Black Leaders Set to March Against Police Brutality
Feb07

Black Leaders Set to March Against Police Brutality

Baptist Minister’s Fellowship President Xavier Thompson, Sentinel newspaper founder Danny Bakewell, community leaders, clergy members and politicians gathered in front of the offices of the L.A. Sentinel last month to announce plans for an antiviolence demonstration—scheduled to be held on the 50th anniversary of Malcolm X’s assassination.

Saving Grace: Aunjanue Ellis
Feb07

Saving Grace: Aunjanue Ellis

After decades of supporting credits on the big and small screen, Aunjanue Ellis is finally coming into her own with a starring role in the BET six-episode mini-series “Book of Negroes,” which premieres February 16. She was chosen from over 200 actresses for the role opposite Academy Award winners Louis Gossett Jr. and Cuba Gooding Jr.

Leader of the Pack: Marqueece Harris-Dawson is Out Front In Bid For 8th District Seat
Feb07

Leader of the Pack: Marqueece Harris-Dawson is Out Front In Bid For 8th District Seat

With all that he has going, it would seem that Marqueece Harris-Dawson is a cinch to win in his bid for the 8th District Council seat being vacated by three-term council member Bernard Parks in May. After all, with fundraising efforts totaling upwards of $300,000—more than triple his nearest opponent, a treasure trove of union backing and the endorsements of nine sitting city council members as well as everyone from Congress member Karen Bass to State Senators Holly Mitchell and Isadore Hall, Harris-Dawson has clearly become the man to beat.

Selma & It’s Seven Year Journey To The Silver Screen
Jan06

Selma & It’s Seven Year Journey To The Silver Screen

Martin Luther King Jr. Day falls on the 19th, only ten days after the well-anticipated film “Selma” hits theatres, to tell the story of Dr. King’s march through 60’s Alabama. The film, which details King’s strategic political activism alongside his deep desire for equality, also comes on the coat tails of what can arguably be considered the millennial Selma: the Ferguson protests, Eric Garner’s death, and the plethora of black murders by policemen that have incited outrage in the African American community in just the past few months.

Tensions Resurface Against LAPD With Release of Ezell Ford Autopsy Report
Jan06

Tensions Resurface Against LAPD With Release of Ezell Ford Autopsy Report

Reaction from the community has been swift to the long awaited autopsy report of Ezell Ford which classified his death as a homicide and revealed he was shot three times after an altercation with LAPD officers on August 11.

Ford, a 25-year-old man, described by family members as mentally ill, was shot once in the right side, once in the right arm and once in the back, with a “muzzle imprint” surrounding the skin around the gunshot wound to his back, consistent to wounds of a very close range. The autopsy also reported abrasions to his left hand, forearm and elbow.

Saving Grace: David Oyelowo
Jan06

Saving Grace: David Oyelowo

The film is set to open nationwide on January 9, but David Oyelowo’s turn as Martin Luther King Jr. in “Selma” is receiving such rave reviews from critics that the 38-year-old Brit has already earned a best acting Golden Globe nomination and Oscar buzz.

The classically trained actor—best known for supporting roles in the films “The Last King of Scotland” (starring Forest Whitaker), “A Raisin In The Sun” (starring Sean “Diddy” Combs) “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” “The Help,” “Middle of Nowhere,” “Red Tails,” “Lincoln” (starring Daniel Day Lewis), “Jack Reacher” (starring Tom Cruise), “Nina” (starring Zoe Saldana) and garnered praise for portraying Louis Gaines in “The Butler”—is no stranger to accolades.

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