Republican Donald Trump has said that the federal judge overseeing the fraud case against Trump University isn’t qualified for the job because of his Mexican heritage. His position, and his continuous divisive rhetoric, raises the question: at what point is it okay for the media to report his statements as “racist”, rather than using terms like “racially charged” or “controversial”? Then, Los Angeles County recently forecasted it will create hundreds of thousands of jobs in the next four years. Unfortunately, most of those jobs will be low-skilled, and low-paying. Where does that leave LA’s young professionals and college graduates? Next, reporter Nicholas Casey recently returned from Caracas, Venezuela to find out what life is like for Venezuelans right now, as the country teeters on the brink of collapse. And finally, Ninja Turtles, a Syrupy Romance, and Conner4Real come to a cineplex near you, and dozens of diverse films with diverse casts are showcased at the 2016 LA Film Festival.
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Republican Donald Trump has said that the federal judge overseeing the fraud case against Trump University, Gonzalo Curiel, isn’t qualified to hear the case because of his Mexican heritage. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal Thursday, Trump said, “I’m building a wall. It’s an inherent conflict of interest.” His position, and his continuous divisive rhetoric, raises the question: at what point is it okay for the media to report his statements as “racist”, rather than using terms like “racially charged” or “controversial”? And how else is Trump challenging conventional campaign coverage?
The latest Labor Department report showed that the U.S. economy only created 38,000 jobs in May. It’s the third month of consecutive decline in job creation nationally, but job creation in Los Angeles is actually looking pretty good. This week, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation released a report forecasting that the County will create hundreds of thousands of jobs in the next four years. Unfortunately, most of those jobs will be low-skilled, low-paying and don’t require more than a high school diploma. So where does that leave the many young professionals and college graduates in Los Angeles, a city that keeps getting more expensive?
In Venezuela, spontaneous protests erupted Thursday near the Presidential Palace in Caracas. Over one hundred people ran through the streets chanting, “No more talk. We want food." Venezuela is in the midst of a political and economic crisis. Plummeting oil prices have wiped out the economy; the country’s rate of inflation has skyrocketed, up 700 percent by some estimates. Add to that, prolonged power blackouts as a result of drought and El Nino, and a food shortage, and you have the ingredients for mass unrest. Critics say the leftist President, Nicolas Maduro, hasn’t addressed the needs of the people, and some U.S. intelligence officials say Venezuela might be on the verge of collapse. We speak with reporter Nicholas Casey who recently returned from Caracas about what life is like for Venezuelans right now.
Are you into reptiles with attitude? If so, you’re in luck. The Ninja Turtles are back. Also coming to a theatre near you this weekend: a syrupy romance and music business spoof hitting theaters this weekend. Two Rotten Tomatoes critics join us for a Tomato fest!
There’s Sundance, Toronto, Cannes, Telluride – and this week, Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Film Festival is underway, and this year, 42 movies will debut at the festival, many of them directed by women and people of color. That’s because before #OscarsSoWhite became a thing, the LA Film Festival made showcasing more diverse films with diverse casts its primary mission. That’s a commendable objective, but how are the films featured at this year’s festival? And how does LAFF stack up against other festivals?
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