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October 6, 1995 | D'JAMILA SALEM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hailing "a distinguished group of Americans who have lived their lives as builders," President Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday presented the nation's most prestigious arts and humanities awards to entertainer Bob Hope, Southern California arts patrons B. Gerald and Iris Cantor and 15 other recipients.
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April 19, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Times have certainly changed in Brooklyn. Streets unsafe last decade now bustle invitingly. Composers born in the borough last century couldn't get away fast enough. Composers from all over now can't move there fast enough. Thursday night at Walt Disney Concert Hall the Los Angeles Philharmonic continued its Brooklyn Festival with three recent or new orchestra pieces by young Brooklyn residents all born in the early 1980s elsewhere. The fourth and final work on the program was by a 24-year-old just returned from studying in Paris and happily ensconced on the Upper West Side, intentionally putting as much New York City distance between himself and his native Brooklyn as was reasonable.
NEWS
September 8, 2004 | John McWhorter
It's time we descendants of slaves brought to the United States let go of the term "African American" and go back to calling ourselves Black -- with a capital B. Modern America is home now to millions of immigrants who were born in Africa. Their cultures and identities are split between Africa and the United States. They have last names like Onwughalu and Senkofa. They speak languages like Wolof, Twi, Yoruba and Hausa, and speak English with an accent.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2009 | Elaine Woo
Stephen E. Toulmin, a British-born philosopher and retired USC professor who created a model for evaluating the practical arguments that arise from daily life during a six-decade career that brought him prominence in several fields, has died. He was 87. Toulmin, who was the Henry R. Luce professor at the Center for Multiethnic and Transnational Studies, died Dec. 4 at USC University Hospital, said his son, Greg. The cause was pneumonia. The Oxford-trained theorist was best known for “The Uses of Argument,” published in 1958 and still in print, which set forth six criteria for building an effective argument.
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January 9, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Amiri Baraka died Thursday after weeks of failing health, a family spokeperson confirmed. He was 79. A playwright, poet, critic and activist, Baraka was one of the most prominent and controversial African American voices in the world of American letters. He was born Everett LeRoi Jones on Oct. 7, 1934, in Newark, N.J. A gifted student, he graduated from high school two years early and went to college at New York University and Howard University. After serving in the Air Force for more than two years, Baraka -- then Jones -- was dishonorably discharged for reading communist texts.
MAGAZINE
November 28, 1993 | Wanda Coleman
Blue sky and brilliant October sun betrayed our expectations as we somberly walked the Melrose border of the Pacific Design Center that Sunday morning. We were on our way to see the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. Climbing the steps, I heard a shout. A white sedan pulled up, passenger window lowered, and a starry-eyed woman barely 20 waved me over. "Where's that apartment building they feature on 'Melrose Place'?" Her chipper Midwestern politeness was edgy.
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July 19, 1993 | DIANE HAITHMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles Festival has finalized its 1993 program schedule and this week will begin distributing its promotional brochure detailing highlights of the monthlong event. The celebration of African, African-American and Middle Eastern cultures begins Aug. 20 and continues through Sept. 19. In 1990, the festival's colorful but confusing brochure was virtually unreadable and the target of many complaints.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 1997 | KENNETH R. WEISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Aside from the dozen scholarly tomes he's written, another thing brings USC professor Stephen Toulmin distinction in academia: where he lives. In a dorm. At age 74. What's more, the British-born philosopher and historian has a dining hall set aside one evening a week so he and fellow dorm residents can dine and chat in the intimate style of his days at Cambridge. It's not all highbrow talk over the spinach linguine. At the last dinner, he stood up to announce an upcoming whale watching trip.
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November 11, 2003 | Christopher Knight, Times Staff Writer
The Holloway Park Veterans' Memorial, which will be formally dedicated today at 11 a.m. in West Hollywood, is considerably different from the plan that originally was chosen for construction in 1999. That scheme suggested a place of contemplative respite within the city. The final design, at the busy intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and Holloway Drive, is anything but. What it has sacrificed in quietude, though, it has gained in simplicity.
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