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Summary: Includes Killer of Sheep (a masterpiece of African American filmmaking and one of the finest debuts in history) and My Brother's Wedding (a young man working at his parents' store tries to find himself). Bonus features are included.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Milestone Film & Video 2007

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2 available in Drama DVDs, Call number: DVD DRAMA KIL

Summary: A painfully funny new comedy series which follows best friends Issa and Molly as they navigate the tricky professional and personal terrain of Los Angeles while facing the challenges of being two black women who defy all stereotypes. Insecure explores the black female experience in a subtle, witty, and authentic way, as Issa and Molly stumble their way toward pulling their lives together while...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2017

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1 available in Television Series DVDs, Call number: DVD TV INS

Grande, Reyna

Summary: From bestselling author Reyna Grandewhose remarkable memoir The Distance Between Us has become required reading in schools across the country comes an inspiring account of one woman's quest to find her place in America as a first-generation Latina university student and aspiring writer determined to build a new life for her family one fearless word at a time. When Reyna Grande was nine years...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Atria Books 2018

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Summary: An in-depth document of the lives of teenagers from south central Los Angeles as they struggle to stay off the streets and find a better life through "Colors United," a performing arts group for inner city kids.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Docurama 2005

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1 available in Documentary DVDs, Call number: DVD DOC COL

Summary: "The Exiles" of the title are displaced Native Americans, living in late 1950s Los Angeles on Bunker Hill, a depressed area connected to the rest of the city by the Angels Flight trolley. The Indians were already exiles, from the moment they lost their ancestral lands and were confined to reservations. Starting on Friday afternoon and closing Saturday morning, the film follows pregnant Yvonne,...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Milestone Film & Video 2009

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1 available in Documentary DVDs, Call number: DVD DOC EXI

Summary: There's plenty of hip-hoppenin' when Philip runs for Superior Court judge, Vivian develops a taste for sardines and Rocky Road, Hilary lands a gig as a TV weather reporter, and Will is ready to graduate and is checking out colleges.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Warner Home Video 2006

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1 available in Digital Video Disc, Call number: DVD Fr 3

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Summary: For three young men growing up in South Central Los Angeles, the "hood" is a place of drive-by shootings, unemployment, drugs and pain. But their reactions to the world around them vary-- one is an unambitious drug dealer, his brother is a college bound teenage father, and the brother's best friend is guided by a strong father who hopes for a better life for his son.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Columbia TriStar Home Video 1998

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Summary: In 2005, the only thing hurting Los Angeles Times columnist and recent bike accident victim Steve Lopez more than his banged-up face, was his pressing need for story ideas. He soon discovers Nathaniel Ayers, a skid row schizophrenic street musician, who possesses extraordinary talent - even though he only has half-broken instruments to play. Inspired by Nathaniel's story, Lopez writes an...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Paramount Home Entertainment 2009

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1 available in Drama DVDs, Call number: DVD DRAMA SOL

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1 available in Digital Video Disc, Call number: DVD MOVIE SOL

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1 available in Browsing Hot DVDs, Call number: DVD SOL

Summary: Sean Archer is a tough and rugged FBI Agent. He is still grieving for his dead son, Michael. Archer believes that his son's killer is now his sworn enemy and happens to be the very powerful criminal, Castor Troy. Archer corners Castor. Their fight knocks Troy out cold. Archer finds out that Troy has planted a bomb that will destroy the entire city of Los Angeles and all of its inhabitants. The...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Paramount Home Entertainment 2007

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1 available in Action / Adventure DVDs, Call number: DVD ACTION/ADVENTURE FAC

Summary: Will and Carlton enter the University of Los Angeles, home of the Peacocks--and college life is fly. Gorgeous coeds, their own place, fraternity parties, and even some education.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Distributed by Warner Home Video 2006

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1 available in Digital Video Disc, Call number: DVD Fr 4

Summary: An inner-city teenager from Philly is sent by his mother to live with his relatives in Bel-Air, and everybody is in for a surprise. This season, Will meets Lisa, falls in love, gets engaged, and elopes. Carlton finds his soul sister through online dating. In one of the series' most memorable episodes, Will grapples with a bullet with his name on it.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Distributed by Warner Home Video 2010

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1 available in Digital Video Disc, Call number: DVD Fr 5

Summary: Welcome to the future where biological warfare has decimated life on Earth. Los Angeles is a windswept ghost town where Robert Neville tools his convertible through sunlit streets foraging for supplies. He fends off attacks by The Family-- sinister neopeople spawned by the plague. He also becomes a man with a mission after meeting Lisa, another infected survivor, and guardian of some healthy...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Distributed by Warner Home Video 2007

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Summary: A 1940s Los Angeles detective hounds his monsignor brother about a pious pimp's tie to grisly murder.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment 2007

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1 available in Drama DVDs, Call number: DVD DRAMA TRU

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Summary: Andre "Dre" Johnson has it all...a job as a top ad exec, a beautiful doctor wife, four great kids and a lovely, well-appointed house in the suburbs. And he's not about to let his family forget how they got there. Keeping cultural identity alive is not without its challenges for this man on a mission. With perpetual pushback from clueless coworkers, an outspoken father, and even the wife and...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2015

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1 available in Television Series DVDs, Call number: DVD TV BLA

Summary: His picture is on magazine covers, his name in lights. Ex-con artist and gangster Dan Quigley is "doing all right in this movie racket," a big man in Hollywood. But if his criminal past resurfaces, he could end up in the big house.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Turner Entertainment Co. 2008

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1 available in Comedy DVDs, Call number: DVD COMEDY LAD

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Summary: Cutthroat defense attorney Sebastian Stark has made a career out of bending the rules, manipulating the system, humiliating prosecutors and getting ruthless criminals off the hook. But, with the blood of an innocent woman on his hands, Stark has a change of heart and takes a job with the Los Angeles District Attorney's high-profile crime unit, leading a promising but inexperienced team of young...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment 2007

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1 available in Television Series DVDs, Call number: DVD TV SHA

Mosley, Walter.

Summary: A former black convict in Watts tries to go straight, holding a steady job, helping the town's youth and philosophizing with friends. But when a policeman starts raping and killing blacks, he turns vigilante.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Little, Brown 1999

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Summary: The fourteen-acre community garden at 41st and Alameda in South Central Los Angeles is the largest of its kind in the United States. Started as a form of healing after the devastating L.A. riots in 1992, the South Central Farmers have since created a miracle in one of the country's most blighted neighborhoods. Growing their own food. Feeding their families. Creating a community. But now,...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Oscilloscope Pictures 2009

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1 available in Documentary DVDs, Call number: DVD DOC GAR
1 available in TC Film Fest DVDs, Call number: DVD TCFF GAR

Brown, James

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: W. Morrow 2003

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 813.54 BRO

Stein, Jean.

Summary: "An epic, mesmerizing oral history of Hollywood and Los Angeles by the author of the contemporary classic Edie; Jean Stein influenced the art of oral history in her groundbreaking book Edie : American Girl, an indelible portrait of Andy Warhol 'superstar' Edie Sedgwick. Now, in West of Eden, Stein turns her lens toward the city Sedgwick came from--Los Angeles--and a mythic cast of fortune...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Random House 2016

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 979 STE

Summary: Inspired by the true story of Ken Carter, this inspirational account of a high school basketball coach who received high praise, and staunch criticism, for benching his entire undefeated team due to their poor academic performances.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Paramount Pictures 2005

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1 available in Digital Video Disc, Call number: DVD Movie Coach 2005

Summary: Set in a future world where America has lost the war on drugs, an L.A. undercover agents change their faces along with their identities. One officer's liberal ingestion of the drug "Substance D" causes him to develop a split personality, a notorious drug dealer. Along with his superior officers, the police set up an elaborate scheme to catch his drug dealer alter-ego and tear down his...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Warner Home Video 2006

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1 available in Science Fiction DVDs, Call number: DVD SCI-FI SCA

Bradbury, Ray

Summary: In California in 1949, a young writer and a detective believe a number of deaths associated with an amusement park were murders. Suddenly the killer begins stalking them.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Avon Books 1999

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1 available in Adult Fiction, Call number: FIC BRA

Summary: With Vince's star expected to rise even higher in the Hollywood firmament as a result of his starring role in a potential blockbuster titled "Aquaman," Eric, Drama, Turtle and Ari must find a way to keep stroking their golden goose while making sound decisions for a long-lasting career in a world of fleeting fame.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: HBO Video 2007

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1 available in Television Series DVDs, Call number: DVD TV ENT