Part 1: Watts, Los Angeles

Part 2: Mid City, Los Angeles

Part 3: Bel Air and West Los Angeles


Scenes from Silent

Huntington Park, Los Angeles


The previous two stops were progressively north and west, but this time we’re dipping southeast again. Huntington Park is similar to Watts in that it’s considered inner city and a low-income area. The population here is less mixed than in Watts, though, with around 97% of the residents identifying as Latino or Hispanic. Of course, within that majority there is still diversity, as some are recent immigrants—from various countries—and others have been citizens since birth.

Like Watts, it’s not the safest place in LA and not a place you’re likely to find a tourist. But also like in Watts, there are still members of close-knit families, wonderful displays of street art, and great cultural traditions. In my other profession I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of this community for years, and have many happy memories here that are no less meaningful just because they’re interspersed with more difficult ones.

This is where Alex makes one of the toughest decisions of his life.

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Part 5: Venice Beach


I’m giving away 2 prizes at the end of the month:

Winner 1: Paperback and a finger painting from the Santa Monica pier (as featured in Chapter 22).

Seemingly careless streaks transformed into fantastic scenery as the man worked, but I couldn’t give him my full attention. I had other concerns on my mind…like why I felt so nervous standing beside Seb. Was I too close? Or not close enough? Why did that matter all of a sudden?

Here’s a clip of one being made:

Depending on the wishes of the artist, I may even be able to record a video of your artwork being created. :)

Winner 2: Paperback and postcards of LA scenes, including some from Inner City Arts, a nonprofit organization providing arts education to students in low-income areas of Los Angeles.


Rules/Entry Info

~To enter, just leave a comment on any “Scenes from Silent” post (one comment per post is eligible as another entry).

~Entries will be accepted from now until midnight PST on December 1st.

~Winners will be selected by random drawing and announced on December 2nd.

~Must be 18 or over to enter.


Thanks for reading! :)

Part 5: Venice Beach