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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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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...

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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...

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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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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...

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Fighting vaccine inequities

Jathniel Coronado, UT Community News Digital Editor March 2, 2021

Los Angeles County leaders passed a measure last week that is aimed at ensuring equitable access of vaccines to people of color and vulnerable groups. The motion directs the Direct the Department of...

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Cal State LA community members respond to the U.S. Capitol insurrection

Joshua Letona, Tahiti Salinas, and Marisa Martinez January 13, 2021

Last week’s insurrection at the U.S. Capitol displayed a “double standard” for Melina Abdullah, Cal State LA professor and co-founder of the Los Angeles chapter of the Black Lives Matter movement. The...

Juan in the process of painting his Vanessa Guillen mural. Photo courtesy of Juan Solis.

From childhood art enthusiast to local muralist

Meghan Bravo, Community News Editor December 29, 2020

As a child growing up in Boyle Heights, Juan Solis was so drawn to the neighborhood’s vibrant murals that he’d read up on the artists at his local library. One artist that stood out to him was well-known...

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