Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Emotionally Strong, Mentally Empowered

Photo by: Monica Salazar It’s third down from the 25-yard line and the Pierce College football team is looking to hold its ground against Santa Barbara City College. Bodies are flying and colliding explosively. Amid the violent clashes, Brahmas’ defensive lineman Ron Young Jr., maintains a smile. The thought of going into battle would make many people tremble, but Young’s...

Mother Plucker

Photo by: Sonia Gurrola Five blocks from MacArthur Park, on a gloomy secluded street east of downtown Los Angeles, you will find the Mother Plucker Company. Entering the concrete building there is a showroom full of feathers. Willy Zelowitz, a true artist, is the owner of this magical feather shop. Over 40 years ago with a $40 bag of feathers, Zelowitz...

Missing Gene

Photo by: Lynn Levitt   It was Christmas Eve 1984, and 15-year-old Lisa Gonzales listened to the buzzing sound of the electric razor as it shaved clean the hair from the back of her head. “The surgery took place and somewhere through the entire process I thought the brain tumor was caused from making bad lifestyle choices, like my use of drugs,”...

Making a new home

One of eleven children, Mario Sandoval made his way to the United States. After nineteen years he is getting his American citizenship, at Olvera Street, Los Angeles, Sept. 30, 2015. Photo: Lynn Levitt.   Over the sound of his quiet measured breaths Mario Sandoval could hear voices outside the vehicle. After the man outside gave permission for the car to “go...

Living in Solitude

Photo by: Lynn Levitt   The setting sun painted the cloudy sky with deep orange hues that added to the peace and tranquility of the place of worship. Somewhere within the ornate surroundings, chanting could be heard from a man in a white robe and red sash. Krishnama Charyulu Samudrala, a priest at the temple, was leading a prayer in a...

Streaming to Success

Photo by: Alan Castro In the gaming world people are now able to make a living. It’s just another day at work as Mark Neacey sits on the computer in his casual attire of a T-shirt, baggy shorts and flip-flops. He screams various phrases at his computer screen. Neacey makes ends meet by working as a full-time streamer, known in pop...

All the rage back home

Drug dealer Rick Bolivia exhales a hit of methamphetamine in his room in the Pacoima area of Los Angeles, Calif. on Oct. 22, 2015. Photo by Joshua Duarte   The lighter clicks on, the flame burns the glass, the smoke fills the room, it smell like burning plastic. He puts the pipe to his lips and inhales. Two seconds go by...

At peace with meditation

Photo by: Jing Shi   He is sitting on Venice Beach, wearing an orange robe, with the beautiful ocean and sky behind him. He looks like a Buddhist statue, and seems to be spectacular and dignified. He normally can meditate for five hours. His eyes are half closed, you can see a slight smile on his lips and you can see his...

Bikes make right

Photo by: Richie Zamora The thought of running out of your house as a child and hopping on your bike to ride the afternoon away with friends is one that many can relate to. It is also something many take for granted. Those carefree afternoons and attitudes are based on the belief your neighborhood is a safe place. Growing up...

Ipods and earbuds

Photo by: Amy Au   The smell of pot wafted in the air of the Saint Rocke club. An enthusiastic and determined group of three men took center stage and the first notes rang out into the atmosphere. Drunken patrons were swaying and unconsciously rocking out to the opening band. Long before their performance that night bandmembers of Olio sit hypnotized by...