All photos copyright Lena Nozizwe



Afro-Mexicans in LA

Video Feature

July 2017

More than a million viewers on Facebook alone have taken a look at this mini-documentary that explores the often hidden world of Afro-Mexicans living in Los Angeles.

Mexico, African-American, Costa Chica, California


DW Global Ideas

The Water LA Residents Dare Not Drink 

Web Story

July 2017

Why residents of Jordan Downs public housing in Watts are afraid to drink the water.

Environment, Watts, Jordan Downs, Water, Flint


The Birthplace of the Pussy Hat

Audio News Feature

July 2017

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

Politics, Protest, Feminism



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.



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.



South by South of the Border Cuisine

Audio Documentary | Photo Essay

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


The Extraordinarily Talented Singer Who Sleeps in Her Car

Audio News Feature

March 2017
Meet the talented singer-songwriter Sarah Scott, the face of the homeless banned from sleeping in their cars in LA neighborhoods.

Homelessness, Housing, Social Justice, Music


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.

Law Enforcement, African-American

The Museum of Broken Relationships

Audio News Feature

June 2016

Why burn it or put it in the trash? This museum is where what is left behind is cataloged and displayed after your heart is broken.

Culture, Relationships


Making Contact

LGBTQ Seniors Find Shelter


June 2013

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

Seniors, LGBTQ, Housing



Meet Ferguson’s New Police Chief

Audio News Feature

March 2016

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

Social Justice, Law Enforcement



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


#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.

Environmental, Protest


White Boy Tacos 

Feature Story

October 2016

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

Food, Homelessness


The Family That Protests Together

News Feature Story

December 2014

Three generations attend one police accountability protest.

Law enforcement, Protest, African-American



Feature Story

October 2016

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

Body Mind Spirit, African-American


Shooting Russia 

Audio Feature

June 2016

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

Photography, World


Putting Chickens Before Eggs  

Audio Feature

May 2015

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

Environmental, Food



AIDS, Art, America

Audio Feature

June 2015

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


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