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NAJEE’S NOTES: 89th Academy Awards is black night at the Oscars

Black night at the Oscars, more commonly known as the 89th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, honored the best films of 2016 Feb. 26 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. I called it black night at the Oscars because of the historic number of black Oscar winners. Read More…

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Police violence and Rams return are top stories in 2016

Years from now, 2016 will be remembered as the year Donald Trump was elected president and the city and county of Los Angeles finally began to address the homeless problem. But 2016 also will be remembered in South Los Angeles for several more police shootings, contentious Police Commission meetings, the death of a black woman Read More…

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BILL VAUGHAN’S TASTY CLIPS: Academy begins to diversify

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs made good on her promise to diversify the organization in the face of the #OscarsSoWhite controversy. Last week, 683 additions were made to the membership ranks of the Academy. Many names were surprising in the fact that they weren’t already members. Among the invited Read More…