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November 2, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg
It's hard to find a good book trailer, but occasionally one comes along that people actually will want to watch, such as this one. Behold: "M.I.A.," the book. " M.I.A. " was published by Rizzoli last week. It's a big, colorful hardcover -- 9 by 12 inches, 192 pages -- the kind of thing that looks good on a coffee table. "M.I.A. " the book was assembled by M.I.A., the Grammy-winning musician. The publisher describes it as "a telling of her story in collages, photos, and prints.
April 4, 2014 | By August Brown
It wasn't quite resuscitating Tupac at Coachella, but Janelle Monae and M.I.A. did manage to bend the space-time continuum a bit for a concert Thursday night using holograms.  The concert - part of an Audi-sponsored gig for the launch of a new car - beamed images of each singer across coasts onto the other's stage. Monae performed in L.A., M.I.A. from New York. M.I.A. popped in for a verse of Monae's "Q.U.E.E.N. "; Monae returned the favor on M.I.A's "Bad Girls. " The two artists didn't take the "Star Trek" aspects of the gig too seriously, with M.I.A.
February 11, 2012
. Madonna broke her silence Friday on the uproar that followed her Super Bowl halftime show, which was upstaged when fellow performer M.I.A. appeared to curse and gave the middle finger to the more than 110 million Americans watching. Madonna said that she learned of the antics only after the fact — and was none too pleased. "I was really surprised," the 53-year-old performer told Ryan Seacrest during a call-in interview to his morning show on KIIS-FM (102.7). "I didn't know anything about it. I wasn't happy about it. I understand it's punk rock and everything, but to me there was such a feeling of love and good energy and positivity, it seemed negative.
March 18, 2014 | By August Brown
M.I.A. might want to hang onto all that cash-register-ringing  money she earned on "Paper Planes. " The NFL is asking for $16.6 million stemming from the fracas over her middle-finger gesture at the 2012 Super Bowl. The incident took place during M.I.A.'s halftime performance with Madonna and Nicki Minaj, where the singer briefly flashed what looked like a raised middle finger at the cameras. The flicked digit came and went in a second, but the NFL took it personally. The league claims the singer-rapper, born Maya Arulpragasam, is in breach of a contract that stipulated her performance preserve the league's "reputation for wholesomeness.
January 7, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
M.I.A.'s upcoming record, “Matangi,” was expected to arrive sometime in 2012 after last January's  release of the album's anthemic lead single, "Bad Girls. " But save for a rather odd collaboration with Madonna, she was mostly silent the rest of the year.  Now, nearly a year after releasing the single, the politically charged electro -pop femcee says the album will arrive in April, leading music bloggers to speculate that the holdup was due to a rift with Interscope Records, despite the label having never announced a firm release date.
November 20, 1986 | MARCOS BRETON, Times Staff Writer
Thirty-three pounds lighter, Hawthorne resident Pat Carey ended her 29-day fast this week and claimed victory for her efforts to publicize the plight of missing American soldiers in Southeast Asia. Carey had maintained her fast in a tent in Hawthorne Memorial Park, where she subsisted on water with lime juice. In a telephone interview from her boyfriend's home in Ventura, Carey, 40, said she felt no lasting ill effects from her fast.
March 21, 2009 | Todd Martens
In her first major appearance following her pregnant performance at the 2009 Grammy Awards, globe-trotting electronic artist M.I.A. has been booked for the second night of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. M.I.A. will take the April 18 spot of Amy Winehouse, who dropped out earlier this month. M.I.A. is a Coachella veteran, having played the fest in 2005 and again last year. Reports of retirement followed M.I.A. after her last major festival performance. In June of last year, she declared her appearance at Tennessee's Bonnaroo Festival as her "last gig ever."
August 28, 2009 | Scott T. Sterling
M.I.A. is one of precious few artists who can galvanize L.A.'s hipster elite to trek deep into downtown Los Angeles at $25 a pop. Still, there they were Wednesday in front of Lot 613, cooling their heels in line for the performer's last-minute "secret" show, which was presented by her new label N.E.E.T. One guy even wore his "I (heart) M.I.A." T-shirt without a shred of irony. But the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival veteran made her public wait. Doors opened an hour later than had been advertised, and several DJs and emcees were sent in to warm up the crowd for the evening's star.
November 3, 1985 | STEWART TAGGART, Associated Press
For the remains of U.S. servicemen recovered in Southeast Asia, the journey home leads through a pair of two-story buildings on Honolulu's waterfront. With the patience of detectives and the precision of scientists, members of the U.S. Army's Central Identification Laboratory work to assure families that their next of kin has finally come home. "They've lived with uncertainty all these years. They've wondered: Is he alive? Is he wandering through the jungle," said Maj. Johnie E. Webb Jr.
January 29, 2010 | By BETSY SHARKEY, Film Critic
Mia is 15, all elbows and anger, going at her life in a rundown apartment complex in Essex as if it were one long skirmish in British filmmaker Andrea Arnold's exceptionally well-crafted drama, "Fish Tank." The film features newcomer Katie Jarvis, whom the director first spotted fighting with her boyfriend on a train station platform. The 17-year-old so completely captures the innocence, cynicism and rage of a child of poverty and divorce on the edge of adulthood that it feels as if you are spying on Mia, so achingly real, so tangible does her world seem here.
December 26, 2013 | By Tony Perry
In recent years it's become a truism that the American military promises "no man left behind" when it goes to war. But in World War II, that promise was often not achievable and may not even have been a priority. More than 73,000 Americans remain missing in action and presumed dead from World War II. Of those, 47,000 disappeared in the Pacific during the "island hopping campaign" that can be said to have begun at Guadalcanal in 1942 and ended in Okinawa in 1945. Tracking down the remains of the MIAs and piecing together their final moments is the daunting, emotionally fraught quest - undertaken by civilians and the military - at the heart of "Vanished: The Sixty-Year Search for the Missing Men of World War II," a deeply reported, compellingly written book by Wil S. Hylton, a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine.
December 19, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Former World Cup and Olympic champion Mia Hamm plus current players Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach and Christie Rampone were selected to the national women's team all-time best XI on Thursday, part of U.S. Soccer's commemoration of its centennial. Left off the team was current goalkeeper Hope Solo, who was outpolled by Briana Scurry, the woman Solo succeeded on the national team in 2008. A committee of 56 former soccer players and administrators, as well as media members, voted for the team.
November 15, 2013 | By Jessica Q. Ogilvie
The Sundance Channel's "Push Girls" follows five women who face down everyday challenges - and each uses a wheelchair. The women find ways to do their favorite activities, date and live their lives to the utmost. Tiphany Adams and Mia Schaikewitz, two of the show's stars, talk about how they stay fit and healthy. What do you do to stay fit? Tiphany: What do I not do to stay fit? ... I want to make sure I'm getting at least 30 minutes of cardio. I do a class called SALT: sculpting, aerobics, lengthening and technique.
November 12, 2013 | By August Brown
At a New York release party for her new album "Matangi," M.I.A. brought a special guest onstage - WikiLeaks' Julian Assange. He Skyped an introduction to the show from his longtime temporary home inside the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. The gesture was meant to shore up her radical bona-fides and continue her work at the edges of politics, technology, performance art and music. The move might have made a little more sense for her last album, the frantic and Internet-paranoia-laced "Maya.
November 12, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
M.I.A. had cautioned them, but her fans hadn't listened. “iPhone connected to the Internet, connected to the Google, connected to the government,” went a claim in her song “The Message.” Released in 2010, the track seemingly foreshadowed Edward Snowden's recent revelations about digital surveillance by the National Security Agency. Yet seconds after the singer-rapper came onstage Monday night to the sound of chopping helicopter blades, her audience at the Belasco Theater had transformed into a sea of glowing smartphones, each capturing a stream of data to be beamed into cyberspace -- and possibly intercepted by Big Brother.
November 6, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
When M.I.A. flipped the bird during her Super Bowl performance last year alongside Madonna and Nicki Minaj, there was the typical water cooler outrage, which led the news cycle for a few days before some other pop star grabbed our attention. But the battle between the politically charged Sri Lankan rapper and the NFL raged on as the two have been at odds. Earlier this year news broke that the conflict between M.I.A. and the league had gotten quite messy and now she's finally speaking out about it.  The league had been reportedly pursuing a $1.5-million fine and a public apology from M.I.A.
July 13, 1986
Gallo, while correcting Mark Piscitelli's correction of her Italian (Calendar Letters, July 6), used the expression mia culpa . That's neither Italian nor Latin, but a bit of both. She meant either mea culpa (Latin) or mia colpa (Italian). And then, of course, there's mia farrow . Should anyone question my credentials, be it known that I flunked first-year Latin in high school and my father was, like Gallo's phrase, half Italian. RAY RUSSELL Beverly Hills
June 4, 2009
Tolos obituary: The obituary of wrestler John Tolos in Monday's Section A misspelled the last name of daughter Tracy Wallace-Serabian as Wallace-Serbian. The survivors list also omitted a granddaughter, Mia.
November 4, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
The Mozambican novelist and poet Mia Couto is the winner of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, the biennial award that's often referred to as the “American Nobel.” “Mia Couto” is the nom de plume of the writer António Emílio Leite Couto, born in Mozambique in 1955. He published his first novel, "Terra Sonâmbula" (Sleepwalking Land) in 1992. The novel unfolds during Mozambique's 16 year civil war and uses “magic realism to turn its harsh reality into an exceptionally beautiful nightmare,”  the New York Times wrote in 2006 , when the novel was published in English by the British house Serpent's Tail.  Couto, 58, was the first African author to receive the Latin Union Award of Romance Languages and also won Brazil's prestigious Camões Prize for Literature in 2013.
October 7, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Cheap is becoming chic in a different way. British pop star M.I.A.'s upcoming capsule collection for Versus Versace brings street style's current love of twisting designer logos and prints to a high fashion brand. For this 19-piece collection, which hits stores Oct. 16, M.I.A. created prints inspired by bootleg Versace merchandise she found in London markets as a teenager. Gold medallions galore, and versions of famous Versace emblems such as the Medusa head and interlocking Greek key, are blown up and spliced together on T-shirts, printed jeans, silk shirts, jersey dresses and military-inspired outerwear for Versace's lower-price brand with a rotating cast of designers.
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