FROM Jay Caspian Kang
Social Media Activism Once again, the police shooting of an unarmed man is making news -- this time, in Los Angeles. The LAPD has scheduled a community meeting in Venice tonight to answer questions about the shooting of Brandon Glenn, a homeless man in Venice. Glenn was black, and so is the officer who allegedly shot him. But in the past year, thousands of activists around the country have taken to the streets to protest police shootings of unarmed African-American men. One of the remarkable aspects of the protests is how they’ve spread through social media.
Time for Kendrick Lamar The number one album in America today is also one of the best-reviewed of 2015. To Pimp a Butterfly is rapper Kendrick Lamar’s second major-label release. And Compton-born Lamar is on track to sell more than 100,00 copies this week. For his new album, Lamar turns inward and examines what it means to carry the expectations of your family, your city, your fans… and yourself.
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé Morgan Parker says that the poems in her book There Are Things More Beautiful than Beyoncé take a stand against the clichés of the dominant culture.