The Beverly Hills Hotel as it looked when it opened in 1912. The bleak landscape would eventually be replaced by lush tropical foliage, and after the depression, the white Spanish Mission-style hotel would be painted its now-famous pink. Courtesy of Robert S. Anderson hide caption

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The canals in LA's Venice neighborhood serve as the scene of a murder in Robert Crais' 2011 novel, The Sentry. David McNew/Getty Images hide caption

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The cover of the romance novel Only in Paradise, by author Michelle Monkou. Harlequin Books hide caption

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Andy Cohen on the set of his nightly Bravo talk show, Watch What Happens: Live. Cohen is also Bravo's executive vice president of development and talent, and has helped make Bravo a pop-culture heavyweight. Heidi Gutman/Bravo hide caption

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Architect Paul Williams (in a photo thought to be from the 1940s or '50s) developed the ability to sketch buildings upside down to accommodate white clients who might not want to sit next to him. Courtesy of Karen E. Hudson hide caption

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A model shows off an ABC student's work. Most of the students are studying manicuring. Courtesy of Advance Beauty College hide caption

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A crowd of more than a thousand rallied in Los Angeles on May 2, 1992, calling for healing between Koreans and the African-American community. David Longstreath/AP hide caption

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After suffering from injuries from the beating and struggling publicly with alcoholism, today Rodney King is contented, sober and engaged — to Cynthia Kelley, who served on the jury of King's civil trial against the city. Morgan St. John hide caption

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Student Pamela Moore is one of the women interviewed in Dark Girls, a documentary on color discrimination by actor-director Bill Duke and co-director D. Channsin Berry. Dark Girls, LLC hide caption

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A Hispanic woman walks down a street in Union City, N.J. In a new study, the Pew Hispanic Center asked Hispanic-Americans how they identify themselves. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Civil rights leaders and residents of Sanford, Fla., attend a meeting Tuesday to discuss the death of Trayvon Martin, who was shot by a neighborhood watch captain. The Justice Department and the FBI opened an investigation into the shooting, and the local state attorney announced that he had asked a grand jury to investigate. Gerardo Mora/Getty Images hide caption

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A new exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., explores life at Monticello from the perspectives of the men, women and children owned by Thomas Jefferson. During his lifetime, he kept more than 600 slaves at Monticello. Monticello, Thomas Jefferson Foundation Inc. hide caption

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Pop diva Whitney Houston was found dead in her Beverly Hills hotel room on the eve of the 54th Grammy Awards. Getty Images hide caption

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