Gerrick D. Kennedy

Writer

Gerrick D. Kennedy is a music writer for the Los Angeles Times covering pop, R&B/soul and hip-hop. An Ohio native, he came to The Times as an intern in 2009. On the pop music team, he’s found his favorite stories while smoking cigars with Nas, being trapped on a Kid Rock-themed music cruise, rediscovering boy bands and perfecting the craft of the snarky tweet.  In 2012, Kennedy was named Emerging Journalist of the Year by the National Assn. of Black Journalists.

Recent Articles

  • Michael Jackson biopic coming to Lifetime

    Michael Jackson biopic coming to Lifetime

    The same day a British television network nixed plans to air a dramatized depiction of a wild urban legend about Michael Jackson following a backlash, Lifetime announced it is prepping a biopic on the late King of Pop. Based on a 2014 book from two of Jackson’s personal security guards, “Michael...

  • Tinashe's dance heavy 'Company' is the first must-see music video of 2017

    Tinashe's dance heavy 'Company' is the first must-see music video of 2017

    Tinashe’s journey from underground mix tapes to commercial pop artist has been a bumpy one, but the alternative-R&B singer is starting 2017 off by releasing the year’s first must-see visual with “Company.” Nearly four months after releasing the single, which was written and produced by R&B savant...

  • 'Moonlight' named best picture of 2016 by the National Society of Film Critics

    'Moonlight' named best picture of 2016 by the National Society of Film Critics

    “Moonlight,” the lush coming-of-age drama of a young black man grappling with his sexuality and a harsh upbringing amid the Miami drug war era, was named best film of 2016 by the National Society of Film Critics on Saturday. Barry Jenkins, who adapted the screenplay from playwright Tarell Alvin...

  • Box office update: ‘Hidden Figures’ wins Friday in tight race with ‘Rogue One’

    Box office update: ‘Hidden Figures’ wins Friday in tight race with ‘Rogue One’

    After expanding to a wider release, “Hidden Figures” topped the box office on Friday.  Based on the story of an unheralded team of black female mathematicians and engineers working for NASA during the Mercury and Apollo missions, the film grossed $7.6 million toward a projected $20-million weekend. ...

  • Billy Joel to play Dodger Stadium this spring

    Billy Joel to play Dodger Stadium this spring

    The Piano Man is coming to Dodger Stadium.  Billy Joel will perform at the baseball park on May 13, Live Nation announced on Thursday — a first for him. Although Joel cut his teeth as a piano player and lounger singer at the Executive Room in L.A. during the ’70s (he performed as Bill Martin then)...

  • How the Soulquarius Festival became the must-attend event of 2017

    How the Soulquarius Festival became the must-attend event of 2017

    When the inaugural Soulquarius festival was unveiled recently, it sent a generation of R&B fans into pandemonium. Its lineup boasted so many of the acts that have defined the last quarter century of the genre that it seemed too good to be true. Nearly every era of R&B is represented — from new...

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