Sunday, August 18, 2019

The Music Plays On

For the average Angeleno, a typical Thursday morning usually involves prepping for school or work, fighting traffic and grabbing a quick bite and a cup of coffee. For Dori Accordino, Thursday is when she drives her Lincoln Town Car to St. Charles Borromeo Church in North Hollywood because it’s the place she knows there’s a free meal. Walking into the Holy...

Ink Me Up

A new spasm of pain surges through a large man’s body lying on the thick padded hospital style table as a consistent buzz resonates through the room. His face scrunches with each touch of the humming machine to the skin covering his ribs. A man with blonde and black dreads leans in closer to note the exact spot he should bring...

Streaming to Success

Photo by: Alan Castro In the gaming world people are now able to make a living. It’s just another day at work as Mark Neacey sits on the computer in his casual attire of a T-shirt, baggy shorts and flip-flops. He screams various phrases at his computer screen. Neacey makes ends meet by working as a full-time streamer, known in pop...

The Seductive Art

Behind the black curtain of Bar One in the San Fernando Valley that keeps her hidden from the crowd, Lola Chan changes from conservative clothing she wore entering the club to her lacy and seductive costume that will be revealed to the waiting patrons. The sound of anticipation grows as the entertainment is about to begin. The lights dim...

Devil if you Dare

The Origin of Satan Explored Story and Photos by Natalie Miranda The name drips off the lips of those who are damned to speak it. Like blood, its influence runs  through the veins of different faiths. According to a 2017 Gallup Poll, 61 percent of Americans say they're believers...

All Aspects

Half of the crew slinks to the site with their tools while the other half keeps eyes on the surrounding area. If any security or police show up they’ll have to make a quick getaway. The location has been scouted ahead of time, the preparations have been made and the time has come to execute the plan. Be it art...

BUDDHIST STATE OF MIND

Photos and Story by Maja Losinska A warm upland air was flooding through the window at the West Hills Meditation Center, dancing to the sound of chirping birds and passing cars. The smell of aromatic incense releasing rose-infused smoke spread over the room. Bits of sunset light were still falling through...

Emotionally Strong, Mentally Empowered

Photo by: Monica Salazar It’s third down from the 25-yard line and the Pierce College football team is looking to hold its ground against Santa Barbara City College. Bodies are flying and colliding explosively. Amid the violent clashes, Brahmas’ defensive lineman Ron Young Jr., maintains a smile. The thought of going into battle would make many people tremble, but Young’s...

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...

Tied & Bound in Los Angeles

Red, blue and yellow lights illuminate a 10-square-foot linoleum dance floor in the center of the main room, as the audience watches a petite young woman wrapping rope around a tall, hard-bodied man. With each layer of rope she wraps around his torso she explains to the audience how important it is to avoid “huge owies.”