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Michele Raphael

Reading at the Dime for Riley Perez's memoir

What Is Real: New Book Explores Life and Crime in Prison and Beyond

In 2004, "Darnell" Riley Perez broke into the home of Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis, "roughed him up" and then filmed a compromising video with the intent to extort him — all at the direction of his bosses, who had ties to the mob. It's a wild story and Perez's memoir, What Is Real: The Life and Crimes of Darnell Riley, chronicles how the native Angeleno came to commit the high-profile crime and what his life in the prison system was like after he was convicted....
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Kathy Griffin: From the D-List to the Blacklist to the A-List

Kicked out of Hollywood and put under investigation by the government and on no-fly lists meant for terrorists after posting a photo on Twitter last year with a "bloody" Trump mask in her hand, comedian Kathy Griffin has recovered amazingly quickly, and turned a terrifying experience completely on its head with her sold-out U.S. tour, which will be in Los Angeles on July 19 and 20....
Members of LGBTQ troupe True Colors: OUT Youth Theater star in The Year We Thought About Love

New Documentary Series Represents and Reflects LBGTQ Life for Pride Month

For Pride Month, L.A. public TV station KCET is airing three documentaries, kicking off with Coming Out, narrated by transgender teen actress Jazz Jennings, that shine a light on gender identity, coming out and combating hate, as well as transgender issues and using school theater for social change. But Hollywood is still behind on being a truly representative place for the LGBTQ community....