Saturday, July 2, 2022

To Be An Apex Predator

Photo illustration by Dalaanii Cochrane. Feb. 4, 2019. With little to no warning, announcement, leaks or a single piece of promotional material , Respawn Entertainment–known previously for their sleeper hit Titanfall Franchise in the early 2010’s—released a new battle-royale game to the public: Apex Legends. For...

Racing To The Finish Line

Rich Hua (right) practices at Willow Springs International Raceway in Rosamond, Calif., on Sep. 26, 2021. Rich Hua never thought of motorcycle racing before his early 40s.   A private arm security who provided 24/7 support for a private family and transport jewelries between their stores  and a military contract...

The Polo Pony Express

Ernie Ezcurra (left), of HYT Polo, and Sean Goel (right) of Fair Hills Farms, gallop across the field during the Will Rogers Memorial Tournament Championship Match at the Will Rogers Polo Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., on Sept. 26, 2021. Hoofbeats pounding in their ears, snorting breaths from the horses as they...

Snitches Get Stitches

Kobe Kendall (L) dives during quidditch practice while trying to pull the velcroed Snitch from Jackson Schulz’s (R) shorts in Irvine, Calif., on Oct. 3, 2021. Quidditch is familiar to most as a broom-flying, cape-wearing game of dodgeball, but the league sport played by muggles is a little less known than its magical...

Punjab to California

Indian farmers bring sustainable practices to the states Gurdeep Singh carried cilantro and fenugreek freshly picked from the Singh farms on February 23, 2021. Photographer: Manu Multani Driving up a dirt road on the side of a suburban housing enclave in California’s Central Valley city of Livingston, bright green leaves...

MENDing the community one grocery bag at a time

Valley food bank answers the call for those in need during the pandemic Imelda Canales packages food to be distributed at MEND's biweekly Food Bank in Pacoima, Calif., on March 9, 2021. Photo by Katya Castillo. Cars start lining up by 7:45 a.m. on San Fernando Road in Pacoima, to...

Brewing Unity

Ethiopian Coffee ceremony honors family and health A clay coffee pot rests on a tray made from aluminum foil as incense burns near it. Coffee ceremonies are an important part of Ethiopian culture. Photo by Katya Castillo. Coffee is an essential drink in Ethiopian culture. It’s a community experience and...

Juicing

...the natural fast food An orange slice hangs in Los Angeles on May 6, 2021. Photo illustration by Katya Castillo. Joe Stepanian opens up The Real Juicery every morning with color on his mind. Lemons, oranges and apples are washed and hung in baskets. The colors act...

Strawberry Sundays

The Chavez family shares their wares at Encino Farmers Market Carlos Chaves places brocoli on the C. Chavez farm stand at the Encino Farmers Market in Van Nuys, Calif., on April 4, 2020. Photo by Katya Castillo. On a cool breezy Sunday, rays from the sun gently shone upon a...

Vegan made to order

California caterer creates plant-based plates for customers Louis Fuentes prepares his vegan fish tacos before deep frying them in Cypress, Calif., on March 14, 2021. Photo by Jackelyn Ruby. It was two years ago when Louis Fuentes had a catering event at an art walk show in San Diego.