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June 29, 2013 | By August Brown
In a parking lot across the street from the L.A. Live complex in downtown L.A. on Saturday afternoon, the temperature outside the BET Experience matched the star wattage of the weekend's performances. "I feel like my shoes are sticking to the asphalt," said Drew Gordon, a 22-year-old music fan from San Jose who came to L.A. for the festival. "But you don't see something like this often. This is a really good way to get people to step out of what they're used to. " That goes for BET as well.
June 21, 2013 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
He's one of the hottest architects in Hollywood: The houses designed by Paul Revere Williams have attracted generations of stars - Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Bill Cosby, Denzel Washington. Actress Debra Messing recently sold a home he designed in Bel-Air for $11.4 million in less than a month - a rapid exchange for a transaction at that price. She had bought the traditional two-story house from film star Renee Zellweger a decade earlier. Williams' homes caught the imagination of the entertainment elite starting in the late 1920s and are still sought-after today, more than three decades after his death.
June 11, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Oprah Winfrey is giving $12 million to a planned Washington, D.C., museum that will document African American history. Items from her talk show could be part of its exhibits. The National Museum of African American History and Culture announced Tuesday that Winfrey's gift, combined with her previous donation of $1 million, is its largest to date. PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures by The Times "I am so proud of African-American history and its contributions to our nation as a whole," Winfrey said in a statement released by the museum.
June 11, 2013 | By Bob Pool
Back in the days of the jazz greats, when most of the downtown L.A. hotels were still segregated, the Dunbar Hotel was the place that rolled out the carpet for visiting African American musicians and the fans who flocked to see them. London Carter was among those who soaked up the lore of the South Central Avenue hotel, where Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong once were guests and often played. But the Dunbar fell into decline and finally closed as a hotel in the mid-'70s.
May 27, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II and Paul Pringle, Los Angeles Times
A proposal to guarantee USC most of the parking spaces in a state-owned garage during Trojan football games and other events could hurt the neighboring California Science Center by driving down attendance, some supporters of the Exposition Park museum say. As part of a lease package to grant the school control of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, USC has asked the state for about 70% of the spaces in the garage 25 days of the year. That would mean a loss, for each of those days, of about 1,400 spaces to both the Science Center and the California African American Museum.
May 19, 2013 | By James Rainey and Seema Mehta
A two-year-long campaign that has drawn record spending will put either the first woman or the first elected Jewish leader in the Los Angeles mayor's office. But despite those milestones, candidates Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti sped around the city Sunday trying to avoid another distinction - drawing the lowest turnout for an open mayoral seat in modern history. The two candidates reached out to voters from churches, to a pizza parlor and a bowling alley on a long day of campaigning - their last extended opportunity to connect directly to voters before Tuesday's election.
May 14, 2013 | By Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times
In ground-breaking action, the Los Angeles Unified school board voted Tuesday to ban suspensions of defiant students, directing officials to use alternative disciplinary practices instead. The packed board room erupted in cheers after the 5-2 vote to approve the proposal, which made L.A. Unified the first school district in the state to ban defiance as grounds for suspension. The action comes amid mounting national concern that removing students from school is imperiling their academic achievement and disproportionately harming minority students, particularly African Americans.
May 13, 2013
Dallas Willard Influential Christian philosopher taught at USC for 47 years Dallas Willard, 77, an influential Christian philosopher who taught at USC for 47 years and chaired the philosophy department in the early 1980s, died Wednesday in Woodland Hills, the university said. He had cancer. In "The Great Omission," "Renovation of the Heart," "The Divine Conspiracy" and other books, Willard wrote about spiritual formation and Christian discipleship for the general reader, often giving practical advice for living a Christian life in a secular world.
May 12, 2013 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
In a Hollywood auditorium, James L. Tolbert tried to induce a room packed with broadcasting and advertising executives to essentially join the civil rights movement in 1963 by pointing out the obvious. "We Negroes watch 'Bonanza' and buy Chevrolets. We watch 'Disney' on RCA sets," proclaimed Tolbert, an entertainment attorney who was speaking to the 125 invited guests in his role as president of the NAACP's Beverly Hills-Hollywood branch. "We buy all the advertised products, the same as you do. " Delivered weeks before the March on Washington, the speech pointed out the absence of African Americans on both sides of the camera.
April 13, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
The men had celebrated into the wee hours of the morning. Sleep would come, later. The Dodgers were theirs, and for the first time these men could introduce themselves as owners rather than bidders. Mark Walter, the incoming chairman, sat in a conference room, patiently explaining that, no, the new owners did not believe they had overpaid. Stan Kasten, the incoming president, talked about supporting the Dodgers' thin front office rather than dismantling it. Magic Johnson had plenty to say too, but he took a moment.
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