Friday, February 21, 2020

Breaking the color barrier

Adam Mendelson is no stranger to misconceptions about his race. Strangers seem to mistake him for everything but what he actually is. The issue doesn’t faze him anymore, but just because Mendelson isn’t affected by people’s thoughts doesn’t mean that he is not aware of the negative connotations that come with having darker skin. The reactions he receives are magnified...

Volunteer Task Force AX

Hair as light as low simmering ember, tied back with a black hairband into an impeccable ponytail, anthropology major and Pierce College student Brenna Perteet increases her pace as she rushes into Starbucks. Cream, sugar, spices and warm baking dough engulf her senses while she cuts ahead of the growing line. She ordered her coffee online the night before....

Buy A Bowtie, Take A Top Off

Alex Koontz wearing one of his dandy bowties and flashing a big smile. Phto by: Jacqueline Kalisch
Panic washes over 21-year-old Alex Koontz when the idea of going to the bathroom approaches. Koontz barely ever passes as a guy so going into the men’s restroom is extremely stressful. It’s even worse to use the woman’s restroom with all the stares and constant whispers. Keeping his eyes to the ground and doing what has to be done is Koontz’s only way out.

Not in my house

From the courtroom to the altar, a priest helps his community using his knowledge of law to take loads off of families.

Why So Scared?

Story by: William Yeromian Photos by: Jorge Alvarado Fear factor, fun factor “Before I arrive to the theme park, I feel nervous,” said high school student Veronica Palafox as she neared the haunted mazes at Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights (HHN). Haunting music mingled with screams echoed in the background as she entered. “It takes a lot of courage to step in...

Icing on the cake

Who says small business is dead? Stacy Nakamura makes a go of it—her own way.

Hundo and Justbeatz

Rapper and Producer on their plans to take over an industry Ryan “Hundo” Williams and Justin “JustBeatz” Garner pose in the photo studio at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif., on Oct. 16, 2019. At 18, during one of Ryan Williams’ shifts at Footlocker, a colleague grew sick...

Dance to the Heart

Moments from the Ballet Aztec performance at the Saint Cyril of Jerusalem in Encino, Calif., on Oct. 26, 2019. Photos by Kevin Lendio For many people, a home does not have to be a physical place. Instead, it’s a feeling. Inside Amy Navarrete’s dance studio Ballet Aztec, it’s...

Corbin’s Monsters

Tucked away in a cramped garage in Calabasas, California, monsters are created. The smell of burnt fuel and melted metal stains the atmosphere. The monsters that leave this space are flame-spitting, ear-splitting, sensory-polarizing devil’s chariots. Corbin Goodwin, a 25-year-old mechanical engineering major at CSUN, gained notoriety when his first mad creation was featured on the /Drive Channel on YouTube. His...

The Duality of the Afterlife

I took these photos because this is what I envision when I see the afterlife. Lights and darks, two separate entities that cross but never overstep each others boundaries. Similar to Yin and Yang. This is an effort of translating what I see through my eyes into the print to give others the same perspective...