Black Girl Nerds: Refuse to Conform

On December 9, 2016, in Uncategorized, by Zamná Ávila

By Zamná F. P. Ávila, Assistant Editor

A few years ago, Marqueeda LaStar discovered a site that spoke to her interests as an artistic, queer woman with a love for science and punk music.  Her world came full circle. In time, she became the social community manager and curator for Black Girl Nerds.

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PrEP: 35 Years Closer to Ending AIDS

On November 23, 2016, in Uncategorized, by Zamná Ávila

By Zamná F. P. Ávila, Assistant Editor

For Ace Robinson, the era of big hair, material girls (and boys) and MTV is a distant memory. He was to young to be directly impacted by a disease that changed the way we have sex and killed millions of people, many of whom were gay.

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Calling Brown to Act on Homelessness

On October 17, 2016, in Uncategorized, by Zamná Ávila

By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor

It used to be that homeless people in the city congregated in Lincoln Park, downtown and low-income neighborhoods. These days, the homeless issue has bled into wealthier neighborhoods such as East Long Beach and Belmont Shore. As result, communities are up in arms, blaming homeless people for an increase in crime, ranging from petty theft and indecent exposure.

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EmpowerLA to Help Right Wilmington NC

On August 9, 2016, in Uncategorized, by Zamná Ávila

By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor

Rumors of the demise of the Wilmington Neighborhood Council were not only greatly exaggerated, they were not true, said EmpowerLA Director of Outreach and Communications Stephen Box.
“In a nutshell, [the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment] is not dismantling or decertifying,” Box said.

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By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor

I became a journalist to add my grain of salt onto the world through information and for the betterment of humanity. And, while I admire newsrooms who maintain themselves at a distance, I often wonder what makes political endorsement acceptable, but support through truth and information unethical.

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Someone to call CASA

On June 10, 2016, in Uncategorized, by Zamná Ávila

By Zamná Avila, Assistant Editor

Lisa Slayton had a rough start at life. In total, she has lived in eight foster homes and about five group homes. She was alone. That is, until she became a ward of the court at the age of 14. That’s when she met Sam Herod.

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LB District 2 Voters Take to the Polls

On June 6, 2016, in Uncategorized, by Zamná Ávila

By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor

A segment of Long Beach voters will be choosing a representative for one of the most impactful and coveted areas in the city: District 2.

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Measure A Measures Up

On June 6, 2016, in News, by Zamná Ávila

By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor

Spare some change, fix a few leaks and save for a rainy, or do without and pay later? That’s what Long Beach residents will be asked this coming primary

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Mæry Queens Sinks the Ship

On May 13, 2016, in Blog, Print, by Zamná Ávila

By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor

I love Long Beach! So, when I received a very well written press release about a webisode series that was to spotlight gay life in the city, I immediately pitched it to my editor as “a perfect feature for our Pride edition.”
Well, not quite.

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LBCCD Board Member Fights to Keep Seat

On April 8, 2016, in Blog, News, by Zamná Ávila

By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor
Irma Archuleta isn’t afraid of a challenge, especially when it comes to wearing different hats in her profession.
“I always take life as a challenge,” Archuleta, 63, said. “It’s about the challenges you take and the challenges that you are able to conquer.”
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