[USC] Deferred Action immigrant support program marks one year (+ Video)
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[USC] Deferred Action immigrant support program marks one year (+ Video)

Just over a year ago, President Obama launched a groundbreaking immigration program to help young immigrants in the U.S. to avoid deportation and find employment for two-year periods. The program is known as “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals,” and is meant to assist youth who came to the country as young kids, and have completed … Continue reading

[USC] Latino youth learn leadership at the CASA Institute (+ Video)
*VIDEO / COUNTRIES & CULTURES / Immigration Issues / LATIN AMERICAN/LATINO / LOS ANGELES / Urban Issues / USC Annenberg School Projects

[USC] Latino youth learn leadership at the CASA Institute (+ Video)

Today in Los Angeles, Latino students from eight cities across the nation are learning to be the leaders of tomorrow — and to be advocates for their communities. Daina Beth Solomon met the students at La Plaza Olvera in downtown L.A. Submitted for professor David Daniel’s “Broadcast” class at the USC Annenberg School for Communication … Continue reading

[USC] Echo Park resists proposed gang injunction (+ Video)
*VIDEO / Crime & Public Safety / Echo Park / LOS ANGELES / USC Annenberg School Projects

[USC] Echo Park resists proposed gang injunction (+ Video)

The Los Angeles city attorney is moving forward with plans to establish a gang injunction in Echo Park despite opposition from some neighborhood organizations and residents. The injunction, which is expected to get a judge’s approval in October, would restrict more than 300 alleged gang members from associating in public, intimidating residents, possessing firearms and … Continue reading

[Blog] ‘Celebrate L.A.’ at Grand Park: Bill Clinton, Antonio Villaraigosa, Eric Garcetti, Placido Domingo + Stevie Wonder (+ Video)
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[Blog] ‘Celebrate L.A.’ at Grand Park: Bill Clinton, Antonio Villaraigosa, Eric Garcetti, Placido Domingo + Stevie Wonder (+ Video)

What do Bill Clinton, Antonio Villaraigosa, Eric Garcetti, Placido Domingo and Stevie Wonder have in common? They were all on the same stage last Friday evening at City Hall for “Celebrate L.A.,” a so-called “block party” — free and open to all — honoring cultural heritage month and Villaraigosa’s final days as L.A. mayor. (See post for video of Bill Clinton’s comments and Stevie Wonder’s performance.) Continue reading

[Blog] Colburn School Dance Recital May 24: Danish “Flower Festival” to Cuban “Manteca” (+ Video)
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[Blog] Colburn School Dance Recital May 24: Danish “Flower Festival” to Cuban “Manteca” (+ Video)

My 15-year-long ballet “career” has introduced me to astounding music, from Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings in C major” (from George Balanchine’s “Serenade”) to Danny Elfman’s “Beetlejuice” score (from a funky piece by my amazing Westside Ballet teacher Veronica Apodaca). Now, I’m again adding to the list. In a recital this Friday at The Colburn School’s Zipper Hall, I’ll perform two pieces with Colburn’s adult ballet class – and our music ranges from 19th century classical to 20th century Latin jazz. Continue reading

[Blog] Making Panuchos at Chichen Itza (+ Video)
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[Blog] Making Panuchos at Chichen Itza (+ Video)

Looking for an introduction to Yucatecan cuisine? Try a panucho. Panuchos begin as traditional corn tortillas, but then are grilled to form crispy exteriors that shelter tender black beans that have been nudged inside. It is then topped with shredded turkey, pickled onions, and avocado. The dish is a staple at Chichen Itza – not the monumental Mayan pyramids of Mexico, but a quick-serve restaurant tucked inside Mercado la Paloma in South L.A. near USC. [keep reading…and check out the how-to video from one of Chichen Itza’s chefs.] Continue reading