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Five minutes with filmmaker Elgin James

Elgin James speaks of his background and journey to becoming a filmmaker, musician and activist. “I definitely chose a dark path, for decades of my life… When the world has done … Continue reading

February 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

‘Projections’ of art community in North Shore

At “Projections,” a community event showcasing Eastern Coachella Valley artists, images and video were projected onto old buildings, creating a show of light and color that repurposed the decaying buildings in North Shore community. “The … Continue reading

December 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

A film festival on wheels returns to Boyle Heights

The Ambulante Film Festival is itinerant by design, holding free screenings in dozens of community venues – including locations in Boyle Heights — and showcasing work by Latino filmmakers to the communities often … Continue reading

October 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Filipino youth program brings out families, celebrates culture

A seven-week summer program called Sama Sama culminated in a live show celebrating Filipino culture through art, including dance, music, poetry and multimedia. Participants and audiences said the program fills a gap for Filipino youth … Continue reading

October 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Local artists beautify Beachwood

Thirty-two artists from a local collective came to beautify a flea market and the buildings surrounding it, which had been targets for vandals. In an effort to curb property damage, organizers chose the location for … Continue reading

September 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

The new staple of Long Beach hip-hop

Vince Staples is a rapper whose career includes working with the Los Angeles collective Odd Future, Earl Sweatshirt, and Syd tha Kid. His debut album showed his seriousness as a rapper, and tells stories of the neighborhood … Continue reading

September 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Highlights from Summer Nights

Scenes from Summer Nights parties, an explosion of performances in music and dancing, are highlighted in the latest video from RYSE Center.

August 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Anna Deavere Smith takes on the school-to-prison pipeline

Systems set up for the public good create victims of the very people they are supposed to help — this phenomenon is a driving force for Anna Deavere Smith, the playwright and actress who translates … Continue reading

August 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Queer rock camp has debut in Long Beach

This year marked the debut of Long Beach-based Queer Rock Camp, the first and only of its kind in California—the closest similar program is in Portland, Oregon. The camp’s co-founder Jenny … Continue reading

July 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

‘Black Bus’: Hip-hop for #BlackLivesMatter

Youth artists and producers filmed the hip hop video, “Black Bus,” to spotlight the historical context of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. The lyrics (“Sitting in the back for too long / To the front of … Continue reading

July 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

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