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Madame Butterfly at LA Opera: Toned Down and Tuned Up

Rodney Punt | Posted 02.04.2013 | Arts
Rodney Punt

Though Puccini's Madame Butterfly is the most performed and popular work in LA Opera's 27-year history, it is never guaranteed a sure-fire production.

Jesse Jackson, Black Leaders Are Right About Ending the War on Drugs

Dr. Boyce Watkins | Posted 08.27.2011 | Politics
Dr. Boyce Watkins

It's time for all of us to wake up and attack the problem of mass incarceration and the drug war. If there were ever a set of realities that are reflective of the persistent racial divides that continue to plague America, this one would be it.

Has the Movement Opposing America's Drug War Broken Through to the Mainstream?

Jesse Levine | Posted 08.17.2011 | Politics
Jesse Levine

The 40th anniversary of the war on drugs became an opportunity for leaders from diverse backgrounds to emerge with the unified message that the drug war failed.

LA Opera's World Premiere Of Il Postino: Domingo's Enduring, Endearing Dominion

Rodney Punt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Rodney Punt

Photo: Robert Millard Il Postino (The Postman) Music and libretto by Daniel Catán Conductor, Grant Gershon Director, Ron Daniels Scenery and costum...

Grading Obama on Progress on Black Agenda

washingtonpost.com | Krissah Thompson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A group probing whether President Obama is addressing matters of concern to blacks will discuss the issue Saturday at the annual conference of the Con...

A Black Agenda for President Obama to Address? Yes!

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Fauntroy

It's perfectly acceptable for groups of Americans to push the government to deal with their causes, so black leaders who want to go easy on this president because he is black are failing their constituents.