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Lawrence Lipton and Venice, California’s Claim to Beat Fame
Lawrence Lipton's book “The Holy Barbarians” was a celebration and canonization of the “Venice West” scene. It also became the biggest hit of his career, around which he revolved on for much of his life.Read More >
Broadsides Reveal L.A.’s Once-Booming Hispanic Vaudeville Scene
There was a time that Los Angeles powered a lively Hispanic vaudeville scene, and its legacy still lives on in many performers today.Read More >
Pacifico Dance Company: Sharing the Love of Traditional Mexican Dance Around the World
Traditional Mexican dances (aka baile folklórico) are the forte of the Pacifico Dance Company, and they’ve helped train hundreds, performing in venues around the country and the world.Read More >
Truths Unsilenced: The Life, Death and Legacy of Rubén Salazar
The Chicano Moratorium and the death of Rubén Salazar continue to reverberate today as communities of color speak out against police brutality and discrimination, and as journalists are once again targeted, attacked and undermined by government...Read More >
How 1950s LGBTQ Found Hope and Community in a Pioneering L.A. Magazine
In the face of overwhelming harassment and persecution of homosexuals during the 1950s, a certain plucky queer magazine based in downtown Los Angeles was steadfast in its political mission to elevate gay and lesbian Americans.Read More >
50 Years of L.A. Pride, The World’s First Permitted Gay Pride Parade, in Posters
The L.A. Pride Parade and Festival in West Hollywood is a fixture of Los Angeles life, but 50 years ago, it was at the center of a heated battle between the authorities and the LGBT community’s wish to be publicly gay.Read More >
Calm and Comfort: ‘Liberation Houses’ of the 1970s Gave Homeless LGBTQ in L.A. Refuge
From the outside, it's not much to look at, but this small home in East Hollywood was a warm home for an unusual family — a place of refuge for dozens of young, displaced members of the LBGTQ community.Read More >
1992 and 2020: A Look Back and Ahead in the Country’s Struggle for Justice
Floyd’s death, made that much more horrific with his pleas of “I can’t breathe," has again triggered demands for police reform and an end to racism — the same cry that occurred almost 30 years ago when King survived a brutal videotaped beating...Read More >
Rev. Cecil 'Chip' Murray: The Reverend Who Led the Rebuilding of South L.A. After the 1992 Riots
“Our nation has come a long way, and we still have a long way to go,” said Rev. Cecil “Chip” Murray, pastor of the First African Methodist Episcopal (FAME) Church of Los Angeles during the 1992 Uprising.Read More >