American Muslims in Public Service @USC

  This Friday, the USC Center for Islamic Thought, Culture and Practice is sponsoring a conference on campus where the subject is American Muslims in Public Service.  The all day event is free and open to the public, the keynote speaker will be (debatably) the highest profile American Muslim in public service today, Congressman Keith […]

Natalie Portman: the Musical! Last Weekend!

Alright stragglers, this is it!  The last weekend to catch Natalie Portman: the Musical! So what do you need?  A nice review from one of my old stomping grounds? Fine, here’s what the Daily Trojan had to say: What’s that?  They were biased?!?  I didn’t even know they were in the audience!!!  Fine, how you like these LifeinLA […]

The Wheelhouse

  How about something fun for my last post of 2011? So 99 times out of 100 when I’m sent sides (an audition script), I can look at the product as a whole, look at where the character fits into the story, and build something from the ground up.  But there was one screen test […]

2011 ArtFradieu Oscar Live Commentary

Aaron Rahsaan Thomas and Malik Aziz share an unique, common background.  Both young men are natives of Kansas City, Kansas, graduates of the University of Kansas and went to grad school at the University of Southern California.  They both grew up in the ‘golden age of hip hop’ and share a passion for films. For […]

2010 – The Return of Bruce Wayne

  A couple weeks into 2010, the last film I wrote and directed was being introduced to a national audience by a movie star.  With a couple of weeks to go in 2010, I got to host a show where I gave an up and coming rapper/producer his first television experience.  I love the harmony […]

Night Catches Us

  This past weekend I went to the USC Homecoming game with a couple of the guys from school, and for a minute I couldn’t help but daydream about these days.  Part of getting older is remembering how idealistic you were and how real life changes your perspective on things.   I tell that anecdote […]

I Love L.A. – #13 Early Start Times

  Today was a typically long Sunday, some outside time, some personal things I had to get done – like all hardcore sports fans though, this particular Sunday meant planning everything around the NBA Finals.  So what time did the game start for me?  5 PM, perfect to get to a friend’s house for an […]

One More Honor

  Over the weekend, our friends at the Lawrence Arts Center gave Lady In My Life another honor to add to its resume; it was chosen ‘Best Romance’ at the LAC Short Film Festival.  It means alot to me, for several different reasons. I enjoy giving my KU guys a hard time, but I did […]