Smithsonian Exhibit Highlights Mega-Star Oprah Winfrey
6/13/2018 1:13:24 PM

By Beatrice Jin and Tramon Lucas   WASHINGTON—One of the most recognizable openings in television history blares on a video screen: “I'm Oprah Winfrey, and welcome to The Oprah Winfrey Show!” The crowd goes wild. At the center of it all, a dancing young Oprah. This moment, televised more than 30 years ago, is now part of a yearlong exhibition that opened last weekend at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. “Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture” chronicles the social events in the...

Creator of 'Pose' Says FX Show Celebrates 'Incredible Souls'
6/13/2018 1:11:47 PM

By Mark Kennedy   NEW YORK—In the premiere episode of the new FX series “Pose,” a young Black man hoping to be a star modern dancer is escorted into his first drag ball. Wild-eyed, he eagerly soaks it in. It quite literally makes him speechless. In front of him are members of his fellow LGBTQ community dressed in high-fashion finery, strutting down a runway with fierce glamour and arch confidence as their friends cheer. It is 1987 in a gritty part of New York hit hard by crack and AIDS, and yet this is an act of defiance. “We are not going to be...

Movie of Miranda's 'In the Heights' Set for Summer 2020
6/13/2018 1:09:58 PM

NEW YORK—Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony-winning musical “In the Heights” will hit theaters in 2020 as a summer-event movie. Warner Bros. won the rights to the 2008 Tony-winner after a bidding war earlier this spring. The project had been in development at The Weinstein Company, which auctioned off many of its assets in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Warner Bros. announced Thursday that “In the Heights” will be released June 26, 2020. Miranda is producing the film, which is to be directed by Jon M. Chu. The upcoming romantic comedy “Crazy...

House Republican Factions Hunt for Immigration Deal
6/13/2018 12:55:40 PM

By Alan Fram and Lisa Mascaro   WASHINGTON (AP)—House Republicans failed to produce an immigration compromise Friday as the standoff between opposing conservative and moderate factions head toward a showdown over an issue that has long divided the party. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy convened a closed-door meeting as party leadership faces mounting pressure to produce an immigration bill by a Tuesday deadline. But lawmakers emerged without a deal. With Speaker Paul Ryan away at a fundraiser, the negotiations are seen as a test for McCarthy, a potential...

Comeback In Compton
6/13/2018 12:51:22 PM

By Ashley Smith For “Inside Higher Ed.”   COMPTON—The athletic field at Compton College is a freshly manicured, lush green with new stadium lights hovering above. It’s late spring in California, and as the community college’s soccer team practices, the sun is shining on a field that carries the maroon and silver lettering of the Compton Tartars. This is typical for any college, especially one with a team that nearly won its conference championship last year. But it’s an achievement at Compton—the first public college in California...

Bourdain's Death Means Loss of a Voice for Immigrant Workers
6/13/2018 12:48:42 PM

By Terry Tang   Anthony Bourdain's culinary passions went far beyond the cuisine he put on a plate. He also was committed to the immigrant workers who toil in his and other kitchens throughout the restaurant industry. Bourdain, who died Friday in France in an apparent suicide at age 61, was an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump's immigration policies and a fierce defender of Hispanic workers. The chef, global traveler and author, whose popularity grew with his CNN series “Parts Unknown,” often was the first to tip his hat to his employees from...

Stricter Oversight Sought for Sativa Water
6/13/2018 12:46:29 PM

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas called on the California State Water Resources Control Board in Sacramento to appoint a representative to exercise “vigorous oversight” of Sativa Water District after many of its 1,600 customers in Willowbrook and Compton reported brown water running through their taps in April. In a letter to the Water Board’s executive director, Eileen Sobeck, the Supervisor credited state regulators and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health with confirming that there are currently no violations of “primary” water standards within...

Victim of Fatal Compton Hit-And-Run Would Have Graduated H.S. Thursday
6/13/2018 12:45:45 PM

COMPTON—Authorities are seeking public help to find the hit-and-run motorist responsible for a fatal collision in Compton that killed a young man who had been set to graduate from Dominguez High School Thursday. Christopher Frushon, 19, was in a crosswalk at about 8:45 p.m. on May 26 at Wilmington Avenue north of Stockwell Street when he was struck and thrown into the air by a car that kept going. Frushon later died at a hospital from blunt force injuries, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office. "The suspect vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed,...

Brown, Legislative Leaders Reach California Budget Deal
6/13/2018 12:44:38 PM

By Jonathan Cooper   SACRAMENTO (AP)—Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders said Friday that they've reached an agreement on California's next budget following negotiations focused on balancing assistance for people in poverty with the need to prepare for future economic emergencies. Brown and lawmakers released few details of their agreement. A news release from Brown's office said the agreement “makes record investments in schools and universities, creates the state's first online community college, fully fills the Rainy Day Fund,...

Congressional Black Caucus Seeks to Decriminalize Marijuana
6/13/2018 12:43:41 PM

By Kevin Freking   WASHINGTON (AP)—Members of the Congressional Black Caucus are calling for decriminalizing marijuana use. The group wants the federal government to get out of the prohibition business when it comes to the drug, a position it says is supported by an overwhelming majority of the 48-member caucus. The lawmakers say Black communities have been disproportionately “policed and convicted for drug offenses.” The group says it supports reforms that would reduce the number of Black people in prison. Among the reforms they seek is removal of...