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Erin Aubry Kaplan
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Journalist and op-ed columnist Erin Aubry Kaplan's first-person accounts of politics and identity in Los Angeles, with an eye towards the city's African American community, appear every Thursday on KCET's SoCal Focus blog.
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    Elson: Thanks for reminding me of that fact about Davey Lopes. I'd love to see him again, though I'm frankly afraid he won't remember me and then I'll be crushed! Not sure I could take that.....
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    Elson: Thanks for reminding me of that fact about Davey Lopes. I'd love to see him again, though I'm frankly afraid he won't remember me and then I'll be crushed! Not sure I could take that.....
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    DJ, thanks for the fascinating recap of the still-unfinished history of the Watts Towers and the artist who made them. It seems to me the stewardship of the Towers is a hot potato because Watts itself is a community L.A....
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    C: Thanks for your feedback! The point I was making is that 'frizzy and curly' (and kinky and nappy..) are almost always viewed as undesireable, especially on colored people, even famous ones. The reaction to it tends to be, 'God,...
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    When you don't feel safe where you live, when is it time to call it quits? Like any relationship, it's complicated.
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    USC is South Central's influential neighbor, a topic of lively discussion at a recent panel held on campus. But what does that mean these days?
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    Hollywood Park is vanishing--not a surprise, but heartbreaking anyway. The promise of progress doesn't ease the pain .
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    Hip-hop, epithets and all, is America's music -- and that's not necessarily a good thing, as I discovered recently shopping in a tony boutique in Larchmont Village.
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    Ferguson has taken us back to necessary, if overly familiar, discussions about relations between black people and police. But the real profiling happens within the black community itself -- including communities in L.A.
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    After months of intense campaigning, George McKenna's faithful gathered last week to celebrate -- hopefully -- a historic win against a better-funded opponent, Alex Johnson. The spirit of New Orleans insured that whatever the outcome, a good time would be had by all.
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    The intensifying race between George McKenna and Alex Johnson has become a study in negative campaigning -- but also a reason to hope that politics as usual in black L.A. have changed for good.
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    Better education and air quality, as well as not splitting up the state are what I want to see for the future of California.
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    It isn't a holiday for everyone. It can be a real drag for dogs and anyone else who counts themselves in the ninety-nine percent.
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    Employment is still sluggish, with no improvement in sight. I know you aren't what you do, but the joblessness is getting awfully personal.