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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.
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

History Lessens: The Story of Black People in America Continues to Fade

History Lessens: The Story of Black People in America Continues to Fade

State of the Unity

State of the Unity

Railroaded? Pessimism Warranted about Construction of Metro's Crenshaw Line

Railroaded? Pessimism Warranted about Construction of Metro's Crenshaw Line

Blues People: The Legacy of Amiri Baraka

Blues People: The Legacy of Amiri Baraka

Fabulous Again: Can the New Inglewood Forum Renew All of Inglewood?

Fabulous Again: Can the New Inglewood Forum Renew All of Inglewood?

Community Organizing May Trump Politics for L.A. School Board Seat

Community Organizing May Trump Politics for L.A. School Board Seat

Black Santa Claus Came to Town. And He's Still Here.

Black Santa Claus Came to Town. And He's Still Here.

Gifts of the Season: A Dog's Life

Gifts of the Season: A Dog's Life

Moving On Up? Plans for Hollywood Park Could Change Inglewood

Moving On Up? Plans for Hollywood Park Could Change Inglewood

The Struggle Marguerite Lamotte, Nelson Mandela Fought for Continues

The Struggle Marguerite Lamotte, Nelson Mandela Fought for Continues

A Word of Thanks to Poet Wanda Coleman

A Word of Thanks to Poet Wanda Coleman

JFK, We Hardly Knew You

JFK, We Hardly Knew You

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