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SAG Awards Sings the Song of Tokenism Once Again
January 23, 2020
After attending my third SAG Awards, I asked a few of Black Hollywood’s finest their thoughts on representation or the lack thereof in Hollywood ... read more »
EXCLUSIVE: 40 Years of Cathy Hughes’ Leadership at Urban One Fulfilling Dr. King’s Dream
January 16, 2020
As the nation celebrates the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this month, those who knew King well, say Hughes and Urban One are the epitome of King’s dream. ... read more »
Many Say #MeToo is Bigger than Harvey Weinstein, Trial Outcome Doesn’t Matter
January 16, 2020
The Weinstein case has been categorized by some as one of the most significant #MeToo cases in history. This is because of the severity of the allegations against him and the fact that those allegations came early on in the movement and attracted much attention. It’s also true that many of the allegations are fairly recent and involved some of Hollywood's best-known female stars. Conversely, many of the allegations in several similar cases are often decades old and/or occurred far outside of the statutes of limitations. ... read more »
Former Hollywood Digital Marketing Executive and Professional Poker Player Admits Embezzling $22 Million from Employer
November 22, 2019
A former executive at StyleHaul Inc., a digital marketing company that represents “influencers” on Instagram and YouTube, pleaded guilty today to federal criminal charges for embezzling more than $22 million from his employer and then using the stolen money for personal expenses and crypto-currency gambling. ... read more »
Opinion: Dear Hollywood, Wise Up On Aging
November 22, 2019
Does Hollywood lead or follow when it comes to important social causes? Judging by recent concerns - of equality, equity and diversity - it mostly follows. The bottom line, that is: the money, the box office, the ratings. Which is only fair since entertainment is business, after all, not charity. ... read more »
Uplifting the Liberator, Harriet Tubman: Unmasking the Imposter, Harriet of Hollywood
November 21, 2019
Part 1.  The conversations and controversy surrounding the movie “Harriet” of Hollywood seems, at first sight, to be simply about Harriet Tubman, the liberator, the Harriet Tubman of history. But in a larger sense, it is about Black people, about: how we see ourselves; how we see our heroes and heroines; how we understand and honor our history, especially the history of the Holocaust of our enslavement; how we think and feel about male/female relations; and how we relate and respond to our oppression and our oppressor. And it’s about our willingness and ability to rightfully uplift Harriet Tubman, the Liberator, and unmask Harriet of Hollywood, the imposter, regardless of the seductive propaganda by the illusion-making, myth and money-producing enterprise we call Hollywood. ... read more »
Council President Asks Cannabis Head to Suspend Special Retail Applications
November 1, 2019
Amid questions about the fairness of the process and potential problems with the online application system, City Council President Herb Wesson announced today he has asked the Department of Cannabis Regulation to suspend processing of requests for specialized marijuana retail licenses. ... read more »
RZA teamed Up with Imagine Television and Alex Tse to Create Hulu’s 10 Episode Series ‘Wu-Tang: An American Saga’ — Explosive and Thought-Provoking
September 20, 2019
The 10-episode scripted series is much bigger than just being an origin story. It begins there, of course, giving the audience a glimpse into how the Staten Island crew changed hip-hop forever. Imagine the type of vision one must hold on to—in Staten Island (not sexy Manhattan, or the gritty Bronx) to make the “impossible” — possible. It’s King Kong big! ... read more »
LA Focus’ 22nd Annual First Ladies High Tea An Elegant Affair
September 19, 2019
Publisher Lisa Collins, LA Focus hosted the 22nd First Ladies High Tea at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Apostle Beverly “Bam” Crawford and actress Wendy Raquel Robinson were the Mistress of Ceremonies and on a day when so many powerful and inspiring words were shared, one word captures the entire event most accurately: beautiful.  As Legacy Award Recipient Marla Gibbs quipped “This isn’t low tea, it’s HIGH tea!” ... read more »
‘Hair Love’ is Now in Theaters
September 12, 2019
Hair Love, a new animated short showing the love between a Black father and daughter, is now in theaters. Premiering right before Angry Birds 2, the animation short gives insight and relatability of Black fatherhood to a broad audience. ... read more »
Amazon Prime Miniseries ‘Free Meek’ Brings the Insanity of Robert Rihmeek Williams’ Life to Light.
August 23, 2019
This is an unbelievable true story. It’s so outrageous that if a screenwriter had attempted to write this into a screenplay they would be shot down in seconds citing that noone, in their right mind, would believe this story.  ... read more »
Appellate Court Sides with Opponents of Hollywood Skyscraper Project
August 2, 2019
Opponents of a proposed development that would put two skyscrapers adjacent to the Capitol Records building in Hollywood declared victory today in response to an appeals court panel ruling that the project's environmental review failed to meet state standards. ... read more »
JOB ALERT: Sick of Gerrymandering? Join California’s Redistricting Commission
July 19, 2019
California is looking for new commissioners to draw its redistricting maps, the maps that define who votes for California’s representatives in Congress, its state Senate, Assembly and Board of Equalization members. The deadline is coming up fast to apply for the job, which pays up to $300 per day. ... read more »
HBCU in LA Advocates for Diversity in Film Industry, Reminding Young Black Filmmakers of Those Who Came Before
July 18, 2019
For many years, Stacy Milner, former executive assistant to the chairman of NBC and then to the chairman of Paramount Pictures, has devoted herself to increasing ethnic and cultural diversity in the entertainment industry. In 2010, she founded the Entertainment Industry College Outreach Program (EICOP), a recruitment initiative designed to channel students of color – primarily HBCU and Hispanic-serving institution graduates – into careers in this predominantly White field. ... read more »
Rennie Harris Funkedified Brings The 70s and Funk to Ford Theatre in Hollywood for a Night of Dance and a Poppin’ Night Out
July 12, 2019
Rennie Harris Funkedified is a throwback to a simpler time, street dance meets funk, the original hip-hop dance style reincarnated. Showing July 20, 2019, at Ford Theatres in Hollywood, Rennie Harris Funkedified is sure to get you in the dancing spirit! ... read more »
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