Community Profiles

SMC student focuses on gang lifestyle

SMC — After the storm of foster care, domestic abuse and gang violence had passed, Jabril Muhammad found his voice. It’s a voice that comes through in an independently-produced film that tells the story of a boy who much like Muhammad experienced a challenging life growing up in the gang-ridden streets of Los Angeles,... Read more →

Book Review

‘The Shadow Catcher’

Each year Santa Monica Citywide Reads selects a book for the community to read together and meet to discuss. They have been doing this for seven years. This year they have chosen a story by Marianne Wiggins. It is called “The Shadow Catcher” and it is well done. She started writing back in 1970. She took time off from her... Read more →

DVD Releases

In stores now

‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’ Woody Allen writes and directs this romantic tale set in that fine Spanish city. Friends Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson), spending their summer in Spain, are two young American girls of different viewpoints on romance yet fall for the same Casanova artist Juan Antonio Gonzalo... Read more →

Food

Feel beautiful, look beautiful

Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but nutrition plays a vital role in both inner and outer beauty because if you feel good, it will show on your face and in your disposition. Any beauty regimen should start with proper hydration, and yes, water is best. The average person needs 2 liters of fluid per day or about eight (8 ounce)... Read more →

Life

Dating can really stink

When you meet a guy while driving south on Lincoln Boulevard there ought to be a warning. “Stinky ‘Stinks’ McFadden” had the most chiseled features I’d ever seen, so it was easy to ignore the fact that he was tooling around in a beat up yellow Chevy van — which I later discovered was his home. A... Read more →

Community Profiles

Teen recognized as Youth of the Year

WEST L.A. — Courtne Dotson’s eyes started welling as she sat and listened to a speech that she knew was about her. In a state of shock and overcome with joy, the 17-year-old Hamilton High School student got out of her chair to a round of applause, accepting the Youth of the Year award by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa... Read more →

Entertainment

Reggae unites artists

Westsider Matthew McConaughey knew he wanted to sign reggae recording artist, Mishka as his first official artist on his new record label, j.k. livin’ the first time he heard him. The problem was finding the artist. McConaughey “searched for almost five years before tracked Mishka down at the House of Blues.” The two... Read more →

Book Review

‘The Jewel of Gresham Greene’

“Why are boys more valued than girls, do you think?” Jewel asked an older woman. “Rich folks about carrin’ on the name. We poor need sons because we can send them out to work earlier than girls. And they’re paid more.” Jewel gave her a sidelong look. Mrs. Fenton shrugged. “Life’s hard, if you... Read more →

DVD Releases

New on shelves

‘W.’ Josh Brolin stars as two-term President George W. Bush in this engaging biopic written by Stanley Weiser and directed by Oliver Stone. The seasoned filmmakers focus on George’s wild youth and maturation process including the ups and downs of life in his powerful family. The presentation is strongly enhanced by a host... Read more →

Food

Sexy edible treats

In honor of Valentine’s Day, let’s talk about sex, baby. Sex plays a fundamental role in our physical and emotional well-being. It’s a basic human need according to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, along with breathing (very important), food, water, sleep, homeostasis (another term for internal balance) and excretion... Read more →