Daily Brief: Joaquin’s Bold BAFTAs Speech, Mike Bloomberg in L.A., and More

Also coronavirus hoaxes, Grimes’s pregnancy, and a stunning homelessness stat

» Time for a ‘BAFTAs So White’ campaign? Joaquin Phoenix won Best Actor at last night’s British Academy of Film Awards, and used his acceptance speech to call out a notable lack of diversity. [CNN]

» Michael Bloomberg appeared in L.A. for two days of campaign events. At a kick-off event at Teresitas Restaurant, he announced a formal endorsement by ex-mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. [Daily News]

» Coronavirus paranoia is causing hoaxes and misinformation to spread. Local schools and institutions are struggling to keep up with false rumors of outbreaks.  [Los Angeles Times]

» A majority of homeless women on L.A. streets have been victims of domestic violence or experienced sexual assault. The number of women, particularly elderly widows, experiencing homelessness has grown dramatically in recent years. [ABC 7]

» Musician Grimes has officially confirmed that she is pregnant. What kind of shower gift do you get someone when their baby daddy is Elon Musk?  [CNN]


» How the Race to Fill Katie Hill’s Former Seat Will Work Confused about the March 3 ballot? Here’s your CA-25 explainer

» A Local Pilot Examines the Evidence Emerging About Kobe’s Last Flight Blogger and pilot Scott Lowe walks through the details

» If You Seek Britney: The Zone, an Immersive Spears Fan Experience, Comes to L.A. An old Kmart is now an Instagram trap for Britney stans


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L.A. Street Artists Pay Tribute to Kobe Bryant with Murals Throughout the City

Even before his untimely death, Kobe Bryant’s status as a Lakers legend has made him a mainstay on walls across Los Angeles for years. In the wake of Sunday’s tragedy—a helicopter crash that killed Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven other people—L.A. artists have splashed fresh murals on walls from Northridge to Mid-City. It’s a form of tribute that seems to have a therapeutic effect for both muralists and the people who visit and view them. Take a look at some of the most moving murals of the six-time NBA champion to grace L.A.’s edifices.


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