spike Lee has been making amazing movies ... read more >>
OPRAH WINFREY INTERVIEWS SUPERSTAR BEYONCÉ ON A SPECIAL 'OPRAH'S NEXT CHAPTER' SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16 ON OWN
Written by Sentinel Wire Services 14 February 2013
  Oprah Winfrey sits down with global superstar, multi-platinum artist and 17-time Grammy Award winner Beyoncé for a special episode of “Oprah’s Next Chapter” airing Saturday, February 16 at 8 ... read more >>
A Sentinel Exclusive with hot rap group FinaTTicZ
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 14 February 2013
I caught up with the red hot rapping sensation FinaTTicZ recently during one of their annual get together with friends and fan recently. Group leader Killa F discovered his nine member group at the Hollywood ... read more >>
Jada Pinket Smith to join Angela Davis at PAFF Closing Day Feb. 17
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 12 February 2013
Star actress Jada Pinket Smith will join social activist icon Angela Davis will be the special guest of the Pan African Film Festival as it closes out its festivities with a documentary based on her ... read more >>
VIDEO: Tip "T.I." Harris Interview: Identity Thief
Written by Super User II 07 February 2013
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The Lovely Lynn Whitfield to Receive PAFF Lifetime Achievement Award
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 07 February 2013
  One could easily come away from a conversation with acclaimed actress Lynn Whitfield feeling she is quite too young to be saluted with the prestigious Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) Lifetime Achievement ... read more >>
It's A Rap Black History Edition
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 07 February 2013
Marian Anderson (February 27, 1897 – April 8, 1993) was an African-American contralto and one of the most celebrated singers of the twentieth century. Music critic Alan Blyth said "Her voice was a ... read more >>
Reel Talk Black History Edition
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 07 February 2013
Cicely Tyson  (born December 19, 1933) An actress. A successful stage actress, Tyson is also known for her Oscar-nominated role in the film Sounder and the television movies The Autobiography of Miss ... read more >>
Kerry Washington most dominant winner at NAACP Image Awards She wins for "Django Unchained" and "Scandal"; Denzel Washington and Viola Davis take home motion picture acting honors
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 05 February 2013
Actress Kerry Washington received the ultimate stamp of approval at The 44th NAACP Image Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on Feb. 1.  Washington took home the first of three honors with the supporting ... read more >>
Dynamic Black Sitcom “Belle’s" Starring Keith David Airs Every Friday at 7pm on TV One
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 31 January 2013
  The highly anticipated half-hour African American comedy series –Belle’s, co-created and produced by legendary Emmy Award-Winning Producer Ed. Weinberger made its TV One premiere on Friday Feb. ... read more >>
It's A Rap (Jan 30)
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 31 January 2013
Ross Escapes Gunfire Rap star Rick Ross reportedly had a near-death experience Monday (January 28) morning after he  was shot at multiple times and crashed a Rolls-Royce into a Fort Lauderdale, Florida ... read more >>
Reel Talk (Jan. 31)
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 31 January 2013
Legendary actress Diahann Carroll will be honored at the 2013 San Diego Black Film Festival with a lifetime achievement award for television and motion pictures. A pioneering actress whose career spans ... read more >>
Say What @#%&!
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 31 January 2013
  A few week ago, it was announced that Shawty Lo would be starring in a new reality show titled 'All My Babies' Mamas which would center around his 11 children and the 10 different mothers of the ... read more >>
THE PASADENA PLAYHOUSE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR SHELDON EPPS SLATED TO DIRECT THE WORLD PREMIERE OF SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE – THE MUSICAL
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 31 January 2013
      The Pasadena Playhouse (Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director and Elizabeth Doran, Executive Director), in association with David Shor Productions, announced today that  the world premiere of ... read more >>
Shaquille O’Neal and Nick Cannon to host 3rd Annual HALL OF GAME AWARDS
Written by kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 31 January 2013
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Nigerian Star Actress Stephanie Linus Okereke Tackles VVF
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 25 January 2013
Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable   After her successful debut as writer, director and producer of the award-winning film “Through the Glass,” ... read more >>
Meagan Good: The “Deception”
Written by KAM WILLIAMS 25 January 2013
                Meagan Good stars in NBC's midseason drama "Deception" as Joanna Padget Locasto, a San Francisco narcotics detective with childhood ties to a notoriously secretive and powerful ... read more >>
Reel Talk Jan. 24
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 25 January 2013
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It's A Rap Jan. 24
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 25 January 2013
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Reel Talk - PAFF, Angela Bassett, Jackie Robinson Movie and Kerry Washington
Written by Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor 18 January 2013
The Pan African Film Festival The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is happy to announce that it will receive the first ever-Special Achievement Award in the Film Festival Category by African American ... read more >>
It's A Rap - Dr. Dre, Beyonce; J. Dilla, Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, G-Unit, Luke James and The Dream
Written by Kenneth Miller ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR 17 January 2013
Dr. Dre’s company Beats Electronics is launching a new music streaming service tentatively named “Daisy,” the company announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Musician Trent ... read more >>
ALICIA KEYS ANNOUNCES ‘SET THE WORLD ON FIRE’
Written by Sentinel Wire Services 17 January 2013
ALICIA KEYS ANNOUNCES ‘SET THE WORLD ON FIRE’  NORTH AMERICAN TOUR COMING TO STAPLES CENTER Tickets Go On Sale Friday, January 18th  R&B Sensation and Five-Time Grammy Award Nominee  MIGUEL ... read more >>
Veteran Actress Salli Richardson-Whitfield Named Celebrity Host of 21st Annual Pan African Film Festival
Written by Sentinel Wire Services 17 January 2013
Festival Set to Engage, Inform and Enlighten Attendees for Black History Month The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) tapped the lovely-and-talented actress Salli Richardson-Whitfield to serve as its ... read more >>
Marlon Wayans “A Haunted House” Interview
Written by Kam Williams 17 January 2013
Paranormal Marlon Multi-talented Marlon Wayans graduated from the prestigious High School of Performing Arts in New York and Howard University’s Film School. He is best known for getting his start ... read more >>
Trey Songz in Texas Chainsaw
Written by Chelsea Battle (Sentinel Contributing Writer) 11 January 2013
  Trey Songz   Trey Songz Makes His Horror Movie Debut in New Texas Chainsaw Movie    The music icon talks about his journey into the film industry and his first starring role in a major feature ... 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 >>
Reel Talk- Layla Crawford; Malik Yoba; Micole Ari Parker; Scary Movie 5; Fela!
Written by Sentinel News Service 11 January 2013
  Layla Crawford Layla Crawford While Quvenzhané Wallis, who plays a character called Hushpuppy in the critical acclaimed film, Beasts of the Southern Wild, has been blossoming on the big ... read more >>
It's a Rap!- Beyonce; T-Boz; Snoop Dogg; Kendrick Lamar; Bobby Womack
Written by Sentinel News Service 11 January 2013
Party Over Here Beyonce’s fans will get a chance to join the entertainer on stage at the upcoming Super Bowl. Pepsi announced that 100 fans will hit the stage when the Grammy-winning diva performs ... read more >>
VIDEO: Jaime Foxx interviewed by Brandon I. Brooks for LA Sentinel TV (LASTV)
Written by Super User 04 January 2013
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Exclusive: Jamie Foxx Unchained
Written by Brandon I. Brooks (Editor) 03 January 2013
Jamie Foxx being interviewed at his home    VIDEO: Jaime Foxx interviewed by Brandon I. Brooks for LA Sentinel TV (LASTV)   A scene from Django Unchained   A scene from Django Unchained starring ... read more >>
Robert Townsend's In the Hive
Written by Shannen Hill (Intern) 03 January 2013
Top row left to right: Kevin Hendricks, Tre C. Roberts, Jonathan 'Lil J.  McDaniel, Roger Guenveur Smith, Jerome Hawkins, Gordan Greene, and Percy Daggs III. Seated row left to right: Jontille Gerard ... 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 >>
It's a Rap- Brandy and Whitney Houston; Russell Simmons; Game, Jay Z & 50 Cent; LA Reid; Rick Ross
Written by Sentinel News Service 20 December 2012
Brandy says Whitney probably went insane   Brandy Norwood was a huge fan of Whitney Houston and one year after her death, the singer is still in shock. Looking back on how the late Whitney’s life ... read more >>
REEL Talk- Victoria Mahoney; Idris Elba; HBO drama TREME; Gangster Squad
Written by Sentinel News Service 20 December 2012
  Sky Scores Again   Just released Victoria Mahoney’s debut film, ‘Yelling to the Sky,’features a bevy of talent (Zoe Kravitz, Jason Clarke, Antonique Smith, Yolonda Ross, Gabourey Sidibe, ... read more >>
Jazz Bands Perform on Hallowed Ground Center of Hope Host Inaugural Jazz Concert
Written by Troy Tieuel Sentinel Contributing Writer troy@lasentinel.ne 14 December 2012
  Photo by Troy Tieuel     The Young Adult Ministry at the First Church of God Center of Hope presented its inaugural Jazz concert last Sunday Dec. 9th in Inglewood.   “The Warriors of Judah ... read more >>
Aaron Neville performs at the Walt Disney Concert Hall
Written by Kenneth Miller (Entertainment Editor) 14 December 2012
Aaron Neville is New Orleans lyrical native song storm survivor.  Five decades later and 71 years younger, his legacy grows and grows   When Aaron Neville graces the stage at the prestigious Walt ... read more >>
IT'S A RAP; Alicia Keys; Wiz Khalifa; Beyoncé’; LL Cool J; Toni Braxton  
Written by Sentinel News Service 14 December 2012
    The Keys to Success   She’s done it again.   Alicia Keys tops the Billboard 200 chart for the fifth time in her career, as her latest album “Girl On Fire” debuts at No. 1 with 159,000 ... 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 >>
REEL TALK: Forest Whitaker & Angela Bassett; Morgan Freeman; San Diego Black Film Festival
Written by Sentinel News Service 14 December 2012
    “Black Nativity” to star Whitaker and Bassett   The musical Black Nativity will start production in late January 2013 with Oscar winner Forest Whitaker (“The Last King of Scotland”) ... read more >>
Pullum Community Arts Center presented Dream Girls at the Washington High School Dream Theater
Written by Troy Tieuel, Sentinel Contributing Writer 08 December 2012
  "There are four Dreamgirls," said Denna Jones just before they introduced Effie White back into the group and sung the finale and title song "Dreamgirls". From left to right:, Brook Brewer as Michelle ... read more >>
Tick Toks! Toks Olagundoye, “The Neighbors” Interview
Written by Kam Williams
Sentinel Contributing Writer 06 December 2012
    Born in Lagos, Toks Olagundoye was raised not only in Nigeria but also in Switzerland and England. The exotic Nigerian-Norwegian beauty moved to the United States to attend Smith College where ... read more >>
Dionne Warwick’s World Tour Heads to the States
Written by Chelsea Battle, Contributing Writer 06 December 2012
  The American pop legend discusses her international tour.   She may have walked on by the mysterious gentleman who broke her heart in the 1960’s ballad “Walk on By”, but in 2012 music legend ... read more >>
It's a Rap: Dr. Dre; Eve; Lil Wayne; Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose; Keyshia Cole
Written by Sentinel News Service 06 December 2012
Dr. Dre  Tops ‘Em All   Veteran producer Dr. Dre topped Forbes‘ 2012 list of highest grossing musicians, the magazine.   According to Forbes, Dr. Dre raked in $100 million and many of the ... read more >>
Reel TALK: Quvenzhané Wallis; Jamie Foxx and Samuel L. Jackson star in Django Unchained
Written by Sentinel News Service 06 December 2012
Jamie Foxx Wallis could become the youngest Best Actress ever   Quvenzhané Wallis was a mere 5 years old when she was among 4,000 girls who auditioned for the role of Hushpuppy in Behn Zeitlin's ... read more >>
John Legend sells sitcom based on his life
Written by Sentinel News Service 06 December 2012
  John Legend is taking his talents to the world of television comedy. The nine-time Grammy winning singer-songwriter has just sold an untitled sitcom based on his life.   According to Deadline, ... 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 >>
Legendary Record Founder Phil Ranelin Concludes 40th Anniversary Celebration
Written by Sentinel News Service 29 November 2012
         Phil Ranelin & Tribe Renaissance featuring Pablo Calogero – Reeds, Jacob Sesceny – Reeds, Mahesh Balasooriya – Piano, Aneesa Al-Musawwir – Bass, Don Littleton – Drums, ... read more >>
It's a Rap- Tahiry Rose and Joe Budden; Gucci Mane; R Kelly; Kardashian and Kanye "cooling things off"
Written by Sentinel News Service 29 November 2012
    Take ‘N It To Da Tweet   Both Tahiry Rose and Joe Budden have dated their share of people since their über toxic on-again-off-again relationship ended back in… well, the two have broken ... 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 >>
Nia Long to star in ’14 Tyler Perry Flick
Written by Sentinel News Service 29 November 2012
      Actress  Nia Long has been cast as the third of four female leads in Tyler Perry‘s next movie “Single Mom’s Club,” joining Perry, William Levy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, and Zulay Henao. In ... 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 >>
Intimate Apparel
Written by Chelsea Battle (Contributing Writer) 21 November 2012
  A revealing play about what happens when romance goes tragically wrong.   In her award winning play, “Intimate Apparel,” Lynn Nottage explores what happens when the human desire for love is ... read more >>
Spike Lee’s “Bad 25″ makes Thanksgiving TV debut on ABC
Written by Sentinel News Service 21 November 2012
  This year marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Michael Jackson’s album Bad, his 1987 follow-up to the 1982 mega-smash Thriller. Bad was another critical, artistic and financial triumph ... 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 >>
A Wonder-full tribute, a double for Minaj and a Hammer citing at AMAs
Written by Kennith Miller (Entertainment Editor) 21 November 2012
There was a little bit of something for everyone at the 40th annual American Music Awards held Sunday at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.     The event marked the first time it was held ... read more >>
The Africa Channel to Air Highlights from the 7th Annual "Taste of Soul" Family Festival
Written by Sentinel News Service 21 November 2012
Special to Premiere Thursday, November 22 at 7:00pm PST with Repeat Broadcasts Planned   The Africa Channel will air highlights from the 7th Annual "Taste of Soul" Family Festival on Thursday, November ... read more >>
VIDEO: Taste Of Soul 2012: StarQuast winner Adrian Banner on 102.3 KJLH stage
Written by Super User II 18 November 2012
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VIDEO: 2012 Taste of Soul: Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper on 102.3 K.J.L.H. STAGE
Written by Super User II 18 November 2012
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VIDEO: Interview with RZA of Wu Tang Clan on "MAN WITH THE IRON FIST"
Written by Super User II 18 November 2012
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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 >>
Director Sheldon Epps gets Intimate
Written by Chelsea Battle (Contributing Writer) 16 November 2012
    Sheldon Epps, director for the Pasadena’s Playhouse’s latest production “Intimate Apparel” discusses the play in depth.   SENTINEL: Why did you choose to direct Intimate Apparel?   Sheldon ... 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 >>
Only A Warming ‘Christmas in Compton’ Will Do on a Chilly Eve
Written by Kenneth Miller (Sentinel Entertainment Editor) 16 November 2012
With a dominant Black cast, ‘hood plot plays just right for holidays   The rain and the cooling night temperatures could not dampen the warming spirit of a ‘Christmas in Compton’, which premiered ... read more >>
VIDEO: Taste of Soul 2012 StarQuest Pt.2
Written by Super User II 09 November 2012
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Kendrick Lamar makes splash with major label debut
Written by JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr. | Associated Press 08 November 2012
  ATLANTA (AP) — When Kendrick Lamar submitted the initial version of his new album, "good kid, m.A.A.d city," the rapper planned on heading back to the studio to record more songs for it.   Dr. ... read more >>
MIDDLE OF NOWHERE at the intersection of great storytelling, acting excellence
Written by Sandra Varner Contributing Writer 08 November 2012
Ava DuVernay has emerged as one of the most intuitive storytellers in modern times.   Celebrated for a growing body of work including “This is the Life” (her directorial debut), “I Will Follow” ... 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 >>
Mike Epps Tapped to Play Richard Pryor in Upcoming Nina Simone Biopic
Written by Gregory Dale Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper 08 November 2012
Mike Epps arrives at the 43rd NAACP Image Awards on Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)         Actor Mike Epps is set to portray legendary comedian Richard Pryor in ... read more >>
Mary J. Blige joining Sandy benefit concert
Written by HILLEL ITALIE | Associated Press 08 November 2012
Mary J Blige performs at iHeart Radio Music Festival on Saturday, Sept., 22, 2012 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Eric Reed/Invision/AP)     NEW YORK (AP) — Mary J. Blige was added ... 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 >>
Former members of En Vogue form new duo “Heirs”
Written by Sentinel News Service 08 November 2012
Maxine Jones and Dawn Robinson Announce their new duo “Heirs” to the Throne     Former En Vogue members, Dawn Robinson and Maxine Jones announced to fans the formation of their new duo “Heirs” ... 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 >>
VIDEO: TaseofSoul 2012 StarQuest Stage pt. 1
Written by Super User II 08 November 2012
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RZA Makes Directorial Debut in The Man With the Iron Fists
Written by Chelsea Battle, Contributing Writer 01 November 2012
  The former Wu Tang Clan member talks candidly with The Sentinel about music, Kung Fu, and his leading role in his new movie.    What do you get when you mix a former member of the Wu Tang Klan, ... 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 >>
Oprah Returns to Big Screen in ‘The Butler’
Written by Kimberly C. Roberts
Special to the NNPA from The Philadelphia Tribune 01 November 2012
Oprah Winfrey tweeted this photo of her and Terrence Howard from the set of her new movie “The Butler.”—PHOTO/OPRAH WINFREY    Academy Award nominee Oprah Winfrey, who has not appeared in a ... read more >>
Legend Chuck Berry to Make Comeback at 86
Written by Associated Press 01 November 2012
    CLEVELAND (AP) — Still rockin’ at 86, music legend Chuck Berry promised a comeback Saturday with six new songs, some written 16 years ago.   “And as soon as I can get someone to guide ... read more >>
Book Review: Untouchable: The Strange Life and Tragic Death of Michael Jackson
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 01 November 2012
  In his new book "Untouchable: The Strange Life and Tragic Death of Michael Jackson," author Randall Sullivan reveals new insights into the dysfunction and greed ingrained in the Jackson family, and ... 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 >>
Local Organization Shines The Spotlight In A Special Place
Written by Brian W. Carter (Staff Writer) 30 October 2012
Aisha Hinds ("Detroit 187," "Madea Goes To Jail") Brandon Smith (Disney's "So Random") Nadine Ellis ("Let's Stay Together") Dorian Missick ("Southland," "Haven") AP Photos  Hollywood’s ... read more >>
Kareem Abdul – Jabbar and hip hop legend Chuck D pair for “Iconoclasts”
Written by Sentinel News Service 26 October 2012
  SUNDANCE CHANNEL AND GREY GOOSE ENTERTAINMENT® ANNOUNCE NBA ALL STAR KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR AND HIP HOP LEGEND CHUCK D AS THE FINAL PAIRING FOR SEASON SIX OF ICONOCLASTS Finale Episode of the Ground-Breaking ... read more >>
VIDEO: Taste of Soul StarQuest Competition 2012
Written by Super User 22 October 2012
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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 >>
Whitney Houston: Time to Celebrate
Written by Joy Childs, Sentinel Contributing Writer 18 October 2012
    When Whitney Houston died at age 48 the day before the Grammys this year, the music industry had to scramble to put together a tribute befitting her stature and influence. Since that time, and ... 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 >>
Political Thriller ‘Black November’ goes Global at NY United Nations
Written by Kennith Miller, Entertainment Editor 11 October 2012
The first African story with a cast of Africans and sponsored by Africans NEW YORK---Acclaimed Nigerian born filmmaker Jeta Amata told the assembly at the United Nations, “This is the first time an ... read more >>
Late Bloomer John Beasley Stars in TV Land Sitcom ‘The Soul Man’
Written by Sandra Varner (Sentinel Contributing Writer Courtesy of www.Talk2SV.com) 03 October 2012
One of America’s beloved cable networks, TV Land, continues with a string of popular sitcoms that showcase relatable slice-of-life scenarios. One such show is The Soul Man (airs Wednesdays, 10pm/9pm ... read more >>
Celebrity Birthdays October 4th – October 10th
Written by Sentinel News Service 03 October 2012
  Derrick Rose – October 4th Tony Gwynn Jr. – October 4th Bernie Mac – October 5th Grant Hill – October 5th Heather Headley – October 5th Tony Dungy – October 6th Toni Braxton – ... read more >>
Film Review: Won’t Back Down
Written by Kam Williams (Sentinel Contributing Writer) 03 October 2012
Viola Davis, left, and Maggie Gyllenhaal star in WON’T BACK DOWN.    Jaded Teacher and Single-Mom Join Forces in Uplifting Tale of Female Empowerment            In 2010, California passed ... 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 >>
First Lady Michelle Obama to Appear on “Steve Harvey”
Written by Sentinel Wire Service 02 October 2012
First Lady Michelle Obama to Appear on “Steve Harvey” Chicago, IL – First Lady Michelle Obama will tape an episode of the all-new daytime show “Steve Harvey” that will air on Wednesday, October ... read more >>
Celebs perform stories from author John Edgar Wideman
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 27 September 2012
Dennis Haybert     Gary Dourdan Jason George   WordTheatre’s Storytales: Featuring celebrities performing stories from acclaimed African-American author John Edgar Wideman’s literary ... 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 >>
Buddy Guy looks to the future of the blues
Written by CARYN ROUSSEAU | Associated Press 27 September 2012
CHICAGO (AP) — Ask Chicago guitar legend Buddy Guy about the future of the blues and he'll give a depressing — but direct —answer. "It's scary," Guy said during an interview upstairs at his club, ... 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 >>
Obama to Host BIG TICKET LA Fundraiser
Written by Chelsea Battle (Contributing Writer) 21 September 2012
President Barack Obama AP Photo President Obama is set to arrive at the Nokia Theater, for a big ticket concert fundraiser on October 7th according to The Hollywood Reporter.  The highly anticipated ... 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 >>
VIDEO: Smokey Robinson - Exclusive Interview
Written by Super User II 14 September 2012
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VIDEO: Taste of Soul Family Festival 2012!
Written by Super User II 13 September 2012
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Smokey Robinson—A Poet That You Knoweth
Written by Chelsea Battle Contributing Writer 12 September 2012
   Soulful crooner to unveil a one-man poet show   Ooh Baby, Baby- Whether you are a baby boomer, a generation x’er, or a tweener, you are bound to have been caught up in the quiet storm that is ... 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 >>
As tour nears, R. Kelly promises return to raunch
Written by By NEKESA MUMBI MOODY | Associated Press 06 September 2012
This Aug. 10, 2012 photo originally released by Starpix shows R&B singer R. Kelly signing copies of his memoir, "Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me," at Barnes & Noble in New York. (AP Photo/Starpix, ... read more >>
At the Hollywood Bowl: Esperanza’s Sweet Sounds, Hancock’s Suite Celebration of Peace
Written by Joy Childs Sentinel Contributing Writer 06 September 2012
Herbie Hancock (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau) Esperanza Spalding (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, file)   When bass-master-meister Larry <Graham> was asked at the Long Beach Jazz Festival, “<Who>’s ... read more >>
Ex-NFL star Strahan becomes Kelly Ripa's co-host
Written by FRAZIER MOORE Associated Press 06 September 2012
Former football player Michael Strahan, right, poses Kelly Ripa on the set of the newly named "Live! with Kelly and Michael" on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP ... 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 >>
@ the Box Office (@ the Box Office (For movies opening September 7, 2012)
Written by Kam Williams 31 August 2012
@ the Box Office (For movies opening September 7, 2012) OPENING THIS WEEK    Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun        BIG BUDGET FILMS   Bait 3-D (R for profanity, graphic ... 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 >>
@ the Box Office (For movies opening August 31, 2012)
Written by Kam Williams 28 August 2012
@ the Box Office OPENING THIS WEEK Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun            For movies opening August 31, 2012     BIG BUDGET FILMS   Lawless (R for profanity, ... 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 >>
Did Nene Leakes Reject A Reality Show Spin-Off?
Written by Special to the NNPA from The Defender Network 23 August 2012
    Sounds like the most popular “Real Housewife” reality star on Bravo isn’t ready for her own reality show yet. Last year, rumors began that NeNe was going to have her own reality show shot ... 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 >>
Film Review: Red Hook Summer (*)
Written by Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic 22 August 2012
     There is a nostalgia regarding some Spike Lee movies: “She’s Gotta Have It,” “Do the Right Thing,” “Clockers…” Back in the day, the director gave glimpses of urban New York life ... 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 >>
'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 >>
The Long Beach Jazz Fest celebrates 25 years
Written by Sentinel News Service 09 August 2012
   The Isley Brothers Some of today's most celebrated Jazz and R&B artists will perform at the 25th Long Beach Jazz Festival, August 10-12, 2012.   This year's incredible performance line-up ... read more >>
Film Review: The Campaign
Written by Kam Williams, Sentinel Contributing Writer 09 August 2012
   Ferrell and Galifianakis Square-Off as Funniest Candidates Money Can Buy            If you’ve been looking for a laugh-a-minute comedy as a refreshing alternative to all the kiddie flicks ... 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 >>
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 >>
OWN ANNOUNCES FALL PROGRAMMING LINEUP
Written by Sentinel News Service 03 August 2012
    Oprah Winfrey and Stephen Colbert in Charleston, South Carolina   © 2012 Harpo Inc./George Burns   OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today new series and returning favorites coming ... read more >>
@ the Box Office (For movies opening August 10, 2012)
Written by Kam Williams (Contributing Writer) 02 August 2012
@ the Box Office   OPENING THIS WEEK             Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun        For movies opening August 10, 2012     BIG BUDGET FILMS     Bourne ... 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 >>
Reviews: Motown acts top summer concert season
Written by Joy Childs (Contributing Writer) 02 August 2012
   Smokey Robinson Courtesy of artist   Concerts ’round L.A.    Three recent concerts featuring former Motown acts Smokey Robinson, The Jackson 5 and Gladys Knight prove that these artists ... 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 >>
Celebrity Birthdays August 2nd – August 8th
Written by Sentinel News Service 02 August 2012
  James Baldwin – August 2nd Cedric Ceballos – August 2nd Isaiah Washington – August 2nd Nate McMillan – August 2nd Louis Armstrong – August 4th Barack Obama – August 4th Patrick Ewing ... read more >>
@ the Box Office (For movies opening Aug 3, 2012)
Written by Kam Williams (Contributing Writer) 27 July 2012
@ the Box Office OPENING THIS WEEK   Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun        For movies opening August 3, 2012     BIG BUDGET FILMS     Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days ... read more >>
This time out, it’s Brian McKnight and the Duke Ellington Orchestra
Written by Joy Childs (Contributing Writer) 27 July 2012
      In keeping with their tradition of the last several years of featuring wildly popular singers out in front of a major orchestra, the Hollywood Bowl will be filled with the sexy soulful ... 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 >>
Batman Emerges from Exile to Battle Terrorist in Trilogy Finale
Written by Kam Williams, Sentinel Contributing Writer 27 July 2012
    The Dark Knight Rises Film Review            The Dark Knight Rises brings down the curtain on the brilliant Batman trilogy directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale as ... 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 >>
Father and Son Discuss Coming-of-Age Comedy
Written by Kam Williams, Sentinel Contributing Writer 26 July 2012
       Mario & Mandela Van Peebles The “We the Party” Interview           Mario Van Peebles was born in Mexico City on January 15, 1957 to Maria Marx and the legendary actor/director/composer/scriptwriter ... 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 >>
Berry Gordy does Motown one more time
Written by Jennifer Bihm, Contributing Writer 26 July 2012
  Berry Gordy, the Master of Motown with some of the Motown legends.   Though others have tried, in doing ‘Motown: the Musical,’ Berry Gordy, the Motown genius tells the Motown story, like only ... 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 >>
Musical life only gets better for Nas
Written by CRISTINA JALERU | Associated Press 20 July 2012
  This CD cover image released by Def Jam shows "Life is Good," the latest release by Nas. (AP Photo/Def Jam)   On the cover of his 10th album, "Life Is Good," the urban troubadour known as Nas is ... 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 >>
Mariah Carey in the mix for 'Idol'
Written by Associated Press 19 July 2012
  This June 2, 2012 file photo shows American singer Mariah Carey performing during a concert in Monaco. A person familiar with the singing competition series "American Idol" negotiations say Carey is ... 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 >>
Rel Gets Real
Written by Kam Williams, Sentinel Contributing Writer 19 July 2012
   Rel Dowdell The “Changing the Game” Interview             Rel Dowdell is a very gifted screenwriter and director. Born and raised in Philadelphia, he received his Bachelor’s ... 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 >>
Singer Frank Ocean reveals first love was a man
Written by MESFIN FEKADU | Associated Press 12 July 2012
  In this Nov. 17, 2011 file photo, Frank Ocean arrives at the 16th annual GQ "Men of the Year" party in Los Angeles. On Wednesday, July 4, 2012, Ocean, the rising and highly acclaimed singer revealed ... read more >>
Film Review: Savages
Written by Kam Williams, Sentinel Contributing Writer 12 July 2012
      Rival Gangs Engage in Bloody Turf War over Control of California Marijuana Trade             If you’ve seen the documentary Cash Crop, then you know that violent Mexican drug cartels ... read more >>
Q&A: Maxwell on new album, dance music, D'Angelo
Written by MESFIN FEKADU | Associated Press 12 July 2012
  In this Sept. 18, 2008 file photo, singer Maxwell poses for a portrait in New York. The soul crooner says his new album “blackSUMMERS'night,” due out in 2012, will be a little more upbeat compared ... read more >>
Film Review: Beasts of the Southern Wild
Written by Kam Williams, Sentinel Contributing Writer 12 July 2012
   Carefree Cherub Laments Climate Change in Enchanting Cautionary Parable           6 year-old Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis) is being raised under the radar in “The Bathtub,” a backwoods ... 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 >>
R&B's Anthony Hamilton among Essence Fest closers
Written by CHEVEL JOHNSON | Associated Press 11 July 2012
  Anthony Hamilton performs at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans on Sunday, July 8, 2012. (Photo by Cheryl Gerber/Invision/AP)   NEW ORLEANS (AP) — For years, R&B singer Anthony Hamilton ... read more >>
Cosby star: New show about 'positive black family'
Written by STACEY PLAISANCE | Associated Press 11 July 2012
  This image released by NBC shows actors Anthony Anderson as Gary, left, and Tempestt Bledsoe as Marny, in a scene from the series "Guys with Kids," premiering Sept. 26, 2012 on NBC. Bledsoe says she's ... read more >>
Aspire: Magic Johnson's channel for black families
Written by FRAZIER MOORE | Associated Press 05 July 2012
  This June 27, 2012 photo released by Starpix shows former NBA basketball player Earvin "Magic" Johnson during the launch of the Aspire Television Network in New York. Aspire, which signed on during ... 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 >>
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 >>
Maxwell's Vocal Issues Force Cancellation of Tour Dates
Written by Sentinel News Service 04 July 2012
   Maxwell has regretfully been forced to cancel all concert appearances this summer. The Grammy award winning singer/songwriter has been advised by his doctors to take complete vocal rest after developing ... 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 >>
JITNEY – Where it all began for the legendary playwright August Wilson
Written by Sentinel News Service 29 June 2012
    Ellis E. Williams, David McKnight and Larry Bates in South Coast Repertory's 2012 production of Jitney by August Wilson. Photo by Henry DiRocco. August Wilson’s “Pittsburgh Cycle” began ... read more >>
ESSENCE and Music Icon Chaka Khan Join Together for a Special Graduation Ceremony
Written by Jason Lewis (Sports Editor) 29 June 2012
 ESSENCE and 10-time GRAMMY® winning singer Chaka Khan, in a partnership with Verizon through its HopeLine program, will salute 33 women of the greater New Orleans community and their remarkable life ... read more >>
Vernon Oliver Price, Mother of former Temptations lead singer Louis Price releases debut album
Written by Larry Buford Sentinel Contributing Writer 28 June 2012
   Album Review: Artist: Vernon Oliver Price Album: Thank You Lord Produced by:  Son Louis Price   Renowned Gospel singer Vernon Oliver Price – mother of former lead singer of The Temptations, ... 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 >>
Tradition times 50 at The Playboy
Written by Joy Childs, Sentinel Contributing Writer 17 June 2012
Photo by Clint Maedgen Since 1961, a little more than 50 years, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band — in all its many iterations — has been bringing infectious New Orleans style music to kings and queens, ... 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 >>

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Cedric "The Entertainer" & Niecy Nash bring Soul to TV
Written by Brandon I. Brooks (Assistant Managing Editor) 15 June 2012
  Niecy Nash & Cedric "The Entertainer"  By Brandon I. BrooksAssistant Managing Editor Cedric “The Entertainer” is coming back to television with his own new original series, “The Soul Man.”Starring ... 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 >>
D'Angelo makes 1st US appearance in 12 years
Written by CHRIS TALBOTT | Associated Press 14 June 2012
DeAngelo performs during the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn., Sunday, June 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)  The reclusive R&B singer made his first live U.S. appearance in 12 ... 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 >>