Philadelphia Eagles 1984 with Andre Hardy

Dear Football, I love you. You have been the love of my life for as long as I can remember. Everything good that I am, everything good that I will ever be, in part I owe to you. You were there for me when I thought all was lost. You picked me up and loved me when no one else would. Now can you please sit down? I have some things I need to say. READ MORE

Synthia SAINT JAMES-Studio-Shot

Photograph by Leroy Hamilton TribeLA Magazine Acrostic Interview with Dr. Synthia SAINT JAMES “The Creative World of Synthia SAINT JAMES” — I’ve used this description for many years because of the variety of my creative work and endeavors, such as in the visual arts I am a painter, architectural designer (ceramic tile designs for the Ontario International Baggage Claim, Ontario, CA, and Cowan Elementary School, Westchester, CA, stained glass window designs for the West Tampa Library, Tampa, FL, elevator door designs for a government building in the East End Complex adjacent to the State Capitol Building in Sacramento, CA, and mural designs for two affordable READ MORE

Photo by Arlene Mejorado

Pasadena’s Vroman’s Bookstore “Walk of Fame” dedication to Luis Rodriguez by Luis J. Rodriguez In two years, I spoke or read poetry to an estimated 25,000 people in over 200 events, and millions more in English and Spanish language TV, radio, publication, and Internet media. My press, Tia Chucha Press, released the largest poetry anthology of L.A.-area poets called “Coiled Serpents: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles,” edited by Neelanjana Banerjee, Daniel A. Olivas, and Ruben J. Rodriguez. One of the poems I wrote for the city, “Love Poem to Los Angeles,” was read on KPPC-FM and published in Rattle READ MORE

Les Palmes Market Haiti by Synthia SAINT JAMES

Synthia SAINT JAMES, a highly commissioned artist, continues to create paintings for private collectors, colleges, universities, corporations and for non-profit organizations. The House of Seagram, Coca Cola USA, Maybelline, Essence Communications, National Coalition of 100 Black Men, Glendale Memorial Hospital, YWCA of Greater Los Angeles, Barnes and Nobles and… READ MORE

Honors Mindset by Synthia SAINT JAMES

Synthia SAINT JAMES is an int’l award winning artist and designer of the first U.S. Postal Stamp for the Kwanzaa holiday. She has to date written and, or illustrated 13 children’s picture books, 3 poetry and prose books, 4 children’s activity books, a cookbook, and a postcard book, and we’re just getting started. READ MORE

Luis at Tia Chucha Books

The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States is a multi-genre collection of poems, short stories, essays, memoir, novel excerpts, and creative nonfiction. The book showcases writers who render a multiplicity of experiences as refugees from the wars of the 1980s to those who barely remember the homeland, or who were born in el norte. READ MORE

Seth Cripe - LOLA Wines, Ian Flanigan photographer

Meet Seth Cripe, owner/ winemaker of LOLA Wines Photographed by Ian Flanigan Editor’s Note: Seth lives between his home in Napa Valley, his native Anna Maria Island and his Venice Beach apartment.  By Frank Lutz Wine making is not an easy craft to learn, it’s part science and part art, with passion and instinct all combined with hard work. Many great wines come from family businesses that have been making them for generations, but once in a while a bright new star starts to shine in the industry, someone who has been graced with a lot of innate winemaking talent. Such is the case with the READ MORE

Photo collage from Mixed and Remixed Festival

Globalization and multiculturalism is not just foreign policy or trendy fusion restaurants; for a growing number of people, it is in their DNA. Reconciling two cultures can be nearly effortless, but for most it takes years of introspection and struggle to find a balance that works. All mixed relationships and individuals are the sum of its parts, and this collective mixed experience of accepting two cultures, learning to connect these puzzle pieces, and creating a cohesive identity is what binds these individuals together. READ MORE