Todd Boyd

Professor of Critical Studies at USC School of Cinematic Arts; Katherine and Frank Price Endowed Chair for the Study of Race and Popular Culture at USC

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Todd Boyd is a Katherine and Frank Price Endowed Chair for the Study of Race & Popular Culture at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. He is the author of several books, including Young, Black, Rich & Famous: The Rise of the NBA, the Hip Hop Invasion and the Transformation of American Culture and Basketball Jones: America above the Rim. Boyd is co-writer and producer of The Wood, a film about growing up in Inglewood in the 1980s.

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Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat’s blend of graffiti and sketches became popular in the early 1980s. He was influenced by politics, race, and music.

Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat’s ties to jazz and hip-hop, as told by ‘Notorious PhD’ in new Broad exhibit

Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat’s blend of graffiti and sketches became popular in the early 1980s. He was influenced by politics, race, and music.

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The Trump administration claims a COVID-19 vaccine could be available as early as November, just in time for the election.

Promised vaccine and athlete activism: How will they impact the election?

The Trump administration claims a COVID-19 vaccine could be available as early as November, just in time for the election.

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Rapper and Compton-native Kendrick Lamar won the the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for his latest studio album “DAMN.” He’s the first non-jazz or classical musician to win the prize.

Pulitzer goes to Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar

Rapper and Compton-native Kendrick Lamar won the the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for his latest studio album “DAMN.” He’s the first non-jazz or classical musician to win the prize.

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On Tuesday, the jury found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty in the death of George Floyd.

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The people getting COVID-19 vaccines tend to be whiter and more affluent. That’s why the city of LA deploys 10 mobile vaccination teams to some of the hardest-hit neighborhoods.

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The UC and Cal State college systems say they plan to require students and faculty to get COVID-19 vaccines before returning to campus this fall — but that’s only after the FDA…

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Southern California has a unique relationship with climate change. So what’s happening now? How did we get here? And what can we do? This first episode of "In Our Backyard."

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The city of LA has locked basketball hoops in Venice Beach, even as more outdoor and indoor activities get the green light to restart.

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Josh Barro and the Left, Right & Center panel discuss the Chauvin verdict, the Biden administration’s immigration policy and the effort to recall California Governor Gavin Newsom

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In episode two of “In Our Backyard,” host Warren Olney hears how fighting both global warming and environmental injustice go hand in hand.

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More than a year ago when people knew nothing about how COVID-19 spread, hygiene theater was in overdrive. That meant wiping down everything, and even disinfecting groceries.

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Mayor Eric Garcetti’s so-called “justice budget” for the next fiscal year includes nearly $1 billion to fight homelessness.

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