Sunday, April 5, 2020

Melrose By Any Other Name

Psychedelic threads and suggestive advertisements bulge like beer bellies on the Fourth of July across 1.3 miles.   If one isn’t familiar with L.A. culture, some may mistake peacocking locals for models and Dr. Seuss inspired storefronts for film sets.   In reality, it is the boulevard between Beverly Hills and Silverlake that is the Los Angeles epicenter of shopping and...

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...

This rock identity

David Christian Morgan performs during a Halloween Show at Redwood Bar in Los Angeles, Calif., on Oct. 26, 2019. His friends call him Blake Dedlie. To his family, he’s David Christian Morgan. But on a September night at the Sugar Mill Saloon, neither “Blake” nor “David” was getting ready to perform.

Hollywood Screams Peace

Story By: Jessica Conway         No Justice, No peace! No justice, no peace! The chants echoed through the streets on Mar. 19 2011. It was a protest on the streets of Hollywood and Vine, not just for anything but for a change in the world. The streets were filled with thousands of people, young and old of all races, who were unhappy with...

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.

Changing the Game

A fresh white canvas sits prepped and ready. With the simple pull of a trigger, paint sprays from the airbrush. The nearly invisible mist covers both fabric and tape, bringing life and vibrance to the new piece. But it won’t be hung in a gallery or a home. In fact, this work of art will spend most of the time...

Hunting Voices Lost in Death

"I'm a facilitator between worlds." -Cathreena Garrett Co-founder of the GHOST Rescue CREW

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...

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...

I lost myself for love

In the recent film in the long Rocky series, Balboa hands down a piece of advice to his son that accurately portrays life. He states, “Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are. It will beat you...