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Alexandra Paul Interview

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YA Pacific Palisades Good Dog Team - 2018

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"Ice Cube," a portrait by Artist-in-Residence, Amy Victoria, is done and in the studio. Ice Cube, born O'Shea Jackson, is one of the founding artists of gangsta rap, and some, including fellow rapper, Snoop Dogg, rank Ice Cube as the greatest MC of all time. Originally from Baldwin Hills, O'Shea was a part of an extended music-business family and began writing rap in a typing class in ninth grade. He attended Taft High School in Woodland Hills and pursued a career as an architectural draftsman as a backup plan in case his music career didn't succeed. Often seen as controversial, Ice Cube showed a deeply inclusive side when he said in a 2017 interview, "Everyone has something to offer to the world, and to be honest, were not fighting over religions, man. We're fighting over resources. That's just a smokescreen...." For more on Ice Cube visit www.icecube.com. To see the portrait, contact brook@youngangelsofamerica.org.

When Steve and Brook sit down with Maryam Zar, a story unfolds that starts with a ten-year old girl in Iran and continues to today and Zar's multiple leadership roles, including Chair of the Pacific Palisades Community Council. Listen here.

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On Mike Riley's latest podcast, he sat down with Michael D’Antuono - the guy best known for his painting, “Truth,” which depicts Obama as a loosely-veiled Jesus. Listen here.

He’s more recently known for his painting, “A Tale of Two Hoodies,” (pictured here), and lately his campaign to fund impeach Trump trucks to drive around the Nation’s capitol.

What we didn’t get to talk about was the fine line between propaganda and art, and is all propaganda bad? Another area we didn’t get to discuss was the freedom he enjoys as an artist today vs. times when artists have had to conceal messages within their work. See Michael's mission and his work at www.artandresponse.com.

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It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of Chester Bennington's death. Chester lived across the walkway from me in a townhouse during 2001 with his wife, Samantha, and his dog. His dog and my dog became friends, but I had no idea who he was. When the main kid in our group announced he wanted to do a community service project and have Linkin Park perform at a benefit for pediatric hospice, I was thrilled to learn Chester was a neighbor. Through Chester, I asked and the Linkin Park said yes. Chester and the band not only did the gig, for free, but came into the Founder's Room and spent some special time with kids who were on hospice. He changed their lives. He boosted the launch of Young Angels and he will be forever in our hearts....

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What's great about an artist in residence program is that it gives the artist all the time in the world to create. And creating Amy Victoria is. Check out this new work and the music behind that inspired it.

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Bino Rideaux

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YA DOG BLOG

By Brook

Let's see how this works.

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G. Perico

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Mitesh Gala, Successful, Funny, Philanthropic.

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