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A Family Grapples With Their Son's Past In 'Luce'

Tim Roth, Kelvin Harrison Jr. and Naomi Watts star in
Tim Roth, Kelvin Harrison Jr. and Naomi Watts star in "Luce."

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Too Good To Be True?

(Starts at 7:44) 

In the new movie, "Luce," director Julius Onah challenges our assumptions around race and privilege through the story of a teenage boy, his adoptive parents and his teacher. Luce (played by Kelvin Harrison, Jr.) is a teenage boy who was adopted from Eritrea where he'd been a child soldier. His adoptive parents (Naomi Watts and Tim Roth) are white liberals in Maryland. By the time he's in high school, Luce is considered a model student who has overcome a traumatic past to excel at all levels. But one teacher (Octavia Spencer) questions that narrative. Onah is a Nigerian-American whose family moved to the U.S. because of his diplomat father's work. While his life is radically different from that of Luce, he nonetheless was the recipient of some race-based assumptions that also face Luce. Onah spoke with John Horn after the film's premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

YouTube's Grasp on YourMusic

(Starts at 00:45) 

John Horn talks with Washington Post pop music critic Chris Richards about his story on the most popular music streaming site: "YouTube is the go-to spot and it isn’t even close. Not Spotify, not Apple Music, not SoundCloud. Definitely not Tidal, Pandora or Amazon. For young listeners, YouTube is their radio (widely accessible), their record store (awesomely vast), their MTV (partly retinal), their Walkman (completely portable), their iTunes (on demand), their online message board (comments abound) — all in one place. And the numbers bear it out. One billion visitors come to YouTube for music each month, according to Google. What a bizarre triumph for a company so eager to obsolesce our televisions. As the streaming wars rage into the future, a site that never really intended to become a music platform accidentally became our most visited, most variegated music platform."

The Story Behind The Bay Area's Thrash Scene

The bands Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth are household names these days — bonafide Grammy Award-winning rock stars. Such acclaim seemed inconceivable in the early 1980’s when the bands were forging what came to be known as thrash metal. Radio and MTV steered clear. But the feral, punk rock-inspired sound of thrash got a foothold in Northern California and became the epicenter of this metallic revolution. A new documentary called, "Murder in the Front Row: The San Francisco Bay Area Thrash Metal Story," by longtime Metallica and Beastie Boys collaborator Adam Dubin, tells not only the story of the bands, but of the many fans who created the D-I-Y scene around them. The Frame contributor Steven Cuevas has the first-hand story. Yep, he was there.