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How To LA: High School Seniors Face Their Toughest Decision

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Choosing a college to attend is one of the toughest decisions a high school senior can make.
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I’ll never forget the anxiety of waiting to receive college acceptance letters as a high school senior. The people who read my applications had my entire fate in their hands.

Decisions, decisions for high school seniors

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Long story short, things didn’t work out as I had planned. But I ended up going to a school that became the best choice for me at the time.

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It’s April and high school seniors in L.A. are now hearing back from all the schools they applied to. Time is ticking. They have until May 1 to choose what college to attend. It can be an excruciatingly nerve-wracking time.

My colleague Adolfo Guzman-Lopez spoke with some seniors in L.A. to talk about what may be the biggest decision they’ve made so far: choosing the best-fit college. Read his article to find out how some students have created their own spaces to chat about college, what adults should say to students and how to navigate the college-preparation process in total.

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Wait... One More Thing

Inside the personal life of Basquiat through art

Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat in off-white painter's clothes. He looks plainly, no smile, at the camera. Behind him is a large painted piece with a variety of designs, and on the ground is a large tarp speckled with paint.
Jean-Michel Basquiat.
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Jean-Michel Basquiat in L.A.)
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I love giving weekend date night ideas for my readers. If you’re a fan of Basquiat and you have $35 to spare, I have a good one for you.

You might be familiar with Jean-Michel Basquiat as a New York City artist, but did you know he also worked in a Venice Beach studio? Have you ever seen his work from that studio?

Well, now you have a chance to see his art from both Venice and New York City in a new exhibit in downtown L.A. The new exhibit, Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure, allows Basquiat art lovers to take an intimate, immersive view into his personal life and the Black experience.

The exhibit was presented by his sisters Jeanine Heriveaux and Lisane Basquiat. There are more than 200 items — from paintings to multimedia.

Read my colleague Mike Roe’s article about Basquiat’s exhibit and make sure you go.

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