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Except at CicLAvia, L.A.'s Streets Are No Work of Art

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.18.2017 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

It is only Tuesday but it is shaping up to be another great week in L.A. The transformational L.A. happening, CicLAvia Southeast Cities is on the book...

Looking Up for Jordan Downs

Dennis Walto | Posted 04.27.2017 | Impact
Dennis Walto

Pulling up next to Children's Health Fund's mobile medical clinic in Watts recently, I was taken aback at the contrasts. The drive to 103rd Street in...

50 Years Later, These 8 Photos Of The Watts Riots Speak Volumes

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 01.18.2017 | Black Voices

Los Angeles reached its boiling point on August 11, 1965. Racial tensions in the predominantly black and economically downtrodden neighborhood of Watt...

50 Years After Watts: The More Things Change, The More They Remain The Same

Mark Ridley-Thomas | Posted 08.11.2016 | Black Voices
Mark Ridley-Thomas

Despite all the social and economic progress since the events in Watts, and after the civil unrest that followed the Rodney King beating trial verdicts, it seems the more things change, the more they remain the same.

No More Silent Statistics: Walter Finnie

Diane Luby Lane | Posted 10.14.2014 | Black Voices
Diane Luby Lane

Walter, our tall, dark, and handsome, Get Lit Player teen poet from Watts, is leaving for college in Pennsylvania in a few weeks, and I wanted to make sure that he had a coat.

It's Carbon and Monoxide the Ol' Detroit Perfume

Joel Epstein | Posted 07.07.2014 | Detroit
Joel Epstein

An Angeleno urbanist jonesing for the sort of brick and mortar one is hard pressed to find in most parts of Los Angeles, I was excited to be heading back to a place I'd been fascinated with since taking a course at the University of Michigan on urban development in the American rustbelt.

Mitt Romney, Single Parents and Gun Violence

Monique Ruffin | Posted 12.19.2012 | Black Voices
Monique Ruffin

When Mitt Romney speaks of single parents contributing to gun violence, I believe he is speaking to me, not to white, single parents whose suburb-dwelling kids have good schools and enthusiastic teachers.

USC Students Hope To Save L.A. Community High School

Posted 08.03.2012 | Education

Two University of Southern California students have launched an Indiegogo campaign in hopes of raising $10,000 by Aug. 10 so Los Angeles Community Hig...

A Musical Portrait of LA

Tom Teicholz | Posted 08.18.2012 | Arts
Tom Teicholz

"Trouble in Paradise" and "Who Shot Rock & Roll" serve to remind of us of how much music can shape the very landscape of our lives and our times, through journeys that both define and transcend the place where we live.

Big Willie Robinson, 69, King of the Street Racers

Steve Parker | Posted 07.25.2012 | Los Angeles
Steve Parker

"Big" Willie Robinson, founder and president of the International and National Brotherhood of Street Racers, died this past Saturday. He was 69.

Bringing Hope Back

Caroline Giegerich | Posted 04.30.2012 | College
Caroline Giegerich

With Sara's special brand of enthusiasm and perseverance, she reminded me of how inspired some in this world really are. Young people are bringing hope back into business.

The U. S. Government's Largest Means-Tested Anti-Poverty Program Has Severe Problems

Robert Auerbach | Posted 11.12.2011 | Politics
Robert Auerbach

During these dire times for millions of people, many of whom have been unemployed for long periods, the nation's safety net is mangled and inefficient.

Southern California Black Panthers Tell Their Stories in A New Documentary

Anthea Raymond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Anthea Raymond

Director Gregory Everett didn't know his father growing up. But he did know that he had been a Black Panther.

Green Dot: Proponent of Educational Reform

Micheal McElveen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Micheal McElveen

After Green Dot turned my Watts, L.A. high school into a charter, I felt a sense of inspiration in witnessing and living the transformation process. I should not be the exception.

"Driving While Black," "Negro Riots," and Two Nations

Kenneth C. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kenneth C. Davis

On August 11, 1965, an all-too-frequent stop of a black man by a white police officer exploded into one of the worst urban riots in American history.

Can a hostile takeover help a desperate inner city high school?

Christal Smith | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christal Smith

Take one run down high school near Watts, California, that straddles two rival gang territories and has a 75% dropout rate for incoming freshmen; add...