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Raise Your Voice 4 Peace
11/13/2019 7:06:58 AM

RAISE YOUR VOICE 4 PEACE is a competition that showcases the vocal talent of youth ages 13 to 18 years old. Five finalists are selected from online submissions, and will perform to tracks using either a cover or original composition of socially empowering material. You are invited to support the 2nd Annual RAISE YOUR VOICE 4 PEACE, where singing with a purpose empowers youth to promote peace and positivity, and highlights the work of Jenesse Center and its Youth Program, Jeneration J!   7 pm to 10 pm The GRAMMY Museum, 800 West Olympic Boulevard, Los...

Watoto Children’s Choir
11/13/2019 7:05:10 AM

You’re invited to be a part of this vibrant worship experience – the Watoto Children’s Choir performing their brand new album, “We Will Go!” As the children share their personal stories and present live worship music from Uganda, you’ll see firsthand the power of God’s love transforming lives around the world. Additional performances throughout Southern California in Culver City, Manhattan Beach, Torrance, Los Angeles, Hermosa Beach, Beaumont, San Dimas, San Diego, Norwalk, Pacoima and Norco. This is a free concert and a fundraising event....

As California Spends Billions on High-Needs Students, Calls Grow for More Oversight
11/13/2019 7:03:08 AM

By Ricardo Cano   Seven years after California started pumping billions of dollars into schools with the neediest students—an attempt to narrow a chronic academic achievement gap—a new state audit has found that the state’s landmark school funding law isn’t adequately ensuring that targeted money is actually going to the disadvantaged students it’s supposed to help. The audit released Tuesday is the latest in a growing body of research fueling alls for more state oversight of California’s groundbreaking 2013 overhaul of school finance. The...

MLK Daughter Slams Comcast Over Racial Discrimination Suit
11/13/2019 7:01:30 AM

ATLANTA (AP)—A daughter of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has sent a letter to Comcast executives in which she accuses the company of trying to “dismantle” a law barring racial discrimination. The letter released Saturday from the Rev. Bernice King addresses a $20 billion lawsuit from comedian and media mogul Byron Allen that is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court . Justices are scheduled to hear arguments in the case Wednesday. A lower court ruled in favor of Allen, who says Comcast declined to distribute his channels because he's black. Justices are weighing...

Last Victim of Mexico Border Killings to be Laid to Rest
11/13/2019 6:59:59 AM

By Peter Orsi   COLONIA LEBARON, Mexico (AP)—Family and friends prepared to bury on Saturday the last victim of a cartel ambush that killed nine American women and children from a community in northern Mexico where having gangsters in their midst has long been a fact of life. In the attack Monday, Christina Langford Johnson jumped out of her vehicle and waved her hands to show she was no threat to the attackers and was shot twice in the heart, community members say. Her daughter Faith Marie Johnson, 7 months old, was found unharmed in her car seat. Her burial ceremony,...

Sanders Calls for Decriminalizing Illegal Border Crossings
11/13/2019 6:58:42 AM

By Will Weissert   WASHINGTON (AP)—Bernie Sanders is calling for decriminalizing illegal border crossings, backing an idea that further exposes the Democratic presidential primary's deep ideological divides. The Vermont senator released an immigration proposal Thursday, writing, “Unauthorized presence in the United States is a civil, not a criminal, offense.” Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren also has called for repealing the criminal prohibition against crossing the border illegally. South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (BOO'-tuh-juhj)...

More Celebs Join Michelle Obama's Voter Outreach Drive
11/13/2019 6:53:18 AM

NEW YORK (AP)—Election Day is over, but Michelle Obama is still trying to get out the vote. The former first lady announced that Selena Gomez, Liza Koshy, Shonda Rhimes, Megan Rapinoe, Tracee Ellis Ross and Kerry Washington have signed on as co-chairs of the national organization When We All Vote. Obama is already a co-chair, along with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Faith Hill, Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson, and basketball star Chris Paul. When We Vote bills itself as a nonpartisan group dedicated to increasing voter participation. The announcement Thursday marks a year until the date...

Kanye West Vows to Move Yeezy Manufacturing to the Americas
11/13/2019 6:49:09 AM

By Leanne Italie   NEW YORK (AP)—A few fun facts about Kanye West: He's running for president in 2024, he recited color psychology to wife Kim Kardashian West as she sat in a morning bath Thursday, and he was fired at 16 for shoplifting at the Gap where he worked. West, with Kim in tow, let loose with those pearls and more during a surprise 35-minute appearance before a crowd of about 500 at Fast Company's Innovation Festival. Accompanied on stage by Steven Smith, lead designer of West's shoe brand Yeezy, West dug into the nuts and bolts of the fashion...

Lincoln Center in New York City to Honor Spike Lee in April
11/13/2019 6:46:23 AM

NEW YORK (AP)—Spike Lee will receive Film at Lincoln Center's 46th Chaplin Award. Lincoln Center announced Thursday that the 62-year-old filmmaker will be honored in its annual fundraising gala on April 27. For its 50th anniversary last year, Lincoln Center skipped a Chaplin Award honoree and instead hosted a special gala that featured Martin Scorsese, Pedro Almodovar, Tilda Swinton and others. The four previous Chaplin Award winners were Helen Mirren, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Robert Redford. A selected retrospective of Lee's films will also play alongside...

Film Probes History of Native Americans in the U.S. Military
11/13/2019 6:45:29 AM

By Russell Contreras   ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP)—Before Chuck Boers joined the U.S. Army, the Lipan Apache member was given his family's eagle feathers. The feathers had been carried by his great-great-great-grandfather on his rifle when he was an Apache scout. They also were carried by relatives who fought in World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam. In 2004, Boers had the feathers with him during the Battle of Fallujah in Iraq. “I felt like I had my family with me to protect me,” he said. “The Warrior Tradition,” a new film set to air on...