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Five Decades After the Watts Riots, the Same Injustices Still Persist

In the summer of 1965, a routine traffic stop unleashed a torrent of pent-up anger in the Black community of Watts in Los Angeles. The resulting uprising lasted from Aug. 11-17, took 34 lives and left over a thousand people injured. Fifty-one years later, many of the circumstances and systemic injustices that inspired the Watts

Arts & Entertainment

Stax Records and the Making of Blaxploitation Soundtracks

In the 1970s, what most Blaxploitation films had in common were their scorching soundtracks that sounded great in the grindhouse blaring through ancient speakers. As the rhythms from the soundtrack washed over the audience, sometimes the cinematic adventures became secondary to the driving funk grooves, lush Moog textures, blaring horns, stirring strings highlighting gruff vocals

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Rodney King’s Legacy:Destroying the Myth of Post-Racial America

For a man of humble origins who might have lived life as most do – without fame or notoriety – Rodney King will go down in history as a seminal figure in the evolution of America’s criminal justice system. He died yesterday, only hours before thousands marched silently to protest against abusive police practices in

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