A new homeless facility is being built in downtown LA, near the El Pueblo historic site. The city is putting trailers in a parking lot there to provide short-term stays. It’s a test model for the whole city, and it was supposed to be up and running by now. But there are delays and unhappy business owners in the area.
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In the song “I Admit It,” R. Kelly addresses the sexual misconduct allegations against him. The allegations came from a bombshell story that journalist Jim DeRogatis published last year in Buzzfeed. DeRogatis interviewed parents and others who worked with Kelly. His story alleged that R. Kelly was running an abusive sex cult, keeping young women in apartments and away from their friends and family -- and that he controlled their food, clothing, and when they could shower.
Over the weekend, a white man stabbed a young black woman to death after exiting a BART train. It’s the third violent killing on BART in the last week. It’s all happening as Rafael Casal is promoting his new film “Blindspotting,” which is set in Oakland, and explores race, police violence, and gentrification. Casal began writing the film 10 years ago after the shooting of Oscar Grant.
Collin (Daveed Diggs, left) and Miles (Rafael Casal, right) in "Blindspotting,"
courtesy of Ariel Nava.
In disguise, comedian Sacha Baron Cohen interviews people and gets them to say some pretty outrageous things. Now he has a new TV show on Showtime called “Who is America?” It bills itself as a series that “explores the diverse individuals who populate our unique nation.”
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