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Evan Nicole Brown

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The Top 20 Power Lunch Spots in L.A. Now

A.O.C. Brentwood This Mediterranean mecca is from Caroline Styne and Suzanne Goin — key figures behind Hollywood’s favorite philanthropic culinary event, L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade. Angelini The original Fairfax location first gained an industry following thanks in large part to late Hollywood publicist David Horowitz, who would hold court there. A Palisades outpost opened this year. […]

Wheelhouse Opens “Non-Office” on Sunset for Influencers to Work and Play

Wheelhouse, a media, marketing and investment company founded by Brent Montgomery and Jimmy Kimmel, has just opened a new 10,496-square-foot production space on Sunset Boulevard that’s meant to be a haven for influencers and other talent who need a centralized hub to take meetings and create content. The company has locations elsewhere in L.A. and […]

Finding Overlooked Midcentury Beauty in South L.A.

Architectural historian Jerald Cooper — now also a set designer and location scout — spotlights the area's gems on his Instagram-based design archive @hoodmidcenturymodern By Evan Nicole Brown

11 New Los Angeles Restaurants to Try

In Los Angeles, a city where bars and lounges close not long after midnight, a leisurely and luxurious meal is oftentimes a night’s main event. This style of nightlife has established a dining culture that is as much about the scene as it about the food, resulting in a constellation of new restaurants focused on […]

‘Neptune Frost’ Directors on the Visionary Sci-Fi Musical Being “An Expression of How Revolution Starts”

Neptune Frost, the celebrated science-fiction film from musician, poet, actor and artist Saul Williams (Slam) and filmmaker, actor and DP Anisia Uzeyman (Tey), is a fever dream of revolution and an attempt to change today’s cultural algorithm, set in an otherworldly e-waste camp made of recycled computer parts –– with Williams’ original music as a soundtrack, offering much more […]

‘Resident Evil’ Star Ella Balinska on Training for the Live-Action Series: “A Lot of That Fighting Style is Grappling”

The Netflix live-action series Resident Evil, out July 14, tells the hauntingly familiar story of a deadly virus causing a global apocalypse, and Ella Balinska stars as Jade Wesker, delivering a performance that showrunner Andrew Dabb tells THR is “fantastic, emotional … [she] carried our entire future storyline on her shoulders,” adding: “She was more […]

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 release, […]

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 […]