About Erin Aubry Kaplan

Erin Aubry Kaplan is a Los Angeles journalist whose posts regularly appear on KCET’s SoCal Focus blog. Her book, Black Talk, Blue Thoughts and Walking the Color Line, is published by University Press of New England.

Black to School?


Marguerite LaMotte was regarded as the strongest advocate on the board for the educational well-being of black students.

Lost in Translation: Is Growing Latino Population Changing South L.A. Job Market?

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Erin Aubrey Kaplan: I’ve heard the consternation for years about how black youth in South Central often can’t get work at fast food or service sector neighborhood jobs because they don’t speak Spanish. But I hadn’t thought a lot about the black professional class

The Fight for a Better South Central

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Erin Aubry Kaplan: Grassroots black activism hasn’t seen this kind of tenacity and effectiveness in a long time, especially activism that takes on a byzantine behemoth like Metro.

South L.A. Looks With Wary Hope to Garcetti’s City Hall

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Erin Aubry Kaplan: Garcetti’s victory, which suggests a new LA. politics that could begin bridging the gap between the poverty associated with race and the progressive action associated with privilege, could ultimately be a win for South L.A. too.

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