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Robert Parlor History 275 Professor Seiling 2/5/2014 List of 5 Topics 1.

The Gay State (Same-Sex Marriage): California often leads the nation in regards to marriage reform, dating back to the 70s when California had legislation that pushed for the laws regarding marriage to remain genderneutral. Recently, in 2008 California began issuing licenses to same-sex-couples, making it the first state to legalize same-sex marriage. Although these licenses have been voided, as result of Proposition 8, passed in 2010, California still leads the country when it comes to marriage reform. The reason why this is so important is for the historical fact that California is trend setting. California often sets the standard that the rest of the country mimics, and this has been proven through its education system in the 1960s. The country will surely follow Californias lead, once we spark the blaze that will surely in the near future prohibit the prohibition of samesex marriage in the United States of America. 2. E.D.C and the Electronic Music Movement: In the past seven years, electronic music has been dominating Los Angeles radio, overpowering every other genre in pop culture. It seems as if every current popular musical artist either has a song-collaboration with a famous DJ, or a remix made by a DJ who admires them. Plenty of artists have even switched their styles to the point that they sound like genuine electronic artists. In addition, the party scene that comes with this music has changed the way

teenagers and young adults escape from society. In 2010, the Electric Daisy Carnival in Los Angeles became the largest party-gathering in California history, bringing in over 185,000 people. The majority of Los Angeles clubs claim that electronic music is the most played genre in 2012. Electronic music is the new soundtrack of Californias youth. A movement has not been so strong, with a California identity, since west coast gangster rap music.

3. The New West in Hip Hop Featuring Kendrick Lamar: In 2013, Kendrick Lamar became the first rapper from the West Coast to grab the attention of millions since the rise of Death Row Records in 1995. His album, Good Kid M.a.ad City was nominated for seven Grammy's and placed on Billboard's top five albums of any genre in that year. The reason Kendrick Lamar is so relevant to California history is because he is paving the way for the future of west coast hip hop. Hip hop is moving to a more conscious level, and Kendrick Lamar is setting the new standard for California. Being from Compton, Kendrick eliminates the stereotype that rappers from California are nothing more than violent gang-banging criminals. Kendrick Lamar is shaping the direction that hip hop will go for year's to come. Californians no longer have the luxury of "being hard" on wax. They now have to follow the footsteps of Kendrick Lamar and describe their story in a more artistic way, and use that art to contribute to the goals of a deeper vision. In addition, Kendrick Lamar is the leader of the "New West" hip hop movement which is working toward eliminating gang violence. With Kendrick's philosophy that "Blue and Red make Green," the New West hip hop movement contains collaborations with artists who are from rivalry gangs. Negative Hip hop, gang lifestyles, and the introduction of crack cocaine have all basically shaped the way the average

black person in California lives. With a more positive standard for hip hop, and a new conscious level, the quality of life for young blacks, even in the roughest cities, is sure to improve. 4. Those Californians Sure Love Their Weed: The leniency of restrictions on the use of medicinal marijuana changed life in California in a matter of months. With thousands of "clinics' in the Los Angeles area alone, and twice as many "doctors" who prescribe the drug, the more legal approach to purchasing weed became more attractive to buyers. Rather than meeting the shady drug dealer in a parking lot, literally millions of "patients" in California began purchasing their weed in these clinics, which eliminated the average street corner pot dealer. The marijuana in said clinics are usually better quality, and grown in a more trust worthy way. This also caused for an immense amount of discussion to take place. In 2011, Montel Williams went on Oprah Winfrey's show to campaign for the legalization of medicinal marijuana. previously, this topic had never been addressed to an audience even half the size of that. But similarly to other political policies, California helped direct the country in the way that they basically legalized the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana.
5. Social Network Life, Smart Phones:

The rise of the smart phones has affected nearly every aspect of Californian life. From traffic, to weather, to deals from the stores you like to shop at, California, which was already a convenient place to live, has become an even more convenient place to live. As soon as they created the D.U.I checkpoint (which by the way I think is a violation of the constitution and simply a means to get illegal immigrants out of California) they created an app that enables individuals to avoid the streets where the checkpoints take place. Moreover, this luxurious life that Californians have been known to maintain has become increasingly more luxurious. The phones have become similar to the car in the way that people decorate, cover, and protect them.

Also, the style that is expressed through social media is a new way that Californians can show their roots. The boom of social media and smart phones has obviously impacted the world, but specifically to California, they increased a stereotype, and further exemplified the way a majority of Californians live.