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CAAM continues summer festivities with live sets from radio station KCRW

The California African American Museum (CAAM) continues its mash up of cultural enlightenment and social engagement as it joins forces with public radio station KCRW (89.9FM) to present Summer Nights at CAAM this Saturday, Aug. 19.

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Diversity at West Point takes a momentous leap forward

Simone Askew becomes first Black woman to lead West Point Cadets

One central figure in the confrontation between Kim Jong Un and Donald J. Trump on the Korean peninsula is U.S. Army Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, who began his journey to global prominence decades ago by entering “the Long Grey Line” of

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The Empowered Girl

Shaun Robinson leads a conversation about the epidemic of human trafficking

Best known as the host of the televised news magazine “Access Hollywood,” entertainment personality Shaun Robinson has turned her attentions to philanthropy with the establishment of the S.H.A.U.N Foundation for girls, a nonprofit to improve the quality of life for young women. Their latest endeavor, “Alternatives for Girls,” addresses the billion-dollar crisis of human trafficking, and was launched with a panel discussion in Robinson’s hometown of Detroit. This past Aug. 12, the discussion was moved to its second leg of a three-city tour (the third being Atlanta) at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center here in Los Angeles.

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Showdown in ‘The Land of the Morning Calm’

The face off between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un is merely the latest chapter in the saga of a divided Korea

The Land of the Morning Calm is the phrase given to Korea as a reference to it’s splendid tranquility with picturesque high mountains and clear spring waters, especially in the mornings. It is derived from “Chaohsien” meaning “morning freshness,” a title bestowed upon it by an emperor of China’s Ming dynasty.

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Thug Messiah: The myth and legend of Tupac Shakur

Andy Warhol’s prediction that everyone will have their 15 minutes of fame is proven true. The explosion of the internet and social media has produced scores of celebrated nobodies, people who’ve achieved notoriety for the simple fact that they are well known. As with everything, celebrity has its own hierarchy, but true celebrity arguably has staying power. For the droves of “celebutantes” (a portmanteau of the words “celebrity” and “débutante”) like Paris Hilton or Nicole Ritchie (who are “famous for being famous”), there are the select few whose renown transcends time and the longevity of tabloid and scandal sheets. Those whose eminence (or infamy) extends past even the physical plane include Elvis (Presley), Prince, (Princess) Diana, Che (Guevara), Bob Marley, and Michael Jackson.

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Trump’s (non) Africa policy

Indifference to pivotal corner of globe, dysfunction within the diplomatic ranks threaten America’s global influence

As it passes its six-month anniversary, the Donald J. Trump administration foreign policy is, to date, dominated by lingering inquiries about the Russian interference with the presidential election and North Korean saber rattling. The obligatory state trips aside, the new chief executive has been silent about the region that has increasingly become a focal point global economy in the past few decades: Africa.

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‘Haute Couture’ hits the streets of Los Angeles

L.A. Trade Tech brings an homage to the Ebony Fashion Fair on Saturday

Since its founding in 1925, Los Angeles Trade–Technical College (LATTC) has established a reputation for providing a first- rate design education at a fraction of that charged by prestigious private institutions. Tomorrow and on Saturday, July 21 and 22, the Trade Tech campus will showcase the talents of its latest generation of fashion designers, along with established African-American stars of the industry, as it hosts FLAIR (Fashion Legacy Association for Industry Recognition) 2017.

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CAAM launch party proves culture need not be dull or conventional

The California African American Museum (CAAM) presented a unique opportunity to mingle cultural awareness with social engagement with its presentation of the “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop” launch party on July 12. The evening centered on the opening of two exhibits: Artist Gary Simmon’s “Fade to Black,” and “Face to Face: Los Angeles Portraiture,” in tandem with the ongoing “Center Stage: African American Women in Silent Films,” Intersections: Caribbean and Brazilian Art from the Permanent Collection,” and “Circles and Circuits I: History and Art of the Chinese Caribbean Diaspora.” Also on view are the installations “No Justice, No Peace: LA 1992,” and “Trouble Every Day: LA 1965/1992,” continuing commentaries on the city’s contentious racial history.

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Ji-Tu Cumbuka, Nelsan Ellis die at 77 and 39, respectively

The entertainment world lost two standout performers this past week, as actors Nelsan Ellis and Ji-Tu Cumbuka died within days of each other. Cumbuka’s July 4 demise was reported by his niece, Amber Holifield on her Facebook page. He was 77 years old and had been hospitalized in Atlanta after complications related to vascular disease.

Voices from the sidelines: ordinary people weigh in on impeachment debate

Hours after the Impeachment March on July 2, a sizable group loitered around a tent set up on the grassy area south of City Hall known as Fletcher Bowron Square. The center of this activity was a contingent of activists from the Center for Building a Culture of Empathy based in the Bay Area. On this day, they were staging a series of dialogues between opposing members representing the ongoing debate nationwide about the legitimacy/viability of the presidency of Donald J. Trump.

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