South L.A. on the Rise

This week L.A. Letters highlights a few groups and individuals that are doing phenomenal work to make South L.A. rise.

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Third-generation Angeleno Mike "The Poet" Sonksen is a poet, journalist, historian, tour guide, and teacher.
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Something in the Water: Hip Hop History in Cerritos

Something in the Water: Hip Hop History in Cerritos

This week L.A. Letters examines the hip hop history in Cerritos and the unique conditions of this gateway city that have made it a springboard for the mobile DJ culture.
On Location: Cerritos

On Location: Cerritos

This week L.A. Letters examines Cerritos and explores the unique legacy of this gem of a city nestled in the southeast corner of Los Angeles County.
Rad American Women A to Z

Rad American Women A to Z

This week L.A. Letters highlights this important book and adds a few more names to the 26 movers and shakers featured in its pages.
Carey McWilliams, California Prophet

Carey McWilliams, California Prophet

This week L.A. Letters examines McWilliams' classic book from 1946, "Southern California Country: An Island on the Land," as well as his towering legacy as one of Southern Californ ...
Mapping Chester Himes: Southern California and Social Realism

Mapping Chester Himes: Southern California and Social Realism

This week L.A. Letters looks at the works of writer Chester Himes and how he candidly mapped Los Angeles and the social relationships that defined the city.
Historic South Central and the Blk Grrrl Book Fair

Historic South Central and the Blk Grrrl Book Fair

This week L.A. Letters spotlights an upcoming feminist book fair in Historic South Central Los Angeles, as well as the gallery space hosting the event.
Claiming Freedom: From Writers Week to #BlackPoetsSpeakOut

Claiming Freedom: From Writers Week to #BlackPoetsSpeakOut

This week L.A. Letters reports from three major readings in Southern California devoted to educational equality, uplifting the community and social justice.
Documenting the Rise of the Los Angeles Poetry Scene

Documenting the Rise of the Los Angeles Poetry Scene

This week L.A. Letters spotlights a two-tiered project that includes both a book and documentary.
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