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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.
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

Observing the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington from L.A.

Observing the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington from L.A.

The Dream Preferred: MLK's Iconic Speech Was Also About Jobs -- We're Still Dealing With It

The Dream Preferred: MLK's Iconic Speech Was Also About Jobs -- We're Still Dealing With It

Living for the City: A Look at the Gentrification of Oakland

Living for the City: A Look at the Gentrification of Oakland

Being Here: Early Inglewood Resident Leaves

Being Here: Early Inglewood Resident Leaves

Valerie Shaw is No Longer at City Hall, But She'll Still Be Making a Difference

Valerie Shaw is No Longer at City Hall, But She'll Still Be Making a Difference

Auto Focus: The L.A. Version of the White Picket Fence

Auto Focus: The L.A. Version of the White Picket Fence

Zimmerman Verdict Shows That We're Still Playing the Waiting Game

Zimmerman Verdict Shows That We're Still Playing the Waiting Game

1967, the Summer of Our Discontent

1967, the Summer of Our Discontent

Help Wanted: Leimert Park Needs to Stay a Cultural Hub

Help Wanted: Leimert Park Needs to Stay a Cultural Hub