Sunday, June 24, 2018

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...

Superstitious rituals abound within baseball team

The pitcher is the leader of the baseball diamond. The inning starts and ends with him. The starting pitcher for the Pierce College Brahmas continued his warm-up pitches before the start of every spring game. The velocity of his throws matched the stern concentrated look on his face. Michael Knopf, 19, is a product of Notre Dame High School and...

From Lost Boy to Homeboy

As a riverboat passes by on a quiet river in Tennessee, an ex-gang member from Pacoima, Calif. sits on a dock nearby. Just watching. Breathing. Living. This serene setting is a world and life away from where a 12-year-old Neil Gutierrez was issued a seven-year sentence for beating up his mother’s boyfriend. He walked into her house to pick up clothes...

Room for All-Ages

By Portia Medina       Across from the football field at Granada Hills Charter High School, three wiry teenage boys assemble the marquee at the First Presbyterian Church to read “The Breathing Room.” Inside the fellowship hall, a youthful man with a kind face covered in a short scruffy golden beard with warm brown eyes directs the boys. 29-year-old Justin Souza is...

Spring/summer 2015: Dirty and Dangerous

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    http://issuu.com/piercebullmag/docs/masterpdf_5_21_finalprint Spring/summer 2015: Dirty and Dangerous

Ipods and earbuds

Photo by: Amy Au   The smell of pot wafted in the air of the Saint Rocke club. An enthusiastic and determined group of three men took center stage and the first notes rang out into the atmosphere. Drunken patrons were swaying and unconsciously rocking out to the opening band. Long before their performance that night bandmembers of Olio sit hypnotized by...

Dying to Live

Robert Hernandez was standing in front of the White Memorial Medical Center in East Los Angeles. His friend wanted to wait for the bus, but he wanted to get a taxi instead. Hernandez was smoking a cigarette with his friend when they saw a car pass by and a man lowered the window to yell out his gang’s name.

#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...

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,...

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...