• From Watts to Walla Walla: The burdens and the blessings of my college education

    A student at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash., reflects on a diversity recruitment system that both nurtures and neglects.

    From Watts to Walla Walla: The burdens and the blessings of my college education
  • Activists protest deportations of Central American immigrant children

    Activists are urging Congress to keep laws in place that protect children who emigrate alone from Central America.

    Activists protest deportations of Central American immigrant children
  • Snapshots from the Watts Senior Citizen Prom

    Guests shared stories about long lives spent in the ever-changing neighborhoods of Watts and South LA.

    Snapshots from the Watts Senior Citizen Prom

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A new King hospital in South LA

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Belizean conch fritters at South LA’s Joan and Sisters Restaurant

Belizeans and Belizean-Americans live all over L.A., but Joan and Sisters Restaurant still makes its home in South LA’s Little Belize.

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South Seas House: Abandoned home turned community center

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City collects 950 guns in buyback

Angelenos from South L.A. and around the city turned in handguns, shotguns, rifles and assault weapons in exchange for Ralph’s gift cards.

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A Latino punk band from South L.A. sets out to defy stereotypes.

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Northgate Market and Jamie Oliver program boost South LA food landscape

South LA’s new Northgate Gonzalez Market is helping spur healthy eating habits along with programs like Jamie Oliver’s mobile teaching kitchen.

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Bombassmuzik has changed with the times to offer a variety of “lifestyle” merchandise, but music is still the focus.

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Nonprofit Spotlight: RISE Financial Pathways

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RISE aims to generate economic activity that strengthens entire neighborhoods.

Nonprofit Spotlight: Los Angeles Urban League (LAUL)

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LAUL provides job training, job placement, youth achievement and business development programs.

Nonprofit Spotlight: Cop Watch Los Angeles (CWLA)

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Cop Watch calls on community members to protest police brutality.

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My Neighborhood: Watts

Reporter Corps members Xochil Frausto and Shanice Joseph take us on a trip through Watts and speak with residents.

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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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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

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My neighborhood: Central Alameda

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