This book explores racial politics in multiethnic Los Angeles, and particularly the relationships and interactions between Latinas/os and African Americans in the city. It looks at the complexities, ambivalences, and cultures of coexistence that mediate and shape Brown and Black life in contemporary Los Angeles. It considers the complex pasts, presents, and futures of Black and Latina/o life by juxtaposing the world of the arts and culture with politics and “the reality of an angry, divided city,” along with the transformational connections that have underpinned cultural exchange and borrowing between the two minority groups for decades. It also examines the debates and discussion of African American and Latina/o violence and community building at the forefront of Los Angeles' urban politics and urban discourse. Finally, it investigates the diverse forms of everyday culture—music, urban landscape, barbershops, the Raiders—that influence the way race as well as class identities and social relations in Los Angeles are structured and negotiated.
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