Below the Ten: Life in South LA
Below the Ten: Life in South LA
Below the Ten: Stories of South LA is an ongoing series telling intimate stories about the people who live in the neighborhoods south of the 10 Freeway, including Watts, Jefferson Park, and Compton. The series is supported by a grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.
Playing Trump
Every year, the students at ISLAH Academy, a private Islamic school inside a South LA mosque put on a winter program for their parents.
Mar 15, 2017
9 min
Bilal's Calling
Tyreek Bilal has gone through many transformations in his life. He’s been a confidant to powerful celebrities, a husband to six wives, father to 20 children and a celibate religious scholar. Now he's taking a stand against changes at his mosque and in his neighborhood.
Nov 11, 2016
30 min
Meet Mr. Fries Man
Throughout South Los Angeles and the surrounding neighborhoods there’s a growing community of underground home chefs who sell food on Instagram. One of those chefs, a guy who goes by the name Mr. Fries Man, specializes in loaded french fries.
Nov 9, 2016
11 min
Peacemakers: The Activist
Lita Herron, a 69-year-old grandmother of six, witnessed repeated shootings in her community. But her fear turned to anger and then to action.
Mar 28, 2016
16 min
Peacemakers: The Cop
As a black kid growing up in South LA, Lt. Michael Carodine was regularly mistreated by police. But for Lt. Carodine, bad policing was a problem that could be solved; and he would help solve it.
Mar 28, 2016
14 min
Peacemakers: The Interventionist
When someone gets shot in Skipp Townsend's community, he is often one of the first on the scene. Sometimes he knows the victim personally. Skipp works as a gang interventionist with the LAPD.
Mar 28, 2016
15 min
Local Hires
Several large developments are under construction south of the 10 Freeway, and some have initiatives to fill jobs with local, low-income workers. See how that can become a life-changing opportunity for job seekers burdened with a prison record.
Jan 13, 2016
8 min
Young Hearts: A Prologue to The Long Commute
When Chris Chambers' bus broke down in a small town in Texas, it ended up being a blessing in disguise.
Jan 11, 2016
7 min
The Long Commute
On Aug. 26, 1954, Arthur Kitt Murray climbed into the cockpit of an experimental rocket at Edwards Air Force Base, about a hundred miles north of Los Angeles in the Antelope Valley. Murray was about to fly as close to the stars as man had ever been. At 90,000 feet above the desert, Murray looked out the window of his cockpit and became the first human to see the curvature of the earth.
Nov 20, 2015
15 min
Peddling Candy in South LA
Luis Sanchez, who dresses in drag and goes by the name Grace of the Sea, sells bacon wrapped pineapple stuffed hot dogs in Jefferson Park a couple days a week. He also sells candy out of a golden basket.
Sep 16, 2015
8 min
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