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Rodney King Shared A Profound Lesson From The LA Riots Just Before His Death

In 1992, Rodney King became a household name after he, a black man, was brutally beaten by four white Los Angeles police officers who were later found not guilty of felony assault. The incident, which was caught on videotape, sparked...Show More Summary

Los Angeles Joins Debate on Force After Police Killing of Homeless Man

last monthNews : NYTimes: News

More than 20 years after Rodney King was beaten, the city has entered a vigorous new debate about the police’s use of force on civilians and minorities.

Hear Willie D's Provocative Media Assassination 'Coon'

The always-outspoken Willie D of the Geto Boys shouted his way through the late Eighties and early Nineties on songs like "Fuck a War," "Fuck the KKK" and "Fuck Rodney King" – so the gangsta rap pioneer is no stranger to confrontational lyrics and politically motivated outrage. On his inflammatory...

Trailer for ESPN 30 for 30 Documentary 'O.J.: Made in America' Released

O.J. Simpson: sprinting down the field, playing with his kids, sitting in a courtroom. In the two-minute trailer for O.J.: Made in America, these images, along with video of Rodney King's beating, flash across the screen—all set to the...Show More Summary

Please Find a Way To See Rodney King at Langston Hughes Tonight or Tomorrow. Seriously.

2 months agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

by Sean Nelson (L-R): New Seattle resident Leslie McSpadden (Michael Brown's uncle), writer/performer Roger Guenveur Smith, and journalist/Seattle native Kurt Streeter Jordan Nicholson I wasn’t surprised that Roger Guenveur Smith’s show Rodney King was riveting, harrowing, infuriating, funny, and beautiful. Show More Summary

The Gospel According to Rodney King (According to Roger Guenveur Smith)

2 months agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

by Sean Nelson Roger Guenveur Smith: Interrogating Rodney King. PATTI MCGUIRE Roger Guenveur Smith is a character actor who has been enlivening films for nearly 30 years. His presence as Smiley, the stuttering chorus of Spike Lee's Do...Show More Summary

Two Decades of Portraits of the People Living in Los Angeles’ Imperial Courts Housing Project

Dana Lixenberg came to Los Angeles in 1992 on assignment for a Dutch magazine to cover the city’s rebuilding after the riots that followed the Rodney King verdict. She returned with a curiosity to learn more about gang culture and what...Show More Summary

25 years later, vigil marks Latasha Harlins' death, which fed anger during Rodney King riots

2 months agoHealth : Booster Shots

Two weeks after the beating of Rodney King, a Korean-born shopkeeper shot a 15-year-old black girl named Latasha Harlins in the back of her head in a dispute over a bottle of orange juice. Unlike King, the teen did not live to tell about it. The two racially charged incidents sparked outrage in...

Vigil Will Honor Black Teen Killed One Month Before L.A. Riots By Shop Owner

The death of Latasha Harlins happened 13 days after the beating of Rodney King, and is said to be a cause of the 1992 riots. [ more › ]

The People v. O.J. Simpson Recap: It Doesn’t Fit

Bob Shapiro is at the courthouse offering a “Good morning” to Gil Garcetti, who is not here for any of Shapiro’s shenanigans. “We barely recovered from the Rodney King riots of two years ago, and now you and Johnnie are standing in a damn pool of gasoline playing with matches,” Garcetti snaps.

Why we shouldn't ever 'get over' the Rodney King beating

3 months agoHealth : Booster Shots

To the editor: I am so sorry for reader Linda Loding, whose 24-year-old son died during the 1992 Los Angeles riots trying to save a burning building. It seems to me, and perhaps to her, a senseless tragedy. ("25 years later, Rodney King's beating stirs emotions in L.A.," Readers React, March 5)...

25 years later, Rodney King's beating stirs emotions in L.A.

The Rodney King beating on March 3, 1991, and the violent uprising in 1992 after the Los Angeles Police Department officers who beat King were acquitted, are two of the most traumatic events to have taken place in Los Angeles. Now, 25 years after the videotaped assault on King, some readers are...

Essential California: Irwindale corruption case dropped

Good morning. It is Friday, March 4, and here’s what's going on in the Golden State: TOP STORIES Difficult legacy Twenty-five years after Rodney King became internationally famous, his family and others are still trying to understand his legacy. To some, he was a criminal who deserved the beating....

Three black men talk about Rodney King, 25 years later

For a lot of people born after the 1990s, the movie "Straight Outta Compton" may well be their first real exposure to the beating of Rodney King. In the 25 years since the seminal event, a lot has happened in L.A. But how much has actually changed? The following is a conversation between three black...

Revisiting The Rodney King Beating Video, 25 Years Later

What happened can be interpreted as one of the first nationally publicized encounters of police brutality against black Americans. [ more › ]

Rodney King on the Los Angeles riots

Rodney King, who died in 2012, spoke to Kurt Streeter a few months before his death, about being transformed from a troubled man into an icon of the civil rights movement. Full story: The past still grips Rodney King. It felt like I was an inch from death. Yes, I would go through that night, yes...

Rodney King's daughter remembers a human being, not a symbol

For as long as Lora King could remember, she had to share her father with the world. Everywhere Rodney King went, people swarmed him for autographs or asked to take pictures with him. They offered words of encouragement at the local pharmacy. Others heckled him as he shared meals with his three...

Following Orders

For those who saw only the videotape of Rodney King receiving sixty-one baton blows in eighty-one seconds, the jury’s failure to convict is astonishing. The explanations offered by the jurors bordered on the bizarre: King controlled the action. Show More Summary

The Rev. Jesse Jackson Remembers Rodney King And The L.A. Riots

3 months agoNews : Huffington Post

I remember it rather vividly. I remember I was asked for a response, and my response was that Rodney King was the victim, but George Holliday, the white man who filmed the beating from his balcony, was the hero. Given the racial polarization...Show More Summary

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