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From Twilight to Gook: How Justin Chon Found His Voice in His Own Painful Racial Past

Gook director Justin Chon was 11 years old when the 1992 Rodney King riots hit his father’s athletic-shoes warehouse in South Central Los Angeles. “It was demolished. It was like a tornado came through,” he says of the looting. Over those six days following the acquittal of four white LAPD ... More »

Nick Cave, Warren Ellis Scoring New Film Kings About The Rodney King Riots

2 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Over the past few years, Nick Cave and Warren Ellis have become a film scoring power couple -- they did the score for Wind River this year -- and Pitchfork reports that their next collaboration is the score for the upcoming film Kings. It's directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven and stars Halle Berry and Daniel…

Gook is a movie that explores LA's Korean and black communities in the Rodney King era

2 months agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Director Justin Chon’s new award-winning Sundance film Gook is hit theaters nationwide on August 18th. The film takes place during the time of the Rodney King riots in LA and tells the story of how people within the black and KoreanShow More Summary

‘LA 92’ Directors Daniel Lindsay & T.J. Martin On Recreating Emotional Experience Of The LA Riots

On March 3, 1991, Los Angeles resident Rodney King was brutally beaten by four LAPD officers, an incident that was caught on tape and spread like wildfire. Charged with assault with a deadly weapon and use of excessive force, three of...Show More Summary

How Effective Is Online Employee Ethics Training?

It's all about perspective. As comedian Bill Hicks famously noted, if you watch the Rodney King attack video in reverse, you see police help him up and send him on his way. The effectiveness of your company's employee ethics training depends entirely on your perspective and how you measure......

THE O.J. TRIAL AND THE CLINTON PRESIDENCY: The O.J. Trial Was a Preview of America Under Trump. …

THE O.J. TRIAL AND THE CLINTON PRESIDENCY: The O.J. Trial Was a Preview of America Under Trump. Race loomed large in the O.J. Simpson trial, which came on the heels of the Rodney King saga, and O.J.’s team leveraged black identity politics in much the same way that Trump leveraged white identity politics. The prosecution […]

'LA 92' Looks Back At The Rodney King Protests 25 Years Later

The film brings a fresh perspective to a pivotal moment that reverberates to this day.

With an L.A. sheriff headed to federal prison, let's not forget LAPD’s lesson in police reform

The beating of Rodney King in 1991 and the violence that followed a year later carved such deep grooves in Los Angeles’ collective psyche that it seemed only natural last year and again a few weeks ago to observe the 25th anniversaries of those events — and to reflect on how profoundly the city...

Last Victim of LA Riots Identified

5 months agoNews / Crime : Sword and Scale

On March 31, 1991, Rodney King had been driving home after having a few drinks with friends when police attempted to pull him over. King, who admitted he was on

Peter Gabriel Shares Essay About Video Justice

5 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Twenty-five years ago, Peter Gabriel helped found the WITNESS organization after seeing the effect that the videotape of the Los Angeles Police Department's beating of Rodney King had on the country. In a new essay for Time magazine, the musician and activist reflects on the implications of video justice today and emphasizes how important it…

Celebrating AAPI Resistance in the Labor Movement

Celebrating AAPI Resistance in the Labor Movement AFL-CIO As we look back at the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance’s first action at the founding convention to march for justice after the beating of Rodney King 25 years ago, we’re proud of our deep roots of solidarity and resistance. Show More Summary

For today's college kids, the Rodney King beating seems mild and unremarkable

5 months agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

In 1991, George Holliday's video of Rodney King being kicked and nightsticked by LAPD officers shocked the nation and sparked an uprising that galvanized the discussion about police brutality. (more…)

“There’s way worse videos”: Today’s students on Rodney King

Originally posted at Gin & Tacos. If you want to feel old, teach. That movie quote is not wrong: You get older, the students stay the same age. Your cultural references are all dated, even when you think things are recent (ex., The Wire is already ancient history. You might as well reference the Marx […]

Spike Lee On Why His Films About Social Injustice Stand The Test Of Time

Spike Lee says America’s issues related to police brutality heavily influenced his perspective as a filmmaker. While promoting his Netflix original film “Rodney King” in commemoration of the 25 th anniversary of the L.A. Riots, Lee opened...Show More Summary

ICYMI: The Fountain Is Back On At Echo Park Lake

Plus, it's going to get a little more cramped at American Airlines, Steve Bannon's whiteboard, Spike Lee on Rodney King, and much more! [ more › ]

The Los Angeles riots, 25 years on

6 months agoArts : Prospero

THE story of what happened to Rodney King on March 3rd 1991 has endured. After a night of drinking and watching basketball with friends, King, a 25-year-old construction worker, caught the eye of highway patrol officers as he drove at blazing speed on a southern California freeway.

Spike Lee Sounds Off on Donald Trump: ‘He’s Given New York a Bad Look to the World’

6 months agoNews : The Daily Beast

The legendary filmmaker opens up about his new Netflix documentary ‘Rodney King,’ the poor state of the Knicks, and his myriad issues with the Trump administration.

Surprising: In Los Angeles, Race Relations Are Quite Good; But the Economy, Not So Much

Los Angeles, a quarter-century after the Rodney King riots. An earlier version of this story appeared at The Los Angeles Times. Subscribe here. On the 25th anniversary of the Rodney King riots, Los Angeles is glowing with racial amity—and festering with economic disparity. Show More Summary

Where the 1992 riots hit exposed the reality of our city: There are two L.A.s

To the editor: On April 29, 1992, the day when four Los Angeles Police Department officers were acquitted in the Rodney King beating trial, I was teaching at an L.A. Unified School District campus just west of downtown. (“Twenty five years later, how did the riots transform L.A.? And has the city...

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