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  • Glenn Ligon explores race in America
    Glenn Ligon explores race in America

    Remember post-racial America? Shortly after we elected the first African American president, some eager folks decided that a couple of hundred years of home-grown racial terrorism hadn’t really done deep and lasting damage to the national DNA.

  • L.A. legislator, activists say gay conversion therapy still exists
    L.A. legislator, activists say gay conversion therapy still exists

    In an effort to halt reported abuse at programs claiming to help young people -- such as offering to "fix" gay children -- a state lawmaker and LGBT activists on Friday announced a campaign to regulate the so-called "troubled teen" industry.

  • Energetic 'Newsies' chock full of extras -- read all about it
    Energetic 'Newsies' chock full of extras -- read all about it

    Unbridled zeal and nonstop zest propel "Newsies" in Hollywood. The North American tour of Alan Menken, Jack Feldman and Harvey Fierstein's adaptation of the 1992 film about the Manhattan newspaper boys' strike of 1899 sailed into the Pantages Theatre on Wednesday, and the walls may still be...

  • Meditations on Southern California's water lifeline
    Meditations on Southern California's water lifeline

    California is not in danger of running out of water in the next year or two, but the climate-change situation is going from bad to worse as we enter the fourth year of drought. At Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, “After the Aqueduct” looks at one big piece of the...

  • Actress apologizes to Glendale police for racial profile claims
    Actress apologizes to Glendale police for racial profile claims

    “Empire” actress Taraji P. Henson apologized for alleging that Glendale police racially profiled her son during a traffic stop after a video obtained by the Los Angeles Times cast doubt about whether police had improperly targeted him.

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