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Ta-Nehisi Coates Discusses “We Were Eight Years In Power"

“You should be scared. You laugh not to cry, but don’t laugh too much, you should be scared,” said author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates to 1,270 people on November 6 during a sold-out event for his latest collection We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy, at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre. Coates was in conversation with Elizabeth Hinton, author of From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America.
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John Legend and Bryan Stevenson Discuss Mass Incarceration, the Criminal Justice System, and Holding On to Your Hope at Into Action in L.A.

“If we’re going to end mass incarceration, we have to be willing to do uncomfortable things.” Founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative Bryan Stevenson said these words, sitting alongside singer and songwriter John Legend, during their panel “The Criminal Justice Moment in Los Angeles” at Into Action — a free nine-day festival of art, music, and activism — on Friday, January 19 in downtown L.A.
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Christine Granados, Mexican-American Writers, Pachanga at Tia Chucha’s

On the 4th of July, Christine Granados landed in the San Fernando Valley with her latest collection, Fight Like A Man and Other Stories We Tell Our Children. The Southern California leg of her book tour included a reading at Skylight Books on July 5 and another at Tía Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in Sylmar on July 8. At Tía Chucha’s, she was joined by Jesus Treviño, Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Andrea Gutierrez, and Alyssa Granados.
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On the immigrant experience in film, finding yourself, and the making of Namour: An interview with filmmaker Heidi Saman

From a Kickstarter campaign in 2013, to its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2016, to hitting the big screen and Netflix in 2017, Heidi Saman’s debut feature film Namour has gone through one hell of a journey. Filmmaker and associate producer at NPR’s “Fresh Air,” Heidi Saman set Namour in Los Angeles during the 2008 economic recession. Namour is a coming-of-age story that explores the cultural melting pot of L.A. through the immigrant lens and experiences.
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Eve Ewing Bends Time and Space in "Electric Arches"

Her book release party on September 12th at Marwen Gallery in Chicago sold out in 12 hours. Later that month, at bell hooks’s home in Kentucky, a woman read a poem off of Electric Arches at hooks’s intimate birthday gathering, to which she said, “About how old is this Eve? You can tell her I have her book and enjoyed her poem.” Eve Ewing took to social media to share the indescribable excitement she felt when she heard the news. She also screamed into a pillow.