Fresh off the heels of shooting her first mainstream magazine cover with Teen Vogue, to say photographer Kai Byrd has been thriving during quarantine is quite the understatement. "It was super emotional," Byrd reflects when remembering the surreal moment she got the email she'd been picked for the leading teen magazine's August 2020 issue.
We would call the little girl who tests out and skips half of kindergarten smart. We would probably call the little girl who tests out and skips half of the third grade a genius. But what would we call the sixteen-year-old walking around the University of California, Los Angeles’ campus trying to figure out another major after discovering that the road to becoming a pediatrician had had the two subjects she dislikes—math and science—at every turn?
In the harsh world of professional gymnastics, the vast majority can only dream of making it to the top. With barely 1% of all gymnasts ever competing at the elite level, by age 22, Sophina DeJesus had reached the elite level, competed on the U.S. national team, and went viral during her epic floor routine her senior year at UCLA.
Did you know that authenticity is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself? It's true. When you know who you are, you live life from a more conscious perspective rather than the auto-pilot behaviors that most of us fall into – doing the same thing over and over again, even when we don't like what we are doing. When we are self-aware, we make better decisions, have more quality relationships, live in greater abundance, and generally experience a more meaningful and fulfilling life.
The day is Monday. The date is August 24th. The year is 2020. The consecutive days of heat that blanketed California are unprecedented, but so is the reason this day means so much to Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager-Dove. She is the forty-eight-year-old wife and stepmom who was elected in 2018 to serve the 54th District of the California State Assembly, and on this day, I find her fresh off of a flight to the state’s capital of Sacramento.
I recently saw a photo of 50-year-old women from the 1950s, 60s, and 70s versus a 50-year-old from today. The woman from fifty to seventy years ago looked very matronly, whereas the 50-year-old woman today looks more like our sister instead of our mother.
Women are dramatically outnumbered on the boards of the nation’s biggest companies. In 2018, California passed a law (California Senate Bill 826) trying to change that. The law, SB 826, requires at least one woman on boards that have four members or less, two women on boards of five people and three women on boards of six or more.
Podcast Spotlight Clifton Moseley: Rare Grooves Guru The recent podcast boom has democratized the genre, bringing many excellent shows to the new internet airwaves. This year's listeners have found excellent podcasts of multiple types, including pop culture, business, lifestyle, and mental health. Local podcasts introduce a slice of life for many different cultures in Los Angeles. One podcast that stands out is "We Luvv Rare Grooves," the [music] internet show founded by Clifton' C Mose' Moseley.