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Fired Black Hotel Worker in Irvine Claims Racial Discrimination

18. April 2014

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Activists and clergy members from numerous organizations gathered outside Irvine Embassy Suites earlier this month to support former employee Aaron Westly who claims management fired him after he complained to no avail about a coworker calling him an “animal” and “nigger.” The story of racial harassment went unreported save for the Tri-County Bulletin, an African-American […]

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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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