USC is out with a new study that shows video games feature few minority characters. And the few that are included are often racial stereotypes. KPCC's Patricia Nazario explains the findings.
In Los Olivos, California, debate over the future of a piece of property once owned by Michael Jackson is heating up. Last summer a company called Colony Capital, LLC purchased the loan on the property known commonly as Neverland Ranch. KPCC has called Colony and the company won’t commit on their plans for the 2,500 acre site, but neighbors are worried that the ranch could be developed as a tourist destination in tribute to the King of Pop. They’ve recently formed a group called “NEVER” which refers to when they’d like to see a Graceland style-like resort in their community. Alex Cohen asked founder Bob Field what leads him to believe that Colony Capital has plans for the ranch’s development.
A trailblazer for African-American women writers passed away last week. Judi Ann Mason died on July 8th en route to UCLA Medical Center. She was 54.
The country’s only touring African-American rodeo rides into the Southland this weekend. The Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo promotes itself as the “Greatest Show on Dirt.” KPCC’s Brian Watt says it’s celebrating 25 years.
The dean of Los Angeles photographers, Julius Shulman, died Wednesday night at the age of 98. Shulman was best known for his iconic shots of mid-century modern houses.
It's taken awhile, but 200 years after his birth, the novelist Edgar Allan Poe’s reputation has improved.
Long Beach is known for its Blues Festival, Jazz Festival, and Reggae Fest. Now the city’s hosting what it hopes will become an annual gospel music event.
The war experiences of three generations of California veterans come to life today in a theater production organized by Loyola Marymount University. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.
In the upcoming movie "500 Days of Summer," a young greeting card writer played by Joseph Gordon Levitt falls desperately in love with one of his coworkers named Summer. Summer, played by Zooey Deschanel, likes him, too, but the two have decidedly different views about relationships. The film comes out on July 17th and much of it was shot in Southern California. But unlike many other films which showcase Beverly Hills, Hollywood, or the beach, "500 Days of Summer" is set almost entirely in downtown L.A. Several scenes were shot at the Redwood Bar on 2nd Street. That's where KPCC's Alex Cohen caught up with stars Joseph Gordon Levitt and Zooey Deschanel.
A world-renowned musician has died. This is not another story about Michael Jackson. It’s about Bob Mitchell – the last living, working organist from the silent-movie era. KPCC's Patricia Nazario attended a recent tribute for the accompanist, whose funeral is scheduled today.
The summertime outdoor concert season is underway. The Levitt Pavilions in Pasadena and MacArthur Park offer free open-air concerts all summer long. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad tells us all you need is a lawn chair and a picnic basket to enjoy the sounds of summer.
About 250 people, most of them African-American, gathered at First AME Church in South Los Angeles Tuesday. Together, they took in live TV coverage of Michael Jackson's memorial. KPCC's Patricia Nazario has more on the moments that mattered most to them.
The Los Angeles Police Department got its wish for Tuesday’s Michael Jackson memorial: much smaller crowds than anyone had anticipated. KPCC’s Brian Watt says that made for a pretty calm day in downtown L.A.
California’s building boom may have slowed to a trickle – but not all builders have surrendered their hammers. In Claremont, an artist is building a two-story structure – inside the confines of an art gallery. KPCC’s Steven Cuevas has details.
Los Angeles Police are urging people to stay away from Staples Center Tuesday. That’s where the memorial for Michael Jackson starts at 10 o’clock. Police worry that as many as a quarter million people could show up – even though officers have barricaded streets for blocks around the center. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.
The city of Los Angeles is preparing for thousands of people to attend the memorial for pop star Michael Jackson on Tuesday at Staples Center. With Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and City Council President Eric Garcetti out of town, Council President Pro Tem Jan Perry is acting mayor. KPCC's Alex Cohen spoke with Perry about the preparations for the memorial.