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Arts and Music Festival Catering to Teens Comes to Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, CA- Bungalow Music & Arts Festival will bring LA’s best artistic teens to the stage for a festival curated just for them. Whether it be music, dance, or interactive art, the main goal of the festival is to create a safe space for teens to express themselves. The festival is slated to come this summer at the Echoplex and Echo in Los Angeles.

In addition to music and art, there will also be speakers and mentors from the community that will offer advice, tips and opportunities on topics ranging from being an artist in the city, health, college and more.

This festival will definitely be interactive and hands on featuring art pieces, college admin representatives, food trucks, and more. There will also be an exclusive area for all the parents to kick back and chat while the kids enjoy everything that the festival has to offer. 

Your teenage cannot miss this opportunity of a life time. However, to ensure that the festival will be a success, the creators have an crowdfunding campaign up where you can learn more information, and of course donate!

For more information, visit kickstarter.com/projects/1947194560/bungalow-music-and-arts-festival or follow them on Instagram @bungalowmusicfestival.


Letter to the Editor: Trump Tax Plan Passes Congress, Californians and African Americans Most at Risk

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States House of Representatives voted 224-201 to pass the final version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Amongst broad unpopularity, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will add more than one trillion dollars to the federal deficit by cutting taxes on corporations and capping the State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction at $10,000. Assemblymember Chris R. Holden (AD-41), Chair of the California Legislative Black Caucus released the following statement:

“The tax bill that passed today is a Christmas gift to the top 1%. It’s no tax break for the middle class and poor, it is simply a rushed Frankenstein of a bill that only helps the rich get richer. Is this what makes America great again?

The California Legislature made much progress this year in passing a housing package that provided funding, relief, and resources to many in need of a home in this great state. The Trump Tax Plan runs contrary to this progress and will further exacerbate the affordable housing crisis in California. Californians are hit hardest by the caps on the mortgage interest deduction and the State and Local Tax Deduction.

This debacle of a tax reform bill strips away many of the essential safety nets that the low and middle class depend on including Pell grants, Medicaid, food stamps, rental assistance, and child care assistance. African Americans have the most to lose as America plummets into a racial and economic apartheid country as a result of this bill.

Passage of this bill is a sad day in America!”

UC Riverside to Host 41st Annual Writers Week

RIVERSIDE, CA- California’s longest-running free literary event, Writers Week, will return to the University of California, Riverside for its 41st installment February 12 to February 17, 2018.

Feminist icon and National Medal of Arts recipient Maxine Hong Kingston, best-selling novelist Janet Fitch, and Haitian-American essayist and New York Times columnist Roxane Gay will headline the event, joining an additional 17 authors for an on-campus series of presentations and readings.

In keeping with the event’s emphasis on showcasing diverse voices, this year’s lineup of featured writers reflects a range of perspectives from around the country and world, said Tom Lutz, a professor of creative writing at UCR and the event’s director.

“The writers work in very different genres as well: realist novels, historical novels, slipstream, science fiction, graphic novels, memoir, autofiction, poetry, prose poetry, spoken word, fantasy, and creative nonfiction,” Lutz said.

The series is free and open to the public, and all events will take place in Room 1128 of Interdisciplinary Building North. Complimentary parking permits will be available at the kiosk on West Campus Drive at the University Avenue entrance to the campus.

Writers Week is presented by UCR’s Department of Creative Writing, with additional support from African Student Programs, the LGBT Resource Center, The Well, and the Women’s Resource Center.

This year’s participating writers are: Hadara Bar-Nadav, Sherwin Bitsui, Christ Buckley. Micah Chatterton, Charmaine Craig, Nanette Deetz, Josh Emmons, Janet Fitch, Tee Franklin, Roxane Gay, Myrian Gurba, John Jennings, Maxine Hong Kingston, Krys Lee, James Luna, Marco Maisto, Gina Nahai, Tess Taylor, Justin Torres, and Vickie Vertiz.