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3/6/2019 3:18:18 PM

Sunjata Kamalenya is a completely interactive production which celebrates the greatest hero of West African legend, Sunjata Keita, the first king of the ancient Empire of Mali. A wandering hunter comes to the village of Farrakoro and makes the difficult to believe prediction that a crippled boy and his out-cast mother will overcome all odds to deliver their nation from a powerful warlord. What follows is their adversarial struggles and the strength they derive from their faith in one another. Authentic music, costumes, and scenery invite you to a modern Mandé village where the...

Los Angeles Football Club to Increase Efforts Against Anti-Gay Slur
3/6/2019 3:17:08 PM

The Los Angeles Football Club announced it will have an improved and heavier security presence to combat an anti-gay slur that is sometimes shouted by soccer fans during goal kicks at stadiums throughout the world beginning with Sunday's season opener. The improved security effort includes staff members trained and dedicated to exclusively dealing with this issue, according to Seth Burton, LAFC's vice president of communications. Any fans identified as participating in offensive chanting or other prohibited acts will be removed from the stadium permanently. Season ticket holders...

School Officials, Irvine Congresswoman Condemn Pic of Students in Nazi Salute
3/6/2019 3:14:27 PM

NEWPORT BEACH (CNS)—School officials and a Democratic congresswoman condemned Sunday an Internet photo of Newport Harbor High School students with outstretched arms in a Nazi salute gathered around red plastic cups arranged to form a swastika. The photo, said to be shot at an off-campus party, was posted this weekend, school officials said. "We were recently made aware of social media postings involving some students who created inappropriate anti-Semitic symbols and possible underage drinking," The Newport-Mesa Unified School District said in a statement. "While...

Immigration Documentary’s Protagonist Faces Deportation
3/6/2019 3:13:38 PM

By Adriana Gomez Licon   MIAMI (AP) — The protagonist of an award-winning documentary chronicling the plight of immigrants held at a for-profit facility was supposed to be celebrating at a film premiere in Miami. Instead, Claudio Rojas is back at another immigration detention facility’s cell, facing deportation. Sandy Pineda, his attorney, said Rojas has been taken into custody again, years after his release. Rojas, 53, was complying with a periodic visit that is required by the government when he was jailed last week. The Argentine faces deportation after being...

Star Chef Fights for Equality in Industry, Cancer Research
3/6/2019 2:56:22 PM

By Rachel Nania   WASHINGTON (AP)—Shortly after arriving in Boston to start a dream job as food stylist and cast member on “America's Test Kitchen,” Elle Simone Scott received some life-altering news. It was 2016, and the then 40-year-old chef “had been experiencing a little bit of pain.” She'd seen a doctor “at least twice” about the issue, but the discomfort wasn't going away. “And I thought it would just be a good idea to follow up on that,” Scott said. The diagnosis: stage 1C, grade 3 ovarian...

Rare Sea Creature Washes Ashore in Southern California
3/6/2019 2:55:05 PM

SANTA BARBARA—(AP) A 7-foot sea creature that washed ashore in Southern California has been identified as a hoodwinker sunfish, a recently identified rare species thought to live in the Southern Hemisphere. The University of California, Santa Barbara, said an intern spotted the stranded fish last week at Sands Beach in the university's Coal Oil Point Natural Reserve. The intern alerted Jessica Nielsen, a conservation specialist at Coal Oil Point who initially thought it was a type of local sunfish and posted photos to the reserve's Facebook page. That drew the attention...

First Latino to Chair Charles Drew University Board
3/6/2019 2:47:04 PM

LOS ANGELES—Arthur J. Ochoa, JD, Senior Vice President of Advancement and Chief Advancement Officer for Cedars-Sinai, has been named Chair of the Board of Trustees for Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU). He is CDU’s first Latino Chair of the Board of Trustees, and has been on CDU’s Board of Trustees since 2012. Previously, he served as Vice Chair and headed the Development Committee. Mr. Ochoa succeeds Dignity Health Senior Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer Marvin O’Quinn, MPH, who had served as Board of Trustees Chair since...

Regina King on White Lies, Directing and '227'
2/25/2019 4:05:58 PM

By Mesfin Fekadu   NEW YORK (AP)—Regina King—who is nominated for her first-ever Academy Award for her work in “If Beale Street Could Talk”—discusses sitting in the director's chair and following up on the promise she made to female filmmakers during her Golden Globes speech in outtakes from a recent interview with The Associated Press.   LITTLE WHITE LIES When R&B singer Jaheim asked Regina King to be the leading lady in a music video in 2010, she flexed her neat negotiating skills: If I'm in it, let me direct it! There...

Donald Glover Gets 5 Nominations for NAACP Image Awards
2/25/2019 4:02:05 PM

By Andrew Dalton   PASADENA (AP)—Coming off a big night at the Grammys, Donald Glover and his alter-ego Childish Gambino were nominated Wednesday for five NAACP Image Awards. Glover is nominated for his acting and directing on “Atlanta.” The FX show itself is nominated for best comedy series. On the music side, Childish Gambino is nominated for top male performer, and his song “This Is America” is nominated for best video and song. Glover won four Grammys including record and song of the year on Sunday night. The nominees were announced Wednesday...

Chicago Police Announce ‘Shift’ in Investigation Regarding Jussie Smollett Case, Confusion
2/25/2019 4:01:08 PM

By Greg McCune and Sara Burnett   CHICAGO (AP)—Chicago police and representatives for Jussie Smollett were keeping quiet about the investigation into a reported attack on the “Empire” actor a day after authorities said the case had “shifted” and that they want to interview Smollett again. Pamela Sharp, a spokeswoman for Smollett, said Sunday that there were no updates “as of now.” Another spokeswoman, Anne Kavanaugh, later said she couldn't comment on whether Smollett had agreed to another interview. Police Spokesman Anthony...