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Good Kid, M.A.A.D. Country: Kendrick Lamar in the Time of Trump

12 days ago by Josh Chesler
When Kendrick Lamar introduced himself to the bulk of the hip-hop world with Section.80 way back in the summer of 2011, there were more than a few people who acknowledged that he was on to something special. Whether it was the lyrical intelligence, the world-class flow, or the uniquely raw...
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Santa Ana Anti-Racism Rally Lacked the Diversity It Sought to Embrace

When I accidentally stumbled on an Charlottesville anti-racism rally that happened at Sasscer Park in SanTana this weekend, I felt like an uninvited guest at a primo's party. It was doubly strange for me and my friend, both organizers for Orange County Immigrant Youth United, when, for the most part, we...
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Rohrabacher Meeting with Julian Assange, "White Supremacist" Raises Alarm

1 month ago by Matt Coker
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher crowed about spending Wednesday with Julian Assange in London, where the Huntington Beach-based Republican claimed to have received "explosive" proof from the Wikileaks founder absolving Russia from having meddled in the last U.S. presidential election. While that claim received some play in the press, the trip has...
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Being a National Student Poet is Not All That Makes Kinsale Hueston Unique

1 month ago by Matt Coker
How unique is Kinsale Hueston? A senior in high school, the Corona del Mar 17-year-old is the daughter of the lead prosecutor in the U.S. government's successful case against Enron. Her mother, who grew up on a Navajo reservation in Utah, where her father was a tribal leader, became the first American...
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¡Ask a Mexican! Video Question Becomes Major Issue in L.A. City Council Race—WTF?!

5 months ago by Gustavo Arellano
In 2008, I began to take ¡Ask a Mexican! questions on YouTube as part of a companywide effort to make videos. They were fun, and got good views, but I stopped the first run because I didn't like my boss at the time forcing us to do new things with...
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How "Build That Wall" Became the Favored Racist Taunt of Trump Trolls

By Dennis Figueroa Back when Donald Trump first announced his presidential campaign and infamously called Mexican immigrants "rapists," I encountered my first Trump troll. After tweeting about how livid the remark made me, a half-brained Trumpkin replied with "BUILD THAT WALL." I checked the user’s feed and almost every exchange he had...
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Lawsuit: Anaheim Man Surrendered with Hands in Air When Shot Dead by Police

2 months ago by Gabriel San Roman
Attorneys representing Adalid Flores' family filed a federal lawsuit last week claiming the unarmed man surrendered when shot dead by an Anaheim cop in November. The story line starkly contrasts with an Orange County District Attorney (OCDA) report publicly released earlier this month that cleared officer Lorenzo J. Uribe in...
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A Gay Pastor Leaves His Santa Ana Flock, Exposing the United Methodist Church's LGBT Rift

3 months ago by Gabriel San Roman
Hymn No. 558 in the 960-page United Methodist Hymnal is "We Are the Church," and the chorus to this call for Christian unity echoes through the high-arched ceiling at Santa Ana United Methodist Church (UMC). It's Pentecost, the day that commemorates when the Holy Spirit came to the Apostles, and...
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Fired Professor Files $5 Million Disability Discrimination Suit Against Chapman U

3 months ago by Matt Coker
Trial is scheduled to begin in July in a $5 million discrimination lawsuit brought against Chapman University by a professor who has or does teach ethics, morality and peace studies. Angeliki Kanavou, who is now on the faculty at UC Irvine, alleges wrongful termination, disability discrimination, failure to accommodate, breach of contract...
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Multipass [Special Screenings, May 11-18]

4 months ago by Matt Coker
Sleep Dealer. Director Alex Rivera comes to Orange County for a lecture and two screenings of his 2009 sci-fi mindfuck that is steeped in love, death, border crossing, maquiladoras, social justice and global connectivity, corporatization, and water issues. Sleep Dealer follows a young man (Luis Fernando Peña) from his father's...

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