Tuesday, August 16, 2022

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.

An out of body experience

Photo by: Alan Castro   As he glides across the concrete ground with a hypnotizing stare, his body seems to shift form to a liquid-like movement. Resembling the motion of a contortionist, pair of arms are brought over a tilted head that is followed by a shoulder that rotates all the way around without popping out. He stares into his audience’s...

Bird & Vine Loves L.A.

  The first of the Santa Ana winds blew a warm fall breath into the day. A petite blonde in denim pants and a jacket, black booties and a graphic T-shirt with a heart on it enters. Her hair, long ice blonde and wavy blows radically gold against the blue of the October, California sky. Pausing at the doorway, she smiles. Bird...

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...

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.

In the In-Between

Going on television to sell clothing on a 24 hour broadcast that reaches 94 million people is a daunting task for anybody, especially when they have never been in front of a camera. Although Susan Hart, president of Niche LA, was given training on how to host the show, it did not inspire confidence. “I felt barely confident in the training...

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.”

Work hard, play harder

Certain characteristics such as height and hair and eye color are determined by a person’s genetic makeup before birth. It has been argued that personality traits like sarcasm or shyness can be passed from parent to child. For BDSM community member Janice Hartz-Pettit, the apple did not fall far from the tree; genetically speaking or not. Hartz-Pettit and her mother...

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 of...

Saving animals, helping families

Angela Killips, an assistant veterinary technician, poses with her dog Lucas in the Vet Tech building at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif., on Sept. 26, 2019. Lucas has been given the title of program assistant by fellow vet tech students and faculty. Photo by: Katya CastilloFormer Pierce student Dr. Leticia Gonzalez-Garcia wraps the ear of a...