Los Angeles 2014 Election Blog
Former Obama Administration “Green” Advisor Speaks Prince, Green Jobs at LBCC
By Melina Paris, Contributing Writer
More than a month after his untimely death, tributes to Prince continue to rain on — in purple.
Think pieces by the reams on his importance to music, black culture and the music industry are being rehashed, reprinted and rethought of anew, … Read more…
Obama in Vietnam
By James Preston Allen, Publisher
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed,
it’s the only thing that ever has.”
—American cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead (1901-1978).
While President Barack Obama was in Vietnam the week of May 22, he acknowledged what previous administrations since the 1960s … Read more…
By Paul Rosenberg, Senior Editor
Almost a year ago, when Nanette Barragán entered the race to succeed Janice Hahn in Congress, Random Lengths called her a “grassroots fighter.” She was an upstart outsider candidate in a race the political establishment had seemingly pre-decided. The day Hahn announced she would be stepping down to run for the … Read more…
Fringe Campaign Makes California Primary Relevant Again
Photo by Kelvin Brown Sr.
By Paul Rosenberg, Senior Editor
In May 17, Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke to campaign rally at California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson at what he called “the beginning of the final push to win California.” He promised that “we are in till the last … Read more…
There are people who will tell you we live in a post-racial society. We have a Black president, they say. All citizens—regardless of ethnic extraction—enjoy the same rights and freedoms. Minorities even get special treatment when it comes to college admission and all sorts of stuff. The playing field is level now.
But even if we … Read more…
I was surprised to find that Linda McLean is a playwright of some accomplishment, having written works for the BBC and serving as chairperson for Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland between 2008’15. I fully expected that the author What Love Is and The Uncertainty Files, two one-acts U.S. premiering at the Garage Theatre, to be by a … Read more…
By Gina Ruccione, Cuisine and Restaurant Writer
Wants, needs and cravings vacillate with varying moods, but one thing we can all agree upon is that service rules.
At L’Opera in downtown Long Beach, the service is extraordinary. These are not young college students waiting tables between midterms. These are restaurant industry professionals and people who absolutely love … Read more…
Service Providers Training
Community members impacted by the criminal justice are invited to learn about Proposition 47. Prop. 47 provides people the opportunity to reduce their felony convictions into misdemeanors.
Time: 2 to 4 p.m. May 19
Venue: Miller Family Health Education Center, 3820 Cherry Ave., Long Beach
2016 Leadership Series
Los Angeles Unified School … Read more…
When I first read Peter Shaffer’s Equus, I was so enthralled that I ran out and rented Sidney Lumet’s film adaptation. Although quite faithful to its source, I noted minor variations from the play—all of them improvements. And why not? It was Shaffer who wrote the screenplay, so he was basically taking a second bite … Read more…
Assemblymen Mike Gipson and Patrick O’Donnell did not support key bills on due process protection, health care expansions, environmental protections and racial profiling, the Courage Campaign recently reported.
Read more on page 3 of the May 12 edition of Random Lengths News. Click here to find a location near you.
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