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Daily dose of artists supporting the Black Lives Matter movement

Daily dose of artists supporting the Black Lives Matter movement

Alex Behunin, Reporter

July 1, 2020

Art, whether it be music, movies, or drawings, has the power to heal and educate. People are able to document movements and as time goes on, we look at it and interpret it through our lens.  As the world continues to fight for justice for George Floyd and others affected by police brutality, arti...

Opinion: Being a Black journalist when Black lives finally start to matter

A protester holds up his fist as demonstrators hold a moment of silence for George Floyd outside of City Hall on May 31, 2020.

Michaella Huck, Opinion Editor

June 29, 2020

My whole life being Black and being a journalist remain in sync. I was a strange child. Some kids watched the “Teletubbies,” I watched the 5 o’clock news. My mom calls me nosy; I’d say I’m curious, especially when it comes to issues that I care about. I was raised in a household that taught...

Watch these 10 movies and docu-series to learn more about racial injustice

(Image courtesy of mohamed_hassan from Pixabay)

Alex Behunin, Reporter

June 28, 2020

Racial awareness has always been important. With the death of George Floyd and others at the hands of injustice, it’s important to educate ourselves on the systemic racism this country has built itself on. Here are 10 movies and docu-series to watch that may increase your knowledge of racial injustice: “13th” (2016) ...

Q&A: Melina Abdullah on student activism, defunding police, upcoming November election and more

Black Lives Matter L.A. co-founder Melina Abdullah addresses the crowd at the #JackieLaceyMustGo protest outside the Hall of Justice in downtown Los Angeles on June 17, 2020.

Orlando Mayorquin and Michaella Huck

June 26, 2020

Melina Abdullah is a co-founder of Black Lives Matters Los Angeles and a professor of Pan-African studies at Cal State Los Angeles. She answered a few questions on topics such as student activism, the role of media coverage, defunding the police and more.   What does it mean to defund the pol...

LAUSD votes against defunding school police, Superintendent introduces School Safety Task Force

Xavier Recarte (left) and his mother, Maria Recarte hold signs in support of the rally to defund the Los Angeles School Police Department on June 23.

Sloane Bozzi, Assistant News Editor

June 24, 2020

The Los Angeles Unified School District board rejected three resolutions on Tuesday to reform the Los Angeles School Police Department. One of the rejected resolutions, proposed by board member Monica Garcia, would have defunded the LASPD by 50% in the 2021-22 fiscal year. The LASPD is the largest...

Protesters demand for defunding LAUSD school police at downtown L.A. protest

A crowd of protesters listening to Melina Abdullah, co-founder of Black Lives Matter L.A., as she performs a libation for the lives lost to police brutality in front of the LAUSD headquarters in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, June 23, 2020.

Chris Torres and Samantha Bravo

June 23, 2020

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — Protesters chanted in front of the Los Angeles Unified School District headquarters on Fourth Street and Beaudry Avenue in downtown Los Angeles to demand the defunding of LAUSD school police. The protest took place as the LAUSD board meeting was in session. The board is s...

Ongoing coverage of protests in L.A.

A crowd of protesters listening to Melina Abdullah, co-founder of Black Lives Matter L.A., as she performs a libation for the lives lost to police brutality in front of the LAUSD headquarters in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, June 23, 2020.

Logan Bik, Samantha Bravo, Gillian Moran-Perez, Michaella Huck, Mano Baghjajian, Tiago Barreiro, Tyler Ridgle, Victor Rojas, Robert Gonzalez, Cristina Boktor, Chris Torres, Sloane Bozzi, and Orlando Mayorquin

June 23, 2020

Updates on demonstrations calling for justice, defunding of police.

Artists’ Black Lives Matter murals deemed “too political,” removed temporarily from Hollywood Boulevard

Dezcjon Lathrop's mural, outside of the Hollywood Pantages Theater.

Sloane Bozzi, Reporter

June 23, 2020

As tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Hollywood on June 7 to protest against police brutality, artists lined the Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard to paint murals on boarded up shops.  Dezcjon Lathrop, a Black artist, had been working for hours on his mural in front of the ...

Cre8 The Change hosts Juneteenth Celebration Rally in Sherman Oaks

Families and Cre8 The Change dancers enjoy music on stage during the Juneteenth Celebration Rally in Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Memorial War Park on Friday, June 19, 2020.

Samantha Bravo, Assistant Campus Editor

June 21, 2020

SHERMAN OAKS — This year’s Juneteenth Celebration Rally at the Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Memorial War Park featured music, spoken poetry and dance on Friday. Juneteenth, or June 19, marks the day the last slaves were freed from slavery in the United States. About a dozen performers entertained a...

Black Lives Matter-L.A. celebrates Juneteenth, honors Grechario Mack in Crenshaw march

An individual holds a picture of late rapper and local hero Nipsey Hussle,  who was actively involved in uplifting his community.

Orlando Mayorquin and Chris Torres

June 19, 2020

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — Hundreds marched in Los Angeles on Friday to celebrate Juneteenth in an event organized by Black Lives Matter Los Angeles. The day commemorates the emancipation of slaves.  The march began at a Ralphs parking lot near the intersection of Obama Boulevard and South La Bre...

Hundreds celebrate Juneteenth at Leimart Park Village

Michaella Huck and Tiago Barreiro

June 19, 2020

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — Hundreds gathered in Leimert Park Village on Friday to celebrate June 19 — also known as Juneteenth — at a "Pray For The Hood" event, which was created by Los Angeles artist, Six Sev. 

Protests against District Attorney Jackie Lacey continue; defund police movement makes strides

Protesters march past L.A. City Hall on June 17, 2020.

Chris Torres and Orlando Mayorquin

June 17, 2020

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — Thousands gathered in front of the Hall of Justice on Wednesday for Black Lives Matter Los Angeles’s weekly protest demanding the removal of L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey, who the group says has failed to prosecute “killer cops.” Several family members o...

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