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YES ON HHH - A Real Chance To Help The Homeless This November

Yes on HHH PSA from Rachel Fleischer on Vimeo. I never turn down an opportunity to speak about homelessness. Growing up in Los Angeles and being profoundly saddened by images of people living on the streets from a young age, my lifeShow More Summary

It Takes a Village to Clean the City

This is the golden age of data, right? We're using the internet of things including our phones to run our lives. So why are L.A.'s streets still so filthy? Why is a city that's now better run than some Fortune 500 companies still failing...Show More Summary

Where Are We Fifteen Years After 9/11: A Look at a Decade and a Half of Backlash

There are far fewer American flags flying from truck and SUV windows. Less than 5500 troops are left in Afghanistan and just over 4000 in Iraq. And now, candlelight vigils and other commemorations only take place in early September. For many, 9/11, while only fifteen years ago, is a faint memory with no lasting repercussions. Show More Summary

Vote Early and Often for LA Metro

I'm home again, for a few minutes at least. Hey, cut me some slack; have you ever heard of snow and ice? It's summer and to fully appreciate the places I've been, this is the best time of the year to be there. As usually happens when...Show More Summary

YouTube removes video of Sacramento pastor praising Orlando mass shooting

A YouTube video in which a Sacramento Baptist church pastor praised the massacre of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Florida and called the victims pedophiles and predators was removed Tuesday for violating the website’s policy on hate speech.  The videotaped sermon by Pastor Roger Jimenez of Verity...

Da FUNction Event to Celebrate the Urban Gardening Movement with Local Residents

What do you get when you take a neglected space, unused resources, and an inner city-community that has long been forgotten -- and offer a movie in the park, live art, music, youth nutrition education and a message that people have the...Show More Summary

Best Psychologist

I have heard that putting on a show is 'the art of stopping people coughing', and I do rather like the idea. ~ Derren Brown At the University of Pennsylvania I was privileged to study sociology with leading sociologists such as Philip...Show More Summary

Paris Radio, WATW, Ménage & Solomon King Release New Music Although LA's Still 'Kinda Like Nashville With a Tan'

It really was an "only-in-LA" type of moment. You know, right?! I was dining with an actor pal Robb Salovich before seeing the workshop run of another actor-friend Raymond J. Barry. His very evocative play Foreclosure officially premieres in January 2017 at the Greenway Court Theatre. Show More Summary

8 Hacks for Learning to Love (or at Least Like) to Exercise

As much as you think you "hate" to exercise, you really don't. No one was born hating to move. The desire to move is innate. If you dislike exercise now, something happened to make it so. Maybe you had a bad experience or, spent years being habitually sedentary. There was a chunk of my life when exercise was not at all on my day-planner. Show More Summary

Racially-charged video roils elite private school in Los Angeles

An elite Westside private school said Tuesday that it is investigating a video showing students singing the lyrics of a rap song containing profanity and offensive language about women and African Americans. The video emerged on YouTube this week as part of a campaign on demanding that...

Protest to be Held at Whole Foods 365 Launch in LA Amidst Co-CEO Mackey's Ties with Pedophile

I am a survivor of child abuse. Starting at age four, I was repeatedly beaten and called names that no child or adult should ever be called. Then from eight through thirteen years of age, the abuse escalated to sexual victimization by a close male figure and my mother, who suffered from mental health issues. Show More Summary

What Makes This Place Not Another L.A. Tattoo Shop & Other Reasons Women Are Getting Inked At This Venice Spot

A recent study suggested getting lots of tattoos might mean you have a kick-ass immune system. Or, opting for ink might be a way "for people to come together; to learn; to rebel; to respect history and keep tradition alive," says Matt...Show More Summary

Unarmed man shot in the head by LAPD files lawsuit alleging excessive force

An unarmed man who was shot by a Los Angeles police officer last year as he walked with a towel wrapped around his hand filed a civil rights lawsuit Monday, alleging the officer used excessive force in an "unlawful and out-of-protocol shooting." Attorneys for Walter William DeLeon posted a short...

Making Susie Sunshine

Director Chelsea O'Connor with Jessica Howell. Photo credit: Emil Chang. The Los Angeles Women's International Film Festival opens downtown at LA Live this weekend. One of the headliners is a short film called Susie Sunshine directed by newcomer Chelsea O'Connor. Show More Summary

Why You Only Think You're Doing HIITs But Probably Aren't (and Don't Really Need to Anyway)

If you pay the slightest bit of attention to fitness trends, you've probably heard HIIT (high intensity interval training) is the greatest thing to happen to workouts since rubber soles shoes. The thing is, the term "HIIT" has been thrown about so much in recent years, it's true essence has become diluted. Show More Summary

Why Did L.A. County Inmate Unique Moore Die? Lawsuit, Investigation Raise New Questions About Women's Jail

Photo via Before breakfast on November 8, 2014 in the women's jail in Los Angeles County, a popular inmate named Unique Moore started coughing and complained that she couldn't breathe. A 37-year-old, African-American, she had a history of diabetes, asthma and severe mental illness. Show More Summary

Searching for Detroit and Los Angeles

I finally got around to watching Searching for Sugarman, the excellent 2013 documentary about Sixto Rodriguez by Malik Bendjelloul. Seeing the film, my mind circled back as it does sometimes, to Detroit. In the documentary about theShow More Summary

El Niño storms erode Pacifica bluff as homes teeter on the edge

Apartment buildings lining a rocky cliff overlooking the ocean in Pacifica, Calif., are in peril after recent El Niño storms severely eroded the crumbling bluff. Video recorded from a drone posted on YouTube over the weekend shows several buildings on Esplanade Avenue teetering on the cliff’s edge...

There's a New Sherif in L.A.: Exciting EP Pays Homage to Great Lyricists like Dylan and Costello

Maybe, I get a chance to breathe Because fear is a suffocating thing And, maybe I get a chance to see Because love can be a very blinding thing --Sherif Serag: "Suffocating Thing" Singer/songwriter/musician Sherif Serag and I are sitting...Show More Summary

Hope for Harper: How a Little Girl With CDKL5 Epilepsy Helped Bring Medical Marijuana to Latin America

The story of my daughter Harper is that everybody's life, even if they have special needs, has a purpose. My daughter Harper Elle Howard was born on April 12, 2010, with a very rare, non-hereditary, life-threatening genetic disorderShow More Summary

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