By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor

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Celia Cruz

A few months ago, I stumbled upon a radio station playing Celia Cruz’s hit song, Carnaval. I lingered on the dial hoping to catch some more cumbia, merengue or salsa. (I grew up listening  to tropical rhythms.)

Yet, instead of the next rhythm to get me moving and singing in my car, the station’s program hosts came on.

They began recapping the Oscars from the night before. As you may recall, Faye Dunaway announced the wrong winner for Best Picture at the end of the night, awarding the trophy to La La Land when it actually was supposed to go to Moonlight.

One of radio hosts jokingly referred to a black man in Moonlight as “carbon” (charcoal). He later said he didn’t care for Mexican award-winning actor Gael García Bernal’s speech on immigration because he’s kissed “vatos” (dudes), referring to some of the characters García Bernal has interpreted on screen.

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Clinic Spells Community with a Capital W

On April 17, 2017, in Uncategorized, by Zamná Ávila

Hilda Ávila (no relation to Random Lengths News Assistant Editor Zamná Ávila) found an act of goodness when she was searching for a doctor to get a regular physical examination at the Wilmington Community Clinic.

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Civic Center City

On March 10, 2017, in Uncategorized, by Zamná Ávila

This article was originally published March 2, 2017 in Random Lengths News

By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor

These days, driving along Ocean Boulevard in downtown Long Beach is quite a distracting adventure.

Head west toward San Pedro and your eyes will unavoidably wander toward a wall of blue-covered fences surrounding City Hall and the Main Library. Turn right on Magnolia, heading north and you might catch a glimpse of a gigantic hole where the Superior Court once stood. Park and walk to either of the government buildings and you might experience a bit of claustrophobia as you pedal through the maze of fences.

This traffic trek — in the middle of the rush hour — is an expected facelift to the center of Long Beach civic engagement buildings and recreation areas.

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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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