» Deputy gangs within the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department have existed for decades. Throughout that time, the groups have been connected to abuse, harassment, and violence. [Knock-LA]
» Sheriff Villanueva is challenging a subpoena that would compel him to answer questions about deputy gangs. The subpoena was issued by the L.A. County Inspector General. [Los Angeles Times]
» Applications for L.A.’s second pandemic rent relief program will open on March 30. At $259 million, this round of funding is more than double what was available during a previous opening last year. [ABC Los Angeles]
» In Long Beach, a lifeguard tower painted with a rainbow to honor LGBTQ+ Pride was burned late Monday night. Arson, motivated by the message of the tower, is suspected. [KTLA]
» Ellen DeGeneres’s daytime talk show has lost more than a million viewers. The ratings plunge follows months of news coverage of a toxic environment on set. [The New York Times]
TOP STORIES FROM L.A. MAG
» The City Is Reportedly Closing Echo Park Lake and Clearing the Encampment That’s Sprung Up There People living in tents near the lake are expected to be removed as the park is closed off for an unknown length of time
» ‘Silicon Valley’ Actress Says She ‘Warned You All’ About Thomas Middleditch Alice Wetterlund expressed a lack of surprise that the actor’s name has emerged in connection with allegations associated with L.A.’s Cloak & Dagger nightclub
» LAPD Officers Have Shot Six People in the Last Seven Days The most recent shooting took place on Tuesday afternoon at the LAPD’s Olympic Division
ONE MORE THING
How Nipsey Hussle and YG Harnessed the Power of Hip-Hop and Took on Donald Trump
In 2016, appalled by Donald Trump’s racist rhetoric, L.A. rappers Nipsey Hussle and YG set out to collaborate on “FTD”—aka “Fuck Donald Trump,” a track that has since become the most influential rap protest song since NWA’s “Fuck tha Police.” As revealed in this excerpt from Vibe co-founder Rob Kenner’s The Marathon Don’t Stop,“FTD” was more than a thorn in Trump’s side; by calling out his toxic racism, the song was crucial to delegitimizing Trump in the hip-hop community that once embraced him.
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