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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.

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Local Band Hangout Jams with Elan Atias

By Melina Paris, Music Columnist Elan Atias of the Wailers recently performed a special acoustic set while hanging at the Queen Mary’s Observation Bar. The jam was the third concert of Local Band Hangout, a live music series.

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A JOURNEY THROUGH THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE

By Melina Paris, Contributing Writer Emmy Award-winning director Marta Houske’s film, Crows of the Desert — A Hero’s Journey through the Armenian Genocide, will be present

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North on South Central Ave.’s Drive to the Future

By Melina Paris, Contributing Writer   The long running jazz musical, North On South Central Ave. will feature some of San Pedro’s best when it arrives, March 26, at the Wa

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Brathwaite’s Spiritrials: Breaking the Bondage of Incarceration

By Melina Paris, Music Columnist   Spiritrials, Dahlak Brathwaite’s one-man show is an awakening. It is also a timely exploration of the criminal justice system that dispels myths and false narratives about felons. Brathw

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QM’s Local Band Hangout Makes Waves

By Melina Paris, Music Columnist The Queen Mary, an attraction in Long Beach since 1967, is making things new again with a breakout live music series, Local Band Hangout. The event happening every thir

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Junot Diaz Spotlights His Audience at REDCAT

By Melina Paris, Contributing Writer It was with good reason that author, Junot Diaz canceled his original speaking date in January at REDCAT. The Pulitzer Prize winner received an invitation from the White House to attend a private event during

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REDCAT Stages Expansive Range of Urban Diversity

By Melina Paris, Music Columnist A double billed concert with Steve Lehman and Georgia Anne Muldrow at REDCAT, CalArts on Feb.4, presented both esotericism and consciousness in music. It was a sonic excursion, rooted in the wind of Stev

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American Women Find Progress in Dialogue

By Melina Paris, Contributing Writer

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American Women Reach their Destination

By Melina Paris, Contributing Writer I caught up with Nicolassa Galvez and Allysandra Nighswonger as they approached Louisville, Ky. They were on their way home from the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. 1 5 6 7