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Gregg Reese

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Those who wouldn’t go

They resisted the Vietnam-era draft and now recount the consequences of their decision

One spring day, some 40 years after the turmoil of the Vietnam Era had died down, Ayuko Babu found himself in Venice Beach, examining a memorial dedicated to veterans of the Iraqi-Afghan War then under way.

Those who wouldnt go

One spring day, some 40 years after the turmoil of the Vietnam Era had died...

Congresswoman Harman speaks at town hall

Following her tenure as a multiple-term representative from California's 36th Congressional District, Jane Harman has...

Looking back at the unrest of 1992

Civil unrest has not been a major factor in Los Angeles recently, although it is...

Angela Davis still taking her message to the masses

Of all the provocative images that emerged from the counterculture era of the 1960s and...

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Spreading the culture of fear

Boston bombings intensify the spirit of global discontent

Spreading the culture of fear

Regardless of political ideology or level of sophistication, the terrorist apparatus has succeeded in spawning...

What went wrong?

Autopsy: an examination of a body after death to determine the cause of death or...

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Dirty money

"This money is so dirty it had to be laundered five times—and it still stinks."...

Long Distance Revolutionary: an uneven look at the fervor surrounding Mumia Abu-Jamal

The LAPD's history of impropriety casts an especially long shadow across the annals of law...

Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp explores a cultural touchstone

Urban fiction ironically was jump-started by a White-owned company, Holloway House Publishing. Originally a purveyor...

Out of (or into?) Africa

"In the 19th century, Europe's hunger for slaves devastated West Africa. Two hundred years later,...

The Color of War: How One Battle Broke Japan and Another Changed America

On the evening of July 17, 1944, a massive explosion rocked the naval munitions depot...

The mysteries of Black writers

The detective is arguably as much a cultural icon as the cowboy in the pantheon...

Mervyn Dymally: travels and intrigues

The narrative of Mervyn Malcolm Dymally's journey from rural Trinidad to the United States political...

Black love

One of the more curious contradictions of Los Angeles is the comparative lack of viable...

Beasts of the Southern Wild blends magic, realism

The great cinematographer Néstor Almendros once noted the advantages filmmakers from different locales bring to...

Victim of the sex trade

Young Black princess wanted by sugar dad tonight--(Los Angeles) Need a regular fix of...

Rodney King: an imperfect hero

"People, I just want to say, you know, can we all get along?" --Rodney King,...

Broken windows under scrutiny at Rand Corporation

"Take a group of four year olds; put 'em at a table. Put a marshmallow...

Commissioners question police account

Community activists held a "die-in" at the corner of Fifth and Spring streets to observe...

Listen, Whitey!: book probes sights, sounds that shocked America

"They weren't anti-white; they were just pro-black." --Author Pat Thomas' paraphrase of a quote by...

Good vs. bad guys

I (once) helped a colleague collect data for his master's in criminology; he was studying...

Class A dining comes to Crenshaw

The newly opened Post & Beam has all the ingredients of an intriguing entry into...

Offspring of Kings Dream?

"Conflicts are unavoidable because a stage has been reached in which the reality of equality...

North Carolina to compensate victims of forced sterilization

Over the summer North Carolina has make strides toward offering restitution for its shameful history....

The digital playground

"African American males lag behind other groups in their information technology use, with one notable...

One Montford Marines story:

OORAH! (Alternatively spelled "OOHRAH," and "OOH-RAH.") --A motivational cry used by United States Marines, possibly...

Serial killer update

In the latest developments involving accused "Grim Sleeper" suspect Lonnie David Franklin Jr., six additional...

Victimized homeowners fight back using scam action

Just under a dozen distressed homeowners affiliated with the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment...

Sheriff Baca on the hot seat

"I have never experienced any facility exhibiting the volume and repetitive patterns of violence, misfeasance,...

Pacific Standard Time: Getty shines light on West Coast art

In the wake of World War II, the cultural center of the earth moved west...

Activists protest corporate greed in L.A.

The downtown area got a dose of 1960s activism last Thursday, when a coalition of...

Diversion not jail

"Vices are simply the errors which a man makes in his search after his own...

Report blames financial institutions for home-buyer defaults

In the wake of another swell in the number of foreclosures in California (as conveyed...

Documentary showcases the overlooked problem of human trafficking

Faulty air conditioning did not deter a capacity crowd from cramming into the Los Angeles...

Police surmise the Grim Sleeper might not have slept

As the prosecution and defense teams maneuver over legal issues, investigators continue to shift through...

Beauty and the bestiality of man provokes art shows

Art museums are often dismissed as highbrow bastions reflecting the tastes of the wealthy patrons...

First Black Marine group receives national recognition

The United States Marine Corps prides itself on its ability to implement its government's policies...

Remembering Alex Haley and the roots of his phenomenal success

Today marks the birthday of writer Alex Haley. Although he is overwhelmingly known for his...

Julian Bond looks back at civil rights past

Social activist and civil rights leader Julian Bond became the latest speaker at the Zócalo...

North Carolina to compensate victims of forced sterilization

This month, North Carolina is inching toward making restitution for a shameful part of its...

Bogus bomb threat gridlocks Ladera Center

Traffic was interrupted around the triangular intersection of Centinela Avenue, La Cienega and La Tijera...

West Coast Expo touts technology for business and consumers

The West Coast Expo's (WCE) founders and business partners Natalie Cole and David Miller conceived...

Homeowners offered mediation program to relieve foreclosure blues

Several years have passed since the housing "bubble" burst, and with the passage of time...

Pursuing happiness and freedom

As the Fourth of July approaches, it bears looking beyond the pomp and circumstance to...

Yo! Black Folks (do) Read

The best way to hide something from Black people is to put it in a...

Being counted: redistricting

Materializing like clockwork every decade, the Census generally heralds another period of population growth. Following...

The Apollo Theater meant music to our ears for generations

For those of who think Harlem's Apollo Theater is the syndicated television show of the...

Leftist icon dies in the Motherland

Elmer "Geronimo" Pratt, the Vietnam War-hero-turned-Black Panther who became a cause célebre for the leftist...