Set It Off Has One of the Blackest Scenes in All of Cinema That Nobody Ever Talks About

Set It Off is a movie I love watching. It’s such a nonsensical movie for so many reasons that it all blends perfectly, if you let the liquor tell it. It’s one of the greatest mediocre movies in the African-American Cinematic Theater canon. Once you add in the soundtrack, it really is iconic for so many reasons. But in…

What Does It Mean to Have a ‘Gentrified’ Martin Luther King Jr. When Some Blacks Are the Gentrifiers?

My first real experience with the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. happened in 1980, just 12 years after his tragic assassination in Memphis, Tenn. I was a 14-year-old freshman at Loyola High School, a prestigious Jesuit all-boys school in Los Angeles built on the philosophy that rigorous academic training would…

City of Los Angeles Looks to Fully Decriminalize Street Vending as a Means of Protecting Undocumented Immigrants From Immigration Agents

Walk outside a Hollywood, Calif., nightclub on any given night of the week and you are bound to come across a street vendor selling delicious-smelling hot dogs and sausages smothered in peppers and onions. The familiar tinkling of a bell attached to the end of a cart as it makes its way down your street lets you know…

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