Workshop: Saturday, July 22, 12:30-2:30PM, Seminar Room
Topic: Once Upon a Time in Compton: From Gangsta Rap to Gang Wars
Lolita Files is the author of six novels, Scenes From A Sistah, Getting To The Good Part,
Blind Ambitions, Child of God, Tastes Like Chicken, and Sex. Lies. Murder. Fame., a novella,
Three For The Road in You Only Get Better, and short stories in several anthologies. She has co-authored and ghostwritten several works of nonfiction, including New York Times bestsellers, and is a screenwriter and producer of projects for stage, film, video, and television. Her novel Child of God, a perennial book club favorite, is part of the reading curriculum at high schools and universities across the country. Her novel Sex. Lies. Murder. Fame. is currently being developed for film by Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios, with the screenplay adapted by Files. She also wrote for, produced, and appears in the six-part A&E docuseries, The Life & Death of Tupac. The book Once Upon A Time In Compton – written by Files and former Compton gang unit detectives Timothy Brennan and Robert Ladd about Brennan and Ladd’s time in the Compton police department through the rise of gangsta rap and gang wars, and their in-depth involvement in the investigations of the murders of Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G. – published on April 25, 2017.
Files has been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post,
Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Post, Miami Herald, Chicago Tribune, Essence,
Ebony, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Ms. Magazine, and others, and has made numerous appearances on national and local television, cable, radio, entertainment, digital, and web-based programs across the country. Files has a BS degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Florida, is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and a professional member of PEN America. She resides in the Los Angeles area where, as the Chief Content Officer and Co-Executive Producer at FGW Productions, she is currently developing projects for television, film, and new media.