Esai Morales

Robert Townsend Inspires Miami Youth, Puts Them to Work

For years, Robert Townsend has been making television and film for people of color and while his latest film, Playin’ for Love, seems to be no different, Townsend was able to change the lives of several Miami-based high schoolers during the filmmaking process.

LA County Board of Supervisors Approves Motion to Enhance Diversity at all Levels of Arts Institutions

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors today unanimously approved a motion by Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, co-authored by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, that requires the County Arts Commission to establish an advisory group of diverse arts leaders who will work with arts institutions to develop recommendations for ways to enhance the participation and leadership of individuals from underrepresented communities in the arts. The Commission is to report back to the Board with proposals that would lead to more diverse arts boards, staff, audience members, and programming at appropriate arts institutions.

City Officials Launch Traffic Safety Outreach Campaign

Los Angeles city and police officials recently announced a public outreach campaign aimed at cutting down on hit-and-run crashes and preventing distracted driving. The public service announcements — in English, Spanish and Korean — are themed “Obey the Rules of the Road” and will appear on digital billboards throughout the city, with space donated by Clear Channel Outdoor. “Community policing involves committed relationships with partners such as Clear Channel, in order to accomplish the goal of reducing traffic collisions,” Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck said. “Often, these tragedies on our roadways end in heartbreak and life-altering consequences.” The