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Afroxander Ivan Fernandez

Afroxander is the pen name for writer/photographer Ivan Fernandez. His work focuses on the arts, history, politics, and sports of Latin America and its diaspora. Based in Southern California.

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Southland Sessions

Artist's Community Orchestra Project Needs No Experience, Camera or Mic to Make Calming Melodies

Artist Joshua-Michéle Ross' "The Adjacent Possible" project at Grand Central Art Center gathers anonymous participants online to take part in a freeform community orchestra. The experience feels like equal doses of guided meditation, creative collaboration and a space for introspection and relaxation.
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Online Auction Charity Looks to Save the Day for Comics Retailers

For months, Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Iron Man, and many others were nowhere to be seen on shelves. As comic bookstores floundered, Give Comics Hope looks to lend them a hand.
A project with Meztli Projects, which just launched IndigenARTS & Wellness | Joel Garcia
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Indigenous Arts Used to Heal Trauma in East L.A.

Through a combination of Indigenous artistic/creative practices, IndigenARTS & Wellness is looking to heal communities.
Marigold surrounding a black and white photo at an ofrenda at Grand Park for Día de los Muertos in 2020 | Rafael Cardenas
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In Pandemic, Self Help Graphics’ Día de los Muertos Celebration Builds New Relationships

“I think that, for us, is the biggest challenge, like, how do you convey what can be a really powerful and beautiful experience for people through these virtual channels?” explains Self Help Graphics Executive Director Betty Avila.
Olvera Street postcard with City Hall in the background from the Security Pacific National Bank Collection | Los Angeles Public Library Olvera Street 
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What is the Future of Olvera Street in this Pandemic?

Olvera Street should be teeming with life at this moment, but the COVID-19 pandemic has put a stop to the once-bustling area and there is a fear that this scene could become permanent.
Culture Clash portrait | Oscar Castillo, courtesy of Culture Clash
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Culture Clash Fights Back Through Satire and Political Comedy

“Totally Fake Latino News!,” a satirical show by Latinx performance trio Culture Clash is tailor-made for the unprecedented times we’re living in today.
Two skeletons. One holding a bullhorn and phone, another is holding a video camera. A detail of the Hola Mexico film festival poster for 2020 by Mauricio Groenewold González | Courtesy of Hola Mexico
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Largest Film Festival of Mexican Cinema Outside of Mexico Moves Online

Based in Los Angeles, Hola Mexico is the largest film festival of Mexican cinema outside of Mexico. Because of the pandemic, it moved its entire operation online for 2020, opening new opportunities for the festival.
Broadside for Teatro Principal, Los Angeles, printed by Imprenta Jalisco, Boyle Heights, 1929 January 10. | University of Southern California Libraries, Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum Collection, 1830-1930
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Lost LA

Broadsides Reveal L.A.’s Once-Booming Hispanic Vaudeville Scene

There was a time that Los Angeles powered a lively Hispanic vaudeville scene, and its legacy still lives on in many performers today.
Pacifico Dance Company gives audiences a glimpse into the dance of Yucatan. Dancers wearing large flowers on their hair and dresses. | Courtesy of Pacifico Dance Company
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Lost LA

Pacifico Dance Company: Sharing the Love of Traditional Mexican Dance Around the World

Traditional Mexican dances (aka baile folklórico) are the forte of the Pacifico Dance Company, and they’ve helped train hundreds, performing in venues around the country and the world.
Bleachers perform at The Glass House. May 24, 2018 | Taylor Wilson, Courtesy of The Glass House Concert Hall
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Endangered Indie Music Venues Band Together to Seek a Lifeline

In the face of a bleak outlook for indie music venues, a new nonprofit emerges to save SoCal’s stages. 
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