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Evan Nicole Brown

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Ryan Phillippe and Evan Ross Invest in New Beverly Hills Restaurant The Hideaway

Party impresario and hospitality pro Jeffrey Best of Best Events — who handled Britney Spears’ wedding and Sean Combs’ BET Awards afterparty — is opening his first restaurant in Beverly Hills. Due to debut in late July, the spot will take over a partially hidden, below-street-level space on Rodeo Drive. Aptly named The Hideaway, Best’s […]

Diablo Cody Meditates on ‘Juno’ and Its Critics 15 Years Later: “I Am Emphatically Pro-Choice”

Juno, a spec script by then-relatively unknown writer Diablo Cody, quickly became a 2007 breakout hit, winning the Academy Award, BAFTA and Writers Guild of America Awards for best original screenplay, along with Oscar nominations for the film and a then-20-year-old Elliot Page, who played the titular character. It’s been 15 years since the film’s released, […]

Issa Rae, ‘Rap Sh!t’ Team on Exploring Female Rap World: “We Were Enraged and Inspired by This Double Standard”

Insecurity may have been what Issa Rae began building her TV empire on, but her latest offering is anything but. Rap Sh!t, Rae’s latest half-hour comedy series for HBO Max, is a case study in confidence; the show follows two estranged high school friends from Miami who form an unlikely rap group, determined to achieve […]

Abortion Rights Create a New Debate Surrounding Inclusive Language

In the weeks following the Supreme Court’s June 24 decision that overturned Roe v. Wade, entities across the political spectrum have engaged in a flurry of polarizing and impassioned debates. Recent comments — especially from those with large platforms and heightened visibility — have shown that much like gender is not a binary understanding of […]

BET Awards: 8 Things the Cameras Missed

The BET Awards, otherwise known as “Culture’s Biggest Night,” is adept at highlighting cultural and artistic diversity within the Black community and broader African diaspora. Many examples of this were broadcast for the world to see: host Taraji P. Henson shouting out Historically Black Colleges and Universities (specifically Howard University in celebration of fellow alum […]

Meet the Gatsby of Koreatown: Lock & Key’s Cyrus Batchan

Lock & Key, located between a gas station and an unassuming food window on neon-charged Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles’ Koreatown neighborhood, is a Black-owned business — something many patrons of the popular nightlife hangout don’t know. This is not a result of the usual oversight or erasure of leaders of color, but instead by […]

What to Expect From the 2022 BET Awards: “It’s Our Black Super Bowl”

At last year’s BET Awards, Taraji P. Henson, who served as the night’s emcee, paid tribute to iconic women of Black Hollywood by donning a mix of outfits and hairstyles honoring personal inspirations of hers like Tina Turner, Diana Ross and Esther Jones. This year, Henson is back as host, and though the specifics of […]

How Flowers Emerged as a Main Character on ‘Bridgerton,’ From Real Hyacinths to 5,000 Artificial Daffodils

The wildness of the natural world exists in opposition to the careful curation of a television set, but on Netflix’s Bridgerton, the two work in tandem to create a colorful pastiche of a bygone era marked by opulence and beauty. In season one of the show, floral arrangements formed the backdrop for a storyline that […]

Keanu Reeves and Partner Alexandra Grant Want to Make NFTs — and the Metaverse Itself — More Inclusive

What does art look like in an intangible digital space? Alexandra Grant, along with her partner, Keanu Reeves, is determined to help her fellow artists answer that question. The two are advisers for The Futureverse Foundation, a new charitable initiative designed to encourage artists to participate in the internet’s next frontier by creating work to […]

New Getty Center Show Looks at How Medieval Manuscripts Influence Pop Culture, From ‘Game of Thrones’ to Disney

A new show opening June 21 at the Getty Center explores the centuries-long influence that the elaborate visual storytelling styles of the Middle Ages have had on the contemporary imagination in entertainment. “There are these real hallmarks of popular culture — Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones — which make use of […]

Inside Los Angeles’ Bidding Process to Host the 2026 World Cup

In early 2018, before the Los Angeles Football Club had participated in its first Major League Soccer match and Banc of California Stadium at Exposition Park had opened, the L.A. World Cup Host Committee began the process to campaign for its spot as a host city for the 2026 World Cup. The international competition hosted […]

DeWanda Wise on Playing an “Imperfect Hero” in ‘Jurassic World Dominion’

On June 10, Jurassic World Dominion, the final film in the Jurassic World trilogy, opened in theaters nationwide. In a recent piece for The Hollywood Reporter, writer Richard Newby called the movie “a clear testament to the strengths and weaknesses of the blockbuster film business.” This installment in the franchise sees DeWanda Wise (airplane pilot […]