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Teherangeles Protest in Support of Demonstrations in Iran 

Audio News Feature

January 2018

In support of the Iranian protest movement Iranian-Americans hit the streets of LA in support of the Iranian protest movement,

Iran, Protest, Politics, Teherangeles

 AJ+

Afro-Mexicans in LA

Documentary Short

August 2017

Afro-Mexicans in Los Angeles are navigating their mixed heritage,as seen  in this mini-documentary with more than two million views just  on Facebook.

 

Afro-Mexican, Los Angeles, Culture

 

DW

America’s Other Anthem

Audio News Feature

January 2018

A look at the roots of the “other”American anthem. “Lift Every Voice and Sing” has been tackling race relations for more than a century.

Anthem, Taking a knee, Music, Lift Every Voice and Sing

 

DW

The Birthplace of the Pussy Hat

Audio News Feature

January 2017

A visit to the local yarn shop in Los Angeles where the colorful craftivist movement began.

Politics, Protest, Feminism

 AJ+

Solar Transforms the Lives of Former Gang Members 

Documentary Short

October 2018

Grid Alternatives  second chances to former gang members by giving them jobs in the solar industry.

 

Solar, Los Angeles, Grid Alternatives, Green. Earth Day

DW

The California Water Shortage, Beverly Hills Style

Audio News Feature | Web Story | Photo Essay

May 2015

Beverly Hills gets a makeover when residents learn to live with brown lawns and dusty luxury cars all because of water restrictions.

Environmental

FSRN

Flashback to Depression-Era Mass Deportations

Audio News Feature

January 2017

How more than 1,000,000 American citizens were deported from America to Mexico in the 1930s.

Immigration

 

Gravy

South by South of the Border Cuisine

Audio Mini-Documentary

November 2015

A story for the James Beard award-winning show about a place that serves up soul food with a Mexican accent.

Food, Culture, Mexican-American, African-American

DW 

The Extraordinarily Talented Singer Who Sleeps in Her Car

Audio News Feature

March 2017

Meet the talented singer-songwriter Sarah Scott, the face  the homeless banned from sleeping in their cars in LA neighborhoods.

Homelessness, Housing, Social Justice, Music

FSRN

The Black Obituary Project

Audio News Feature | Photography

December 2016

A thought-provoking art project featuring obituaries of vibrant and very much alive African-American men and women before their time.

Law Enforcement, African-American

DW

The Museum of Broken Relationships

Audio News Feature

June 2016

http://www.dw.com/en/worldlink-museum-of-broken-dreams/av-19239508

Why burn it or put it in the trash. This museum is where stuff is catalogued and displayed after your heart is broken.

Culture, Relationships

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Making Contact

LGBTQ Seniors Find Shelter

Mini-Documentary

June 2013

Inside the first affordable housing complex in the United States designed for LGBTQ seniors.

Seniors, LGBTQ, Housing

DW

Meet Ferguson’s New Police Chief

Audio News Feature

June 2016

The story of how the top cop of Ferguson, MI went from being harassed by police to police chief of the city where Micheal Brown was killed.

Social Justice, Law Enforcement

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Skid Row Sings

Audio News Feature

March 2015

Outside the Skid Row church you will find drugs and despair, but on the inside there is joy and the sound of music every Wednesday on kareoke night.

Homelessness, Music

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#Shutitalldown: An Invisible Gas Leak Leaves an Indelible Mark

News Story | Web Story | Photo Essay

Feb 2016

A leaking methane well in a Los Angeles suburb turned quiet residents into loud protesters. With no end in sight.

Environmental, Protest

FSRN

White Boy Tacos 

Feature Story

October 2016

A downtown taco stand that satisfies the hunger of both foodies and the homeless.

Food, Homelessness

FSRN

The Family That Protests Together

News Feature Story

December 2014

Three generations attend one police accountability protest.

Law enforcement, Protest, African-American

DW

#YogisofColor

Feature Story

October 2016

Yogis who love their downward dogs, but do not fit the stereotypee.

Body Mind Spirit, African-American

DW

Shooting Russia 

Audio Feature

June 2016

Celebrated National Geographic photographer Gerd Ludwig on his enduring fascination with Russia.

Photography, World

DW

Putting Chickens Before Eggs  

Audio Feature

May 2015

An LA coop where the chickens have their own gym and other perks

Environmental, Food

DW

Depressed Cake Shop

Audio Feature

December 2015

The cakes frown the cakes are happy inside at this pop-up bakery serves up encouragement and joy to the depressed.

BodyMind Spirit , Food

FSRN

AIDS, Art, America

Audio Feature

June 2015

A traveling art exihibit examines the impact of AIDS on art in the United States.

AIDS, Art

About

Lena Nozizwe | Binary Storyteller-tm
The midwife who delivered Lena Nozizwe was not sure she was going to make it. Nozizwe’s umbilical cord was tied, not once, but twice around her neck. What was once her lifeline almost became her noose. So that midwife, located in a small room in a village hospital in Malawi, Africa, managed to pull Nozizwe to life, in spite of the fact that the most sophisticated “equipment” in the room was a chair with a hole in the middle of it.

Once the umbilical cord was cut, Nozizwe’s mother, Alice Princess Msumba Siwundhla, Ph.D., was subject to more drama because her infant was silent. She did not say a peep until the midwife splashed hot water on baby Nozizwe. Oh she cried alright and she’s been making noise ever since, most recently as a binary storyteller.

Her family came to the United States via Ralph Edwards’ pioneering reality television show, “This Is Your Life.” The principal subject of the program was Nozizwe’s mother.

She grew up to become an Emmy award-winning broadcaster, filmmaker, author, and speaker. She has earned a reputation as the storyteller who can and will go anywhere–from Palm Beach to South Central, Stockholm to San Diego, Dublin to Brooklyn and from Alaska to Zimbabwe.

In April of 2014 she came in second in the ALFA Short Film Competition on Ageism with her directorial debut, “A Father to Dye For,” starring Hulme Thamsanqa Siwudhla, Ph.D. She won the New York Film Festival Silver Award for a documentary she hosted and produced that followed the lives of LA runaways over a two year period.She won a Golden Mike for her coverage of a firestorm in San Diego.

A feature she produced for Associated Press Radio about an interracial rock group was also a New York Film Festival winner.
Nozizwe won a local Emmy for a feature about former NBA player Marvin “Bad News” Barnes. She found him living in a San Diego homeless shelter. She was nominated for a national Emmy, competing head-to-head against the likes of Ted Koppel and Andy Rooney, for a story about a sexual assault victim who fought back.

The binary journalist-tm has been featured in numerous publications, including the Washington Post, USA Today, Sister 2 Sister, Ireland’s Sunday Independent, Fitness, Glamour, the Adventist Review, Emmy Magazine, First for Women, Cosmopolitan and on SKY TV, CBS, and FOX.
Her writing has appeared in Seventeen, Complete Woman and Vibe. She is the author of the motivational book “Starring in Your Own Life” published by Simon & Schuster.

Nozizwe’s multimedia and radio reports have been featured on AJ+, FSRN, Associated Press Radio, Making Contact and Deutsche Welle.

When she is not writing, painting or creating beats or otherwise creating digital content, Nozizwe indulges in cooking and baking exotic comfort food, knitting, crocheting and designing clothing, especially from recycled materials.

Her designs have been sold in fashionable boutiques on Melrose Ave and Montana Blvd in Los Angeles. Nozizwe’s photographs have been featured online, in numerous publications and in a one-woman show.

Whether it is knitting a sweater or weaving together a story Nozizwe’s motto is that it’s all about the inner bling.

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Tweet of the Week: Alan Alda

Every day when I leave the house to do something important, the last thing I hear as I go out the door is Arlene's voice saying, "You'll be great!" Amazing what that does for a person. — Alan Alda (@alanalda) March 7, 2018

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