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How Food Connects Uyghur Immigrants to the Families, and Atrocities, at Home

Uyghur Muslims are an ethnic minority in China, but have lived in East Turkestan — aka the northwestern Xinjiang Province — for centuries. Now, amid a brutal government crackdown, immigrants in the U.S. are trapped on the outside. Food remains the key thread to home.

Mel Magazine: In Search of the Vanishing Teen Mall Rat 

Growing up, my second home was the mall, but teen culture is changing fast. What do we lose as more malls continue to die?

LADT News: Meet the Skid Row Fixer

Day in and day out, rain or shine, Wendell Blassingame sits in Skid Row's San Julian Park, armed with endless knowledge and lifehacks for getting people help and housing. 

Mel Magazine: "Gook" on the L.A. Riots and Growing Up Asian American 

One of the best and most underrated movies of the year, Justin Chon's Gook is a treatise on what it means to be Asian-American amid racial strife. Of course, my immigrant parents knew something about it, too.

Mel Magazine: Meet the 93-year-old DJ Who Connects Prisoners to Loved Ones, Live on Air

Art Laboe is a legend in radio. He helped integrate the airwaves by playing black and brown artists. He invented the concept of on-air dedications.

The Guardian: The Uneasy Racial Truth About Being Homeless in America

The homeless population is disproportionately black. Twenty-five years after the L.A. Riots, we speak to experts and those who have lived on the streets, including Juan King — older brother of beaten motorist Rodney King.