fly project TV

In the spring and summer of 2011, I interviewed a number of my peers in the Bay Area and Los Angeles who are passionate about a variety of diverse fields, such as food, art, startups, and social justice, and are going for it.  Inspired recently to revisit fly project TV, I’m creating multimedia stories using photography, podcasts, and video from the original footage.

The first story features Haleh Zandi, co-founder of Oakland-based grassroots organization, Planting Justice. The second story, which includes the video above, features Malila Becton, a nutrition educator for kids in Alameda County. Another features Abel Habtegeorgis sharing what it’s like to grow up as ”First-Generation American Kids.” The most recent story features Alta Tseng, a designer based in New York, who speaks about the importance of cultural role models and shares an early memory seeing the Asian Fly Girl on “In Living Color.”

Here are a few more of my peers that I interviewed, including Abel, who ran media communications for Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Rafa a trumpet player, Dominic a visual artist aka DJ Treat-U-Nice, Alta a designer, Steven a musician and writer, Aida a community leader, and Erin a criminal defense and civil rights lawyer. 

To read and listen to fly project stories, visit: flyprojecttv.tumblr.com and follow on Twitter @flyprojectTV. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more stories.


Downtown Women’s Center: 2016 Annual Report

The women and activities I documented for Downtown Women’s Center are now featured in their 2016 Annual Report. Downtown Women’s Center provides permanent supportive housing, creative job training and placement, health & wellness programs and many other services to homeless women in Los Angeles’ Skid Row community. Download the full report here>>

“I have my own key and my own door. For the first time in years, I have privacy, and I feel safe. Now that I have that, I want to make sure other people have it, too.” – Francine Andrade 




Downtown Women’s Center 2017

I had the joy of documenting the women and many activities at the Downtown Women’s Center again this year. I took portraits and candids primarily in their Day Center, where volunteers served hot meals to the women, and inside the women’s apartments. Founded in 1978, the Downtown Women’s Center is dedicated to addressing the needs of women overcoming poverty and homelessness in Los Angeles’ Skid Row neighborhood with permanent supportive housing, job training, their creative social enterprise MADE by DWC, and many other programs. 



Executive Headshots, Downtown Women’s Center

Shot new headshots for the executive leaders at Downtown Women’s Center working to end homelessness for women through providing #housingfirst, job training, advocacy, health and wellness, and many other programs. Founded in 1978, the Downtown Women’s Center works to address the needs of women overcoming poverty and homelessness in Los Angeles’ Skid Row community.





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