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Rick Ross at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica; Credit: Sam Slovick

Freeway Rick Ross: From drug-trafficking and CIA connections, to a biopic directed by Nick Cassavetes, the former 'Donald Trump of crack' becomes the patron saint of South Central

The wad of crumpled $20 bills stashed under Ollie North's pillow had Freeway Rick Ross' fingerprints all over it when the CIA got caught slanging rocks in South Central back in the '80s. Grimy, crumpled and smeared with ghetto tears, the deal bought Freeway Rick a very public trial. His......

The Black Thing

Papa Dad didn't make the big Martin Luther King Jr. Parade on MLK Boulevard. He was shot dead on Jan. 3 at 103rd and Crenshaw. Jay Rock and Punch didn't attend, either. It's a turf thing. They want to stay alive. So on the day of the parade, they hung......

The Gizmo Matrix

"They call me Gizmo, I'm trying to go fuck somebody up," the man says with the manufactured intensity of someone who has been locked up 10 of his 27 years. He is 5 feet 6, 170 pounds, bald, buff and gangster-tense. "The devil tickled my feet," he says, considering his......

Getting Out for Christmas

A toddler makes a mad dash across the playground, heading for the shiny handcuffs on a pregnant, homeless addict on the other side of a green iron fence. The addict is trying to convince eight cops not to cart her off to Central Division Police Station for booking. On the......
Jesse Aguiar: attending college now

Who Can Fix Camp Nobody?

Watch exclusive interviews in the "Camp Nobody" video and see more photos in the slideshow, "Probation Camps: Abuse Instead of Rehab." "I wouldn't stop til...
Alex Stickler; Credit: Kevin Scanlon

LA People 2009: Catching Falling Stars — Alex Stickler

There are at least 63 moons of Jupiter, about the same number of students under the tutelage of Alex Stickler (aka Mister) on any given weekday at downtown’s Abram Friedman Occupational Center. Steady and studied, Mr. Stickler mans the shot-caller seat in a capacity-crowd classroom, a sea of bodies in......
Agnes Stevens; Credit: Kevin Scanlon

LA People 2009: The Spark — Agnes Stevens and the School on Wheels

Astronomers have recently discovered an extremely prolific star factory in a very remote galaxy. This galaxy is 12.3 billion light-years from School on Wheels on the corner of downtown’s Fifth and Pedro streets, a tiny bright light in the decidedly dark universe of a childhood on Skid Row. School on......
Alice Callahan; Credit: Kevin Scanlon

LA People 2009: Policing the Police — Alice Callahan

“Twenty five, twenty four, twenty three, twenty two, twenty one,” the kindergarten class counts down in unison, all eyes intently focused on teacher even as a few children struggle to sit still at Las Familias Del Pueblo. The nonprofit, one-room storefront school, which serves the garment workers of downtown L.A......
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