Melina Paris

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Melina Paris is a Southern California-based writer, who blends her passion for writing and connecting people to their local community into pieces centered music, cultural events, the arts, and most recently, the intersection of art and social justice.

Ethiopian jazz band, Ethio-Cali.
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Ethio Cali Infuses Flavor at Music Tastes Good  

By Melina Paris, Music and Arts Columnist

The Ethiopian jazz band, Ethio Cali, took full advantage of performing on the last day of the Mus

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Additional Suspect Charged in Crespo Murder

By Melina Paris, Staff Reporter San Pedro — Random Lengths News learned that a second suspect was arrested on Aug. 4, in the murder case of  San Pedro resident, Walter

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Flemons Brings Broad History of the American West Forward

By Melina Paris, Music Columnist  Songster and multi-instrumentalist, Dom Flemons started his path busking on the streets while attending Northern Arizona University, in Flagstaff. The of

Kalimba channels vintage Earth, Wind and Fire.
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The Spirit of Earth Wind & Fire Shines Through Kalimba

By Melina Paris, Music Columnist Earth Wind & Fire was at the forefront of the evolution of pop music in the 1970s.  In a decade of experimentation, the band bridged the musical tastes of a bl

Lowrider Band members Lee Oskar, Howard Scott, B.B. Dickerson and Harold Brown still ride together. File photo
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Lowriders Teach Art, Not War

It’s About the Music

By Melina Paris, Music Columnist  To see Harold Brown walking through downtown Long Beach, talking to people in his ne

Dayramir-Gonzalez to perform at Alvas Showroom on July 29.
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Dayramir González Comes to Alva’s Showroom

Award-winning Cuban pianist and composer, Dayramir González comes to Alva’s Showroom for a two-part concert July 29. The first concert will be a solo show, The Art of the Cuban Piano. It will be followed by, From Havana to San

San Pedro resident, Wally Crespo, was shot and killed in June 2018.
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Wally Crespo: A Quest for High Hopes Cut Short

“Compassionate,” “kind” and “loving” are some of the terms people in San Pedro have used to describe Walter Crespo. “Wally,” as most people in the Harbor

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Long Beach Fresh, Transforming School Food

By Melina Paris, Staff Writer The Long Beach School District feeds nearly 60,000 children daily. Earlier this summer, community members and parents came together to discuss  healthy food and food

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Kamasi Washington’s Heaven and Earth Lights Up Leimert Park

By Melina Paris, Music Columnist Kamasi Washington brought Heaven and Earth to Leimert Park on June 21 for a daylong, pre-album release party. The title of the tenor sax player’s album also captured the mood amon

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