Daily Brief: BTS Makes History, Trump Rolls Back Clean Water Protections, and More

Also Annabella Sciorra’s Weinstein testimony, a new tower at Warner Center, and RIP Jim Lehrer

» Annabella Sciorra testified in court that Harvey Weinstein raped her. The Sopranos star offered excruciating detail of an assault and pattern of inappropriate behavior. She is one of several women expected to testify in his New York trial.  [The New York Times]

» K-Pop sensation BTS just became the first Korean act to ever have a platinum album in the U.S. The group’s 2018 album, Love Yourself: Answer and single Idol earned the distinction.  [Soompi]

» Renderings have been released for a 34-story tower project to go up at Warner Center. The skyscraper would house 650 apartments, a hotel, and other facilities. [Urbanize L.A.]

» Trump administration changes to the Clean Water Act will hurt California in particular. The White House plans to roll back water protections, which could open some 81 percent of streams in the southwestern U.S. to contamination–including ones many residents rely on for drinking water.   [Los Angeles Times]

» Jim Lehrer, anchor of The PBS NewsHour for 36 years, has died. He was 85.  [Washington Post]


» Steve Mnuchin Thinks Greta Thunberg Needs to Go to College Before She Can Speak on Climate Change Trump’s treasury secretary spent his time at Davos making condescending jokes about a teenager

» Meet Anne Litt, KCRW’s New Music Director In the wake of Jason Bentley’s departure last summer, a longtime DJ at the taste-making public radio station steps into the coveted position

» Barack and Michelle Obama’s Portraits Are Heading to LACMA The wildly popular portraits are hitting the road


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Get to Know the L.A.-Born Artist Who Created Barack Obama’s Official Portrait

Painter Kehinde Wiley is the second African American artist to paint an official presidential portrait, following Simmie Knox’s painting of Bill Clinton, and the first to create such a portrait to go on public view in in the Smithsonian’s collection (Knox’s portrait hangs in the White House). Wiley is known for his instantly recognizable, often large-scale portraits, generally featuring African-Americans posed against lushly colored and patterned backdrops, evoking elements of the Old Masters of European art, but with a contemporary sensibility.

Though he now lives in Brooklyn, Wiley was born in Los Angeles in 1977. He grew up in South Central, steeped in urban and hip-hop culture. At 11, he began formal art training, attending conservatory classes on the weekends, and soaked up everything he could from L.A.’s art museums. From there, he went on to study at the Art Institute of San Francisco and Yale before settling in New York.


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