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California is Getting a Lot of DC Love, LA's Only Black-Owned Birthing Center, #OscarsSoWhite Legacy




SACRAMENTO, CA - OCTOBER 9:  The California state Capitol building is shown October 9, 2003 in downtown Sacramento, California. Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger won in his bid to replace California Gov. Gray Davis, who was recalled in a special election October 7.  (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - OCTOBER 9: The California state Capitol building is shown October 9, 2003 in downtown Sacramento, California. Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger won in his bid to replace California Gov. Gray Davis, who was recalled in a special election October 7. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)
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California is feeling DC's Love 

From November 2016 all the way up until November 2020, the relationship between California and Washington DC was....well, terse and tense. But since? Seems that, so far, with Kamala Harris as Vice President and other Californians tapped for high profile roles in the Biden Administration, the connection between DC and California has been very clear to see.

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LA'S Lone Black Owned Birthing Center

he always trys to hide his face when he smiles but i caught a glimpse of it before he hid this time
he always trys to hide his face when he smiles but i caught a glimpse of it before he hid this time
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In L.A. County, Black babies are three times more likely to die before their first birthday than white babies, and black moms are four times more likely to die in childbirth. KPCC's Mariana Dale introduces us to two L.A. midwives working to reverse decades of health disparities for women of color at their new community funded birthing center.  KPCC's Early Childhood Reporter Mariana Dale brings us the story

Spotlight: April Reign and #OscarsSoWhite

The sun shines through a silhouette of an Oscar statue at the 90th Annual Academy Awards
The sun shines through a silhouette of an Oscar statue at the 90th Annual Academy Awards
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For this Black History Month, we have partnered with our friends over at LAist, to bring you the voices of notable Black men and women who have made meaningful contributions to our conversations around race - and to the city of Los Angeles.

Today, we bring you April Reign. In January 2015 she created the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite ––calling out the awards ceremony for their lack of diversity and unexpectedly launched a viral referendum on the disparities and enquiries experienced by Blacks and people of color in Hollywood.

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ON THE LOT: The Golden Globe's Questionable Noms

Golden Globe statuettes, seen here in 2009, will be handed out again on January 6 to nominees announced today.
Golden Globe statuettes, seen here in 2009, will be handed out again on January 6 to nominees announced today.
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Hollywood's unconventional award season is fully underway with the announcement of the Golden Globe nominations this morning. A Martinez breaks down the notable news out of this annual ritual and talks with The Hollywood Reporter's Rebecca Keegan about the big sale at the virtual Sundance fest and what happens to Amazon's media company when Bezos steps down.

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The Legacy of "Serial"

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"Serial," the investigative podcast produced by former This American Life producers, became a massive hit when it launched in 2014. We talk to Nick Quah, host of LAist Studio’s podcast Servant of Pod, about the legacy of "Serial" and the impact it's had on podcasts that followed.

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