Few strip malls in Long Beach have more cultural significance than the one on the southeast corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. It is here where Snoop Dogg filmed his "What's My Name" music video and where hip hop fans for decades have flocked to take their picture unde ... More >>
Wotta country! On the same day we honored the birth of Martin Luther King Jr., an extension of the slain civil rights leader's dream--the presidency of Barack Obama--was realized with the second term inauguration.But as UC Irvine celebrates King with events through Jan. 31, it is the legacy of anoth ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why do Mexicans use lard to refry their beans?
Man, Chapman University (the school from where I got my BA and where I currently teach) never ceases to surprise. The same university that once employed a Neanderthal as its head of the law school, homophobic John Eastman, also employs crazy-ass lefties. The same school that has busts of Ayn Rand an ... More >>
The camp may be dismantled and the lawn vacant of tents, but a little activism will be returning to the Irvine Civic Center tonight. Members of Occupy Orange County, Americans Organized for Change and MoveOn will hold a candlelight vigil in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. In the wake ... More >>
UPDATE, DEC. 13, 12:22 P.M.: The recyclables searcher who found the head of George P. Shultz in a Huntington Beach garbage bin told his son in Oregon about the find, which led junior to search the Internet and find the OC Weekly Navel Gazing blog post on the former secretary of state's missing no ... More >>
My colleague Vickie Chang just posted an item with a photo that reminded me of something I'd meant to mention here earlier. Has anyone else caught the irony in recent TV news reports on Occupy campers vs. Twilight or Black Friday campers?
The Santa Ana LGBT company tries its best to stage the linguistically florid 'The Violet Hour'
Flickr user Daisey.SueIn addition to being one of the major corporate donors behind the "frozen in carbonite" Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial D.C., retail behemoth Walmart has been aggressively targeting urban black communities. As part of that effort, the company is airing a commercial this year ... More >>
The struggle, as brought to you by Swedish TV
Bring me the heads of Ronald Reagan and George P. Shultz!Shouted in Central America during the 1980s--when Dutch was president and Shultzy was secretary of state--the plea rings out again today in Orange, where Chapman University officials bemoan the loss of busts depicting the GOP warhorses.
Geez, not only do you have to worry about Taco Bell's food rampaging its way through your digestive tract, but imagine having to worry about a car crashing into a Taco Bell at the same time. It happens, you know.
The Laguna Art Museum exhibit doesn't live up to its billing, but its best works are worth a good, long look
"George Clooney says the 'Hope for Haiti' benefit for victims of the earthquake in Haiti will include performances from Bono, Sting, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera and Alicia Keys," reports Billboard.com."Coldplay, Blink, Bloc Party Call for Haiti Relief," reports Spin.com"Joan Baez kicks of ... More >>
aquilaonline @ flickr.com CC BY-NC 2.0The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose birthday America celebrates on Monday, does not exactly have a lot of recipes associated with him. The good reverend was born in Atlanta, however, and Atlanta and Coke just go together. Recipes with Coke usually tur ... More >>
Now this is a textbook club flier. Flashy adjectives, a suave DJ and exploding speakers, this Crush party looks like it's gonna be a larger-than-life neon cluster fuck of the highest order. Odd, considering its going down at a Chinese restaurant in Santa Ana. But rest assured that the Dragon Ki ... More >>
You may recall Laguna Beach's Tim Leedom from his books about the evils of organized religion. Or his TV and film production work. Or his carrers as a college-football player and NFL scouting facilitator. Or his time in Hawaii's offices of power. Or his publishing companies. Leedom's lates ... More >>
Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
During Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church Obama-McCain interviews earlier this month, the pastor asked McCain to identify the “three wisest people that [sic] you know that you would rely on heavily in an administration.” McCain quickly named General David Petraeus and Lindsey Graham, a Republica ... More >>
From my web ed. brother in Minneapolis, Jeff Shaw: On the Dreamer's day, we offer up five divergent songs about Martin Luther King and the holiday that bears his name. They are upbeat and somber, they are angry and hopeful, they are old and new. 5. Ray Charles, "Abraham, Martin and John" First re ... More >>
Fifteen Minutes of Fame
Heard about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's claim that his father marched with Martin Luther King, Jr. during the 1960s? The Boston Phoenix rips apart that claim nicely, then Hugh Hewitt tries to provide cover for his book boy--but it's just not enough.
Highlights from the 2007 film festival spotlight outspoken DJs, prisons, environmental damage, and . . . Pac-Man?
[Part one of an ongoing series of reports from the Los Angeles Film Festival] Parking spaces in Westwood are like special offers in spam emails -- if you think you’ve got a good one, it’s almost certainly too good to be true. So naturally, the super-sweet street space I pulled into at around 5: ... More >>
One of the things that fuels the belief of some people in some sort of government conspiracy in the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is the fact that Army Intelligence (along with the usual suspects, the FBI, etc.) was monitoring Dr. King. And now, just in time this year's MLK day comes ... More >>
Movie of the Week: The U.S. vs. John Lennon
'Theres a joke in Puerto Rico that says the only reason Hitler ordered that the Jews be killed is because he didnt know Cubans existed'
In this star-studded piece of hero porn, Emilio Estevez blames the ills of the world on RFKs murder, but what about the man?
The Boondocks brings the noise
Our pal Rebel Girl at Dissent the Blog has a dream: it is a dream for a week worth of activities at Irvine Valley College dedicated to Martin Luther King, Jr., and kicking off on his birthday today. Those activities include: a new on-campus Peace and Justice Center; an institutional adoption of Amne ... More >>
Spotted for sale last night in one of those SanTana produce trucks the city's pocho City Council so hates was a Kellogg's Corn Flakes box with pictures of salsa legend Celia Cruz and Chicano labor icon Cesar Chavez. We figured it was pirateria, something as authentic as sidewalk CDs or swap meet Bar ... More >>
A primer for budding activists
In Confidence and People I Know
The final 24 hours of Martin Luther King Jr.
Rockwellian virtue made solid
Vengeance isnt justice