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Penka Skachkova
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Penka Skachkova is an educator and an activist. Her expertise is in the area of immigration, women's issues, race/ethnicity/nationality, global development, popular culture, art, and film.

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"Islam Is About Caring": Muslim Stories From California on the Day of San Bernardino Shooting

(1) Comments | Posted December 9, 2015 | 5:48 PM

While the shooting terror and its aftermath were unfolding in San Bernardino, for many Muslims in Hawthorne, Cal. (around 74 miles west of San Bernardino) , December 2nd, 2015 was just another regular day.

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Around 4:06 pm PST, when, according to the...

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The Beatles Song "Back in the USSR" Connects Hispanic and Ex-Soviet Artists

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 3:47 PM

When Darin Reyes, a 21-year-old graphic designer and artist in Los Angeles, learned that Carter Sexton in Valley Village, California was going to do a show celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles coming to America, he chose to do a record sleeve project on their 1968 song "Back in...

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Susan Sontag and the LAUSD Library Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 9:39 AM

In her essay Pilgrimage in The New Yorker, Susan Sontag recalled that when she went to North Hollywood High School she was an avid reader, and as a teenager in Los Angeles even met one of her literary idols, Thomas Mann. Reading transformed her into becoming one of the most...

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Reality Beyond The Olympics

(49) Comments | Posted October 2, 2012 | 9:51 AM

Now that the 2012 Olympic Games in London are over, have you ever wondered what happens to athletes after the Olympics? "There is life after sports, lots of it," two-time Olympian, Irene Piotrowski of Los Angeles, California, said.

A media darling known as "Irene the Queen," Piotrowski was Canada's...

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