Makeda Easter Staff Writer
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Makeda Easter is a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times. She became interested in journalism while working as a science writer for a supercomputing center at the University of Texas. She received her bachelor’s degree in science, technology and international affairs at Georgetown University.

34 Articles
over 1 year ago
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Top artists sign on for Destination Crenshaw, a 1.3-mile monument to Black L.A.

Kehinde Wiley and Alison Saar and are among the artists whose work will create a $100-million-plus cultural corridor ...

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over 1 year ago
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Why finding mammy dolls at the Rose Bowl Flea Market was an unwanted reminder of racism

A Times reporter went to Pasadena's Rose Bowl Flea Market for some Sunday fun, instead she was confronted with racist...

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over 1 year ago
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LACMA will honor Amy Sherald, Kehinde Wiley and Steven Spielberg at Art + Film Gala

The artists behind the Obama portraits and the filmmaker who helped to fund their creation are picked for the 10th an...

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over 1 year ago
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Don Martin, dance teacher and keeper of Lester Horton's legacy, dies at 90

Don Martin was one of the last living members of the pioneering, integrated Lester Horton Dance Theater. He worked to...

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over 1 year ago
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Celebrate Juneteenth with these arts and culture events across SoCal

From Leimert Park's annual celebration to Segerstrom's first year of festivities, commemorate Juneteenth with Black a...

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over 1 year ago
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POC history quietly wins a spotlight on National Trust's 2021 endangered places list

Is historic preservation finally catching up with the conversation on systemic racism? The National Trust for Histori...

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over 1 year ago
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Black people hold just 30 of 570 board seats at L.A.'s top arts groups

After a year of racial reckoning, an L.A. Times survey shows the quest for equity at museums, theaters and music comp...

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over 1 year ago
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How Shakespeare helps this theater teacher empower young artists from South L.A.

Melanie Andrews is the artistic director of Inner City Shakespeare, a growing network for Black and Latino performers...

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over 1 year ago
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For artists of color, a new residency creates a pipeline to leadership

Cornerstone in L.A. and Oregon Shakespeare Festival pair up with BIPOC artists to launch the Stage Directors and Chor...

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over 1 year ago
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For L.A. dance studios, reopening doesn't yet pay the bills. But there's hope

It's where pros train for music videos, and where amateurs go for a creative outlet. The pandemic knocked them down, ...

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over 1 year ago
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Just 3% of L.A. landmarks are linked to Black history. One project aims to change that

The Getty Conservation Institute and the city are embarking on a three-year project to preserve landmarks that repres...

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over 1 year ago
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How Amy Sherald's paintings capture the spectacularly mundane moments of Black life

In her first West Coast solo show, Amy Sherald unveils paintings made during the pandemic. 'My work doesn’t commit Bl...

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