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From homelessness to newfound success: Local celebrity Twixxy shares her journey

Stepanie Sical, Community News Reporter December 21, 2021

She grew up in the San Fernando Valley, her parents separating when she was young and the family becoming homeless at times. Now, she is a rising star in the local music scene,  goes by the name, Twixxy,...

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Experts: Keeping film sets safe means hiring more experienced professionals

Jordan O’Kelley, Community News Reporter December 21, 2021

Is the film business a safe industry to work in? A few months ago, it would have sounded like a weird question, but with the recent tragedy that occurred on the set of  “Rust,” the question has gained...

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Metroid Dread review: It was worth the wait

Oscar Torres, Community News Reporter November 12, 2021

After nearly 20 years since the release of the fourth game in the 2D series, Metroid is back and better than ever with the release of Metroid Dread. Bringing an end to a long-running storyline and starting...

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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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Boys and Girls Club Fair brings Lincoln Heights back together

Braylin Collins, Community News Reporter October 12, 2021

Last year was the first time in five years that the Los Angeles Boys and Girls Club canceled its annual Fair on Broadway in the community to help raise funds for the youth programs it provides to Lincoln...

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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...

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Drive-in and virtual events are providing an ‘escape’ from the pandemic

Tahiti Salinas, Editor-in-Chief May 4, 2021

Companies have adapted to the changes brought on by the pandemic by creating events that can be experienced from the safety of a car. Events like Electric Mile, Stranger Things: The Drive-Into Experience...

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Big reptile, big monkey: A meditation on “Godzilla vs Kong”

Ethan Axtell, Copy editor April 30, 2021

“Godzilla vs Kong.” I keep wanting to write “King Kong vs Godzilla” since that was the title of the original 1962 showdown between these two nasty heavyweights. A film that I actually owned on...

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Hollywood producer wrote the roles she once wanted to play

Krysta Pae, Community News Reporter April 29, 2021

Growing up, Luisa Leschin was surrounded by the arts and culture. Her mother was a concert pianist and her dad, a former president of El Salvador. As a child, she traveled around the world dancing...

Being and belonging in Boyle Heights

Vanessa Wyatt, Community News Reporter February 28, 2020

As a generation of urban Latinx youth grow up and aspire to achieve the American Dream, does their success contribute to problems in their communities? That question is part of what the Netflix series,...

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