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LeBron James And Cavs Are Still Searching For An Identity

It's not that the Cleveland Cavaliers aren't going to score points. Newly minted head coach David Blatt should be able eventually to get his three superstars -- including young point guard Kyrie Irving, who understands pick-and-rollShow More Summary

A Police Manhunt and Race: The Difference Between Eric Frein & Christopher Dorner

After a massive 48-day manhunt, three deputy U. S. Marshals saw accused cop killer Eric Frein "moving through tall grass..." and they "could see his hands... he had no weapon." Frein was taken into custody near an abandoned airport hangar without incident. Show More Summary

Nightcrawler Nation

When I heard my research into the amount of time local TV news spends on crime (plenty) and government (nearly nada) coming out of Jake Gyllenhaal's mouth, I could have kissed him. If he'd added that those same civically negligent, inflammatory...Show More Summary

Aye Carumba! Ole, Ole! The Dances That Are Connecting People Throughout L.A. and Around the World

Salsa dancers in Pacific Palisades, CA - Photographed by Lisa Konczal/Vérité Creative Los Angeles provides a level of diversity like few other places. Home to nearly four million people (L.A. county at a good ten million) it lends itself...Show More Summary

The Storied, Old-School L.A. Metal Scene Gets Its Close-Up: Bob Nalbandian and Carl Alvarez Talk 'Inside Metal' Documentary

I've had occasion to mention previously in this space one of the more quirky aspects of my background -- the deep exposure I had in my teens, quite by accident, to music history in the making by virtue of hanging around Los Angeles's famed Sunset Strip in the 1980s toward the tail end of an era there the likes we will never see again. Show More Summary

The Creative Gifts of ADHD

In his 2004 book Creativity is Forever, Gary Davis reviewed the creativity literature from 1961 to 2003 and identified 22 reoccurring personality traits of creative people. This included 16 "positive" traits (e.g., independent, risk-taking,...Show More Summary

Gorgeous, Voluptuous and Only Four Hundred Years Old

The most successful artist of his time; his gorgeous, voluptuous and very expensive artworks --often of monumental scale -- is an absolute must-have for the powerful and wealthy. No, no, no... I am not talking about Jeff Koons. Let's...Show More Summary

Voting for Solutions, Standing Against Hate

Flipping through an American history textbook, you will see countless examples dating back to the founding of the country of anti-immigration laws and policies that have gained the support of politicians and legislatures. Since the eighteenth...Show More Summary

New Design Competition Aims to Change Lives in the Coachella Valley's "Other Side"

As part of a 10-year initiative called Building Healthy Communities, The California Endowment, a private statewide health organization based in Los Angeles, is sponsoring an architecture and ideas competition to design housing for farm...Show More Summary

The Transformation of Justin Bieber From a White Youth to a Black Man

In what took Usher most of his 20-year music career to accomplish, it took Justin Bieber just a short five years to reap similar financial success and actually surpass his mentor. Usher Raymond IV was an R&B phenom who started his career much like Bieber as a young teen and is among America's top selling artists. Show More Summary

How Should Our Society Deal With People Who Use Drugs?

The war on drugs is a cruel joke. The U.S. spends more than $50 billion a year on the "war on drugs" with the goal of creating a "drug-free society" -- yet there has never been a "drug-free society" in the history of civilization. Virtually all of us take drugs every single day. Show More Summary

Yes, It Does Matter If Jonathan Bennett Is Out of the Closet or Not, And Here's Why

Earlier this week, "Dancing With The Stars" judge Julianne Hough was discussing "Mean Girls" star and DWTS contestant Jonathan Bennett on "Extra" with host Mario Lopez. "[Bennett] tweeted me last year and said, like, I had a nice butt, but he also tagged my trainer," she said. Show More Summary

Much Ado About Theatrics: 'Django Unchained' Actress Gets to Follow the Rules Too

I'll be the first person in a dogfight to throw down for equal justice and constitutional rights under the law for all people. I've been an advocate and community activist supporting race relations for nearly two decades in Los Angeles. Show More Summary

A Survivor's story becomes a Silicon Valley dream come true and a calling to give back -

In a community replete with success stories, not often are there equally impressive tales of philanthropy. Bita Daryabari changes that. As a Persian woman who came to the US as an immigrant child, and learned to assimilate under theShow More Summary

Who Is FKA Twigs?

Who is FKA Twigs? When the 26-year-old artist emerged onto the stage at the El Rey in Los Angeles earlier this week she wore white '90s street wear with exotic gold chains wrapped around her belly and thighs. A sheer white lingerie robe drooped over her white corset, both saintly and corrupt, like Madonna from the future. Show More Summary

As Told in Selfies: The 2014 Teen Choice Awards

This past Sunday, August 10, I got to spend the day with some pretty amazing people -- teens and adults alike -- talking about overalls, fangirling and The Teenage Experience. So now I present for you my afternoon at the 2014 Teen Choice...Show More Summary

Learning Los Angeles: Debra Padilla, Arts and Activism

Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC), in the historic Venice police station, houses the UCLA@SPARC Digital Mural Lab, a comprehensive archive, a UCLA graduate program, a printmaking studio and a gallery. SPARC's most storied...Show More Summary

Everything Is Not Awesome in LEGOland

LEGO holds a special place in the hearts and minds of children and families around the world. But everything is not awesome in LEGOland. LEGO is partnering with Shell on a global advertising campaign that includes co-branded toys, billboards,...Show More Summary

CultureZohn: Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild: Dancing as Fast as They Can

Sitting in a directors chair in (Studio 6) at Westside Ballet in Los Angeles it's hard to believe Tiler Peck: --has just gotten married; --returned from a honeymoon in Bora Bora where according to her new husband and colleague Robert...Show More Summary

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