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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1998 | From a Times Staff Writer
Chaka, the notorious graffiti vandal who tagged everything from the Golden Gate Bridge to the walls at Disneyland and later asserted he'd found God, apparently has yet to mend his ways. Daniel Ramos was sentenced to a year and three months in jail Wednesday for stealing Nike shoes from a Mervyn's department store and for violating the terms of his probation in earlier convictions, authorities said.
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August 8, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Covering Lindsay Lohan's ongoing legal troubles and recent (court-ordered) trip to rehab have become sport for gossip rags. But one headline we didn't expect to see: news that the troubled actress got into a tiff with renowned soul-funk singer Chaka Khan. The two reportedly  feuded during a rehab stint at Cliffside Malibu, forcing Khan to leave the treatment center early due to “disruptive behavior” from Lohan. “Chaka was really cool about everything at Cliffside, but Lindsay just pushed all of her buttons to the point where she was aggravated and tired of Lindsay's ...,” a former patient told Radar . PHOTOS: The trials and tribulations of Lindsay Lohan “Lindsay was just doing stupid stuff for attention, so Chaka told her she was childish and told her to grow up. She never lost it, but started yelling at Lindsay.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2009 | Mike Boehm
Half his lifetime later, Daniel Ramos claims no aesthetic laurels for the teenage graffiti-writing rampage that made him famous as "Chaka," the most prolific tagger L.A. authorities ever had seen or caught. "I wasn't doing anything artistic. It was just getting my name up there," says the man police and prosecutors accused in 1990 of spraying more than 10,000 "Chakas" from San Diego to San Francisco. He is going over his past in a soft voice, his small but solid frame seated on a plastic milk crate in the dusty back courtyard of Mid-City Arts, the Los Angeles street-art supply shop and gallery that today mounts "Resurrection," the first art show of his life.
NEWS
June 24, 2012 | Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
This post has been updated. What better way to usher in summer than by celebrating legends outdoors with a loaded picnic basket, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and a night sky streaked with pastel fireworks as though Monet had been dispatched by God to spruce up the heavens? Reba McEntire, the queen of country, and Chaka Khan, the queen of funk - two singers whose genre-crossing talents have impressed connoisseurs from across the musical spectrum - were inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame on Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 1991
I would like to suggest, that instead of heaping more jail time into Chaka's (Daniel Ramos) spirit, thereby further damaging an enterprising and unwavering young man, that sentencing him to art school would be a solution that would benefit him and the populace. The justice system has never been creative; only a few intelligent judges have been able to fit the punishment to the crime with advantage to all--it is clear in the case of Chaka, whose behavior is crying out for the correct help.
NEWS
April 29, 2008
Coachella fest: A review in Monday's Calendar section of Prince's performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival said that Sheena Easton performed with him on "I Feel for You." It was Chaka Khan who sang with him. The review also said that Shelby J sang a cover version of Sarah McLachlan's "Angel." That performance was by Ledisi.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 1992
Publicizing Chaka's hopes for financial aid to attend Cal State Northridge baffled my mind. Has this man considered the amount of money he has cost state and local government to continue to process him through the legal system? Add the cost to undo the damage he inflicted. We enjoyed a temporary respite from his "tagging" sprees while he was incarcerated (yet another considerable expense) and now he wants financial aid for art school. Ha! However, there may be a solution to satisfy all of us staunch, tax-paying, law-abiding citizens: Calculate the amount of money Daniel (Chaka)
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2009
Why does The Times continue to give publicity to so-called graffiti artists ["Chaka, Face to Deface," by Mike Boehm, April 25]? They are some of the scum of the Earth. Daniel Ramos and his ilk have defaced private and public property throughout Southern California. I am embarrassed to have visitors to this area see graffiti everywhere. We have many wonderful artists in the Los Angeles area. Why not report on them instead of the graffiti trash? Donald McPoland Glendale -- Thanks for the great article on Chaka.
OPINION
May 3, 1992
After having trashed the Southland with an estimated $500,000 in property damage Daniel Bernardo Ramos (a.k.a. Chaka) has been rewarded with an agent, a television producer wanting to make a documentary, a public relations firm wanting to represent him, a lithograph company wanting to market his Chaka tag and several schools eager to enroll him (April 19). What a Cinderella ending! I sincerely hope he takes full advantage of the multiple opportunities with which he's been presented, particularly the opportunity to enroll in a university and broaden his horizons.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 27, 1986 | DON WALLER
"DESTINY." Chaka Khan. Warner Bros. When given her head--and the right piece of material--ain't nobody badder than Chaka Khan, whose flamboyant, spontaneously combustible soul stylisms and jazz flights of firebird bebop make her the wailingest siren on the black music scene. Crossing the blistering techno-funk of "I Feel for You" with the bumptious R&B groove of "Ain't Nobody"--not coincidentally, her last two monster hits--the overall sound of "Destiny" is, ahem, extremely commercial.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 21, 2012
MUSIC It isn't truly summer in L.A. until the Hollywood Bowl season opens and you pack your picnic basket. Country siren Reba McEntire and disco queen Chaka Khan join the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra at this year's kickoff with host Julie Andrews. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., L.A. 8 p.m. Fri. $12 to $160. http://www.hollywoodbowl.com.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 4, 2009 | Chris Barton
Ever go to a jazz show and have a pop concert break out? Pardon the reference to the old joke about hockey games and boxing, but that's sort of what happened at Wednesday's Corea, Clarke and White show at the Hollywood Bowl. At the second reunion in as many years of the original members of '70s fusion favorites Return to Forever (Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White), the group was midway through a Chaka Khan-led cover of the Gershwin standard "I Loves You Porgy" when a black-clad Stevie Wonder was led to the stage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2009 | SANDY BANKS
She telephoned me in desperation, pitching a story about the Compton middle school students her group had taken to the Century City office of the investment firm Bear Stearns, to learn about money management and careers in finance. "We're trying to teach them about portfolios and they can't even spell the word, never heard of it!" Veronica Coffield told me in a voice shot through with urgency.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 2009 | Geoff Boucher
The fuzzy memories are all coming back for Phillip Paley, but sometimes it's still hard for him to talk about his days as America's favorite monkey-boy. "It just changes the way people look at you, once people find out that you were Cha-Ka," the 45-year-old said of his long-gone career as a child actor on the television show "Land of the Lost." "I don't tell too many people. But, well, I guess that's all changing now."
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2009
Why does The Times continue to give publicity to so-called graffiti artists ["Chaka, Face to Deface," by Mike Boehm, April 25]? They are some of the scum of the Earth. Daniel Ramos and his ilk have defaced private and public property throughout Southern California. I am embarrassed to have visitors to this area see graffiti everywhere. We have many wonderful artists in the Los Angeles area. Why not report on them instead of the graffiti trash? Donald McPoland Glendale -- Thanks for the great article on Chaka.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2009 | Mike Boehm
Half his lifetime later, Daniel Ramos claims no aesthetic laurels for the teenage graffiti-writing rampage that made him famous as "Chaka," the most prolific tagger L.A. authorities ever had seen or caught. "I wasn't doing anything artistic. It was just getting my name up there," says the man police and prosecutors accused in 1990 of spraying more than 10,000 "Chakas" from San Diego to San Francisco. He is going over his past in a soft voice, his small but solid frame seated on a plastic milk crate in the dusty back courtyard of Mid-City Arts, the Los Angeles street-art supply shop and gallery that today mounts "Resurrection," the first art show of his life.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 9, 1986 | DENNIS HUNT
Chaka Khan is certainly mellow these days. She has a gripe--a legitimate gripe, too--but was downplaying it. The Khan of old would have been complaining to anyone who would listen that she got a raw deal. Instead, over drinks recently, she was cautious and judicious when discussing the fate of her latest pop/R&B Warner Bros. album, "Destiny." She's recorded some exceptional solo albums since leaving Rufus a few years ago, but this is her best.
NEWS
December 18, 1990 | ROBERT A. JONES
Think back to September, 1989. A sleepy time, not much happening in the city. Out in the projects of downtown L.A., a teen-age kid is hanging around the family apartment. This would be Daniel Bernardo Ramos. A sweet boy, by most accounts. He's small for his 17 years, with calf eyes and a great affection for his skateboard. Daniel is the kind of kid who would ride a skateboard to the bathroom. Anyway, on this evening Daniel's brother strolls by.
NEWS
April 29, 2008
Coachella fest: A review in Monday's Calendar section of Prince's performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival said that Sheena Easton performed with him on "I Feel for You." It was Chaka Khan who sang with him. The review also said that Shelby J sang a cover version of Sarah McLachlan's "Angel." That performance was by Ledisi.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 2006 | Peter Hong, Times Staff Writer
The 27-year-old son of singer Chaka Khan was acquitted Friday of murder charges stemming from the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old in 2004. A Los Angeles jury considering both murder and manslaughter charges found Damien Patrick Holland not guilty in the killing of Chris Bailey in Holland's home. Police had said Holland shot Bailey with a handgun on Sept. 24, 2004, during an argument.
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