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Erin Aubry Kaplan is journalist, essayist, and poet who writes about politics, culture, and identity with an eye to L.A.'s black communities. She has been a staff writer for the L.A. Weekly and opinion columnist for the L.A. Times. She was born in South Central and lives with her husband and animals in Inglewood.
We Are All Michael Brown

We Are All Michael Brown

The Ruling Party: Scenes From George McKenna's Winning Night

The Ruling Party: Scenes From George McKenna's Winning Night

Schoolyard Bully? A Look at Mudslinging in the LAUSD Race

Schoolyard Bully? A Look at Mudslinging in the LAUSD Race

Improving California Means Doing Some Things and Not Doing Others

Improving California Means Doing Some Things and Not Doing Others

My Fourth of July Experience is Just Ending

My Fourth of July Experience is Just Ending

Joblessness is No Longer 'Urgent,' But it's Still News

Joblessness is No Longer 'Urgent,' But it's Still News

The Fog of Yore: Learning to Love Real L.A. Weather

The Fog of Yore: Learning to Love Real L.A. Weather

L.A.'s Notorious Drug Dealer, 'Freeway' Rick Ross, is Moving On

L.A.'s Notorious Drug Dealer, 'Freeway' Rick Ross, is Moving On

LAUSD School Board Race: The George McKenna Story Continues

LAUSD School Board Race: The George McKenna Story Continues

The Watts Riots: School Photos Before and After

The Watts Riots: School Photos Before and After

Race Matters and Why Donald Sterling Doesn't

Race Matters and Why Donald Sterling Doesn't

A Tale of Too Many Cities: Blackness, or Post-Blackness, in America

A Tale of Too Many Cities: Blackness, or Post-Blackness, in America

Bell, California: 'I'm Here, But I Don't Know Where I Am'

Bell, California: 'I'm Here, But I Don't Know Where I Am'

'Straight Outta Compton' Movie: Can Hollywood Be Trusted?

'Straight Outta Compton' Movie: Can Hollywood Be Trusted?

Grin and Bare It: The Street Politics of Smiling

Grin and Bare It: The Street Politics of Smiling

In Memoriam: Michael Reed

In Memoriam: Michael Reed

My Very Own Carmageddon

My Very Own Carmageddon

Awards, But No Audience: What '12 Years a Slave' Tells Us About America Today

Awards, But No Audience: What '12 Years a Slave' Tells Us About America Today

Statue of Limitations: A Vandalized Civil Rights Monument Reveals the Unexpected

Statue of Limitations: A Vandalized Civil Rights Monument Reveals the Unexpected

I Don't Have Much Money, But I Just Spent it All on My Dog

I Don't Have Much Money, But I Just Spent it All on My Dog

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