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The new California legislature -- with its Democratic super majority -- has outlined a confrontational agenda with Donald Trump.

What does it take to succeed if you’re a black or Latino boy? A new study points to strategies successful kids have used.

American Apparel made its name paying factory workers in LA a decent wage. Now it may have to lay off thousands of workers and move those jobs south of the border.

Lots of comedians suffer from depression and other mood disorders. Some struggle quietly, but others are more open about it. A new podcast focuses on how comedians deal with depression.

Grammy nominations are out. We answer your questions, like, what is the award category “Americana?”

Picture courtesy of REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson; rally against the election of Republican Donald Trump as President of the United States in Los Angeles, California.


Democrats take on Donald Trump 9 MIN, 56 SEC

California’s state legislators are back at work this week. The Democrats have a majority in both houses and have wasted no time criticizing President-elect Donald Trump. They announced legislation to thwart the tough immigration policies he promised during the campaign.

Kevin de León, California State Senate (@kdeleon)

What makes LA's black and Latino boys successful? 7 MIN, 53 SEC

Studies show that everything from family income to teachers’ attitudes play a role in the achievement gap between black and Latino students in California and their white and Asian peers. But what if you look at this gap in reverse? Education professor Tyrone Howard helped document the experiences of high-achieving black and Latino teenage boys in LA.

Tyrone Howard, University of California, Los Angeles (@tyronechoward)

American Apparel may no longer be made in America 8 MIN, 40 SEC

Central American Apparel may not have the same ring as American Apparel. But it may be the reality for the LA-based clothing company in the near future. A Canadian company called Gildan Activewear wants to buy American Apparel, which would mean 3500 southern California workers would be laid off, and production would relocate to Central America and the Caribbean.

Deborah Belgum, California Apparel News

New podcast captures the funny side of depression 13 MIN, 39 SEC

Lots of comedians suffer from depression and other mood disorders. Some struggle quietly, but others are more open about it. In a new podcast, John Moe speaks candidly with comedians about their depression or suicidal thoughts.

John Moe, The Hilarious World of Depression

Why are the Grammys called Grammys? And other questions 7 MIN, 58 SEC

Grammy nominations are out today and Beyonce’s album “Lemonade” leads the pack. But the prestige of winning a Grammy has seemingly fallen to the cultural wayside. Frank Ocean, who released one of the most critically acclaimed albums this year, said he wouldn’t even submit it for consideration. We answer all your questions about the Grammys.

Chris Molanphy, music critic (@cmolanphy)

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