Los Angeles Times

Lorraine Ali

Writer

Lorraine Ali is a senior writer for the Los Angeles Times’ Calendar section where she covers culture at large, entertainment and American Muslim issues. Ali is an award-winning journalist and Los Angeles native who has written in publications ranging from the New York Times to Rolling Stone and GQ. She was formerly The Times' music editor and before that, a senior writer and music critic with Newsweek magazine.

Recent Articles

  • Popular music and the loss of anger

    Popular music and the loss of anger

    When Beyoncé released her album “Lemonade” earlier this year, it took America by surprise, and not because she dropped it unexpectedly on a Saturday evening, or that it fueled speculation that her marriage was in trouble. The singer’s newest work stood out because it was unapologetically angry....

  • Maxwell's long-awaited 'blackSUMMERS’night' flirts with electronics and jazz

    Maxwell's long-awaited 'blackSUMMERS’night' flirts with electronics and jazz

    It’s been seven years since Maxwell released an album; an eternity in pop music years, but a business-as-usual timeline for this veteran soul singer. The 43-year-old artist has continually risked obscurity by issuing only five albums over two decades. But these long dry spells have only added to...

  • Kanye West's 'Famous' premiere is only skin-deep

    Kanye West's 'Famous' premiere is only skin-deep

    When you’re Kanye West, a music video is not just a music video, it’s a “visual.” And a premiere for your “visual” is not just a small-screen event, it’s a ticketed spectacle at a Los Angeles arena in front of thousands. On Friday, fans braved the 110 and 405 freeways at rush hour to get to the...

  • What do Andre the Giant, Frank Sinatra and Dead Kennedys have in common? The Olympic Auditorium

    What do Andre the Giant, Frank Sinatra and Dead Kennedys have in common? The Olympic Auditorium

    Nestled against the 10 Freeway near the convergence of the 110, 101 and the 5 is a beige concrete slab of a building that would be easy to miss if not for the wall-sized mural of Jesus painted on its exterior. Born as the Olympic Auditorium 91 years ago, it sits quite literally at a crossroads...

  • David Schwimmer returns to TV in an edgy new AMC series

    David Schwimmer returns to TV in an edgy new AMC series

    You knew him as Ross of “Friends,” the voice of the neurotic giraffe from the “Madagascar” series and, more recently, as a Kardashian (Robert, not Kim) in “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” miniseries. Now David Schwimmer is embarking on his first recurring television role in over...

  • With 'Bloodline,' Linda Cardellini tackles drugs, murder — and a fair bit of drinking

    With 'Bloodline,' Linda Cardellini tackles drugs, murder — and a fair bit of drinking

    Meg Rayburn of “Bloodline” has had a tough year.   The fictional character, played by Linda Cardellini in the Netflix original series (now in its second season), has become increasingly entangled in her affluent family’s messy mistakes — i.e. drug trafficking, extortion and murder. Meg is an accomplished...

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