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(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

I wasn't in the position of being a sex symbol or anything like that. The insight I have is more from the standpoint of what any creative person goes through in the process of growing.

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(Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)

My kids are very funny. The other day ... I was getting mad at [my 9-year-old] and he was getting mad at me, and out of nowhere he said, 'So I guess you'll be taking care of yourself when you get old.' 


"We come in peace, but we mean business," singer, actress and activist Janelle Monáe repeated Friday afternoon at an intimate brunch in West Hollywood. They were the same words she shared at the 2018 Grammys earlier this year.

"We're here," she continued. "We're not divided. And we're stronger together."

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(Jennifer S. Altman / Los Angeles Times)

I just don't want to be in a box ever where anybody feels I can only do one thing, because it's boring. I feel I have a lot to explore and a lot to give and try and probably fail doing something, but I want the shot to do it.

  • TV
  • Late-night

It takes a lot to raise (or lower) the bar when it comes to strange days in the Trump administration, but this week might have done just that. 

At least that’s the conclusion that Seth Meyers came to on Thursday night’s “Late Night,” where the host dedicated a “Closer Look” segment to dissecting one especially weird week.

Meyers opened with the president’s wildly vacillating policy positions, including on gun reform.

L.A. street artist Plastic Jesus, right, sits on his artwork on Hollywood Boulevard.
L.A. street artist Plastic Jesus, right, sits on his artwork on Hollywood Boulevard. (Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press)

Harvey Weinstein and his bathrobe are back in L.A. for the Academy Awards, in the form of street artist Plastic Jesus’ annual Oscars-adjacent gold statue commenting on a social issue of the day. 

The installation, which went up Thursday morning on Hollywood Boulevard, is titled “Casting Couch” and features the disgraced executive sitting on a chaise longue in pajama pants and a bathrobe, clutching a tiny, perhaps strategically placed Oscar statuette. 

It’s the second high-profile street art installation timed to Sunday’s Academy Awards, following conservative artist Sabo’s “Three Billboards”-style commentary on alleged pedophilia and child sex abuse in Hollywood.