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Vigils were held across the country last night for the shooting victims at the Emanuel Church in Charleston. We hear from an AME Church leader in Southern California. Then a look at why Juneteenth, the day that marks the end of slavery in America, isn’t an official holiday. Then, why parents and students at Hobart Elementary school in Koreatown are angry that a renowned teacher there has been removed from his classroom. Finally, is plastic surgery the new everyday makeup? And our regular friday film update on Pixar’s 'Inside Out' and the box office hit, 'Jurassic World.'

Producers:
Jolie Myers
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Christian Bordal

AME in Los Angeles 9 MIN, 28 SEC

Vigils were held across the country last night for the shooting victims at the Emanuel Church in Charleston. There was also a vigil at the First AME Church in South L.A.,  the oldest church founded by African-Americans in Southern California, and another at Christ Our Redeemer AME Church in Irvine. That’s one of the newest AME churches. We hear from its leader about how people here are reacting to the shooting in South Carolina and if they have any concerns about safety here.

Guests:
Mark Whitlock, Jr, Christ Our Redeemer AME Church in Irvine (@RevMarkWhitlock)

Juneteenth 8 MIN, 16 SEC

Today, June 19, is the day that marks the end of slavery in America. It’s called “Juneteenth.” But why isn’t it official holiday? We take off Columbus Day, we have President’s Day, but why not Juneteenth? Many people haven’t even heard of it. Why not?

Guests:
Peniel Joseph, University of Texas at Austin (@PenielJoseph)

Popular LA Teacher Forced to Take Leave 8 MIN, 15 SEC

Parents and students at Hobart Elementary school in Koreatown are angry that a renowned teacher there has been removed from his classroom. Rafe Esquith has won teaching awards, been profiled in national news stories and written books about education. Now, he’s on forced leave while the district investigates a complaint against him. Esquith’s lawyers say it was filed by another teacher after Esquith read his fifth-grade students a passage from “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” describing a naked man. What do we know about the situation and will Esquith be reinstated?

Guests:
Ben Meiselas, attorney at Geragos & Geragos. He represents Rafe Esquith. (@meiselasb)

Friday Film: 'Jurassic World' Mania Continues, and More 13 MIN, 8 SEC

Who would win in a fight: A dinosaur or a cartoon sprite played by Amy Poehler? We’ll have to wait until Monday to find out. Pixar’s latest, 'Inside Out,' goes up against week two of 'Jurassic World' mania this weekend. We’ll discuss that and more in this week’s installment of our regular Friday film segment.

Guests:
Alonso Duralde, Film Critic (@ADuralde)
Dave White, Film Critic (@dlelandwhite)

Is Plastic Surgery the New Makeup? 9 MIN, 16 SEC

Sometime soon (or maybe already), you’re going to get some sort of injection for your face. You may get a needle full of Botox or Restylane, or take fat out of one area and inject it into another. That’s the thesis of Joel Stein’s article in Time magazine. Plastic surgery, he argues, is the new make up: everyone’s doing it. Why, and is that a bad thing?

Guests:
Joel Stein, Columnist, Time Magazine and author of 'Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity' (@thejoelstein)

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Nip. Tuck. Or Else.

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