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Women behind the wheel: The lowrider ladies of Los Angeles

Stephanie Sical, Community News Reporter November 18, 2021

Women aren’t just posing in front of lowriders with sexy bikinis and hot pants. Now, they own the lowriders and are shaking things up with their own style, car clubs and culture. Lowrider culture...

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A tale of two cities: El Monte’s battle to preserve its Latinx history

Erik Adams, Community News Reporter November 17, 2021

There are decades-old tensions where the I-605 and I-10 converge. The unassuming Southern California town of El Monte, located about 14 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, is home to many longtime residents...

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SoCal Nigerian community and fans enjoy Burna Boy at the Hollywood Bowl

Erik Adams, Community News Reporter November 9, 2021

A funk-laden groove and fiery background stage graphic came to a sudden halt. He waited for a few beats then said: “For those of you who don’t know, they call me Burna Boy.”  The audience’s...

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What is Dia De Los Muertos?

Stephanie Medina, Staff Reporter November 2, 2021

Día de Los Muertos is a time for people to remember their loved ones and mourn their transition into the afterlife. But how did it begin?  In Mexico and other Latin American countries, it is called...

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Will Alhambra’s Lunar New Year fest be canceled for the third year in a row?

Priscilla Caballero, Community News Reporter October 26, 2021

While cities across Los Angeles County prepare for New Year’s celebrations, Alhambra is known for organizing a Lunar New Year festival about one month later. Whether that would happen this year remained...

The Breed Street Shul, once the center of Jewish worship in Los Angeles, has been closed for renovations

Take a scenic hike through… Boyle Heights?

Jordan O’Kelley, Community News Reporter October 13, 2021

When you think of taking a long, recreational walk-in California, images of sunny hillsides and calm beaches may come to mind, not the bustling streets of Los Angeles. However, representatives of an...

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Art and culture converge in El Monte

Victoria Ivie, Community News Reporter October 12, 2021

Four dancers wear headpieces adorned with fierce animal heads. They ask ancestors for permission to perform honored traditions, commanding the attention of a hushed crowd. As the performers throw themselves...

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A celebration of Latino and indigenous cultures in Alhambra

Priscilla Caballero, Community News Reporter October 6, 2021

Aztec dancing. Salsa and Bachata music. An ofrenda for Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. And lots of food: Papusas, elotes, agua frescas and churros.  These were some of the highlights of Fiesta...

Vendors engage with event attendees as the night rolls in. (Courtesy of Erik Adams. UT.)

El Monte farmers market returns in time to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Erik Adams, Community News Reporter October 4, 2021

Just as El Monte residents were starting to enjoy having a new farmers market in town in 2020, it was shut down because of the pandemic. Now, it’s back in full swing and there’s a lot to celebrate,...

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The dancer who found a new beginning in vegan cooking

Marisa Martinez, Community News Editor August 18, 2021

Norma Pérez was stunned as she watched the 2005 documentary “Earthlings.” She couldn’t shake off scenes of animals being skinned alive and close-ups of shelter dogs being euthanized. With...

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Leaving corporate America to start a Hawaiian ‘hot dog’ stand

Stephanie Medina, Community News reporter June 17, 2021

Jay Salazar considered himself a loyal employee. When his boss at the printing company where he worked asked him in late 2020 to drive 100 miles to Palm Springs to service some printers, he didn’t...

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Local La Puente artist pays homage to his city

Briana Munoz, Community News reporter June 14, 2021

La Puente resident Emmanuel Salgado used the city as his canvas in the making of his latest music video “27 Dream”. Salgado, also known by his artistic name “Manny Maverik,” released the video...

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