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Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther/T'Challa courtesy of Marvel Studios. 

Does SoCal need another freeway? 10 MIN, 47 SEC

President Trump on Monday announced a $1.5 trillion plan to upgrade our infrastructure. Only $200 billion will come from the federal government. That money is supposed to spur local investment. Perhaps some of that money will end up in LA County, where a new freeway is being planned in the high desert. It’s supposed to connect Palmdale and Lancaster with Victorville and Apple Valley in San Bernardino County.

Christopher Hawthorne, incoming chief design officer for LA City Hall; Los Angeles Times (@hawthorneLAT)

L.A. County set to build its first new freeway in 25 years, despite many misgivings
Los Angeles, Houston and the appeal of the hard-to-read city

Would getting rid of sidewalks be better for pedestrians? 7 MIN, 30 SEC

LA has the largest sidewalk network in the country and it’s in bad shape. The bad sidewalks may be a result of lack of investment in the walkways, less than one percent of all its transportation funds.

Alissa Walker, Curbed (@awalkerinLA)

The case against sidewalks

New York Attorney General goes after Weinstein Company 8 MIN, 15 SEC

Harvey Weinstein’s legal woes continue to mount after dozens of women accused him of sexual assault and harassment. New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the mega-producer, his brother and the Weinstein Company. The suit alleges the company failed to protect its employees from Harvey’s “unrelenting sexual harassment, intimidation and discrimination.”

Jessica Levinson, Loyola Law School (@LevinsonJessica)

Why 'Black Panther' is bankable for all audiences 12 MIN, 29 SEC

“Black Panther” hits theaters Friday, but it’s been generating excitement for the last couple of years ever since the movie was announced. It’s the first big budget superhero movie with a black director, predominantly black cast, and a storyline seen through a black lens. Chadwick Boseman plays Black Panther aka T’Challa, who becomes king of the fictional African nation called Wakanda. He has to protect his land and people from outside threats and protect his crown from the American man who wants to take it.

Black Panther/T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman)
faces off with Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan). 

The Dora Milaje are T'Challa's army of bodyguards.

Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther/T'Challa. 

Photo credit for all: Marvel Studios. 

Jamil Smith, journalist (@JamilSmith)
John Jennings, UC Riverside

The Revolutionary Power Of Black Panther
Why 'Black Panther' Is a Defining Moment for Black America

The official portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama are unveiled 9 MIN, 51 SEC

On Monday, Barack and Michelle Obama’s presidential portraits were unveiled from behind a large black sheet. Michelle mouthed “wow,” and Barack said, “That’s pretty sharp.” Los Angeles native Kehinde Wiley painted Obama, and Baltimore artist Amy Sherald painted Michelle. They are the first black artists to be selected for the job.

Kehinde Wiley’s official portrait of Barack Obama. 

Amy Sherald’s official portrait of Michelle Obama. 

Jerry Saltz, Senior Art Critic, New York Magazine, Vulture.com (@jerrysaltz)

The Obamas’ Official Portraits Rise to the Occasion

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