Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Los Angeles design, African culture

Along black hooded sweater is laid across the table. Stuck somewhere between a cardigan and a robe in its style, the soft quilted fabric reflects little light due to its semi-matte finish. This contemporary article of clothing draws inspiration from Los Angeles street fashion and the rich heritage of Zimbabwe. At the helm of its design is Zimbabwe native...

Opinion: Fast Fashion

Fast fashion is like fast food. The two industries feed off of the fact that the cost is low and the consumers receive instant gratification from their purchase. Like fast food, however, the quality is matched by price and the long term consequences of it are detrimental to the environment. During February and September the most important events in the fashion...

I lost myself for love

In the recent film in the long Rocky series, Balboa hands down a piece of advice to his son that accurately portrays life. He states, “Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are. It will beat you...

Guitars for the Stars

Eric “Chaz” Czechanski is one of the only true guitar luthiers in the San Fernando Valley. Working out of his small shop in Los Angeles, Czechanski’s guitar shop is carved into the side of the same complex where the legendary Sound City once stood. He has provided, and continues to provide, a one-of-a-kind service to a clientele, both local...

Bird & Vine Loves L.A.

  The first of the Santa Ana winds blew a warm fall breath into the day. A petite blonde in denim pants and a jacket, black booties and a graphic T-shirt with a heart on it enters. Her hair, long ice blonde and wavy blows radically gold against the blue of the October, California sky. Pausing at the doorway, she smiles. Bird...

The Road to the Show

Story by: Robert Knox Photos by: Kristen Aslanian Additional reporting: Tyler McGee Bounce back players and their struggle to go pro The dream of making it to the big leagues, aka “the show,” has been the aspiration of many baseball players that have come through Pierce College. One of these dreamers is Nick Murphy. Murphy, who came after graduating from Royal High School in...

Entertainment industry not all glitz and glamour

The entertainment business looks glamorous from far away, and walking into a room filled with vintage televisions and TV memorabilia, that seems to be the case. Tucked in the city of Los Angeles, a retired television director and editor works with his brother on their latest project. Surrounded by artifacts not only from their own careers, but even Jackie Kennedy’s...

Bully No More

Story by: Pamela Wells Photo Illustration by: Jorge Alvarado Former abuser reflects on his bullying He felt like a dog backed into a corner. He did not want to attack but he also did not want to be conquered. Torrey Drake looked around for his target, or as he calls him, the victim. His victim was bigger than him and could have easily...

From The Great Beyond

Story by Alexis Canelo Photos...

A dream deferred

The military offers a solid alternative for the unemployed in hard economic times, but with rough challenges. William Melendez helps visualize what being in the military is like in times of war.