In June of 1992, the Rodney King riots had just rocked Los Angeles and the United States faced deep racial animus. Meanwhile, Michael Jordan was just beginning to reach the height of his basketball powers. He'd won his first NBA title a year prior, and was days away from his second. Show More Summary
The Rodney King beating, the OJ trial and "Friends" were "racially divisive." The Trump campaign is just plain old racist! — Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie) July 17, 2016 The Grey Lady goes… as close to there as its recurrent fulminating BothSides fever will permit (and no sooner than time): … [A]mid gloom about Republican prospects in […]
In 1991, after a high-speed chase, four Los Angeles police officers pulled Rodney King, a black man, out of his car, and beat him. In what seems strikingly familiar in 2016, an amateur videographer captured the scene. The next year, in 1992, a mostly white jury acquitted the officers, setting ... More »
It was almost a generation ago when Rodney King, the black victim of a vicious beating by white Los Angeles police officers, issued his plaintive call: “Can we all get along?” Rick Zamarripa echoed that 24 years later after his son Patrick was one of five Dallas police officers killed by a black man. “I wish […]
Daniel Radcliffe stars as former FBI agent Michael German, who specialized in counter-terrorist operations. In 1992, in the aftermath of the Rodney King incident, German infiltrated a white supremacist group that was intent on starting a race war.
In today’s edition of Gorgeous People Doing Things: Daniel Craig is officially in talks to star with Halle Berry in Deniz Ergüven’s L.A. Riots film, The Kings, based on the aftermath of the Rodney King trial. Craig will play Ollie, one of the only white residents who lives in South Central, who becomes acquainted with Berry’s character, a […]
A interracial love story set during the 1992 Rodney Kings riot.
Off Jónó Mí Ló’s upcoming Pastel Voids release HD Ghetto, the video for “Theme from New Wprld” consists of film from the 1992 LA Riots compiled and broken by Party Trash. The use of the Rodney King riots and VHS manipulation is contradictory and reinforces what Jónó’s HD Ghetto represents. Show More Summary
O.J. Simpson Trial Juror Admits Not Guilty Verdict Was “Payback” Ezra Edelman’s five-part ESPN 30 for 30 documentary “”O.J.: Made In America” examines the long history of police brutality against Blacks in Los Angeles, including the Rodney King beating —
If you want to see an excellent documentary on not only the life of O.J. Simpson, but the racial animus felt by the black community throughout Robert Gates' reign in the LAPD that lead to the verdict, don't miss ESPN’s “30 For 30” documentary...Show More Summary
Former Los Angeles detective Mark Fuhrman, in a documentary that aired this week, blamed the Rodney King beating on rules preventing police officers from choking suspects. While examining the history that led up to the O.J. Simpson case, ESPN’s “30 For 30” documentary series O.J.:...
Remember when Obama was elected? For me as a black man, this was one of if not the ultimate “where were you at when such and such occurred” moment. When O.J. was acquitted, I was in the conference room at Motown. The Rodney King verdict in my office and (this is not a joke) I […]
The brutal beating of Rodney King by the Los Angeles police and the riots that followed were still fresh in voters' minds when they went to the polls on June 2, 1992, and overwhelmingly endorsed a package of police accountability reforms. One of the reforms made changes to the structure of the Board...
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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
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.
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...
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
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
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