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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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    The stadium project in Inglewood is going full steam ahead. But there's a lot missing from this story -- things that have been missing a long time.
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    Reflections on Black History Month
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    Phil Sparks' long-running love affair with Emerson Learning Center in Westchster is a Valentine's Day story for the books.
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    At last week's FanFest, the Dodgers were in the air, and the sky was the limit.
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    This corner of Inglewood is somewhat denuded economically, and we need all the lush we can get.
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    Wednesday night's conversation with Jeff Chang and Justin Simien at the central library pondered race, multiculturalism and the existential question of who we be.
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    What's transit got to do with the fortunes of the inner city? A forum at L.A. Southwest College last week took on that big question, and more.
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    There's growing buzz that Inglewood is L.A.'s next Big Thing. Sounds good, but shifting our image is going to take much more than a new and improved Forum.
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    Marching against police brutality as the year comes to a close felt like a date with destiny.
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    Crenshaw is not the convenient, and personal, street it usually is for me. It may never be again.
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    CicLAvia came to Leimert, and South Central this past weekend. It was quite a ride.
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    The ongoing crisis of faith prompted by Ferguson isn't just about the police, or even about racial justice. It's about something much more fundamental than that.
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    The Dunbar was the crown jewel of Central Avenue, until it wasn't. A new play by the Robey Theatre Company explores the magnificence of the Dunbar, but also the fatal flaw of history that brought it down.
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    Just when I think things can't get any worse, they get bigger. But at least the truth I used to keep at bay is hitting home.
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    Inglewood's schools chief is here to turn things around. But what he said recently reinforces a status quo that goes deeper than budgets and test scores.
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    The Tuesday elections were like 2004 all over again--but worse. California carries on, but the rest of the country is reeling from GOP revenge.
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    I haven't been to a dance club in about 15 years, and never to a single release party. This week I had some pleasant revelations about both at Celeste Stoney's musical event in the heart of Hollywood.
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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.
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    Spring, with its days of overcast, was always a cause for disappointment for me and my ideas of a perfectly sunny SoCal. The drought has changed all that.
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    The 54-year-old former drug lord of South Central is still in the business -- of self-fulfillment and community improvement, that is. These days he deplores the crack trade, but not the ambition that got him into it in the first place.
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    George McKenna is the most reluctant candidate for public office that I've ever met. I think he's also the most qualified.
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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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  • Entry
    The stadium project in Inglewood is going full steam ahead. But there's a lot missing from this story -- things that have been missing a long time.
  • Entry
    Reflections on Black History Month
  • Entry
    Phil Sparks' long-running love affair with Emerson Learning Center in Westchster is a Valentine's Day story for the books.
  • Entry
    At last week's FanFest, the Dodgers were in the air, and the sky was the limit.
  • Entry
    This corner of Inglewood is somewhat denuded economically, and we need all the lush we can get.
  • Entry
    Wednesday night's conversation with Jeff Chang and Justin Simien at the central library pondered race, multiculturalism and the existential question of who we be.
  • Entry
    What's transit got to do with the fortunes of the inner city? A forum at L.A. Southwest College last week took on that big question, and more.
  • Entry
    There's growing buzz that Inglewood is L.A.'s next Big Thing. Sounds good, but shifting our image is going to take much more than a new and improved Forum.
  • Entry
    Marching against police brutality as the year comes to a close felt like a date with destiny.
  • Entry
    Crenshaw is not the convenient, and personal, street it usually is for me. It may never be again.