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Latino, black leaders unite after alleged hate crime in Compton

A coalition of Latino and black community leaders banded together on the steps of Compton City Hall on Monday, seeking to unite the city in the aftermath of an attack that law enforcement has labeled a hate crime.
Last week, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said two Latino gang members terrorized a black family in an attempt to drive them out of the neighborhood.
The group of about a dozen leaders called for a dialogue between city officials, the sheriff’s office and residents to address problems that have arisen from shifting demographics in the city. Compton, once a largely black community, is now made up of about 65% Latino residents, according to the 2010 U.S. Census.
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I hate that, in 2013, this is still a problem.
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Latino, black leaders unite after alleged hate crime in Compton

A coalition of Latino and black community leaders banded together on the steps of Compton City Hall on Monday, seeking to unite the city in the aftermath of an attack that law enforcement has labeled a hate crime.

Last week, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said two Latino gang members terrorized a black family in an attempt to drive them out of the neighborhood.

The group of about a dozen leaders called for a dialogue between city officials, the sheriff’s office and residents to address problems that have arisen from shifting demographics in the city. Compton, once a largely black community, is now made up of about 65% Latino residents, according to the 2010 U.S. Census.

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I hate that, in 2013, this is still a problem.

#NP - Prince - “Screwdriver” - I’m actually feeling this one. He put together an all-female band with guitarist Donna Grantis, drummer Hannah Ford, and bassist Ida Nielsen.

"It’s just totally incredible. Just hearing him play and rehearsing and jamming and performing, it’s so inspiring," Donna Grantis explained.  "When he’s playing—you know that face you get when you’re listening to music that’s really good? I call it "the stink face. I seriously have that the entire time we’re playing because it’s just so good. I told a friend of mine, ‘You know how people get laugh lines? I think I’m just going to get stink face lines.’ [laughing] It’s so inspiring, it’s just amazing."

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My latest for Game On…

I’m not much of a PC gamer. I prefer to sit on my couch, controller in hand in front of a big-screen TV instead of sitting at a desk, behind a computer that I’ve probably been working on all day. However, there are always a few PC games that pique my interest like anything having to do with “Star Wars,” a cutting-edge shooter or something like SimCity. I was recently invited to check out new action RPG, Path of Exile, a PC game inspired by the likes of Diablo and Titan Quest, and from the looks of it so far, this may be something I could get into.

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My latest for Game On…

Dead Space 3 hooks up with Kinect for latest installment

Dead Space 3 is one of our highly-anticipated games of 2013, not only because the series is one of the best horror franchises in recent memory, but also because it gets better with every iteration. One of the biggest additions to the game is the use of Xbox Kinect.

Yes, a lot of gamers still find the in-game voice controls kind of gimmicky but it appears that some of the options in Dead Space 3 might be pretty cool.

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Here’s my latest feature for L.A. Weekly, Cypress Hill’s DJ Muggs. Enjoy!

DJ Muggs Does Dubstep. Prepare For Your Head to Explode

The problem seems to be that hip-hop comes a little too easy for Muggs, whose career spans more than 20 years; seven Cypress Hill albums; three compilation albums for his production company, Soul Assassins; and a string of hits for folks like House of Pain, Beastie Boys and Ice Cube. So it makes a bit of sense that he’d want to do something different on his new work, Bass for Your Face, out Jan. 15. What’s not so clear is why he decided on dubstep.

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#NW “Bailando” - Jaymar - Ever since visiting Panama as an adult a couple of years ago, I’ve been trying to keep up with the music scene. My cousins down there love the hardcore, Spanish reggae coming out the hood. I like some of it, but I also dig the straight dance/club joints, like the one above. Yeah, they just discovered auto-tune, I’m giving them a pass.

ABC to look at ‘Star Wars’ live-action TV series

Sources say the live-action series centers on the story of rival families struggling over the control of the seedy underside of the Star Wars universe and the people who live within the subterranean level and air shafts of the metropolis planet Coruscant (the Empire’s urban-sprawl-covered home planet). A bounty hunter may be the main character. Set between the original Star Wars film trilogy and the prequels, the time period allows for all sorts of potential appearances from classic figures from the Star Wars universe.

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Pretty much the plot for the video game, Star Wars: 1313.

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