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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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27th Annual Pan African Film Arts Festival

By Melina Paris, Arts and Culture Reporter There is no arguing that black filmmakers, not only — but especially — of late have created compelling, urgent and timely films all while keeping audiences engaged and entertained. Highlighting some of the best of these films, it is once agai

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San Pedro Pirates Go to Washington, D.C.

Right at the end of 2019, Darnella Davidson, band director of the San Pedro High School Golden Pirate Regiment learned that her regiment was invited to perform at the 2020 National

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Melody Makers Pays Tribute to the Bible of Rock ’n’ Roll

By Melina Paris, Arts and Culture Reporter It was a chance encounter. A young photographer, Barrie Wentzell, tells the story of being at the BBC Studios — it was October 1965 — to shoot some pictures during the taping of the weekly TV show Top of the Pops. He

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Retail’s Revival Tale at the Harbor – LB’s  Retro Row Leads the Way, SP Retail Returns to Basics 

By Melina Paris, Culture Reporter

        Sometimes it takes someone outside the scope of a situation to recognize the obvious. A friend and I were recently discussing  the merits of the Retro Row shopping district in Lon

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The art of Ann Weber at LA Harbor College Fine Arts Gallery

By Melina Paris, Arts and Culture Reporter They’re organic, spherical and cylindrical, some life-sized—Ann Weber’s sculptures strike instantly familiar to the eye

Watergate Or: How We Stopped an Out of Control President
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Watergate Or: How We Stopped an Out of Control President

Director, Charles Ferguson’s film, Watergate Or: How We Stopped an Out of Control President, is all just a little too familiar at this time in Americn consciousness. 

Todd Congelliere at the soon to be open Sardine.
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Take me to Sardine

A New San Pedro Music Venue Rises

By Melina Paris, Music and Culture Writer Todd Congelliere is a busy man. The musician and business owner of Recess Ops re

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Round One — Four Left in the Chamber

Jumpstarted Plowhards decided to create five albums, Round One through

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B.A.T. State III, Expands Cultural Relationships Through the Past

By Melina Paris, Arts and Culture Writer This past September, artists Anita Bunn and Francesco X. Siqueiros curated the B.A.T. State III: Women Artists

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