In our ninth episode for J.T. The L.A. Storyteller, we link up with Samanta Helou-Hernandez, whose page This Side of Hoover on Instagram documents the ongoing gentrification of the Virgil Village area in Los Angeles. Samanta describes how her own experience with displacement led her to start photographing her community, and also discusses working with us for the first-ever Back 2 School Party in East Hollywood. We also discuss her reporting on the local Union Swap Meet, thoughts on the L.A. Times, and more. Visit This Side of Hoover on Instagram: @thissideofhoover
I remember the moment this past Spring that it became clear it was time to publish a Podcast for J.T. The L.A. Storyteller, when Ed and I sat down at good ole Cahuenga Library for a special workshop on the whys and how-tos. As we thought about the possibilities with throwing our own hats into the podcasting scene, we looked back on everything leading up to that point: we had POC Today behind us, along with the completion of our first-ever Back to School Party, and not one but two (2) Open Mics at Cahuenga as well. Considering the podcast ahead, then, Ed and I could trust in one thing: we had a strong track record together, making some qualitative work ahead of us only that much likelier. Now, in our fifth episode, Ed and I continue thinking BIG for Los Angeles. Please join us by tuning in HERE. And if you like what you hear, please write us a review to tell others how so!
From the words of Dr. Mary Gallagher, President of Los Angeles City College:
“On Saturday, August 24th from 4 to 8 PM, staff from the non-credit department of LACC participated in a great local community event called Back 2 School 2, marking the second year of this event. I was able to attend and hear all of the things going on at the ‘grass roots’ level of our community. LACC was included because of the GED preparation and testing we do. We also provided information from some of our students currently attending non-credit classes. It was a fabulous event. I look forward to next year.”
Dr. Gallagher’s recognition of BTS 2 is a milestone achievement for the work to uplift more vecindades in East Hollywood and throughout Los Angeles. In the days ahead, the work to keep strengthening our community will remain challenging, but I also believe that as our special event showed this past Saturday–and last year–the promise of the work will remain bright and full of encouragement. There will be more following up on the success of BTS 2, but for now, I’d like to express my deepest thanks to each supporter, close and afar, who took a moment to contribute to this critical day for our neighborhood and families all throughout this great city.