California Fool’s Gold — A South Los Angeles Westside Primer

LETS SHOW THESE FOOLS HOW WE DO THIS ON THAT WESTSIDE Just as Los Angeles has two Eastsides (one being the largely Latino enclave east of the LA River and the other being South Los Angeles east of the 110 and/or Main St) it also has two Westsides. One Westside is a collection of LA’s westernmost … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — A South Los Angeles Westside Primer

California Fool’s Gold — A South Los Angeles Eastside Primer

STRAIGHT BILLIN’ THROUGH THE EASTSIDE   In Los Angeles, usage of the term “Eastside” varies depending on the speaker. To most Angelenos — especially Latinos — “The Eastside“ refers to a group of neighborhoods immediately east of the Los Angeles River: Boyle Heights, Brooklyn Heights, City Terrace, East Los Angeles, El Sereno, Happy Valley, Hillside … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — A South Los Angeles Eastside Primer

Southland Parks — A Directory of Asian Gardens in Los Angeles

In Europe, there are several formalized traditions of botanical garden design including the Dutch, English, French, Greek, Italian, and Spanish. In Asia, there are at least long-established Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Persian schools and May being Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, I’m focusing on Los Angeles’s Asian-style gardens. The tradition of Japanese-American nurseries stretches back to the 1850s when Japanese … Continue reading Southland Parks — A Directory of Asian Gardens in Los Angeles

Southland Parks — Visiting Los Angeles High Memorial Park

Parks comprise more than 14% of Los Angeles’s landscape and the city is home to hundreds of these cherished public spaces. From the largest park within any American city (Topanga State Park) to the smallest pocket parks and parklets, I hope to showcase them one park at a time, in the series Southland Parks. ***** Yesterday, whilst … Continue reading Southland Parks — Visiting Los Angeles High Memorial Park

Los Angeles’ Pan-African Film Festival …a year heavy on Nollywood and South African films

Los Angeles’s Pan-African Film Festival is currently in effect (February 10-17). I have a long-lasting love-hate relationship with it. On the one hand, their website (despite improvements this year) remains hard to navigate, is rife with typos, incomplete information and omissions. In other words, it’s inexcusably bad. How about a calendar, folks? In addition, every … Continue reading Los Angeles’ Pan-African Film Festival …a year heavy on Nollywood and South African films

California Fool’s Gold – a Southeast Los Angeles primer

SELACO – Southeast Los Angeles County Pendersleigh & Sons‘ Official Map of Southeast Los Angeles County Introduction to Southeast Los Angeles County One of my favorite aspects of the Southland is that there is no single, dominant center. Whereas many bemoan the region’s sprawl, I prefer to think of it as a vast, occasionally smoggy … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold – a Southeast Los Angeles primer

No Enclave — Exploring Honduran Los Angeles

Hondurans are the eighth largest group of Latin Americans living in the US in the US and, after Salvadorans and Guatemalans, the third largest population of Central Americans in the US. However, whereas Los Angeles is home to the largest populations of Salvadorans and Guatemalans outside of El Salvador and Guatemala, the same cannot be … Continue reading No Enclave — Exploring Honduran Los Angeles