If Beale Street Could Talk (film)
If Beale Street Could Talk is a 2018 American romantic drama film directed and written by Barry Jenkins, based on James Baldwin's novel of the same name. It stars KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Colman Domingo, Teyonah Parris, Michael Beach, Dave Franco, Diego Luna, Pedro Pascal, Ed Skrein, Brian Tyree Henry and Regina King; the film follows a young African-American woman who, with her family's support, seeks to clear the name of her wrongly charged lover and prove his innocence before the birth of their child. If Beale Street Could Talk had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2018, was theatrically released in the United States on December 14, 2018, by Annapurna Pictures, it was praised for the acting, Jenkins's screenplay and direction, the cinematography, the musical score. It was chosen by both the National Board of Review and the American Film Institute as one of the Top 10 Films of 2018; the film received numerous accolades and nominations, including Best Supporting Actress wins for King at the Academy Awards and Golden Globes.
It was nominated for Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Screenplay at the 76th Golden Globe Awards and Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Score at the 91st Academy Awards. While the film is presented in a non-linear structure, this plot summary is written in a linear fashion. Clementine "Tish" Rivers and Alonzo "Fonny" Hunt have been friends their whole lives, begin a romantic relationship when they are older, it is the early 1970s, they struggle to find a place to live as most New York City landlords refuse to rent apartments to black people. They find a place in a warehouse in the process of being converted to loft apartments; that night, Tish is harassed by a man while shopping at a white grocery store. When he begins to assault her, Fonny physically throws the man out of the store. A white policeman nearby, Officer Bell, witnesses the incident and attempts to arrest Fonny, but reluctantly lets him go when the white woman who runs the grocery store vouches for them and calls Bell out for his racism.
Fonny is arrested for raping a woman named Victoria Rogers. Despite the fact that it would have been impossible for him to have traveled from the scene of the crime to the apartment where he was arrested in the amount of time between the rape and the arrest, the case against Fonny is considered strong due to Officer Bell's testimony, in which he claims to have seen Fonny fleeing the scene, Victoria having identified Fonny in a lineup as her rapist. Tish, as well as Fonny's friend Daniel Carty, were with him at the time of the rape, but his alibi is not considered reliable due to Tish's romantic relationship with Fonny and Daniel's previous conviction for grand theft auto. Tish visits Fonny in jail as he awaits trial, reveals to him that she is pregnant with their baby. Fonny is excited to be a father, but is saddened by the fact that his child might be born with him behind bars. Tish tells her parents and Joseph, sister, about her pregnancy. Though worried for her, Tish's family is supportive and decide to invite Fonny's family over to share the news.
Frank, Fonny's father, is excited about the pregnancy. However, Fonny's religious mother declares the child to be a sin due to being conceived out of wedlock and rants about how Tish and her child are damned; as Mrs. Hunt begins to leave with her daughters in disgust after Frank hits her, Sharon reminds her that she has just condemned her own grandchild, leaving her distraught as she is escorted away. In a bar and Joseph discuss how the former is worried about paying for a child and Fonny's legal expenses, but Joseph convinces him that they will be able to provide for their grandchild the same way they provided for their children. After tracking Victoria to her native Puerto Rico, Sharon travels there to plead with her to change her testimony. Sharon attempts to convince Victoria that she made a mistake when she identified Fonny as her rapist, but Victoria refuses; when Sharon questions whether Victoria could have seen her rapist's face in the dark, Victoria says the police told her to identify Fonny in a line-up, she did so.
When Sharon touches her, Victoria begins to scream, attracting the attention of her neighbors, forcing Sharon to leave. Discouraged by the seeming hopelessness of his case and the constant trial delays, Fonny accepts a plea deal. In the last scene of the film and the child, named Alonzo Jr. after his father, are visiting Fonny in prison. They all share a dinner together from the vending machines while looking forward to Fonny's eventual release. On July 10, 2017, it was announced that Barry Jenkins would direct an adaptation of the James Baldwin novel If Beale Street Could Talk. Jenkins wrote the screenplay during the summer of 2013. On August 29, 2017, Stephan James was set to star. In September 2017, KiKi Layne and Teyonah Parris were added, with Layne in the female lead. On October 18, 2017, it was reported that If Beale Street Could Talk had begun filming in New York City; that same month, Regina King, Colman Domingo, Brian Tyree Henry, Dave Franco, Ed Skrein joined the cast of the film. Michael Beach, Finn Wittrock, Aunjanue Ellis, Diego Luna were added in November, in December 2017, Pedro Pascal and Emily Rios joined as well.
In March 2018 Nicholas Britell was announced as the composer of the film's score. If Beale Street Could Talk began a limited release in the United States on December
HBO is an American premium cable and satellite television network owned by the namesake unit Home Box Office, Inc. a division of AT&T's WarnerMedia. The program which featured on the network consists of theatrically released motion pictures and original television shows, along with made-for-cable movies and occasional comedy and concert specials. HBO is the oldest and longest continuously operating pay television service in the United States, having been in operation since November 8, 1972. In 2016, HBO had an adjusted operating income of US$1.93 billion, compared to the US$1.88 billion it accrued in 2015. HBO has 130 million subscribers worldwide as of 2016; the network provides seven 24-hour multiplex channels, including HBO Comedy, HBO Latino, HBO Signature, HBO Family. It launched the streaming service HBO Now in April 2015 and has over 2 million subscribers in the United States as of February 2017; as of July 2015, HBO's programming is available to 36,493,000 households with at least one television set in the United States, making it the second largest premium channel in the United States.
In addition to its U. S. subscriber base, HBO distributes content in at least 151 countries, with 130 million subscribers worldwide. HBO subscribers pay for an extra tier of service that includes other cable- and satellite-exclusive channels before paying for the channel itself. However, a regulation imposed by the Federal Communications Commission requires that cable providers allow subscribers to get just "limited" basic cable and premium services such as HBO, without subscribing to expanded service. Cable providers can require the use of a converter box—usually digital—in order to receive HBO. HBO provides its content through digital media. HBO maintains near-ubiquitous distribution in hotels across the United States through agreements with DirecTV, Echostar, SONIFI Solutions, Satellite Management Services, Inc. Telerent Leasing Corporation, Total Media Concepts and World Cinema as well as cable providers that maintain hospitality service arrangements with individual hotels and local franchises of national hotel/motel chains.
Since June 2018, through a content partnership with Enseo, HBO Go is distributed to some Marriott International hotels around the U. S.. Many HBO programs have been syndicated to other networks and broadcast television stations, a number of HBO-produced series and films have been released on DVD. Since HBO's more successful series air on over-the-air broadcasters in other countries, HBO's programming has the potential of being exposed to a higher percentage of the population of those countries compared to the United States; because of the cost of HBO, many Americans only view HBO programs through DVDs or in basic cable or broadcast syndication—months or years after these programs have first aired on the network—and with editing for both content and to allow advertising, although several series have filmed alternate "clean" scenes intended for syndication runs. In 1965, Charles Dolan—who had done pioneering work in the commercial use of cables and had developed Teleguide, a closed-circuit tourist information television system distributed to hotels in the New York metropolitan area—won a franchise to build a cable television system in the Lower Manhattan section of New York City.
The new system, which Dolan named "Sterling Information Services", became the first urban underground cable televisi
The National Broadcasting Company is an American English-language commercial terrestrial television network, a flagship property of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast. The network is headquartered at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, with additional major offices near Los Angeles and Philadelphia; the network is one of the Big Three television networks. NBC is sometimes referred to as the "Peacock Network", in reference to its stylized peacock logo, introduced in 1956 to promote the company's innovations in early color broadcasting, it became the network's official emblem in 1979. Founded in 1926 by the Radio Corporation of America, NBC is the oldest major broadcast network in the United States. At that time the parent company of RCA was General Electric. In 1930, GE was forced to sell the companies as a result of antitrust charges. In 1986, control of NBC passed back to General Electric through its $6.4 billion purchase of RCA. Following the acquisition by GE, Bob Wright served as chief executive officer of NBC, remaining in that position until his retirement in 2007, when he was succeeded by Jeff Zucker.
In 2003, French media company Vivendi merged its entertainment assets with GE, forming NBC Universal. Comcast purchased a controlling interest in the company in 2011, acquired General Electric's remaining stake in 2013. Following the Comcast merger, Zucker left NBCUniversal and was replaced as CEO by Comcast executive Steve Burke. NBC has thirteen owned-and-operated stations and nearly 200 affiliates throughout the United States and its territories, some of which are available in Canada and/or Mexico via pay-television providers or in border areas over-the-air. During a period of early broadcast business consolidation, radio manufacturer Radio Corporation of America acquired New York City radio station WEAF from American Telephone & Telegraph. Westinghouse, a shareholder in RCA, had a competing outlet in Newark, New Jersey pioneer station WJZ, which served as the flagship for a loosely structured network; this station was transferred from Westinghouse to RCA in 1923, moved to New York City. WEAF acted as a laboratory for AT&T's manufacturing and supply outlet Western Electric, whose products included transmitters and antennas.
The Bell System, AT&T's telephone utility, was developing technologies to transmit voice- and music-grade audio over short and long distances, using both wireless and wired methods. The 1922 creation of WEAF offered a research-and-development center for those activities. WEAF maintained a regular schedule of radio programs, including some of the first commercially sponsored programs, was an immediate success. In an early example of "chain" or "networking" broadcasting, the station linked with Outlet Company-owned WJAR in Providence, Rhode Island. C. WCAP. New parent RCA saw an advantage in sharing programming, after getting a license for radio station WRC in Washington, D. C. in 1923, attempted to transmit audio between cities via low-quality telegraph lines. AT&T refused outside companies access to its high-quality phone lines; the early effort fared poorly, since the uninsulated telegraph lines were susceptible to atmospheric and other electrical interference. In 1925, AT&T decided that WEAF and its embryonic network were incompatible with the company's primary goal of providing a telephone service.
AT&T offered to sell the station to RCA in a deal that included the right to lease AT&T's phone lines for network transmission. RCA spent $1 million to purchase WEAF and Washington sister station WCAP, shut down the latter station, merged its facilities with surviving station WRC; the division's ownership was split among RCA, its founding corporate parent General Electric and Westinghouse. NBC started broadcasting on November 15, 1926. WEAF and WJZ, the flagships of the two earlier networks, were operated side-by-side for about a year as part of the new NBC. On January 1, 1927, NBC formally divided their respective marketing strategies: the "Red Network" offered commercially sponsored entertainment and music programming. Various histories of NBC suggest the color designations for the two networks came from the color of the pushpins NBC engineers used to designate affiliate stations of WEAF and WJZ, or from the use of double-ended red and blue colored pencils. On April 5, 1927, NBC expanded to the West Coast with the launch of the NBC Orange Network known as the Pacific Coast Network.
This was followed by the debut of the NBC Gold Network known as the Pacific Gold Network, on October 18, 1931. The Orange Network carried Red Network programming, the Gold Network carried programming from the Blue Network; the Orange Network recreated Eastern Red Network programming for West Coast stations at KPO in San Francisco. In 1936, the Orange Network affiliate stations became part of the Red Network, at the same time the Gold Network became part of the Blue Network. In the 1930s, NBC developed a network for shortwave radio stations, called the NBC White Network. In 1927, NBC moved its operations to 711 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, occupying the upper floors of a building de
The Leftovers (TV series)
The Leftovers is an American supernatural mystery drama television series created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, that aired on HBO from June 29, 2014, to June 4, 2017. Based on Perrotta's novel of the same name, the series begins three years after the "Sudden Departure", a global event that resulted in 2% of the world's population disappearing, follows the lives of those who were left behind; the lives of police chief Kevin Garvey, his family, along with grieving widow Nora Durst and her brother, reverend Matt Jamison, are key focal points for the series, as they struggle to adjust to life after the Departure. The pilot was written by Lindelof and Perrotta, directed by Peter Berg; the series stars an ensemble cast featuring Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler, Chris Zylka, Margaret Qualley, Carrie Coon, Ann Dowd, Regina King, Jovan Adepo, Kevin Carroll, Janel Moloney, Scott Glenn. The series was renewed for a second season, which premiered on October 4, 2015, concluded December 6, 2015.
On December 10, 2015, at Lindelof's request to end the series, HBO renewed the series for a third and final season, which premiered on April 16, 2017, concluded on June 4, 2017. Over the course of the series, 28 episodes aired over three seasons; the first season received positive reviews, though some criticized the series for its grim tone. The series underwent a critical reevaluation during its acclaimed second and third seasons, with many critics referring to The Leftovers as one of the greatest television series of all time, with particular praise for its writing and thematic depth. Despite only receiving average ratings throughout its run, the series has developed a cult following; the series has been compared favorably to a previous series co-created by Lindelof. The Leftovers starts three years after a global event called the "Sudden Departure", the inexplicable, simultaneous disappearance of 140 million people, 2% of the world's population, on October 14, 2011. Following that event, mainstream religions declined, a number of cults emerged, most notably the Guilty Remnant, a group of white-clothed, chain-smoking nihilists, a cult led by Holy Wayne, a man who views himself as the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
The first season revolves around the Garvey family and their acquaintances in the fictional town of Mapleton, New York. Kevin Garvey Jr. is the chief of police. His wife Laurie has joined the Guilty Remnant, their son Tommy has left home to become a member for Holy Wayne, their daughter Jill is acting out. Meanwhile, grieving widow Nora Durst and her brother, Reverend Matt Jamison, struggle to deal with their respective traumas while adjusting to life post-Departure, it follows Meg Abbott, a woman, seduced by the Mapleton faction of the Guilty Remnant, led by Patti Levin. These characters' lives intertwine and collide as they find themselves in the middle of an ongoing conflict between the Guilty Remnant and the townspeople of Mapleton. In the second season, the location shifts from Mapleton to the fictional town of Jarden, where not a single citizen was lost in the Sudden Departure; the Murphy family becomes a key focal point of the season. The patriarch, John, is the chief firefighter of the town.
His wife, Erika, is a nurse. Their son Michael is a priest and their daughter Evie is a high school student with epilepsy; the Garvey family and Matt move to Jarden at a time which coincides with an incident that leads to the disappearance of three young girls, followed by mass panic and chaos that threatens the town's safety and forces the Garvey and Murphy families to confront their inner demons. The third and final season unfolds three years in 2018, starting 14 days before the seventh anniversary of the Sudden Departure; the setting of third season moves between Jarden and Melbourne, Australia, as most of the lead characters – the Garvey and Murphy families – undergo emotional journeys that make them reflect upon their lives, their beliefs and the events they have encountered in the previous two seasons. Kevin's father, the mentally ill former chief of police of Mapleton is a main focus in the final season as he embarks on a spiritual journey to fulfill a cryptic purpose, crosses paths with the other members of the Murphy and Garvey families.
Justin Theroux as Kevin Garvey Mapleton's chief of police and a father of two, trying to maintain some semblance of normalcy in this new world. Amy Brenneman as Lorelei "Laurie" Garvey, Kevin's wife, who left her life behind to join a mysterious cult called the Guilty Remnant. Christopher Eccleston as Matt Jamison, a former reverend and current editor of a self-published tabloid that outs sinners, he relocates to Jarden and takes over its church. Liv Tyler as Megan "Meg" Abbott, a woman who becomes involved with the Guilty Remnant and comes to lead its more radical faction. Chris Zylka as Tom "Tommy" Garvey, Laurie's son, who takes refuge with a mysterious guru called "Holy Wayne", before starting an alternative cult with Laurie. Margaret Qualley as Jill Garvey and Laurie's teenage daughter, a straight-A student who has a difficult relationship with her father. Carrie Coon as Nora Durst, a wife and mother who lost her husband and daughter in the Sudden Departure, she is Matt's sister, becomes Kevin's partner and the adoptive mother of Lily.
Emily Meade as Aimee, Jill's free-spirited high school friend, who lives with the Garveys in Mapleton. Amanda Warren as Lucy Warburton, Mapleton's take-no-prisoners mayor. Ann Dowd as Patricia "Patti" Levin, the leader of the Mapleton chapter of the Guilty Remnant, who continues to haunt Kevin following
Friday (1995 film)
Friday is a 1995 American stoner comedy film directed by F. Gary Gray in his directorial debut, it stars Ice Cube, who co-wrote the film with DJ Pooh, Chris Tucker. The film details 16 hours in the lives of unemployed Craig Jones and Smokey, who must pay a drug dealer $200 by 10:00 p.m. Craig Jones, a young man living in South Central Los Angeles, has just lost his job after being framed for stealing on his day off. Not having any plans, he hangs out on his front porch with his best friend, Smokey, a snappy, mischievous drug dealer who sells weed for Big Worm, the psychopathic neighborhood supplier. Throughout the day and Smokey observe the goings-on in their neighborhood, they encounter Ezal. Smokey, smoking rather than selling his consignment of marijuana, has a confrontation with Big Worm. In an attempt to explain his money shortage, Smokey incriminates Craig. Big Worm threatens to kill them both if they do not give him $200 by 10:00 p.m. Craig angrily confronts Smokey about his lack of initiative in selling the marijuana before deciding to help Smokey.
Craig unsuccessfully attempts to borrow money from his mother Betty. Craig's father, Willie learns of Craig's plan, as well as the fact that Craig is carrying a gun. Willie talks to him, explaining that Craig should use his fists, instead of guns, to resolve his problems, all the while telling Craig the story of how his uncle, Willie's brother, lost his life due to gun violence. On, while Craig and Smokey discuss their dilemma, they are interrupted by the arrival of Rita, a girl whom Debbie set Smokey up with earlier. Smokey discovers she lied about her looks. Instead of resembling Janet Jackson as she claimed, Rita is obese and bald and, in Smokey's words, "looking more like Freddie Jackson." Smokey heads to Debbie's house to notices Red's bike on the lawn. He finds Deebo asleep with Felisha. Smokey tries to reclaim the money that he and Deebo stole from Stanley earlier, but is interrupted by Ezal. Both escape without the money before Deebo wakes up. Smokey returns to Craig's house to tell him, Craig agrees to go back with Smokey to try again, but at that moment, Deebo rides past them.
The two notice a black car driving and hide, suspecting a possible drive-by shooting. Scared, they run to Craig's room. After Willie confronts them with the situation with Big Worm, with 10:00 approaching, they decide to step out. Once outside, they notice; the two flee as men in the van start shooting at them. The neighbors emerge from their homes upon hearing the gunshots. Debbie confronts Deebo for assaulting Felisha after Deebo falsely accuses Felisha of Smokey's attempted theft. Deebo assaults Debbie, as Craig and Smokey arrive. Angered that Deebo has struck Debbie, Craig stands up to him, threatens him with his gun. Deebo scoffs at the threat and Willie encourages Craig to put down the weapon and fight with his hands. Craig and Deebo fight. After nearly losing, Craig emerges victorious by using various objects as weapons; as Debbie tends to Craig, Smokey steals back the money he was robbed of earlier from an unconscious Deebo and flees the scene. Red punches Deebo again to ensure he doesn't wake up and retrieves his chain and bicycle while Ezel steals Deebo's shoes.
Craig and Debbie agree to meet up the following day and Craig breaks up with Joi over the phone. Smokey settles with Big Worm, ends the feud, he announces that he is giving up drug going to drug rehabilitation. After hanging up, Smokey looks up, lights a joint and ends the film, saying to the audience, "I was just bullshittin'! And you know this, man!" The film contains cameo appearances from F. Gary Gray and LaWanda Page. Prior to Friday's release, movies such as Boyz n the Hood and Colors portrayed life in the hood as violent and menacing. Ice Cube felt that these films did not portray the full picture of living in the hood, missing a more lighthearted element, with Cube saying, "we had fun in the hood. We used to trip off the neighborhood." Therefore, Cube and DJ Pooh decided to create a film. The script was only the third Cube had written. With the film, Ice Cube intended to make a "hood classic", one that could be " over and over and over again". According to Ice Cube, a majority of the film is autobiographical, with much of it being based on events that occurred in his neighborhood growing up.
Smokey was based on DJ Pooh's stint as a drug dealer, while Craig being fired on his day off was based on Ice Cube's cousin, working as a driver for United Parcel Service at the time. Prior to writing, the duo realized their inexperience as filmmakers was unlikely to attract major film studios, floated the idea of self-financing the film themselves. For a time, the idea of making the film in black and white to save money was considered, before the pair decided on approaching New Line Cinema about producing the film, who had achieved success with the House Party series.
Golden Globe Award
The Golden Globe Awards are accolades bestowed by the 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association beginning in January 1944, recognizing excellence in film and television, both domestic and foreign. The annual ceremony at which the awards are presented is a major part of the film industry's awards season, which culminates each year in the Academy Awards; the eligibility period for the Golden Globes corresponds to the calendar year. The 76th Golden Globe Awards, honoring the best in film and television in 2018, were held on January 6, 2019; the 77th Golden Globe Awards will take place on January 5, 2020. In 1943, a group of writers banded together to form the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and, by creating a generously distributed award called the Golden Globe Award, they now play a significant role in film marketing; the 1st Golden Globe Awards, honoring the best achievements in 1943 filmmaking, were held in January 1944, at the 20th Century-Fox studios. Subsequent ceremonies were held at various venues throughout the next decade, including the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
In 1950, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association made the decision to establish a special honorary award to recognize outstanding contributions to the entertainment industry. Recognizing its subject as an international figure within the entertainment industry, the first award was presented to director and producer, Cecil B. DeMille; the official name of the award thus became the Cecil B. DeMille Award. Beginning in 1963, the trophies commenced to be handed out by one or more persons referred to as "Miss Golden Globe", a title renamed on January 5, 2018 to "Golden Globe Ambassador"; the holders of the position were, the daughters or sometimes the sons of a celebrity, as a point of pride, these continued to be contested among celebrity parents. In 2009, the Golden Globe statuette was redesigned; the New York firm Society Awards collaborated for a year with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to produce a statuette that included a unique marble and enhanced the statuette's quality and gold content.
It was unveiled at a press conference at the Beverly Hilton prior to the show. Revenues generated from the annual ceremony have enabled the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to donate millions of dollars to entertainment-related charities, as well as funding scholarships and other programs for future film and television professionals; the most prominent beneficiary is the Young Artist Awards, presented annually by the Young Artist Foundation, established in 1978 by Hollywood Foreign Press member Maureen Dragone, to recognize and award excellence of young Hollywood performers under the age of 21 and to provide scholarships for young artists who may be physically or financially challenged. The qualifying eligibility period for all nominations is the calendar year from January 1 through December 31. Voice-over performances and cameo appearances in which persons play themselves are disqualified from all of the film and TV acting categories. Films must be at least 70 minutes and released for at least a seven-day run in the Greater Los Angeles area, starting prior to midnight on December 31.
Films can be released on pay-per-view, or by digital delivery. For the Best Foreign Language Film category, films do not need to be released in the United States. At least 51 percent of the dialogue must be in a language other than English, they must first be released in their country of origin during a 14-month period from November 1 to December 31 prior to the Awards. However, if a film was not released in its country of origin due to censorship, it can still qualify if it had a one-week release in the United States during the qualifying calendar year. There is no limit to the number of submitted films from a given country. A TV program must air in the United States between the prime time hours of 11:00 p.m.. A show can air on basic or premium cable, or by digital delivery. A TV show must either be made in the United States or be a co-production financially and creatively between an American and a foreign production company. Furthermore and non-scripted shows are disqualified. For a television film, it cannot be entered in both the film and TV categories, instead should be entered based on its original release format.
If it was first aired on American television it can be entered into the TV categories. If it was released in theaters or on pay-per-view it should instead to be entered into the film categories. A film festival showing does not count towards disqualifying. Actors in a TV series must appear in at least six episodes during the qualifying calendar year. Actors in a TV film or miniseries must appear in at least five percent of the time in that TV film or miniseries. Active HFPA members need to be invited to an official screening of each eligible film directly by its respective distributor or publicist; the screening must take place in the Greater Los Angeles area, either before the film's release or up to one week afterwards. The screening can be a regular screening in a theater with a press screening; the screening must be cleared with the Motion Picture Association of America so there are not scheduling conflicts with other official screenings. For TV programs, they must be available to be seen by HFPA members in any common format, including the original TV broadcast.
Entry forms for films need to be received by the HFPA within ten days of the
Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnets
Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnets is a magnet high school in the Los Angeles Unified School District, West Region. It is located in Westchester, a neighborhood adjacent to Los Angeles International Airport and bordered by Playa Vista to the north, Inglewood to the east, El Segundo to the south, Playa del Rey to the west; until the 2010–11 school year, the school was a comprehensive high school known as Westchester High School. Westchester High School opened to 500 students in September 1948 at what is now Orville Wright Middle School. During the 2010–2011 school year, Westchester High School became Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnets. There are three programs: On June 1, 2011, at least 400 students walked out to protest the school's displacement of 25 teachers in addition to 10 RIF'd teachers; the Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnets are a trio of science-themed magnet schools, which provide individualized learning opportunities within their small, thematically-aligned programs. Together, the Westchester Magnets form one campus, providing a wide array of athletic and extra-curricular opportunities.
The Westchester Magnets embrace project-based learning. Students synthesize content from all of their classes to create projects and conduct experiments with real-world applications, they engage in hands-on learning as they experience instruction aligned to the themes of the three magnets: Aerospace & Aviation, Environmental & Natural Science, Health & Sports Medicine. WESM is able to offer these innovative programs through partnerships with local organizations and businesses like Loyola Marymount University, Boeing and the Team Heal Foundation; because of the contributions of these partners, WESM offers opportunities for internships, field trips, guest lectures, demonstrations by scientists and other professionals. The school expects every student to be involved in at least one extra-curricular activity. Students participate in countless organizations, including clubs, student government, drama, drill team, athletics. In the WESM Aviation & Aerospace Magnet, students have the opportunity to participate in flight simulation.
They take a shop class where they learn applied physics by working on the engine of a real Cessna airplane, located on campus. In the WESM Environmental & Natural Science Magnet, students monitor renewable electricity generated by an on-campus photovoltaic facility, they take courses focused on urban ecology and green construction. In the WESM Health & Sports Medicine Magnet, students take Athletic Training classes using a state-of-the-art athletic training room, they study nutrition in a Culinary Arts kitchen. In recent years, Westchester has shown a consistent trend of increased academic performance. Over each of the past 5 years, the school has posted significant gains in API, going from a score of 589 in 2007 to a current API of 663; the Westchester Comets have an extensive history of athletic prowess. The school's most prominent program, its boys' basketball team, has won 12 Los Angeles City titles and 6 Division I California State Championships under its legendary Head Coach, Ed Azzam. One of its players, Amir Johnson, was drafted directly out of high school there, was considered to be the last high school student to be drafted in the NBA Draft until 2015 and 2016 with Satnam Singh Bhamara and Thon Maker respectively.
The Comets' home football stadium is named in memory of Hank Gathers, who played basketball at Loyola Marymount. A majority of the students are African-American, although the school draws students of all ethnic backgrounds from across the Los Angeles area. Orville Wright Middle School is WESM's primary feeder, although WESM draws many students from Marina del Rey Middle School, Palms Gifted Magnet, Mark Twain Middle School, Audubon's Gifted Magnet, along with various charter and private middle schools. Sharla Berry, a guest columnist for YES! Magazine who attended Westchester from fall 2002 to summer 2006, stated that the school's different ethnic groups interacted with each other frequently. Peter Dinius was ASB Vice President for two weeks in the 2014-2015 school year. Since its reconfiguration in 2010, Westchester's enrollment has begun to increase. However, this is a reversal of prior enrollment trends. Beginning in the 2004–05 school year, Westchester experienced a dramatic decline in enrollment, reaching a low point in 2010, with a total enrollment of 1300 students.
During the 2004–2005 school year, Westchester had 2726 students. 56% were African-American 35% were Hispanic 6% were White American 2% were Asian <0% were Filipino <0% were Pacific Islanders <0% were Native American <3% were CaucasianFor the 2005-2006 school year, LAUSD opened new schools to relieve overcrowding in the district. LAUSD opened two high schools, Southeast High School in South Gate and the Santee Education Complex in Los Angeles; as a result, Westchester's student population dropped to about 1,938 – close to the level of previous years. This was a welcome change for many parents who complained of the overcrowding and disruption caused by busing more students from central Los Angeles to the Westside school. During the 2005–2006 school year, Westchester had 1938 students. 68% were African-American 25% were Hispanic 4% were White American 2% were Asian <1% were Filipino <1% were Pacific Islanders <1% were Native AmericanThe Westchester campus houses an Aerospace Magnet School that enrolled an additional 362 students in the 2005-2006 school year.
For 2005–2006, Westchester Aerospace Magnet had 361 students. 55% were African-American 32% were Hispanic 9% were White American 2% were Asian <1% were Filipino <1% were Pacific Islanders <1% were Native AmericanFour addit