Monday, September 28, 2020

Beaten, Broken, or Brilliant? (Occupy LA)

Dear Occupants of Los Angeles, It’s me, one of the 99%ers. I’ve seen you around town. I’ve had some conversations with people who claim to represent the movement. However, I still am full of questions and concern.

A life reclaimed

Photo by Monica Salazar   Thrown to the ground by her boyfriend, Karen Gonzalez curled up in an attempt to protect herself from his stomping and kicking. She caught her breath, screamed and managed to fight him off and run toward the phone. But before she knew it, she was pinned to the bed with his knee pressed against her neck...

Playing with fire

A hot light swirls around a young woman, feeling not the cold grasp of the night but the warm embrace of   the flames. Faint roars of the hot element are heard as it paints the night with its orange light. The young lady, with hair auburn as the element that she controls, is focused on the glowing heat tipped...

Killing the track

She wears her team’s uniform with pride as she skates around the flat track with her navy blue jammer helmet that has lime green stars indicating her position. Dressed ready to compete, 37-year-old Staci Park sports tattoos on her arms and legs, with several of them an ode to the Japanese character Hello Kitty. Park founded the San Fernando Valley Roller...

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...

Drafting Dream Drives

Story by Natalee Ayala Photos by Lynn Levitt   "Batman", “Iron Man,” “Minority Report,” “Tron” and “Transformers” can all be identified instantly by one feature: their vehicles. These films, as well as others, have iconic vehicles that are recognized by many people, even by those who have never seen the films. However, the man behind the designs and concepts remains behind the scenes. Harald Belker,...

Mother shows tough love through discipline

Random photos and Afrocentric art plaster the alabaster walls gave the petite home an aura of a close-knit family. While the television played the infamous show “Out of the Box,” a few scattered toys rested on the Maplewood floor and awaited attention. A furry chestnut and ebony Yorkshire terrier barked from the top of the narrow staircase, it sensed...

Women’s Mariachi

Moments from the Mujeres, Musica, Mexico concert on Oct. 19, 2019, at the LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes in Los Angeles. Mariachi Lindas Mexicanas is an all-female group. Photos by Natalie Miranda All-female group celebrates traditional Mexican culture in a new way Mexico is home to many...

Silent No More

Swarms of college students blend together, holding their textbooks, coffee cups and laptops, consumed in thought as they hurry to and from class on the University of California, Los Angeles campus. A bright red hat upon a confident young woman’s head makes a statement, standing out among the crowd. The white capital letters embroidered on the hat read “Make...

At peace with meditation

Photo by: Jing Shi   He is sitting on Venice Beach, wearing an orange robe, with the beautiful ocean and sky behind him. He looks like a Buddhist statue, and seems to be spectacular and dignified. He normally can meditate for five hours. His eyes are half closed, you can see a slight smile on his lips and you can see his...