Black History Month Leo Branton Jr.

Black History Month Leo Branton Jr.   Visiting with Lafayette Square resident Leo Branton feels like time-travel through landmarks of 20th century history. Branton, a famous civil rights attorney, served as defense counsel to Angela Davis, Hollywood blacklisted Dalton Trumbo, several Black Panthers, and innocent men arrested in the Watts riots. Branton was also one of the first African American…

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David Raposa, Restoring West Adams One Property At a Time

David Raposa, Restoring West Adams One Property At a Time Recently “This Old House” magazine sited West Adams as California’s best place to buy an old house. The revival of this historic community owes much to the efforts of local realtor David Raposa. As a young man growing up in Boston, David Raposa was always interested in architecture, checking…

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Gary Phillips Mid-City Noir

Gary Phillips  Mid-City Noir Who better to profile in the TNN than long time  Mid-City resident and acclaimed local writer Gary Phillips?  It was Phillips’ short story that was chosen to represent the Mid-City section of the best-selling anthology Los Angeles Noir. Characters from several of his internationally-known novels operate from our area…

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Ron Hutchinson International Playwright

Ron Hutchinson International Playwright Out of all the neighborhoods, in all the towns, in all the world, he chose ours. When acclaimed screenwriter/playwright Ron Hutchinson describes his block in Kinney Heights in West Adams, he uses descriptions like “a web of relationships” and “a little family”.   If teenage daughter Isabella is dressed up…

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Barbara Bottner Favorite Children's Author

Barbara Bottner  Favorite Children's Author It must be the Adams first law-of-physics that our charming neighborhood should attract a charming children’s book author. Barbara Bottner, five-year resident of Western Heights is the author and/or illustrator of over 36 books for children and…

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Frances Moore The Quilt Lady

Frances Moore The Quilt LadyDuring one of my evening strolls a neighbor pointed out a cute little house set back off the street. She told me that one of the best quilters in Los Angeles lived there. I caught up with Frances one day as she unloaded groceries from her car and asked if…

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Brent Green, Greening The Neighborhood

Brent Green, Greening The Neighborhood By Dessie Reese Brent Green serves as Vice-president to a new Neighborhood Block Club in the area between La Brea Ave and Hauser Ave. south of Washington Blvd., Region 7 of the MINC Neighborhood Association. He is also responsible for the greening of Mid-City. Very seldom do you…

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Don Lynch, West Adams Historian

Don Lynch, West Adams HistorianDid you know that West Adams contains the largest concentration of historical monuments in all of Los Angeles? Find out more about this in the recently published West Adams, part of a series called Images of America published by Arcadia Publishing and co-authored by Western Heights resident historian, Don Lynch,…

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Regina Jones, A Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree

Regina Jones, A Lifetime Achievement Award HonoreeBy Dianne Lawrence Regina Jones, a 42 year resident of Country Club Park, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award  by the Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center. Regina was Founder and Publisher of Soul Newspaper, the first biweekly dedicated to the coverage of Black arts and entertainment in 1966.…

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Established in August of 2008 by writerartist Dianne V. Lawrence, The Neighborhood News covers the events, people, history, politics and historic architecture of communities throughout the Mid-City and West Adams area in Los Angeles Council District 10.

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