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One Night in Miami movie poster
Mary McCoy, February 22, 2021

On February 25, 1964, 22-year-old boxer Cassius Clay defeated the heavily favored Sonny Liston to win the heavyweight boxing title in Miami Beach, Florida.


Hollywood Lunar New Year parade
Photo Friends, February 11, 2021

The Chinese New Year bring celebrations that include firecrackers, parades, fish, dragons, lions, and lucky money in red envelopes.


A roadside statue advertising Horton & Converse prescription pharmacists, Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, 1920s. Security Pacific National Bank Collection
Tiffney Sanford, February 03, 2021

Stand aside muffler men! Fresh milk from a Guernsey cow, high octane fuel fit for an Indy 500 winner, and steak dinners from a stockade-themed eatery are just a few of the products that early-twentieth-century sculptors helped sell to Angelenos.


Members of the Junior NAACP, 1923, Shades of L.A. Collection

On this first day of African American Heritage Month, we reflect on the African American community of early Los Angeles.


L.A. Writer in Residence, Richard Lange
James Sherman, January 25, 2021

Richard Lange is the author of the short story collections Dead Boys and


Hansen sketch of Los Angeles after statehood. A War Department publication in 1856, “Reports of Explorations and Surveys”
Glen Creason, December 24, 2020

We don’t have a typical Christmas season here in L.A., like the ones in syrupy movies with snow, ear muffs, winter coats, and people standing in a blizzard preparing to jump off a trestle.


King speaks to a crowd of 4,500 on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles on April 27, 1965
Christina Rice, January 15, 2021

Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia, but as in so many cities and towns throughout the country, his impact on Los Angeles was strong and far-reaching. King visited L.A.


Graphic with Feels Like Home book cover
James Sherman, December 02, 2020

This post is the twentieth and final excerpt serializing the book Feels Like Home.


Graphic with Feels Like Home book cover
James Sherman, November 25, 2020

This post is the nineteenth in a series of excerpts serializing the book Feels Like Home


Graphic with Feels Like Home book cover
James Sherman, November 18, 2020

This post is the eighteenth in a series of excerpts serializing the book Feels Like Home


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