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Kimberly Cooper
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Kimberly Cooper, MA is a writer, activist and former chief of operations for the “Reducing Childhood Obesity” initiative - a partnership between First 5 LA and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. She’s spent nearly 20 years working in project development for entertainment media, nonprofit and community based organizations throughout Los Angeles. Her writing has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and San Francisco Chronicle.

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Starbucks and Race Together... What's Next?

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 4:28 PM


Contrary to social media backlash and snarky headlines across mainstream news outlets, the Starbucks 'Race Together' campaign was never simply about baristas guiding discussions on racial inequality or white privilege in America -- all while prepping your Caramel Mocha Frappuccino. If...

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A Look at Race as a Social Construct

(84) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 10:27 AM

Sometimes a picture is truly worth a thousand words. For those of us from the "multiracial" or mixed race community, photos of our population -- our people, our families, our children -- aren't as shocking as they are an affirmation of what we have already known: Race is a social...

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LAUSD Aborts 'Computer Per Student' Program with Apple Computers

(1) Comments | Posted February 22, 2015 | 5:12 PM

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Former LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy insisted it was a civil rights and educational imperative to make technology available to all students. But the implementation of the Common Core Technology Project which already reached 47...

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New Book: 'My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me'

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 1:42 PM

"I am the granddaughter of Amon Goeth, who shot hundreds of people - and for being black, he would have shot me, too." - Jennifer Teege

When Jennifer Teege, a German-Nigerian woman, randomly picked up a library book off...

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50 Shades of Grey: Still Plenty More to Be Revealed

(2) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 1:30 PM

Oh yeah...I went there. All the fuss over 50 Shades of Grey simply got the best of me and I somehow found myself at an 8pm prescreening Thursday night at the Arclight. (Whatever, don't judge me.)

Long story short, the greatly anticipated 50 Shades of Grey which opens this weekend is just about as "decent" as the mediocre E L James novel of the same name that's sold over 100+ (YES THAT MANY) million copies. With popcorn in hand, I'd say the sex scenes gave just enough anticipated flesh to stay true to the far-fetched novel while consciously avoiding an NC-17 rating. And contrary to several reviews circulating, Jamie Dornan as the handsomely hard-bodied "Dominant" billionaire Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as the doe-eyed perfectly inexperienced "Submissive" Anastasia Steele have just enough chemistry to hold the attention of the audience at least until the next "smack" down.

But c'mon, were we really looking for much more?

Now before die-hards get their undies in bunch over the spoilers and dismal reviews this film is receiving, I will offer one advisory to those preheating with anticipation. 50 Shades of Grey is Part I of a trilogy, so two additional films are still approaching development. Yes ladies, that means this first film is going to end by leaving you hanging, -- so be prepared for a fade to black just when you'd like a bit more to be revealed.

The internet will be saturated with reviews and chatter over the next few weeks or so, from people boycotting the film for being "misogynistic" and abusive toward women, to uber-packs of book club fans (also female) purchasing yet another round of tickets for an encore performance. Either way, anyone headed to this movie expecting award-winning performances, dialogue or plot line should reset their expectations. However, Beyoncé's song Haunted from the 50 Shades of Grey soundtrack will most likely score the highest approval ratings in comparison with the film:

As for me, I'm a survivor and have no regrets. Flesh-fest aside, I've been a Jamie Dornan fan long before he was cast as Christian Grey (he also headlines The Fall opposite Gillian Anderson on BBC Two), and found Dakota Johnson easily fitting the omni-flustered shoes of Anastasia Steele in nearly every scene.

So check it out anyway in the event you're still sitting on the fence. The next time we'll meet Christian and Anna will be in 50 Shades Darker, with undoubtedly just the right amount of additional fuss and relevant backlash forthcoming as well.

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Cinema's Lessons on Race: Beyond Black or White

(10) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 1:48 PM

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I've been waiting a lifetime for a film like Black or White. Growing up biracial in the mid-70s and late 80's, I wondered when I would get to see myself up there on...

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No Shame to Big Soda's Game... #MakeItHappy

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 6:05 PM

Don't get me wrong. I absolutely love Kid President. He's adorably funny, spirited, and comes with an amazing story of perseverance -- building a fan base of over 250,000 followers just on Twitter alone. So it's no wonder that Coca Cola has branded itself to little Robby Novak...

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And the Award for Best #OscarsSoWhite Joke Goes to...

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 1:09 PM

The 2015 Academy Award ceremony will be the least diverse (whitest) since 1998. The snub to Ava Duvernay as Best Director for Selma along with David Oyelowo's snub in the Best Actor category for his portrayal of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has created such an outcry over...

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Media Coverage Lags as FBI Searches for Suspect in NAACP Office Bombing

(10) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 12:00 AM

On Tuesday a failed bombing attempt at a local chapter of the NAACP in Colorado Springs created even larger waves via Twitter when thousands couldn't find coverage from mainstream national media to authenticate details.

According to preliminary reporting from the Los Angeles Times and the Denver...

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As Protests Continue, The First Family Talk 'Race' in People Magazine

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 8:28 AM

I awoke early this morning to a Twitter feed informing me that President Obama and the First Lady were sharing their experiences with racism in People Magazine. And then my stomach dropped. People Magazine? A wave of disappointment settled in and I took to tweeting away wondering if anyone else...

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Disney Animation's Big Hero 6: Far More Than Meets the Eye...

(6) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 12:41 PM


"The original characters aren't different from each other like this," whispered my 13-year-old daughter about 15 minutes into the film. I'll admit that I'm a bit green when it comes to the Marvel Comics book genre, and the only thing that...

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Much Ado About Theatrics: 'Django Unchained' Actress Gets to Follow the Rules Too

(60) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 10:13 AM


I'll be the first person in a dogfight to throw down for equal justice and constitutional rights under the law for all people. I've been an advocate and community activist supporting race relations for nearly two decades in Los Angeles. But I'm afraid...

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Understanding Ferguson: Electing Obama Isn't Enough

(1) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 7:04 PM

Like most headline news, the Ferguson story will ultimately face an expiration date for ongoing coverage. Although currently center stage, it's only a matter of time before this one will fade into the occasional sound bite -- or referenced along with a couple of words, like Trayvon Martin.

As Michael...

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Robin Williams ... a Familiar Farewell

(1) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 4:27 PM

There's so much love and sadness over the passing of Robin Williams this week. Just last night I had my first conversation with my 10-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter discussing the loss of an actor and entertainer both children knew and adored. At first my son, Noah, wasn't sure of...

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Fed Up Documentary Hits Home in Los Angeles...

(3) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 1:42 PM

"I don't want that to happen to me," my 9-year-old son whimpered with tears streaming down his face. We'd just finished watching the documentary, Fed Up - which targets the childhood obesity epidemic and the role the food industry plays in marketing unhealthy foods to children. Motherhood provides a myriad...

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