Jason White’s heart of music at West Angeles Church


Los Angeles native Jason White is the minister of music at West Angeles Church of God in Christ in the Crenshaw District, one of the biggest churches in L.A. He began playing the piano by ear at the age of five and hasn’t stopped since. Not only is he a minister, but also White is the music coordinator for shows such as American Idol and X Factor.

White believes that the art of music comes from a heart of worship and commitment to his talent. He says its a gift that God destined him to live out.

Listen to White’s commentary — and his music — in an audio story from Annenberg Radio News:



USC students protest campus lockdown

USCCampusFencesAfter a campus shooting during a student-run Halloween party one year ago, USC began tightening its nightly security measures — causing some students to question the university’s intentions. Since last January, campus access from 9 p.m. to 6 p.m. has been limited to students, faculty, staff and registered guests.

USC has installed fences both permanent and temporary to enforce the new rules. To student Makiah Green from USC’s Change Movement, the fences symbolize racial and economic divides on and around USC. She began a petition last week to urge President C.L. “Max” Nikias to find different ways to keep the campus safe.

What side of the fence are you on? Listen to the opinions of Green and other students in an audio story from Annenberg Radio News:

Activists protest LA County inmate transfer

Jail ProtestSeveral dozen activists and family members of prison inmates gathered outside the L.A. County Board of Supervisors office today to protest the transfer of hundreds of L.A. inmates to Kern County. The supervisors agreed in September to a five-year contract that will move 500 long-term inmates to the Taft Community Correctional Facility, freeing up beds in L.A. county jails for inmates to complete their full sentences. Today, they approved the budget — 10 million dollars. The Board also voted to authorize 29.3 million for jail reforms.

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