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“You wonder why I don’t like to call you my girlfriend. It’s because I’d like to call you my wife.” Glenn Weiss brought down the house at the #Emmys when he used his acceptance speech to propose to girlfriend Jan Svendsen. Backstage, the lovebirds kissed for the cameras. 📷: @alschaben

It got political on the #Emmy red carpet. “Black-ish” star #JeniferLewis repped Nike and Colin Kaepernick, wearing a blinged-out red and black sweatshirt as a way to support the company that stood by the quarterback. 📷: Valerie Macon via Getty

Tiffany Haddish is wearing a
dress custom-made to represent the Eritrean flag. 📷: @alschaben

Los Tigres del Norte became the first norteño act to play at the Hollywood Bowl Saturday night. They’ve sold 37 million albums and have 7 Grammy awards, 8 Latin Grammys and have had 66 songs land on Billboard’s “Hot Latin Songs” chart, the most of any Latin music act ever. “Who could imagine when we came here for the first time, that we would have an opportunity to play in all of these places,” says lead singer Jorge Hernandez, as he settles into a chair in a Hollywood Bowl green room. “It’s a dream for us,” Hernandez adds, surrounded by his band mates, all wearing dapper suits: his brothers Hernán, Eduardo and Luis, and cousin Oscar Lara. “It continues to be one every time something like this happens.” 📷: @therealchristinahouse & @mariaalejandra2.8 for the Los Angeles Times

Canelo Alvarez defeated Gennady Golovkin by majority decision in a fight that’s already become an instant classic. 🥊🥊🥊
(📷:Isaac Brekken/AP Photo)

A flower stands along the pool at the National September 11 Memorial during a commemoration ceremony for the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks. 📷: Drew Angerer via Getty

Can L.A.'s only LGBTQ-focused coffee shop survive? “In so many ways, Cuties is absolutely the reason why I’ve been able to survive in L.A.,” said Willow Fields, who moved here from Chicago three years ago.

This is what Cuties owners Virginia Bauman and Iris Bainum-Houle intended when they opened the business in July 2017. Both 34 and from Virginia, the pair wanted to create a casual hangout that’s welcoming to all members of the LGBTQ community, regardless of age or gender identity.
Such spaces are scarce.
Cuties has quickly become the daytime darling of L.A.’s queer social ecosystem. But despite a loyal customer base, Cuties — the only LGBTQ-focused coffee shop in L.A. — is fighting to stay open.
With its rainbow awning, doorway disco ball and hot pink-and-teal interior, Cuties signals that it is just such a place. The owners say they regularly receive emails from gender nonconforming customers who say that when they finally mustered enough courage to wear makeup or a dress, they chose to come to Cuties.
“There are people who come here presenting more authentically for the first time, every single day,” Bauman said.
It is this sense of purpose — to help queer people feel less isolated in a sprawling city — that makes Cuties unique. It also makes it expensive to run.
Bauman and Bainum-Houle launched a Patreon fundraiser to keep the business afloat amid a summertime slump. So far more than 400 people have committed to donating a combined $4,200 each month. That’s enough to keep Cuties open through September, said Bauman, who is a transgender woman. But the owners say they need to raise $12,000 a month to keep sponsoring events and paying their six employees. 📷: Nick Agro for the Los Angeles Times

Light from a train is seen as it rounds a bend near the Sacramento River as flames from the Delta Fire fill a valley. Firefighters continue to battle blazes across the state. 📷: Josh Edelson via Getty

This is how a pre-med USC student came to sing — and redefine — a Coldplay song in “Crazy Rich Asians”

Katherine Ho received a text from a former voice teacher asking whether she’d “be down to submit a demo for an unnamed film and TV project,” she says. “He was looking for a young girl who could sing Mandarin.” Ho grew up in a Mandarin-speaking household, and “Yellow” was one of her favorite songs.
She got to work.

Despite the fact that she was starting her second semester as a freshman — and was already overwhelmed with studies — late one night, she got her dad on the phone to perfect the Mandarin lyrics for “Yellow,” working line by line through meanings and inflections.
“I actually fell asleep at the piano and woke up the next morning and recorded it before class,” Ho says.

A first-generation Chinese American from Woodland Hills, the 19-year-old is a lifelong singer who has performed on the NBC singing competition show “The Voice.” She’s also minoring in songwriting at USC.
Ho auditions for a lot of stuff, so she filed the session in her memory bank and returned to her biology classes. When she found out she got the job, she still didn’t know how it would be used. She was told to show up at a Burbank studio, but it wasn’t until about an hour before the session that the studio team called to tell her the song was for “Crazy Rich Asians.”
Her reaction?
“I freaked out in the car with my dad, who was there to help me with the dialect stuff,” Ho says. “After I found out it was going to be played at the very end of the film, it freaked me out even more.” 📷: @wallyskalij

Rapper Mac Miller was found dead inside his Studio City home. 📷: @patrickfallon

After three decades, a Guatemalan village ravaged by war brings home its dead.
The exhumed remains of 47 of the Ixil Maya indigenous group who were persecuted and perished during Guatemalas military rule in the 1980's, were returned for burial to their original village of Ixtupil, Quiche, Guatemala. 📷: Liliana Nieto del Rio for the Los Angeles Times

Colin Kaepernick won't be playing during NFL's opening weekend, but his new Nike commercial will.
His new ad for Nike will make its TV debut during the first game of the NFL season, between the Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons, according to multiple media reports.
Kaepernick appears toward the end of the commercial. “So don’t ask if your dreams are crazy,” he says while looking into the camera. “Ask if they’re crazy enough.” Here, a billboard fearuring Kaepernick is shown on the roof of the Nike Store in San Francisco. 📷: Justin Sullivan via Getty

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