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Gregg Reese

Stories by Gregg

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...

Beasts of the Southern Wild blends magic, realism

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

Black love

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

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...

Victimized homeowners fight back using scam action

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

Serial killer update

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

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...

Homeowners offered mediation program to relieve foreclosure blues

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

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...

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...

Griot of protest: Gil Scott-Heron

Gil Scott-Heron the seminal author, poet, and musician died at the age of 62 on...

State leading in the expansion of familial DNA testing

Among the first steps undertaken during the start of Kamala Harris' term as attorney general...

Briefing highlights presence of predatory lenders

Another side effect of the stagnant economy has been the surplus of short-term methods devised...

Restraining order affords homeless some protections

Downtown's skyline continues its ascent upward while at street level the battle continues for the...

Doing the hustle: Nigerian and other worldwide scams

Nigeria is a reflection of Africa in all its contradictions. As the wealthiest nation of...

Radiation and the young: like sheep to slaughter

Lyles Station in Gibson County at the tip of southwestern Indiana had been an important...

Police continue quest for Grim Sleeper evidence

In the latest installment of the Grim Sleeper investigation, detectives are working to confirm eight...

Artist Kehinde Wiley: a master with street cred

"How do you find a center core, calm place to create a painting in which...

Grim Sleeper suspect on a fast track to trial a date

Trial proceedings for alleged "Grim Sleeper" defendant Lonnie David Franklin Jr. accelerated this past Thursday...

Libyas Gaddafi: Is there method in the madness?

On Saturday, March 12, an American naval battle group anchored around the aircraft carrier Enterprise...

Are we safe yet?

"This achievement is particularly noteworthy given the state of the economy." --Los Angeles Mayor Antonio...

Black theology and the rise of the Civil Rights Movement

Marching 'round Selma like Jericho, Jericho, Jericho Marching 'round Selma like Jericho...

Attorney cries foul over release of photos in Grim Sleeper case

The release last week of 160 photographs taken from the home of suspected Grim Sleeper...