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Cicely Tyson, the Iconic and Legendary Black Woman of Hollywood
February 4, 2021
The world was taken for a surprise Thursday, January 28 when the news broke that legendary actress Cicely Tyson had passed away at the age of 96. The pioneering Hollywood actress left a legacy of grace, beauty, and immeasurable talent after starring in television shows and films for over 60 years.   ... read more »
PHOTO GALLERY: Cicely Tyson celebration of life
February 4, 2021
Cicely Tyson Gallery Photos ... read more / view gallery »
Vote-By-Mail For Hollywood Area Neighborhood Council Begins Friday
January 14, 2021
Beginning Friday, voters in Los Angeles Region 5, which includes Hollywood, can request their vote-by-mail ballots for the 2021 Los Angeles Neighborhood Council election, the city clerk announced today. ... read more »
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Michael Abels playing-it-forward in Hollywood
December 3, 2020
While reading the November issue of Forbes, I discovered a new social media app called LUNCH CLUB.  It’s an AI super-connector that makes introductions for 1:1 video meetings to advance your career. During one of the first LunchClub meetings, I met composer Matthew Wang who told me about the Composers Diversity Collective which was co-started by Michael Abels who is best known for his scores for Jordan Peele's Oscar-winning film "Get Out," and "Us," for which, Abels won the World Soundtrack Award, the Jerry Goldsmith Award, a Critics Choice nomination, an Image Award nomination, and multiple critics awards. The hip-hop-influenced score for US was short-listed for the Oscar and was even named “Score of the Decade” by online publication The Wrap. ... read more »
Can the new VP of the United States of America — Kamala Harris help Hollywood become less racist and sexist?
November 26, 2020
The moment president-elect Joe Biden announced that Kamala Harris would be joining his ticket as VP of the United States of America, Hollywood reacted enthusiastically with tweets flying left, right, and center. My favorite came from @kerrywashington on August 11 with Yes We Kam! ... read more »
About A Dozen Protesters Arrested in Beverly Hills
July 24, 2020
About a dozen protesters were arrested tonight for failure to disperse, and at least one person for alleged ``assault on a police officer'' during a demonstration organized by the Black Future Project in Beverly Hills. ... read more »
Davion Pilgrim says There is Still Time for Unity; 16-year Old Talks About the Power of Peace in Protest
June 2, 2020
Davion Pilgrim, a 16-year old student from Morning Side High school shared his story of recently being racially profiled and accused of gang affiliation by the police. He is an athlete and president of the youth department at Greater Zion Church in Compton. Pilgrim promoted Conversations of understanding are needed. ... read more »
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 »
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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 »
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