she is legend.

Before I get immersed in the subject du jour, I’d like to make clear that I’m writing from a place of love. I mean no malice or disrespect toward anyone, but I do have a few questions and concerns. Over the last few months, I’ve been watching folks crash and burn, from every direction.  I’d […]

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remember the time: Jungle Fever.

Remember back in the day, when Spike Lee was cranking them out, back-to-back, year-after-year?  Sometimes that era feels like it was a million years ago.  Other times, it seems like it was just yesterday.   On this very date, in 1991, he ignited his fifth, official joint, Jungle Fever, and we all lined up to […]

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this can’t be real.

While perusing through today’s daytime talk offerings, I noticed that The View will feature a segment entitled, “Reality Show Round-Up.” On most days, I love tuning in to hear the ladies opine (hey, Whoopi!), but on this day, I have absolutely no interest in the subject at-hand. Can I be frank? I really wish the […]

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BIG WORLD, small screen.

Last Thursday, after watching yet another pearl-clutching episode of Scandal – whoa! – I turned to Tavis Smiley and really got my feelings hurt. On the couch was Warren Littlefield, NBC’s former President of Entertainment and author of the new book “Top of the Rock: Inside The Rise and Fall of Must See TV.”  For […]

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Michael Ealy is everywhere.

For the last month or so, I’ve been feeling like Michael Ealy is stalking me – well, sort of. Whether I’m driving west on Pico, south on Overland or fighting my way through rush-hour bottlenecks at Fairfax, I’ll look up and catch him staring over at me, with a sly grin on his face. It […]

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happy belated, Ms. Bofill

Yesterday, Angela Bofill celebrated her 58th birthday. Today, I wanted to say a few words about the Bronx-born singer/songwriter. I never really knew much about Angela Bofill the woman. I still don’t. I just remember her sweet voice bellowing from the car radio when I was a kid. Long before I would experience the complexities […]

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Nicole Ari Parker takes the stage.

Word on the street (and all over social media) is that Nicole Ari Parker is giving her all — and then some — as the ever-tortured Southern belle Blanche DuBois in Broadway’s revamp of A Streetcar Named Desire. I’m beyond thrilled that she’s making her Broadway debut in such a classic role, and although I’ve […]

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the Bob Marley you might not know.

the stone that the builder refuse,  will always be the head corner stone  – “Corner Stone” (1974) Not until I saw the new documentary, Marley, did I get a true understanding of what brother Bob was speaking of in “Corner Stone.” Even his cousin and half-sister – both of whom are featured – seemed genuinely […]

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