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[Spare Notes] Rapper Cecy B is Putting in ‘Werk!’

17. April 2014

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{It’s Cecy B’s world! / photo cred: Francis Bertrand} We don’t see Chicana femcees like Cecy B representing OC all too often. We’d have a lot more people paying attention to us if we did. With her endless swag, speedy flow and devastating sexy appeal, it’s a wonder this former San Juan Capistrano resident wasn’t […]

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Long Beach Woman Faces Deportation Despite Trust Act

17. April 2014

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A clothing store employee in Long Beach called the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD) on Kareli Barrera last Monday. They arrested the woman on suspicion of shoplifting. Nervously, she gave deputies a false name as she’s an undocumented immigrant. Later that night, they booked and jailed Barrera for the misdemeanor offenses. When she went before […]

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Twenty Years Later: ‘Illmatic’ is Still the Illest!

16. April 2014

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When Illmatic dropped on April 19, 1994, the debut album from Nas wasn’t an immediate commercial success. Two decades later, though, it claims a staying power unrivaled by any other in hip-hop history. On “N.Y. State of Mind,” the Joe Chambers sampled bass line off “Mind Rain” creeps up on the gutter boom-bap mastery crafted […]

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The Social Justice Summit Returns to Cal State Fullerton!

16. April 2014

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Finally, the Social Justice Summit has come back to Cal State Fullerton! Okay, so the all-day activist event only had a one-year hiatus, but in this reactionary county of ours, that can seem like an eternity. The summit returns for its 10th anniversary with its familiar slew of workshops, cool t-shirts, social justice swag bags […]

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The Filmed Follies of the Santa Ana School Police!

14. April 2014

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Last week’s viral video showing a Santa Ana school cop restraining a teen tagger with what witnesses described as a chokehold wasn’t the first embarrassing moment for the department. They’ve been caught on film before and seem to be as adverse to cameras as vampires are to sunlight! A juvenile court date for the kid […]

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