Arts and Entertainment

Sun Spots: What’s Happening in and Around our Community in December

Saturday, December 20 6p.m.: The Crowning of Miss Panamá US 2015 and Holiday Fundraiser @ Kumble Theater. Contestants of Panamanian decent within New York City will compete for the title…

Big Gaff @ the Movies: “Nightcrawler” Gets A Standing Ovation

WOW! I can’t recall when I last started a review with that one word, but this movie can carry that high praise and honor. This film is clocked in at…

Hip Hop Review: Hood Billionaire: Rick Ross’ Set To Drop Second Album Of 2014

There was once a quote that read, “Rappers from this era won’t have longevity or have a five consecutive year run.” Miami’s own Rick Ross proved that the quote is…

From the BookShelf/ “Catification” By Jackson Galaxy and Kate Benjamin (Penguin Group)

Viewers of Animal Planet’s “My Cat From Hell” know Jackson Galaxy as the guy with the guitar case full of cat toys and a knack for talking recalcitrant cats down…

Sun Spots: What’s Happening in and Around Our Community in November

Friday, November 7 5:30 p.m. /7 p.m.: The Stars of New York 5th Anniversary @ Kumble Theater. The Stars of New York presents its 5th anniversary charity dance competition. The…

From the Book Shelf: “I Like Giving” by Brad Formsma (WaterBrook Press)

Truth be told, as books go, “I Like Giving” might make you throw up. In a good way, if such a thing exists. The reason is that author Brad Formsma…

Big Gaff @ The Movies: “Addicted” not just another Chick-flick,” They Say!

There is a comment made in a Dirty Harry film, where Clint Eastwood states that, “a man must know his limitations.”  I took those words to heart when I was…

Sun Spots: What’s Happening in and Around Our Community in October

  Friday thru Sunday, October 10 – 12 7:30 p.m./Sunday 3 p.m.: Shakespeare’s Sonnets @ BAM Opera House.  As a part of the 2014 Next Wave Festival, Shakespeare’s sonnets have…

From the Bookshelf: “Falling Sky” by Rajan Khanna (Pyr)

The surface of the Earth has become the domain of the Ferals — animalistic, zombie-like humans taken over by the mysterious virus known as the Bug. What’s left of civilization…

Hip Hop Review: Introducing RCA’s Tinashe; ‘Aquarius’ Lands At #16

R&B singer, songwriter and dancer Tinashe Jorgen Kachingwe, also known by her stage name Tinashe, heated up the airwaves last summer with the released of her single, “2 On” Ft….

Big Gaff @ The Movies: “The Good Lie” is Compelling Cinema

This is too easy. The economic system we live under pays you for working. I won’t be paid for this review. It is a pleasure to spread the word about…

In the Aisle Seat: Keeping Blues Alive! Letting It Live in Brooklyn …

New York City (The Big Apple) is internationally known as both the financial and cultural capital of the world. In recent years, its borough of Brooklyn has become one the…

From the Book Shelf: “I Want My MTV” by Rob Tannenbaum and Craig Marks

If the MTV era of the 1980s meant something to you, if it was an essential part of your musical and television life, then “I Want My MTV” should be…

Big Gaff @ the Movies: “The Equalizer” Adds Screen Credit to Denzel’s Filmography

I first saw Denzel Washington in the play “A Soldier’s Story” in New York City in 1981. The production was off-Broadway, presented by the world famous, Negro Ensemble Company. He…