Melina Paris

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Melina Paris, a Southern California based writer, 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. Highlighting artist’s, activists and “outsiders” perspectives. Melina seeks to report on and contrast d

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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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Stories of Los Angeles Harbor Area: Oral Histories Document, Connect  Diverse Communities

By Melina Paris, Culture Writer Film producer and director Jack Baric and LA Harbor International Film Festival founder Stephanie Mardesich joined forces to produce the San Pedro oral history proje

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Certificate of Insufficiency of Councilwoman Jeannine Pearce Recall Petition

Update on the Insufficient Recall Count for Jeannine Pearce

After a thorough verification process, the misleading recall effort against Councilwoman Jeannine Pearce has failed to gather enough signatures to force a

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The Life and Hustle of Blues Man, Southside Slim

By Melina Paris, Music Columnist Blues veteran Southside Slim, who has played at many clubs throughout Los Angeles is kicking off this year’s Long Beach Bayou Festival June 23 on the New Orleans

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Ray Goren Merges Old and New

By Melina Paris, Music Columnist It has been five years since the now 18-year-old Ray Goren played at the Long Beach Bayou Festival. He will be back this year, now with more life experiences. He’

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LB District 2 Recall Effort Continues

By Melina Paris, Staff Writer On May 9, the Committee to Recall Councilmember Jeannine Pearce turned in about 9,000 signatures — if legitimate —enough to put the issue to a November vote by her

We Stand with Jeannine Pearce.
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Sex, Lies and Recall

Business versus Labor Champion: The power struggle behind efforts to recall Jeannine Pearce in Long Beach

By Melina Paris, Staff Writer There are many stories to tell about the former N

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Earth Day and Pride Film Festivals It’s a Wild World

By Melina Paris, Music Columnist Beginning Earth Day weekend and extending into May, venues through the Los Angeles Harbor Area and Long Beach will be hosting film festivals. At San Pedro’s Warner Grand

Dana Louis and the Glorious Birds to perform at the Grand Annex April 12.
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Take Flight with Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds

On April 12, singer-songwriter Dana Louise  and the Glorious Birds will present numbers from their new self-titled album. Choosing to to be unconfined by genr

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