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To watch Melissa McCarthy as lovable chef Sookie St. James on seven seasons of the Gilmore Girls was to see an actress perfect the art of playing a sidekick. As best friend of the show's protagonist, Lorelai Gilmore (Laur ... More >>
In anticipation of the remake of the 1976 girl-group melodrama Sparkle --Â Whitney Houston's posthumous film appearance and her return to movies after a 15-year absence -- we look back at the handful of celluloid performances by the woman once known as "the Voice."
Houston's pipes certainly get a w ... More >>
For many, especially black people who see in her a mockery of our own grandmothers, Tyler Perry's Madea is little more than a mammy -- an insult to the matriarchal community figure that Perry claims to celebrate. And unforgivably, when compared to Flip Wilson's Geraldine or even Martin Lawrence's Bi ... More >>
The city of Los Angeles, like the rest of the world, has been having money problems the last few years. So much so that some even predicted that City Hall could go bankrupt.
Maybe L.A. has turned a corner, because L.A. City Controller Wendy Greuel says things are looking up for the next fiscal year ... More >>
Sure, history has turned a corner for African Americans. There's that one president. (And he might just get reelected if gas stays below $8 a gallon). There's multimillionaire Hollywood mogul Tyler Perry. And basketball sensation Jeremy Lin. Wait. He's what now?
Oh, you get the picture.
But UCLA ... More >>
Updated at the bottom: The Oscars broke the 10-year spell.
Only days after the voters behind the Academy Awards were revealed as extremely white (94 percent), male (77 percent) and old (median age, 62), the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center issued a report indicating that Oscar winners seem to r ... More >>
Brick Stowell[Editor's note: Odd Future member Lionel Boyce writes a weekly column for West Coast Sound. His archives are available here.]
There's no way to sugarcoat this, so I'm just going to be blunt. I have been observing people over the years, and after very little research and lots of ... More >>