Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Non-profit builds bonds through art and activism

A row of oatmeal canisters was placed on a table as a group of young girls talk among themselves, laughing as they describe how their weeks went. When one of them asked what the oatmeal was for, they were surprised to hear the canisters will become their cameras for the semester, which would be odd for many teens growing...

The Fight is Female

Stationed at a table in the corner of a small bakery, ringlets of reddish curls spilled over a white ruffled blouse tucked under a crisp dark blue business jacket. Eyes glued to an iPhone, a slender finger scroll through pages of a digital report stopping every few lines, committing the information to memory in preparation for a speaking engagement. The...

The Audacity to Be Me

Pull up a seat, grab a pen and some paper and listen to this. Yet another meeting where a co worker is discussing a law case. Now take in the room. The white walls, the floor-to-ceiling glass windows, the 10 foot long table and the multiple chairs that surround you. Make sure you’re taking notes and don’t drift off....

The Ring of Her Dreams

The days of divas are done. No longer are the women of professional wrestling considered a side act and merely eye candy. They are now looked at for their athleticism and in-ring prowess on the same level as their male counterparts. This summer, World Wrestling Entertainment, the largest and most well known wrestling company, held the inaugural Mae Young Classic,...

Column: A pro-feminist piece written by a man, so maybe you’ll listen

The absolute best way to support women is to show up and sit down. Exist in spaces where women are sharing their experiences, and in your silence, in your conscious, deliberate decision to not interrupt or make the conversation sink to your comfort level, you contribute support. Don’t expect a pat on the back for doing the bare minimum, though. Listen...

Forging a Future for Others to Follow

White sparks sailed as embers landed on the weathered work boots of young shielded students. The sun started to fade as welding instructor Darlene Thompson worked her way down the rows as she observed her students from a distance with calculated and warm eyes. Originally from Chicago, Thompson and her family moved to California in 1984 where she attended Mount...

Serving Those Who Served

Inside a Los Angeles salon, wooden floors and a posh interior give the room an inviting atmosphere. The hairdresser stations are spaced uniformly, with dark espresso-colored leather seats and tall narrow mirrors that line either side of the walls. Colorful shampoo bottles in pastel shades of pink, lilac, mint, yellow and cream are displayed neatly on shelves like pieces...

These Walls Tell Stories

Hidden inside studio walls in The Brewery Artist Lofts in Los Angeles, vibrant colors dance on the walls as Andre Miripolsky proudly displays his LA-centric work in almost every inch of his creation space. It is in this city that he has truly discovered his creative muse that has allowed him to be self-employed since 1982. “Looking at my life,...

#InstaFame

Huddled in an intimate circle, surrounding a palm-sized digital camera sitting atop a black tripod, five casually dressed twenty-something year olds break into fits of laughter. Their eyes laser in on the camera’s screen as they review the footage they just shot. The actors  filmed a parody of popular dating websites, such as Match.com, taking turns speaking to the camera...

Welcome to the Game Grid

The kids’ audible joy melds with the bleeps and bloops of arcade machines that are old enough to belong to their parents. Air hockey pucks smack around the tables, punctuating the laughter and talking that fills the room. The 2,500 square-foot facility is packed, almost every machine occupied by an eager kid or parent trying to get to the next...