Photo: A protester dressed as U.S. president Donald Trump pretends to play golf with the Earth during the Earth Day 'March For Science NYC' demonstration to coincide with similar marches globally in Manhattan, New York, U.S., April 22, 2017. (Andrew Kelly/Reuters)
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President Trump has struggled to deliver on campaign promises like health care and immigration, but he’s delivered on climate. In just a few months, Trump has rolled back environmental and climate protections, installed climate deniers at the head of major agencies, and approved huge oil pipelines.
Rodney King became a national symbol of police brutality, and his name was a rallying cry during the 1992 LA Riots. But celebrity obscured King’s identity, and it eventually devastated his life. Roger Guenver Smith has been engaging with King’s identity. He’s the creator of the one-man show that resurrects the original man behind the plea for everyone to get along. Spike Lee has made a film of it, available on Netflix.
Roger Guenveur Smith, actor,writer, and director
Our critics review “The Circle,” starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks; “One Week and a Day,” which focuses on a couple mourning their son who just died, apparently of cancer; and “Sleight,” about a young street magician and drug dealer trying to make a better life for the magician’s little sister.
ABC’s “American Crime” has tackled race, class, police shootings and sexual assault. Now in its third season, the storyline revolves around forced labor and immigration. The series features a seasoned cast, including Lili Taylor, who launched her career in independent films like “I Shot Andy Warhol” and “Mystic Pizza.”
Lili Taylor is an Emmy-nominated actress in the ABC series “American Crime.” (Photo by Amy Ta)
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