Bounce TV to premiere MLK documentary to commemorate Washington march

08/24/2013 6:03 pm0 comments
Bounce TV to premiere MLK documentary to commemorate Washington march

By Olu Alemoru, Staff Writer Among this week’s 50th anniversary celebrations of the march on Washington, immortalized by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, fledgling 24/7 African-American broadcast network Bounce TV has scored a coup with a 1970 documentary that has never been shown on television [...]

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Cedric ‘The Entertainer’ takes over hosting duties on ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’

08/21/2013 7:04 pm0 comments
Cedric ‘The Entertainer’ takes over hosting duties on ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’

By Olu Alemoru, Staff Writer We’ve had the bombast of Regis Philbin and maternal warmth of Meredith Vieira. Now Cedric “The Entertainer” is hoping to add a cool dose of comedy to TV’s popular “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.” Beginning Sept. 2 weekdays at 2 p.m. Cedric will be [...]

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Disney actor Lee Thompson Young found dead, LA police say

08/19/2013 1:31 pm0 comments
Disney actor Lee Thompson Young found dead, LA police say

By Alan Duke, CNN Actor Lee Thompson Young was found dead in his Los Angeles apartment Monday morning, police said. Investigators did not immediately reveal a suspected cause of death, noting the coroner would determine that later. Young, 29, is best known for the leading role on Disney’s “The Famous [...]

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Returning crimefighters do what you would expect

08/14/2013 5:45 pm0 comments
Returning crimefighters do what you would expect

By Olu Alemoru, Staff Writer Whether it hurts or bolsters its box office in the wake of star cast member Jim Carrey’s public disownment of the film through his June tweet, “Kick-Ass 2” delivers a heavy dose of its now trademark nihilistic violence, a good deal of X-rated humor and [...]

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‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’ serves as a powerful lesson in history

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‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’ serves as a powerful lesson in history

By Olu Alemoru, Staff Writer Lee Daniels, who a reporter vividly remembers promoting his directorial debut “Shadow Boxer,” looking sweat-stained and disheveled as if he had literally just got out of bed, nevertheless seems to have the Midas Touch for getting out-standing performances from his actors. Monique’s Oscar-winning and Gabourey [...]

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Keyboardist George Duke dies

08/06/2013 8:44 pm0 comments
Keyboardist George Duke dies

By Olu Alemoru, Staff Writer Early tributes are coming in for legendary jazz artist George Duke, who died  Monday at age 67. According to a representative, the keyboardist, known for his blend of acoustic and electric jazz, funk and R&B, said he was being treated for chronic lymphocytic leukemia. In [...]

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‘The Flying Man’ creeps out viewers

08/05/2013 3:45 pm0 comments
‘The Flying Man’ creeps out viewers

By Olu Alemoru, Staff Writer It’s “Man of Steel” meets “Paranormal” and it’s spooking up the Internet. A short film, “The Flying Man,” co-written, directed and financed by special effects artist Marcus Alqueres, has garnered nearly 115,000 views on YouTube. Alqueres has worked on “300,” “Source Code,” and the upcoming [...]

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Joan Jett kicks off Sunset Strip Music Festival

08/02/2013 2:23 pm0 comments
Joan Jett and Mayor of the Sunset strip Rodney Bingenheimer

Photo By Gary McCarthy / Los Angeles Indpendent

    The city honored the musical legacy of Joan Jett on Thursday, declaring the day Joan Jett Day in West Hollywood as the singer-guitar player kicked off the Sunset Strip Music Festival with a live performance at the House of Blues. The former member of the Runaways walked the [...]

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Lula Washington and dancers are home for rare appearance

07/31/2013 7:56 pm0 comments
Lula Washington and dancers are home for rare appearance

By Olu Alemoru, Staff Writer It may surprise people that the acclaimed Crenshaw-based Lula Washington Dance Theatre (LWDT), which has built an international reputation with overseas tours to countries like Russia, China, Brazil, Mexico and Germany, hasn’t performed as a full company in Los Angeles for about a decade. But [...]

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Dorsey High to host screening of ‘Battle for Brooklyn’

07/24/2013 7:49 pm0 comments
Dorsey High to host screening of ‘Battle for Brooklyn’

It has been a couple of years now since its debut on the film festival circuit, but a powerful documentary that intimately chronicled the archetypal urban struggle — played out almost daily across the nation — pitting billion-dollar development against stoic neighborhood residents, gets another airing this weekend. On Saturday, [...]

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