Sat, Feb

"The Liquor Bank served as a hot spot of crime, drugs, and violence.  Today, we said enough is enough, our community deserves better.” -Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson

Veterans held picket signs outside of the West L.A. VA Medical Center. They feel that members of their group are being denied benefits. Photos by Jason Lewis


The veterans feel that they are being denied benefits and services because of their race.

Morning traffic on Slauson Ave. nearing La Cienega. Photos by Jason Lewis


Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and the Department of Public Works are addressing this traffic problem.

The church partnered with other COGIC churches, political leaders, public figures, and community members to support people affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Speed coach Christopher Mack trains many of his young athletes at Jackie Robinson Stadium in Rancho Cienega Sports Complete. Photo by Jason Lewis


Coach Mack has sent more than 50 high school athletes to college by dramatically increasing their speed.

A strong work ethic has allowed Blake Shepherd to excel on the track and in the classroom, where he has a 4.86 GPA. Photos by Jason Lewis


The Baldwin Hills resident sports a 4.86 grade point average while blazing a trail on the track.

Elite Athletes CEO Jeff Johnson coaching receivers at the Sound Mind Sound Body football camp in Detroit. Photos by Jason Lewis


Training sessions at Rancho Cienega Sports Complex feature NFL down to youth athletes.

Hamilton High School’s Ayana Fields has City Section championships in the 200-meter dash and 400-meter dash in her sights. Photos by Jason Lewis


Athletics has helped this Windsor Hills sprinter become a better student.

Many travelers hit the slopes at Bear Mountain and Snow Summit. Photos by Jason Lewis


Skiing and snowboarding are the main attractions, but this winter resort town has a lot more than that to offer.

Lounging by the pool all day at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa is a great way to spend the day. The resort also has a golf course, tennis court, spa, and restaurants. Photos by Jason Lewis


Palm Springs and Palm Desert offers relaxation with luxury resorts, spas, fine dining, shopping, and attractions.

Resort life is amazing. Swimming pools, beaches, spas, and a carefree lifestyle. Photo taken at the Riu Palace in Montego Bay. Photos by Jason Lewis


Jamaica gets you from A to ‘all right’ with luxury all-inclusive resorts, adventurous nature tours, and rich culture.  

Catalina mixes relaxation and adventure.

Ade Neff sells and repairs bicycles in Leimert Park Village. Photos by Jason Lewis


This co-op performs repairs, assists people in repairing their own bikes, and sells new bicycles.

The View Park-Windsor Hills health center promotes physical activity, mental health, and spiritual awareness.  

This form of martial arts teaches people how to defend themselves, and gets them into incredible shape. Photo by Jason Lewis


“Through this fist style one gains long life and happiness.”

There are two ways to the top. The dirt trails that loop around the hill, or the more direct route; straight up the Culver City Stairs. Photo by Jason Lewis


The park has a mile-long hiking trail and is the home of the infamous Culver City Stairs.

Kinya Claiborne at the Style & Society x Le Mieux Summer Soirée. Photo by Alton Mills


Claiborne is the founder of Style & Society Magazine, and she is a community relations manager at Los Angeles Metro.

Marguerite Alexis community involvement is reflected in her music. She works as a mental health advocate at NAMI Urban Los Angeles in Leimert Park. Photo by Trai Icart


“I Am” is a reflection of Alexis’ upbringing and community involvement in South Los Angeles.

Senator Kamala Harris


The playlist includes Marvin Gaye, A Tribe Called Quest, Lauryn Hill, Nina Simone, 2Pac, Beyoncé, Prince, Aretha Franklin, James Brown and many others.

Shanita Nicholas and Ashley Newby of Sip & Sonder. Photos by Jason Lewis


This creative space brings together artist, musicians, entrepreneurs, and community members from all walks of life.

(R-L) Local community members Kathy Guyton, Patricia Diggs, Jamal Jones, and L.A. Standard Newspaper publisher Jason Lewis discuss community issues at Morris Media Studios in Leimert Park.


The podcast is designed to discuss issues that affect South Los Angeles communities.

Photos by Amir Medina


Hyde Park, Angeles Mesa, and View Heights are all a part of the Park Mesa Heights Neighborhood Council.

The couple were married at the Rose Garden in Exposition Park.

Student interns help a classmate make a transaction at the Union Bank branch on Crenshaw High School’s campus. Photos by Jason Lewis


The student-run branch provides financial literacy and work experience for members of Crenshaw’s Business Entrepreneurship and Technology program.

Hasani R. Ellis, Omar Muhammad, and Thomas Fitch in front of their office on Slauson Ave. and 7th Ave. Photos by Jason Lewis


These three businessmen went from Crenshaw High School to Clark Atlanta University and back.

Photos by Jason Lewis


Like many small retail shops, this Leimert Park store relies on the community’s help to keep their doors open.

A vendor sells goods from a booth in the middle of Degnan Blvd. during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event. Leimert Park draws large crowds during festivals and special events. Photo by Jason Lewis


The village attracts massive crowds on weekends, but not during the week.  Community leaders are looking to increase foot traffic and business on a daily basis.

Students participate in a critical thinking activity with mentors. Photo by Jason Lewis


Parents see improvements at school and at home from the boys of this mentoring program.

The Ladera Center Starbucks has become the new scene for South Los Angeles chess. Photos by Jason Lewis


Adults at the Ladera Center Starbucks and children in after-school programs take advantage of the mental aspects of the game.

Ray Kyser (left) and Lawrence Ross interacting with a customer at Alpha Phi Alpha, Mu Sigma Lambda Chapter’s monthly book fair. Photo by Jason Lewis


The monthly book fair funds the Baldwin Hills chapter’s Junior Gents and college scholarship programs.

Families received items for Thanksgiving dinner and information about Baldwin Bethany CDC’s education programs. Photos by Jason Lewis


The Baldwin Bethany CDC promotes their STEM and after school programs.

Donald Trump won the election and is in office, so many people have questioned the purpose of protesting.

Measure HHH passed in November to build housing for the homeless; Measure H on the March ballot is needed to pay for services.

Congresswoman Maxine Waters. Photo by Jason Lewis


Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Congresswoman Karen Bass, and Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas met with 150 concerned community members.

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, with Congresswoman Karen Bass and Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson (to Clinton’s right) discusses the upcoming election at Community Coalition. Photo by Jason Lewis


Community Coalition discusses the propositions that greatly effects South Los Angeles, which includes marijuana, criminal sentencing, and taxes for education.

Head Wraps at the Park featured workshops that taught women how to properly put on the garment. Photos by Jason Lewis


The natural hair community came together to show off the beauty of head wraps.

The View Park-Windsor Hills boutique makes original pieces for men, women, and children.

Tuanni Price gives a wine tutorial at a luncheon. Photo by Jason Lewis


“Wine is a really beautiful beverage.  There is a lot of artwork that goes into making it.” -Tuanni Price, owner of Zuri Wine Tasting & Tours

Mark J. Campbell, president & CEO, has the perfect accessories to go along with Audacity Studio’s high-end suits.


This View Park-Windsor Hills establishment has everything from made to measure suits to a grooming salon.

Chef Bryce Fluellen teaches children how certain foods can lead to heart disease and diabetes, and then he teaches them how to prepare their favorite dishes in a healthy manner. Photos by Jason Lewis


Through the American Heart Association’s Kids Cook with Heart program, Chef Bryce Fluellen has taught roughly 2,500 children the benefits of eating healthy.

California Greenworks founder and CEO Mike Meador helped plant 31 Evergreen Pear trees along Hyde Park Blvd. Photo by Jason Lewis


The nonprofit organization is beautifying the area while making the air clearer.   

The American Heart Foundation recommends 150 minutes of moderate exercise, or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise per week. That can be achieved at Harvard Park. Photos by Jason Lewis


The launch celebration also featured the expansion of the Community Safety Partnership with the LAPD.

Members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. help out Healing & Hope 4 the Homeless. More volunteers are needed. Photos by Jason Lewis


Healing & Hope 4 the Homeless provides food for nearly 400 people on the first and third Saturdays of the month.

Billy McCoy leads a jazz workshop at The World Stage in Leimert Park. Photo by Amir Medina

Performing Arts

Ethnomusicologist Billy McCoy discusses the weekly music workshops in Leimert Park.

Drum performances - some planned, some impromptu - occur on Degnan Blvd. and in the park. Photos by Jason Lewis

Performing Arts

Leimert Park Village is the music mecca of South Los Angeles, featuring jazz, blues, soul, gospel, R&B, and hip hop.

This free performing arts program in Leimert Park instructs children in music, dance, theater, and film.

J3 Collection


Justin Jackson’s photography portfolio has been heavily influenced by African American music and culture.

This cultural art center in Arlington Heights features paintings, film screenings, lectures, dance performances, and yoga classes.

The exhibit examines how housing restrictions, police brutality, and other incidents led to the 1992 uprising.

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by surrounding yourself with art, culture, and community.

Angela Means cooks the food and takes photos with customers. Photos by Jason Lewis


Means, best known for portraying Felicia in the film “Friday,” serves tacos, burritos, and bowls with soul food ingredients at Jackfruit Cafe.

Grilled Fraiche specializes in grilled chicken, grilled salmon, and grilled shrimp with sides of brown rice, jasmine rice, grilled vegetables, and mixed greens. Photos by Jason Lewis


Edwin “Chef E Dubble” Redway and Marshawn “Peace & Love” Williams are giving their community a healthy food option.

Who’s Hungry Caribbean & Catering is inspired by Caribbean and Southern food. Photos by Jason Lewis


Caribbean Gourmet and Who’s Hungry Caribbean & Catering bring amazing dishes to the farmers’ market.

The brisket, macaroni and cheese with kale plate is a fan favorite. Photos by Jason Lewis


The food truck has received rave reviews from critics.