• College journal: Swapping cardinal and gold for orange

    Two college freshman from South LA chronicle their first days at Syracuse University.

    College journal: Swapping cardinal and gold for orange
  • Political outsider, community insider aims for District 8 seat

    Marqueece Harris-Dawson may be new to politics, but he already has South L.A. residents on his side.

    Political outsider, community insider aims for District 8 seat
  • The Father of Leimert Park, or the Octopus

    Filmmaker Ben Caldwell is mapping out a plan for Leimert Park’s revitalization.

    The Father of Leimert Park, or the Octopus

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Metro fare hike hits South LA

Metro will give free transfer passes if riders use Tap cards.

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Trader Joe’s scouting out first South LA store

Residents are eager for new healthy grocery option near USC.

Jefferson High 1938

#TBT South LA: Jefferson High, 1938

An old yearbook reflects South LA’s diversity more than 70 years ago.

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New USC Village breaks ground

Construction on the new retail and housing development next to campus aims to hire 30 percent of workers from South L.A.


Encore for South LA’s Dunbar Hotel

Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre helps revive a historic jazz landmark on Central Avenue

Zumba class at the Baldwin Hills Mall. | Daniel Jimenez

Despite odds, a boost in heart health for South LA

Zumba, yoga and farmers markets are making a better landscape.


Redefining environmentalism in South LA 

By gardening and keeping lights low, a family in Watts challenges mainstream notions of “environmentalism.”


40 years for four shots

Brandon Spencer is paying a 40-year price for four shots that killed no one

People gathered in Leimert Park to give a moment of silence and also vocalize their anger at police brutality | Alex Kanegawa

South LA police brutality vigil turns into protest

A peaceful vigil became an outlet for anger after the police shootings of Michael Brown in Missouri and Ezell Ford in South LA.


An unexplained death in South LA

The cause of Stanley Thiesfield’s death — and hundreds of others — remains a mystery.


Teen tech leaders compete in Demo Day 2014

URBAN TxT promotes teen entrepreneurs in South LA at its Demo Day 2014.

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Nonprofit Spotlight

Nonprofit Spotlight: Cop Watch Los Angeles (CWLA)

Photo Courtesy of Copwatch Los Angeles Facebook

Cop Watch calls on community members to protest police brutality.

Nonprofit Spotlight: RISE Financial Pathways

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RISE aims to generate economic activity that strengthens entire neighborhoods.

Nonprofit Spotlight: Inside Out Community Arts


Arts education along with social and emotional learning for middle- and high-schoolers.

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Reporter Corps

Reporter Corps

Reporter Corps application deadline extended!

We’re looking for 18-24 year olds from South LA who want to report on their community. Apply today!

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My Neighborhood: Baldwin Hills

Ryan Johnson takes us to where she grew up, Baldwin Hills, and talks with residents about problems with schools, diversity, and transportation challenges.


Growing up queer in Watts: What happens when school is still not a safe place

Xochil Frausto shares her experiences growing up queer in Watts.


First person: Does my Watts neighborhood want me to get pregnant?

Reporter Corps member and college student Shanice Joseph asks why she gets so little support compared with young moms.

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First person: Why I should get in-state tuition as an undocumented student

Intersections Reporter Corps member Miguel Molina writes of continuing struggles with the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals Act.

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