| Nov 22, 2008
On my way to the Steve Allen Theater in Hollywood Thursday night for a rare local appearance by Lukas Ligeti, I stopped by Amoeba Music to pick up his new solo CD, "Afrikan Machinery." It was temporarily out of stock. A good sign, I thought. This is...
| Dec 30, 2008
Ellie Nesler, the mother who took the law into her own hands in a Northern California courtroom by shooting to death the man who allegedly molested her young son, has died. She was 56.
Nesler died Friday morning at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento,...
| Feb 17, 2009
Like a West African bantaba -- a spiritual gathering place for the community -- leafy Leimert Plaza Park is the anchor to Leimert Park Village, a center of L.A.'s African American art and culture. Sunday African drum circles, impromptu domino games and...
| Feb 19, 2009
| 12:49 PM
In "The African Book of Names," a new work compiled by Askhari Hodari, there are more than 5,000 names deriving from 37 nations and more than 70 ethno-linguistic groups. One thing that sets it apart from other name books is that it makes clear that it's...
| Sep 23, 2008
| 10:11 AM
[This book review ran in the Los Angeles Times on Sept. 12, 2006]
The West African nation of Nigeria has suffered more than its share of violence and corruption, starting with its blatantly misrepresentative first election in 1960 and on through its...
| Jun 25, 2007
Away from the noise and hustle and stink, the shriek of energy, the never-ending buzz that is Lagos, a man reclines on a gravestone, serenely reading a book.
His name is Immortal, and he sells life insurance. He says he is waiting for an angel.
| Jun 8, 2008
THE TRIBAL trend is one of the hottest this summer. The graphic prints and the bold dyes of the fabrics are popping up everywhere, but although most are mere knockoffs -- loomed, printed and dyed simply to look exotic -- a few are the real thing, and...
| Sep 19, 2009
In the display tanks of Aqua Forest Aquarium, there is no neon gravel, no miniature plastic castles, no sunken treasure boxes sprinkled with glitter. Instead, owners and brothers George and Steven Lo have created natural replicas of miniature underwater...
| Nov 16, 2009
As a senior police official, Edmundo Mendes' job is to arrest the South American cocaine traffickers who use his troubled West African country, with its starry array of remote islands, as a transit point for drug shipments bound for Europe. It hasn't been...
| Dec 2, 2009
"Fufu Land!" blares the sign over Veronica's Kitchen, a newly minted Nigerian place at the back of a mini-mall on busy Sherman Way in Van Nuys.
Fufu is West Africa's staff of life. And like rice in Asia or bread in Europe, the doughy starch balls come in...
| Feb 27, 2009
| 2:12 PM
TÊTE-À-TÊTE: JIMMY SMITS
If it seems Jimmy Smits has been in our living rooms for the best part of 20 years, its because he has. With iconic roles on L.A. Law, NYPD Blue, The West Wing, Cane and a recent stint on Showtimes Dexter, this actor has...