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Ava Duvernay’s “When They See Us” Blasts Netflix Viewership Records  By Lauren Victoria Burke
6/27/2019 10:06:49 AM

“When They See Us” has been the most-watched series on Netflix in the U.S. every day since it premiered on May 31,” according to Netflix’s Twitter account on June 12. Though Netflix does not release specific viewership numbers, the internet channel is a worldwide portal for content that has over 145 million paid subscribers. “When They See Us” relays the jarring miscarriage of justice against five teens — Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, and Korey Wise — who were convicted of assault, rape, and attempted murder....

BET Awards honor Nipsey Hussle, Mary J. Blige, Tyler Perry By Mesfin Fekadu
6/27/2019 10:02:52 AM

The 2019 BET Awards featured a number of contemporary pop and rap stars who are dominating the charts, from Cardi B to Lil Nas X. But the show belonged to artists viewed as icons in the black community, including singer Mary J. Blige, filmmaker Tyler Perry and the late rapper Nipsey Hussle. Hussle, a respected and beloved community activist in South Los Angeles who was shot to death on March 31, posthumously earned the Humanitarian Award on Sunday night. His family, including his mother, father, grandmother, children and fiancee, actress Lauren London, accepted the honor on his...

Man Arrested After Crashing Pickup Truck During Chase by Deputies
6/27/2019 9:59:53 AM

  COMPTON (CNS)—A man was arrested Monday after leading deputies on a brief chase in a pickup truck—reportedly stolen—that crashed into another vehicle in Compton, leaving the suspect and the other motorist injured. The crash occurred about 9:30 a.m. near Long Beach and Compton boulevards, said Deputy Trina Schrader of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Information Bureau. Deputies had tried to stop the vehicle after discovering that it had been reported stolen, but the motorist sped off. The patrol vehicle was not involved in the crash, Schrader said. The...

Dodgers to Extend Netting
6/27/2019 9:57:17 AM

LOS ANGELES (CNS)—The Los Angeles Dodgers announced today they will extend the netting at Dodger Stadium after a study is completed about how it could be configured to provide better protection for fans. “Fan safety is of the utmost importance to the Dodgers and during the offseason, we began the process of studying how the netting at Dodger Stadium could be configured to provide better protection for our fans,” the statement said. “Once this study is completed, the team will implement the recommended changes and extend the netting at Dodger Stadium. The team...

July 4th Fireworks Spectacular with Nile Rodgers & CHIC
6/27/2019 9:56:05 AM

Legendary hitmakers Nile Rodgers and CHIC team up with the LA Phil for a three-night celebration. The concert begins with star-spangled American favorites by the orchestra. Then, Nile Rodgers & CHIC set things off with “Le Freak” and “Good Times,” plus some of Nile’s hits as a producer – including “I’m Coming Out,” “Let’s Dance,” and “Get Lucky.” Every night before the concert the boggie down happens in the Hollywood Bowl Plaza with DJ’s, disco dance lessons and more. At 6:15 DRUMLine Live...

Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite at Skirball Cultural Center
6/27/2019 9:54:09 AM

See the iconic images that amplified one of the most influential cultural movements of the 1960s: “Black Is Beautiful.”Featuring over forty photographs of Black women and men with natural hair and clothes that reclaimed their African roots, Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite is the first-ever major exhibition dedicated to this key figure of the second Harlem Renaissance. Inspired by the writings of activist and black nationalist Marcus Garvey, Brathwaite (b. 1938) combined his political vision with the medium of photography to effect social change. Along...

William Grant Still Art & Jazz Summer Camp
6/27/2019 9:52:03 AM

Summer days of art, music, singing, doll making, African martial arts, dance, and creative exploration! The William Grant Still Arts Center’s Art and Jazz Summer Camp is a six-week day camp that runs each summer. All camp sessions are led by professional artists, musicians, and educators (who also teach at the Center through the rest of the year). Campers take part in a variety of workshops and classes throughout the day, including yoga, dance, music, and art. Field trips take campers out into the city, visiting great cultural locations. Camp concludes with a culminating...

Toni Morrison: Pieces That I Am
6/27/2019 9:50:34 AM

“Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am,” the recently released documentary, offers an artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the legendary storyteller and Nobel prize-winner. From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio to ‘70s-era book tours with Muhammad Ali, from the front lines with Angela Davis to her own riverfront writing room, Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own literature. Inspired to write because no one took...

KCRW Summer Nights @CAAM with DJs Garth Trinidad And Aaron Byrd
6/27/2019 9:47:57 AM

Summer Nights are back at CAAM! Enjoy a warm night and cool vibes with CAAM and KCRW, featuring live sets from KCRW DJs Garth Trinidad and Aaron Byrd, after-hours museum access including to CAAM’s hit summer exhibition, ‘Ernie Barnes: A Retrospective’, food trucks, a beer garden, and more!   7 pm to 11 pm California African American Museum, 600 State Drive, Los Angeles https://caamuseum.org/programs/special-events/kcrw-summer-nights-caam (213)...

In Conversation: Zeinabu Irene Davis and Barbara McCullough Join Art + Practice for a conversation with L.A. Rebellion filmmakers Zeinabu irene Davis and Barbara McCullough
6/27/2019 9:46:10 AM

Zeinabu Irene Davis is an independent filmmaker and Professor of Communication at the University of California, San Diego. She is comfortable working in narrative, experimental and documentary genres. Her work is passionately concerned with the depiction of women of African descent. A selection of her award-winning works include a short drama about a young enslaved girl, Mother of the River (1996); a love story set in Afro-Ohio, A Powerful Thang (1991); and the feature documentary, Spirits of Rebellion (2016). Her dramatic feature film entitled Compensation (1999) features two...