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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.
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

Grounded: Saying Goodbye to The Proud Bird Restaurant Near LAX

Grounded: Saying Goodbye to The Proud Bird Restaurant Near LAX

'Twelve Years a Slave' is a Hard Sell

'Twelve Years a Slave' is a Hard Sell

The Hole Truth: Discovering the (Faux) Cronut

The Hole Truth: Discovering the (Faux) Cronut

New Forum, Old Neighborhood: A Good Mix?

New Forum, Old Neighborhood: A Good Mix?

Dead End for Degnan? World Stage Eviction Could be Harbinger for Leimert Park

Dead End for Degnan? World Stage Eviction Could be Harbinger for Leimert Park

What the Great Migration from The South to South Central Meant to Some

What the Great Migration from The South to South Central Meant to Some

The Tipping Point: When the Poor Move Into the Neighborhood

The Tipping Point: When the Poor Move Into the Neighborhood

A Must-Read Book for Anyone Wanting to Reform Our Education System

A Must-Read Book for Anyone Wanting to Reform Our Education System

School Me: USC vs. South Central

School Me: USC vs. South Central

Thy Neighbor, Thyself: You Never Really Know Everything About Your Neighborhood

Thy Neighbor, Thyself: You Never Really Know Everything About Your Neighborhood

A Tough Year for an Inglewood Block Party

A Tough Year for an Inglewood Block Party