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Home Design Festivals Hit Los Angeles: LCDQ Legends, Design Miami.LA

Home Design Festivals Hit Los Angeles: LCDQ Legends, Design Miami.LA

As celebrated interior designer Michael Smith once noted, “Los Angeles is a dinner party town,” an observation that may explain the city’s house-proud fueled obsession with real estate and interior design. May’s one-two punch of design festivals — La Cienega Design Quarter Legends and the inaugural Design Miami.LA — celebrates our passion for all things home. La Cienega Design Quarter Legends 2024: May 7-9 The La Cienega Design Quarter “Legends” event, which celebrates all things interior design, makes its annual bow on May 7. The theme this year is “Rooms in Bloom.” Kicking off the LCDQ celebration is a May 7 gala at The Sunset Tower Hotel honoring Pamela Shamshiri, known for her work on the homes of Anne Hathaway, Paul McCartney and Ryan Murphy. The design fest draws interior design professionals and aficionados for two days (May 8 and 9) of dynamic panels, exclusive lunches, experiential offerings and compelling keynotes. Among the highlights (many of which require “VIP registration”) are: — A conversation between longtime friends Robert Ruffino, who’s worn the editor-in-chief hat at …

Fights break out between pro-Israel, pro-Palestine protesters at UCLA

Fights break out between pro-Israel, pro-Palestine protesters at UCLA

Protesters occupying a pro-Palestine encampment and pro-Israel counterprotesters clashed at the University of California, Los Angeles campus on Sunday as college demonstrations continue nationwide. Fights began between isolated members of the two groups before a counterprotest demonstration by the Israeli American Council, the Daily Bruin reported. Thousands gathered at the center of UCLA’s campus on Sunday, backing both sides of the protest. A small number of counterprotesters attempted to breach barriers erected by the university to separate the two protest groups in the early morning, the Bruin reported. Pro-Palestine protesters later breached the same barriers, resulting in small skirmishes. UCLA vice chancellor and spokesperson Mary Osako denounced the clashes. “This morning, a group of demonstrators breached a barrier that the university had established separating two groups of protestors on our campus, resulting in physical altercations,” Osako said in the statement. “UCLA has a long history of being a place of peaceful protest, and we are heartbroken about the violence that broke out.” The protests remained largely peaceful on Sunday, on both sides, the Bruin reported. …

New Redline Venice Hotel Pays Homage to Area’s Undertold Black History

New Redline Venice Hotel Pays Homage to Area’s Undertold Black History

Since childhood, Kamau Coleman found solace in spending his free days and weekends at a family friend’s duplex apartment near the Venice Beach strip. While the property had been around since 1964, it had never been upgraded outside of basic maintenance.  “You can imagine we were at the ocean, so everything rusted,” Coleman tells The Hollywood Reporter. “For example, the stairs, the legs went directly into the sand and there was literally nothing holding it.”  Around the early stages of the pandemic lockdown, the building’s previous owner decided to retire, paying the tenants to vacate the property and also giving Coleman and his business partners an opportunity to get involved — hence The Redline Venice Hotel was born. The building stands out as the only Black-owned apartment hotel on the strip, offering both short-term stays and reservations of a month or more. The name “Redline” carries a dual meaning. It symbolizes racial discrimination in housing, stemming from government redlining practices that restricted where Black residents could live. Additionally, it evokes the iconic “Red Cars,” trolley …

Usher reveals what he saw while staying at Diddy’s home, aged 13, in resurfaced interview

Usher reveals what he saw while staying at Diddy’s home, aged 13, in resurfaced interview

A clip of R&B crooner Usher talking about living with music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs when he was 13 years old has resurfaced on social media, after Homeland Security raided the rapper’s homes in Los Angeles and Miami. Diddy, 54, is widely credited with the discovery and cultivation of artists such as Usher, who rose to fame in the mid-Nineties before achieving wider success in the Noughties with hit singles such as “Yeah!” and “Confessions part II”. Diddy and Usher met after the R&B singer signed a record deal with LA Reid, who reportedly sent him to live with Diddy, real name Sean Combs, in New York for a year. Usher, who headlined the 2024 Super Bowl halftime show in February and also recently released his latest album, Coming Home, has claimed in previous interviews that Reid sent him to Diddy’s home in Scarsdale, New York, dubbing the experience “Flavour Camp”. In a 2004 interview with Rolling Stone, Usher recalled how Diddy introduced him to “a totally different set of shit — sex, specifically”. “Sex …