Sunday, July 3, 2022

Little Ethiopia

The LA neighborhood expands its flavorful landscape A plate filled with cabbage, tomato salad, lentils, pumpkins, green beans and other vegetables are served on injera, a pancake-like bread, from Rahel Ethiopian Vegan Cuisine, in Little Ethiopia in Los Angeles on May 1, 2021. Photo by Katya Castillo.

Distorted Mirror

A former model tackles the challenges of an eating disorder Julia Kinports looks in the mirror in Miami on April 12, 2021. Photo by Michael Loizzo. Stepping into the elevator with a lump in her throat and feeling the urge to throw up, there was...

Living a double life

Kevin Perez sits in his bedroom in Sun Valley, Calif., on Nov. 5, 2020. Photo by Katya Castillo. After a long night of dance practice for his cousin’s quinceanera, 12-year-old Kevin Perez came home late. His mother was angry—rightfully so, he thought. But when he sat down for her lecture, she...

Long days, tired nights

Photo illustration by Katya Castillo. Vanessa Rivero sits outside her home. Photo by Vanessa Rivero. Most people have struggled with getting a good night’s sleep. People toss and turn in bed before finally getting rest. But what if that rest never comes? When discussing mental...

Lost in the virtual world

5-year-old Robbie Silos plays a mobile game on his smartphone. Photo by Peter Villafane.Gamer Robbie Silos with his mother Cheska Silos. Photo by Peter Villafane. “Robbie! Robbie! Robbie! Robbie!” “ROBBIE!” After the fifth call, mother of two Cheska Silos finally gets the attention of her 5-year-old son.

Helping others help themselves

Carlos Velasquez, an alumnus of the Addiction Studies program and student of California State University, Northridge’s credential program, posing in Woodland Hills, Calif., on Nov. 3, 2020. Photo by Kamryn Bouyett.Judy Farash, a former addiction studies professor, stands in front of Pierce College on Winnetka Avenue in Woodland Hills, Calif., on Oct. 15, 2020. Photo by Kamryn...

Social distancing into the unknown

Jazlyn De La Cruz stands by her front door in Placentia, Calif., on Nov. 15, 2020. Photo by Benjamin Hanson.Sean Raus and Jazlyn De La Cruz stand in the street by their apartment in Placentia, Calif., on Nov. 15, 2020. Photo by Benjamin Hanson. Waking up to a new reality, Jazlyn De La Cruz...

The pandemic panic

Lola Murphy. Screenshot by Paige Chestnut.Sandra Campbell. Screenshot by Paige Chestnut.Photo illustration by Katya Castillo. Water goes down the drain. This image, despite being a common, everyday visual, helps Lola Murphy deal with her anxiety. Murphy, a 58-year-old entrepreneur from Calabasas, uses water as a metaphor to release...

Dancing through life

Vicki Alvarez performs a split jump. Photo by Katya Castillo. Kellie McKuen jumps in the air as she gets into "dance mode." Photo by Katya Castillo.Kellie McKuen performs a dance move. Photo by Katya Castillo.Kellie McKuen shows the Dance It Out! logo on her t-shirt. Photo by Katya Castillo. Vicki Alvarez...

Kicking down stereotypes

David Tucker performs a jumping side kick at Point Dume Beach in Malibu, Calif., on Nov. 11, 2020. Photo by Benjamin Hanson. David Tucker plays his bass guitar. Photo by Benjamin Hanson.David Tucker holds his hands in prayer at Topanga State Park in Topanga, Calif., on Nov. 11, 2020. Photo by Benjamin Hanson. David Tucker...